Tuesday Tech Wrap: Amazon, Uber, Facebook

Amazon is reportedly formulation to recover a new chronicle of a intelligent orator Echo on Tuesday that includes a shade for origination video calls. The strange Echo is a digital partner that can play oral song requests, answer questions about a sports score, report the weather or review a news. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Amazon is approaching to announce a new Echo intelligent home orator on Tuesday. The large difference: it’ll come with a shade that allows users to make video calls, The Wall Street Journal reports. The 7-inch hold shade will also arrangement answers to oral questions with Google-like hunt results, a Journal adds. Amazon employees have been contrast a new orator for a final few months, and it could start shipping to consumers as early as June. The device will reportedly cost $200, aloft than a current, screen-less Echo that costs $180. In April, Amazon launched a apart chronicle of a intelligent home orator called Echo Look, that enclosed a camera that could give character recommendation on outfits, and that was also labelled during $200.

The new orator could give Amazon a serve boost during a time when it’s already racing forward of Alphabet’s Google, Apple and Samsung to sell intelligent home inclination you can use as digital assistants. A new foresee from eMarketer says Amazon’s Echo device would constraint 70.6% of a marketplace for voice-enabled speakers in a United States in 2017, good forward of Google Home’s 23.8%. “eMarketer expects Amazon’s marketplace share to tumble somewhat in a entrance years, as Google’s share grows,” a marketplace investigate organisation said. “But Amazon will sojourn a widespread actor in a difficulty for a foreseeable future.”


Uber has built a new investigate section in Toronto, Canada where dozens of engineers will rise synthetic comprehension program for driverless cars, Forbes author Alan Ohnsman reports. Raquel Urtasun, a highbrow specializing in appurtenance training during a University of Toronto, will lead a new team. Uber’s Chief Executive Travis Kalanick pronounced in a blog post on Monday that Urtasun was “one of a world’s heading researchers in a fields of appurtenance notice and synthetic intelligence.” The investigate heart is Uber’s initial RD operation outward a U.S., Ohnsman writes. Last year engineers during a Advanced Technologies Group in Pittsburgh began contrast early versions of Uber’s possess driverless-car system. 


Facebook is behind adult and using for many users in Asia, New Zealand, Australia and tools of North America following an outage that influenced a mobile app and Messenger, according to DownDetector.com. The site, that collects standing reports from sources like Twitter, pronounced Facebook started carrying issues during 9.48pm EST on Monday, and that a outages seemed to still be inspiring tools of Asia and South America during 4pm EST on Tuesday. Facebook done no discuss of an outage on a official Twitter feed.


Nvidia has denounced new video analytics program that will concede city governments to improved detect problems through their video-surveillance streams. The Nvidia Metropolis height will use synthetic comprehension to guard video streams for incidents of crimes or worsening traffic, a association pronounced in a press recover on Tuesday. Nvidia argues that while there are hundreds of millions of notice cameras capturing information everyday, humans can usually guard a fragment of that content. The graphics estimate section (GPU) builder claims a deep-learning record will be means to make inferences about what’s being filmed “instantaneously,” and that a Metropolis height was “paving a approach for a origination of AI cities.” It did not name any cities that were formulation to use a analytics platform.

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