Microsoft adjusts Translator to work offline | XPO Logistics unveils package tracking through smart speakers | Apple Watch gets August Smart Lock feature
April 19, 2018
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Microsoft adjusts Translator to work offline
Microsoft adjusts Translator to work offline
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Microsoft Translator is making some of its machine learning capabilities available to users even when they do not have an internet connection on their devices, alleviating a common challenge among travelers. The feature does not require an artificial intelligence chip and offers a more humanlike experience, according to the company.
TechCrunch (4/18) 
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XPO Logistics unveils package tracking through smart speakers
Delivery provider XPO Logistics has announced a voice-activated tracking feature that can be used with Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers. The feature will roll out next month and will allow users to monitor, schedule and reschedule deliveries.
Reuters (4/18) 
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From Blue Chips to Startups
Time Warner CEO: AT&T merger needed for battle against Netflix, Amazon
Time Warner CEO: AT&T merger needed for battle against Netflix, Amazon
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Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes took the stand in federal court recently to defend the merger between his company and AT&T. Bewkes said the AT&T deal is a necessity for the company, noting, "We don't have the tech platform, don't have the engineers, don't have the infrastructure."
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/18) 
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Apple to integrate Texture purchase into news service
Apple's recent purchase of magazine app Texture will be used to improve the company's own news service. The move is part of a goal to improve revenues from content and services.
Bloomberg (free registration) (4/17) 
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Facebook testing "playable ad" game trial format
Facebook is testing a new ad format that will allow users to test out a new game without having to download it. The company believes the format will increase high-intent downloads.
VentureBeat (4/18) 
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Researchers develop new TFTs for flexible TVs
Researchers from the University of Manchester and Shandong University in China have created a new thin film transistor that can be used in flexible TVs, tablets and a whole host of wearable devices. These TFTs work off oxide-based material, which offers more flexible options than the traditional silicon-based TFTs.
New Electronics (4/19) 
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Retail Trends
Amazon Prime grows to more than 100M members
Amazon has signed more than 100 million members to its Amazon Prime program, CEO Jeff Bezos said Wednesday in his annual letter to shareholders, the first time the number has been revealed. Members pay a $99 annual fee to join the 13-year-old program, which comes with perks including free shipping, plus video and music streaming.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/18),  The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (4/18) 
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Association News
Call for Innovation Entrepreneur Award nominations closes April 30
Only two weeks left to submit nominations for the 2018 Innovation Entrepreneur Awards, recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit in the consumer technology industry. Nominate a startup, small business or small business executive that demonstrates innovation, dedication to the industry or their local community, and has overcome business challenges. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of industry judges and presented at the 2018 Innovate Celebrate Conference, held October 15-17 in Boston, MA. Submit a nomination today. Deadline is Monday, April 30.
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France speeds up on self-driving tech
2018 is a big year for self-driving technologies in France and the country is on track to see self-driving vehicles (SDVs) on public roads this year, thanks to a recent partnership between public transit company Transdev and Delphi Automotive. Learn more about the SDV tech and programs that make France one of the top tech countries in the world at CTA.tech.
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