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Why image recognition is about to transform business

At Facebook’s recent annual developer conference, Marc Zuckerberg outlined the social network’s artificial intelligence (AI) plans to “build systems that are better than people in perception.” He then demonstrated an impressive image recognition technology for the blind that can “see” what’s going …

Machine Learning

THE MOBILE MARKETING REPORT: How marketers are reaching mobile consumers

BI Intelligence<p>Mobile marketing is getting more spotlight these days. Revenue from mobile advertising accounted for 30% of total ad spend in the first half of 2015, according to the IAB, and it's on track to account for more than one-third in the second half of the year. Despite this growth, mobile …

Mobile, IoT yet to become data breach targets

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Mobile Industry Insider subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Mobile and IoT devices are still not a factor in real-world data attacks, according to Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR).<p>The annual report, which …

Mobile Devices

Here's how much time people spend on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger every day

Globally, people spend <b>more than 50 minutes</b> <b>a day</b> across Facebook's suite of apps (not including WhatsApp), the company announced during its blockbuster Q1 earnings.<p>It's hard to pinpoint exactly how much that number has swelled over the years.<p>The last time Facebook updated us on time-spent stats was …

This startup thinks it’s fixed the major flaw in dating apps like Tinder — and Apple just featured it as a ‘best new app’

One of the reasons Tinder has been such a resounding success is that it functions like a game.<p>Even if you never go on a date, swiping this way and that and seeing who thinks you’re attractive is just inherently fun.<p>The goal of Dine is to get you from a match to that first dinner or drinks date as …

O2 might be about to block mobile adverts across its network

O2 customers could soon be browsing the web free of adverts, as the company has admitted that it is in the "well advanced" stages of testing the …

This is why phones tend to land screen down when we drop them

Buttered toast tends to land butter-side down when you drop it. This piece of wisdom is not just another one of Murphy’s adages. It’s a fact, proven mathematically by Robert Matthews, a physicist and professor at UK’s Aston University.<p>Now Professor Matthews applied his prodigious physics knowledge …

Watch this self-flying drone dodge through tree branches at 30 miles per hour

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Smartphones reaching saturation among Millennials

SAN FRANCISCO — If it seems like every young person you see has a smartphone in their hand, you’re not far from wrong.<p>Smartphone ownership is reaching saturation levels among people in their 20s, a survey out Thursday found.<p>A whopping 86% of people aged 18 to 29 have a smart phone, the survey by …

How to Desalinize Water Using Half the Energy of Traditional Methods

In the next ten years, Earth’s population is expected to increase by one billion, and only 3% of our planet’s water is fit for drinking or farming. …

Why the Bugatti Veyron is the most expensive car to own in the world

Unlike Ace Hood, I’ve never had the pleasure of unexpectedly waking up in a new Bugatti. Which works out well for me because the upkeep and …

The best $500 TV

<i>By Chris Heinonen</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Wirecutter</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After over 100 hours of researching the field and testing five finalists, we found that the Vizio M43-C1 is the best TV that costs around $500. It provides the …

OnePlus releases Reflexion, a unique photo app for all Android devices

OnePlus came out of nowhere last year and made a pretty big impression with the OnePlus One. Whether the long-term impression was positive or negative depends largely on who you ask, but the company has certainly continued to ramp up its ambitions in 2015.<p>So far OnePlus has launched the OnePlus 2, …

Android News

Bye-bye HP, it's the end of an era

On Sunday, Hewlett-Packard will no longer be a single business. Instead, it will start a new era as two publicly traded companies, Hewlett Packard …

SolarCity Beat Revenue Expectations With $114 Million In Q3 2015 Earnings

Analysts expected SolarCity’s revenue to hit $111 million in third quarter 2015. But the solar energy company beat expectations with a near $114 million bump in revenue announced in earnings today.<p>That’s a 95.2 percent year-over-year increase, beating estimates by $2.43 million. This was “driven by …

Solar Power

The Next Higgs Boson: Made In China?

