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7/20/2018

Samsung may release a smart speaker powered by Bixby in August, per a report in The Wall Street Journal. The device may be released Aug. 9 in conjunction with the Samsung Unpacked event.

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Samsung, Bixby
7/20/2018

On Amazon's Prime Day, the best-selling brand of PC notebooks, desktops and monitors was Acer, the company reports, adding that it offered 17 items as Prime deals and that more than 100 million items were sold.

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DigiTimes
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Acer, Amazon
7/20/2018

Apple is overhauling Apple Maps, including taking charge of its own mapping data. Adam Dorfman takes a look at what to expect and whether Apple can catch up with rival Google Maps.

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Search Engine Land
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Apple, Adam Dorfman
7/20/2018

Microsoft is planning to engage consumers through accessible technology with its Modern Life Services initiative. The goal is to reach "professional consumers," people familiar with technology but who need to find ways to use it more productively, according to Yusuf Mehdi, who is heading up the project.

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ZDNet
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Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft
7/20/2018

An open source initiative dubbed the Data Transfer Project has been announced by four of the largest technology companies: Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter. The project will make it easier for users to transfer data among the companies' services.

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Engadget
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Twitter, Facebook, Google, Microsoft
7/20/2018

Four smart home leaders received equal marks in a recent study of consumer perception: Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung. Smart home hubs were among the most well-known devices, with 67% of survey respondents saying they were aware of the devices.

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Samsung, Apple, Amazon, Google
7/20/2018

Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence project called the "Move Mirror," which matches users' poses with similar images. The project was created to make machine learning more accessible to coders, as well as to inspire the development of other applications.

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CNET
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Google, AI
7/20/2018

Royole Corp. has unveiled a flexible shirt and top hat with smart video features that users can use to show off 3GP/MP4 videos and JPEG/GIF images. "Individuals can select video content that showcases their personality and stream in real-time from their mobile phone, giving them unlimited portability and versatility," noted Bill Liu of Royole.

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Electronics360
7/20/2018

Augmented reality poses not only technical but also social challenges for app developers, writes Techuz InfoWeb CEO Vaibhav Shah. The technical problems come in the form of sensor readings, GPS errors and pattern recognition, while the social difficulty lies in the simple fact that many people remain unaware of AR and its possibilities.

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CustomerThink
7/20/2018

President Donald Trump defended US company Google after the EU imposed a record $5 billion antitrust penalty on the tech giant. He took to Twitter to decry the ruling, saying the EU is taking advantage of the US.

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Reuters
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EU, Trump