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James Walker

Editor-at-Large based in Oxford, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Joined on Mar 30, 2014
Expertise in Video games, Internet, Technology, Social media

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Google shares best practices for developing mobile AR apps

Google's published a set of best practices to help developers create compelling mobile AR experiences. The company said it has made several observations during the creation of its own AR apps. It's sharing its insights to inspire industry development.

Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices

Google's announced a significant availability expansion for Assistant. The company's launching the voice-activated AI on a wider selection of Android devices, including tablets and older phones. It comes as the company faces increased competition.

Gibraltar to launch fintech licenses for blockchain startups

Gibraltar will create a license for startups using blockchain tech as it seeks to attract more fintech firms to its territory. The specially designed license will be the first of its kind. It will formally recognise blockchains as a way to make payments.

IT leaders turn to AI to defend against AI-powered cyberattacks

Over 90% of cybersecurity leaders are concerned hackers will use AI to attack their company, according to a new report. Faced with increasingly sophisticated threats, businesses are looking towards defences which use AI to proactively respond to attacks.

Apple launches new iMac Pro, the 'most powerful' Mac ever

Apple has officially launched its new iMac Pro. The workstation PC is aimed at designers, professionals and power users looking for exceptional performance. It follows a series of lacklustre pro-focused Apple launches which the company's now addressing.

Microsoft announces preview of AI-powered health chatbot system

Microsoft's launched a private preview of a new AI-powered health chatbot system. The company said intelligent healthcare assistants could "empower" users to access medical info from their smartphone, cutting the time and cost of obtaining healthcare.

Internet traffic redirected through Russia in 'suspicious' event

Traffic to some of the world's top web services was briefly routed through an "unused" ISP in Russia this week. Researchers have described the unexplained event as "suspicious" and "intentional." Facebook, Google and Microsoft were amongst those impacted.

Digital transformation in telecoms to create agile 'open telcos'

Telecoms operators are embracing digital transformation and technological change to develop new networks and improve the customer experience. The telecoms industry is in a leading-edge position for connectivity as businesses start to demand cloud tech.

Apple invests $390m in TrueDepth supplier Finisar

Apple's announced it will invest $390m into Finisar, the company that manufactures components for Apple's TrueDepth iPhone cameras. Finisar's technology is behind many of Apple's latest innovations, including Face ID and Animoji on the iPhone X.

Banking cryptocurrency Ripple increases in value by over 50%

The cryptocurrency Ripple has more than doubled in price this week and is now the fourth largest by market cap. Ripple has overtaken Litecoin, another alternative coin with similar gains over the past week. Bitcoin's rally is driving the trend.

FCC, FTC detail what will happen if net neutrality gets repealed

The FCC and FTC have published a draft agreement that outlines how the agencies will collaborate if net neutrality gets repealed. They will share jurisdiction of ISPs, with the FCC responsible for reviewing complaints. Both bodies will meet regularly.

Google announces AI research centre in China

Google's announced it will extend its push into China by launching an AI research centre in the country. The company said it's opening the facility to access China's leading AI research talent. The move could also help it to access Chinese users.

Microsoft launches preview of its quantum development toolkit

Microsoft's launched a preview of its quantum development kit. The set tools include a quantum programming language designed to help developers get started with quantum models. It includes everything needed to run quantum programs on a regular computer.

Digital transformation market to be worth over $490bn by 2022

The digital transformation market is expected to more than double in size over the next five years. Investment will climb to $493.4bn as more businesses bring digital tech into the workplace and customer experiences. The market will pass $205bn in 2017.

Internet pioneers urge FCC to cancel net neutrality vote

Over 20 pioneers credited with inventing the web have penned a letter to the FCC. The leaders explain how the FCC's intention to repeal net neutrality is based on "flawed and factually inaccurate" understanding of the web, demanding the vote is cancelled.

Coinbase CEO warns users to 'invest responsibly'

The CEO of Coinbase has penned a blog post warning users to be careful when investing in cryptocurrencies. Noting that Bitcoin and alternative coins remain volatile, Brian Armstrong said investments should be made "responsibly."

Microsoft adds another $50m to AI for Earth at One Planet Summit

Microsoft's announced it's investing another $50m in its "AI for Earth" initiative to help organisations use AI to protect the environment. The company committed the additional funding on the eve of the One Planet Summit in Paris tomorrow.

Apple set to acquire Shazam in $400m deal

Apple is close to acquiring music recognition service Shazam in a $400m deal. According to media reports, the purchase will be confirmed this week and will see Apple acquire a notable platform. Shazam is capable of identifying songs using a phone.

NVIDIA launches new 'most powerful' GPU for AI development

NVIDIA's unveiled a new GPU for AI development that's claimed to be the fastest it has ever build. The TITAN V is powered by its new Volta architecture and targets end user PCs. NVIDIA said the launch will help researchers explore AI and build new tech.

HP admits to installing keylogger on hundreds of laptops

HP has admitted to installing a keylogger on hundreds of its laptops. Some of the company's most popular models are among those affected. The code was discovered inside HP's keyboard driver software by a security researcher investigating laptop keyboards.
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