Samsung unleashes Bixby to take on AI rivals

first_img AISamsungvoice assistant AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 MAR 2017 Author KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Kavit Majithia Samsung took the wraps off Bixby, its new AI-powered virtual assistant which will debut on the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship and is set to ramp up competition with rivals including Apple and Amazon.In a statement, InJong Rhee, EVP and head of R&D, software and services, confirmed rumours Samsung’s next flagship will come equipped with a new digital voice assistant, and the company is clearly placing a big emphasis on the feature.The S8 will feature a button dedicated to launching Bixby on the side of the phone which will be compatible with a set of preinstalled applications. The portfolio of apps will then be expanded over time, with plans to open up the feature to third party developers.Samsung explained Bixby was the result of its ongoing efforts in AI development, which it is using as a “deep learning concept to the core of our user interface designs”.DifferentiationIt will also differ from other voice assistants available on the market, said Rhee, as it offers “a deeper experience” thanks to proficiency in three areas: completeness; context awareness; and cognitive tolerance.On the first point, Rhee said a Bixby enabled application will support every task it is performing, unlike rival assistants which only support a limited part of the experience.When it comes to “context awareness”, Samsung said a Bixby enabled application will be able to “understand the current context and state of the application, and will allow users to carry out the current work in progress continuously”.Finally, Bixby will be “smart enough to understand commands with incomplete information and execute the command task to the best of its knowledge”, and not rely on exact commands in a set of fixed forms.While launching on the S8 will be the first step, the company said “Bixby is at the heart of our software and services evolution as a company”.“Starting with our smartphones, Bixby will be gradually applied to all our appliances,” said Rhee. “In the future you would be able to control your air conditioner or TV through Bixby… as the Bixby ecosystem grows, we believe Bixby will evolve from a smartphone interface to an interface for your life.”Notably, this isn’t Samsung’s first attempt at a voice assistant. It first introduced S Voice in 2012, but the company gradually reduced its focus on the feature.The Galaxy S8 smartphone is expected to be unveiled on 29 March. Devices center_img Related HomeDevicesNews Samsung unleashes Bixby to take on AI rivals Tags Previous ArticleCompetition Commission approves RCom/Aircel dealNext ArticleJio queries Airtel speeds, files action against Ookla IDC bullish on Australian 5G smartphone demand Smartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1last_img read more

Linde receives Silver Class distinction from RobecoSAM

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Checkoff programs empower ag business

first_imgWhen it comes to expanding market share, increasing revenue and getting the word out about a great product or commodity, checkoff programs prove there’s strength in numbers.Officially called research and promotion programs, checkoff programs give agricultural producers, importers and other stakeholders in the marketing chain the power to maximize resources while managing risk.advertisementadvertisementThe strategy for increasing or expanding commodity markets takes more cooperation within the industry than competition between individual farms and businesses. Consumers may not know exactly which farm grows or raises their fruit, beef, cotton or lumber, but they will decide what to buy based on knowledge, quality and availability.The consumer’s perspective that there is a general uniformity to some commodities serves as the catalyst for many individual farms and businesses to collaborate on a comprehensive, industry-wide strategy to expand markets.Promoting a commodity as a whole instead of individual businesses means everyone in the industry benefits through increased sales, consumer awareness and higher overall demand.Checkoff programs help make that happen. Completely funded and operated by industry stakeholders, the checkoff programs allow commodity groups to pool resources for advertising campaigns, market research, new product development and consumer education.advertisementThey empower the industry chain to establish their own goals and decide for themselves how to best develop new markets and strengthen current markets for specific commodities. For every $1 spent in a research and promotion program, the return on investment can range as high as $18.The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) oversees the research and promotion programs, which are led by boards of small and large producers, importers and other commodity stakeholders.Board members, nominated by the industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, bring a wealth of diverse perspectives and backgrounds to the programs.Their experience with a variety of operation sizes, production methods, distribution options and marketing strategies all contribute to the common goal of promoting their commodity to more consumers.For example, the dairy industry’s “Got Milk?” campaign, originally developed by the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), has spawned many humorous spin-offs in the 16 years since its launch.The campaign also transcended its original advertising medium with over 75 products including toys, posters and clothing carrying its message. It reinforced “milk” as a household name.advertisementResearch and promotion programs also identify new uses and strategically tap into new markets. Cotton Incorporated began their Cotton. From Blue to Green program in 2006 as part of its work for the Cotton Board.They partnered with an insulation manufacturer to transform used jeans into UltraTouch Denim Insulation.Not only does this program promote the commodity, it also forges community ties and promotes a less traditional use of their product.They even sponsor grants for community buildings and partner with organizations like Habitat for Humanity .Checkoff programs also benefit from unified messaging and cohesive campaigns. Before the National Mango Board was formed, producers and growers competed against each other with varied success.Now members from around the world share institutional knowledge and ideas with a clear focus and purpose.By educating consumers on the nutritional value of mangoes and using guest chefs to inspire new recipes, producers and importers continue to see market growth. Consumers now eat nearly six pounds of mangoes per person annually compared to just two pounds in 2008 when the board first launched.There are currently 19 checkoff programs, representing a wide variety of commodities. From the Fabric of Our Lives (cotton) to the incredible edible egg, research and promotion programs have expanded and created identities for things we use every day, increasing consumer awareness and expanding markets for many U.S. commodities. PDVisit the AMS checkoff site for a list of research and promotion boards administered by AMS at the USDA.—Excerpts from www.ams.usda.gov , September 21, 2011last_img read more

