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

Karen Lynn Hammer

first_img Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hammer’s memory to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards A gathering of Mrs. Hammer’s family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Faith Tabernacle Church, 10169 Highway 69 (Memorial Boulevard), Port Arthur, Texas. Her interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County in Nederland. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary, Nederland. Next UpShe was preceded in death by her father, Milton Foster; and brother, Daryl Foster. Survivors include her spouse, Reverend D.R. Hammer; children, Morgan (Nate) Hyde of East Sparta, Ohio, Macy (Daniel) Moreaux of Beaumont, Texas, Miles Hammer, and Micah Hammer; grandchildren, Maleah, Ella, and Layla Hyde and Noah and Bella Moreaux; mother, Wanda Foster; siblings, Ronnie (Lenora) Foster, Rusty (Donna) Foster, Mark (Tammy) Foster, and Rebekah Foster; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends and members of Faith Tabernacle. center_img Karen Lynn Hammer of Nederland, Texas passed away November 7, 2016 at the age of 50. She was born January 26, 1966 in Port Arthur, Texas to Milton and Wanda Foster. Karen married Douglas R. Hammer on June 15, 1984. She lived several years in Kerrville, Texas and later in Alpine, Texas, finally settling down in Nederland in 1999. Karen enjoyed shopping, decorating, exploring new recipes and trying new restaurants. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. Karen had a funny, mischievous side and loved to have fun. last_img read more

Calling all triathlon coaches for research study

first_img Related Loughborough University is looking to recruit triathlon coaches to participate in a new and exciting research study. Loughborough University is currently one of the leading universities in sport psychology research, and it is from here that it is conducting a study into coaching psychology.The research focuses upon coaching experiences, coach well-being and coaching behaviours, which have important implications not only for all coaches, but also the athletes with whom they work. It may also provide coaches with some unique insights into coaching practice.To take part simply click on the link below, which will direct coaches to a short 10 minute survey and all the necessary background information. Participation is voluntary and completely confidential.www.survey.lboro.ac.uk/coachingA full copy of the research results and the implications for coaching practice can be made available following the study for those who are interested.www.lboro.ac.uklast_img read more

Officer tears up describing working school shooting while wife, son were inside

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) — A Florida police officer was overcome with emotion as he described responding to last week’s mass shooting at a high school, where his wife and son were on lockdown inside.“It was surreal,” Coral Springs police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich said at a news conference this morning, telling his story through tears.Heinrich was off duty on Valentine’s Day but happened to be watering the baseball field at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where his wife is an assistant athletic director and his son is a student, when the shooting happened.Heinrich said he heard the fire alarm go off and then gunshots, but at first he thought it was fireworks. He noticed students walking to the parking lot were relaxed as if was a usual fire drill.Then, the children started to run and scream and he heard a round of five or six shots, Heinrich said.Heinrich said he ran toward the parking lot where the students were and found a student named Kyle who had a gunshot wound to his ankle. Heinrich grabbed Kyle and took him to the baseball area, where he said he used a first-aid kit at the clubhouse to treat him.Kyle, while seriously injured, managed to give Heinrich a great description of what was going on and what the shooter was wearing, which Heinrich then relayed to the dispatcher, he said.Kyle survived and remains in the hospital, Heinrich said.Heinrich, emotional and holding back tears told reporters, “I called my wife. Luckily I was able to get ahold of her. By the grace of God my wife and my son who are on opposite ends of the school … they both heard the fire alarm and decided to evacuate.”His wife and son found each other and were able to shelter in place together with other teachers and students, Heinrich said, crying.Heinrich said he continued to work the rest of the day and didn’t reunite with his family until 10 p.m.Officer Chris Crawford, a former Marine, was also among the officers sharing their stories.Crawford said he rescued a 14-year-old boy who had been shot several times. He was trying to get the teen to where the fire department was, but the boy told him he couldn’t breathe or walk, he said. When Crawford put him down, he said he found injuries to his back, shoulder, thigh and arm.“It’s awful,” Crawford said. “It’s as bad as you can imagine — times 10.”Crawford also said when he knocked on one class door and identified himself, the students pushed desks up against the door and refused to let him in. Crawford said the students made him pass his ID to them and read off his ID number to provide his identity.Crawford said his wife is a detective and he’s a father of a 2-year-old.“I don’t want to send him to school,” Crawford said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more