So, when will your device actually get Android Oreo?

 Google officially just took the wraps off of Android Oreo, but there are still some questions left to be answered — most notably, precisely when each device will be getting the latest version of the mobile operating system. Due to Android’s openness and a variety of different factors on the manufacturing side, it’s not an easy question to answer, but ...

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Novetta Testing Finds Amazon Rekognition Facial Recognition About 90% Accurate

Novetta is weighing in on the facial recognition capabilities of Amazon Rekognition. Unveiled late last year, Amazon Rekognition is Amazon’s machine learning computer vision system, available through Amazon Web Services. Novetta, a government-focused consultancy and IT services firm that has also evaluated biometric technology from EyeLock, is now offering its assessment of Rekognition’s ability to identify faces. The company says ...

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Microsoft Speech Recognition Reaches Human Parity (Again)

“It is a big deal, to be sure. Speech is becoming an increasingly important user interface on smartphones and devices associated with the Internet of Things, and various companies are investing heavily in technological advancement in this area.” Microsoft has reached another new milestone in its speech recognition technology, with head speech scientist Xuedong Huang proclaiming that it has reached ...

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iPhone 8’s Pearl ID to Operate in ‘Millionths of a Second’

The iPhone 8’s facial recognition system will allow it to “deeply sense a user’s face in the millionths of a second,” according to a new report in The Korea Herald. The report is primarily concerned with speculating over the iPhone 8’s screen shape, and cites only “a source familiar with the matter”. But as 9to5Mac notes, given that Korea-based Samsung ...

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Samsung Pay Purchases Quadrupled in Its Second Year

Samsung is celebrating a big new benchmark for its mobile payment platform: The company has announced that Samsung Pay has processed 10 trillion won, or about $8.77 billion, in transactions in South Korea since its launch in 2015. It’s a particularly significant figure because it points to a rapidly escalating rate of growth. Samsung said the service had processed two ...

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Survey Says: CFOs + Technology = Dramatically Improved Performance

There are so many ways CFOs can look at improving performance – so much so that it can become a daunting challenge encumbered by missteps and misstarts, or worse, inaction. But by narrowing the focus to three areas, enabled by the speed, accuracy, and power of technology, improvements in performance usually happen quickly and pervasively: Continuous accounting Dynamic planning and ...

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Simpler IT Begins With Hybrid Data Models

We hear a lot about simplicity in IT today. It’s a goal that is galvanizing every organization – large, small, commercial, and not-for-profit. Simpler data models, especially in core enterprise resource planning (ERP), should be the beginning of this quest. Simpler data models in ERP not only help IT departments achieve streamlined IT landscapes; they transform the entire enterprise by ...

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No, shooting the eclipse will not break your iPhone

 We’ve reached peak eclipse. It’s coming in just a few hours and is all anyone is talking about (online and IRL). But there’s one thing we’ve been hearing a lot of – which is that taking a photograph of the eclipse with your iPhone could fry the camera. Well, it’s not true. Apple has said that photographing the eclipse won’t ...

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Proposed bill targets sexual harassment in venture capital industry

 Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) plans to introduce a new bill, SB 224, to explicitly prohibit sexual harassment in the venture capital industry. Jackson’s bill comes in light of numerous reports from female founders alleging sexual harassment and misconduct when seeking funding from venture capitalists. Right now, there is a legal gray area when it comes to the… Read More

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Entocycle uses larvae to fuel a more sustainable food chain

 No matter how many tears are shed watching “Okja,” people are still going to eat meat—and the raising of meat is hard on the planet. Even feeding livestock and fish has an ecological cost. Soybean farming can lead to soil erosion and farmed fish still contributes to overfishing if their food is caught from the ocean. Entocycle, which is currently ...

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