Japan honors former Egyptian judoka Mohamed Ali Rashwan with Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays

first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Mohamed Ali Rashwan (center), silver medalist in the men’s open class category at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, attends a ceremony to receive Japan’s spring 2019 Order of the Rising Sun decoration in Cairo on Monday. | KYODO During the gold-medal match against Yamashita at the Los Angeles Games, Rashwan refrained from targeting his opponent’s injured right calf, a decision that cost him gold but won him the respect of the sporting world for his demonstration of great sportsmanship.Yamashita, 62, who serves as the chief of the Japanese Olympic Committee, sent a video for the ceremony where he looked back at their match 35 years ago and congratulated Rashwan, saying he is an important person in the world of judo.The Egyptian took note of his unbreakable bond with Yamashita and expressed a wish that he can continue his close relationship with Japan.Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, also attended the ceremony, while Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, who for a time studied in Egypt, sent a congratulatory message. KEYWORDScenter_img Yasuhiro Yamashita, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, order of the rising sun, Mohamed Ali Rashwan CAIRO – Former Egyptian judoka Mohamed Ali Rashwan, lauded for his role in a famous gold-medal bout against Yasuhiro Yamashita at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, received a prestigious Japanese award in a ceremony in Cairo on Monday.Rashwan, 63, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays at the residence of the Japanese ambassador to Egypt, after becoming a recipient of spring decorations conferred by the emperor for his longtime efforts to spread judo. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Double Treble to headline fundraising concert in JA

first_imgKarl Van Richards (left) and Roderick Demmings, Jr. Double Treble, a dynamic and electrifying duo comprising Jamaican Karl Van Richards, concert pianist and African-American Roderick Demmings, Jr., concert organist/pianistwill will headline the month-end fundraising concert for the Kingston Parish Church on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Admission: $1,500 for adults and $500 for children under 12 and students with ID.The audience will be in for a classical feast as the duo has assembled a compelling and diverse programme which opens with the William Tell Overture by Giaochino Rossini and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J.S. Bach. The varied programme will also include Oswald Russell’s Jamaican Dance No. 2, Jamaican Rhumba by Arthur Benjamin and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Hungarian-born composer and pianist Franz Liszt.The purpose of the concert which will also feature the Musical Apostles Steel Band is to generate much needed funds to assist in the restoration of the Kingston Parish Church.For the duo, they are elated to make their Jamaica debut and believes this performance will serve as a great kickoff to an exciting 2016 concert tour which will see them visiting a number of US cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York. “I am always happy to perform in Jamaica and this concert represents a kind of homecoming and evolution for me as an artist with the creation of Double Treble,” noted Richards.With this concert, Double Treble aims to inspire others to believe that the power to create opportunity lies within one’s own hands.Tickets are $1,500 for adults and $500 for children under 12 and students with ID.Tickets for the concert can be obtained by contacting Music Mart at 926-4287 or the Kingston Parish Church at 922-6888.last_img read more