China plans to build a superior collider<p>Super colliders are already massive. The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland features a circular track over 16 miles long. Today, Chinese state media announced the nation’s plan to construct a super collider <i>twice as large</i>, with construction beginning in …

Physics

LinkedIn now has 400M users, but only 25% of them use it monthly

LinkedIn now has 400 million cumulative “members,” the company revealed today, up from 380 million in July.<p>But LinkedIn’s active user-base is far smaller: the company averaged 100 million active users per month for the third quarter of 2015 — up just a bit from 97 million during the previous …

Social Media

Apple and Huawei Close Gap on Samsung in Global Smartphone Market

The latest numbers from research firm IDC show that Samsung and Apple continue to lead the worldwide smartphone market, but Chinese handset maker Huawei is placing increasing pressure on the industry giants after experiencing strong 60.9% growth compared to the year-ago quarter.<p>IDC's Worldwide …

Google Photos now lets you hide pictures of your ex

Google has made some enhancements to its Google Photos and Snapseed Android apps. Among the updates: more widely available face-matching, improvements in app performance, and an option to hide photos of specific people.<p>Additionally, if you’re a fan of Snapseed, you might be happy to know that the …

Nintendo will have more info on its first mobile game tomorrow

Nintendo is still on course to make a profit for its fiscal 2016, but it may need a boost from smartphone players to reach some of its goals.<p>Nintendo plans to announce more details about its first mobile game at a secondary press conference as part of its quarterly financial reporting, according to</i> …

Mobile

Mitsubishi's using AI to save distracted drivers from themselves

There's no doubt that self-driving vehicles will play a huge part in our automotive future, but until they do, ensuring that human drivers stay safe on the road remains the top priority for car companies. Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric, one of the Mitsubishi Group's many subsidiaries, …

A genetics startup with a rocky start is taking steps towards developing drugs

Two weeks ago, the company announced that it had raised $115 million in late-stage funding, putting it at a $1.1-billion valuation.<p>Last week, the company re-launched the health component of its test, so now users will be able to submit their spit and learn about their family history, their traits …

Apple says IBM is saving $270 for every Mac it uses instead of a Windows PC

During its quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, Apple CFO Luca Maestri pointed out that IBM has been saving roughly $270 on each MacBook its employees use instead of a traditional PC, largely due to lower IT support costs and better residual value.<p>He also said IBM now has over 30,000 MacBooks …

48 Million In iPhone Sales Leads Apple’s Q4 2015 Earnings

Apple continued at a good clip in iPhone 6 and 6s sales during its fourth fiscal quarter 2015, hitting 48 million units sold. That’s up from 47.5 million in Q3 and a year-over-year increase from Q4 2014 at about 39 million units sold, though slightly down from analysts’ expectations at 48.5 million.<p>…

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ARM announces its next-gen CoreLink system

Today, ARM has announced its new CoreLink system IP, promising performance improvements for the next generation of mobile devices. The newly announced CoreLink CCI-550 interconnect enables ARM big.LITTLE processing with a fully coherent GPU, while the new DMC-500 memory controller provides higher …

Inhabit This Teddy Bear’s Body Using Virtual Reality - MIT Technology Review

Companies inventing things to do with virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, which launches next year, mostly use them to transport you into …

Who Will Driverless Cars Decide To Kill?

A question that will plague the autonomous car industry<p>In philosophy, there’s an ethical question called the trolley problem. If you had to push one large person in front of a moving trolley to save a group of people on the tracks, would you? This abstract idea has taken hold in programming …

Why your phone number isn't going anywhere

Phone numbers as we know them have been around since the 1960s. It wasn’t until the invention of mobile phone technology that phone numbers became an identifier for a person.<p>The use of next generation communication networks has exploded over the past decade; far beyond a traditional phone call. …