YouTube TV offers apologies, free week of service after World Cup outage

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SAN BRUNO, Ca) — YouTube TV is apologizing for Wednesday’s internet-streaming outage during the World Cup semifinal match between England and Croatia, and is now offering a free week of service to subscribers, according to an email obtained by Deadline. “We’re really sorry for the recent YouTube TV outage during the FIFA World Cup Semifinal,” Thursday’s email reads. “To help make this right, we’d like to offer you a week of free service. You’ll receive another email soon, confirming your account has been credited.”The outage Wednesday afternoon lasted just over an hour, but YouTube TV told subscribers that they can now access the game in its entirety in their “Library” tab.The free week of service credit amounts to $10 under the $40 per month subscription. During the outage, YouTube TV tweeted an initial apology, telling subscribers they “understand your frustration.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chadwick Boseman is on the hunt for cop killers in the first trailer for ’21 Bridges’

first_imgPhoto: Matt Kennedy/STXFilms(LOS ANGELES) — Chadwick Boseman is a NYPD detective on a mission in the first trailer for his upcoming action thriller 21 Bridges.The film, which reunites Boseman with producers Joe and Anthony Russo — who directed him in Captain America: Civil War, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame — also stars If Beale Street Could Talk’s Stephan James, alongside Sienna Miller, Keith David, Taylor Kitsch and J.K. Simmons.Game of Thrones and The Tudors veteran Brian Kirk directs.21 Bridges follows Boseman as an embattled NYPD detective, who gets a shot at redemption after being called to help in a citywide manhunt for a cop killer. As the search intensifies, authorities go to extreme measures to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan by closing all 21 bridges.  This is latest project for Black Panther’s real-life alter-ego, who is also producing the film adaptation of The Stars in My Soul, a memoir co-written by Hakeem Oluseyi about his life. Chadwick’s also set to star in the upcoming thriller Expatriate, directed by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.21 Bridges hits theaters on July 12.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Olivier Giroud reveals why he cussed out the first time he trained with Eden…

first_imgAdvertisement u2uNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2sfngh54Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ulr7Would you ever consider trying this?😱3tzoCan your students do this? 🌚8tiRoller skating! Powered by Firework Eden Hazard is an impact player everywhere he sets his foot on and his Chelsea teammate Olivier Giroud reflects on his first time training with the Belgian where he felt it firsthand.Advertisement Eden Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012 from Lille and Olivier Giroud followed suit in January 2018 from Arsenal and now the duo are having a merry time playing for The Blues. Hazard has developed in something of a A-list player whose name is always among the current footballing elites such as Messi and Ronaldo. The Belgian winger has won 2 Premier League titles and recently bagged a bronze medal at the world cup and is no short of a consistent world class forward.Advertisement The Chelsea number 10 is impressing the fans as much as he’s impressing his teammates. Speaking to Le Figaro, Giroud said: ‘When I discover Eden Hazard in training for my first session at Chelsea. I told myself: “F**k, it’s hard to get the ball off him”.‘Sometimes, there’s two or three players around him and he still manages to get out in tight spaces.Advertisement ‘He’s a magician, he’s impressive. Now, I’ve started to know him and I don’t find myself near him. It’s better for him and for me.’Giroud is yet to score for Chelsea in the PL and is struggling to break into Sarri’s first team.Chelsea, who are currently third in the Premier League – four points adrift of leaders Manchester City, make the short trip to Wembley to face Tottenham on November 24.   Advertisementlast_img read more

Petition against tower eyesore

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Defending BC Senior Champs advance after capturing Okanagan Regional Playdown

first_imgThe Bob Ursel rink of Kelowna, with half the rink from the West Kootenay, began defence of its 2016 BC Senior Men’s Curling title by sweeping past the competition during regional playdowns Sunday in Kelowna.Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson, defeated Mark Longworth of Vernon 4-1 Sunday in the B Final to clinch the Okanagan berth.Ursel dumped Longworth 7-4 Saturday in the A Final after opening the four-team playdown with an 11-4 win over Frank Cseke of Salmon Arm.last_img