Samsung's personal assistant robot is called Otto

Samsung is pushing hard into the Internet of Things, and in an effort to show off its new ARTIK IoT platform, the company created Otto, a personal assistant robot similar to the Amazon Echo, but a bit creepier. Otto has a microphone and speaker, can answer questions when prompted like Siri …

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This old French film trailer was colorized with artificial intelligence

The machine learning community has responded to a paper published this week that introduced a method of colorizing black-and-white photos using artificial intelligence. One redditor, mar_cnu, used this new automated colorization technique on a trailer for 1964 French film La 317 ème Section (The 317th Platoon), a black-and-white movie about a French …

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The iPhone's trippiest app has to be heard to be understood

Augmented reality usually refers to the overlaying of digital images or information onto a user’s view, but it’s not all visual. To wit, there’s an iPhone app called Hear that does augmented aural reality — and it’s a blast. Hear works by taking in the ambient sound from around you …

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The many luxury cars of this year's Beijing auto show

Like consumer tech, the auto industry has been increasingly turning to China and its burgeoning middle class for growth in recent years. That has made China’s auto show circuit considerably more interesting, as big automakers turn to their stages for major debuts — cars, trucks, and SUVs that are going …

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HP and Google made this thin, all-metal Chromebook

Here’s the first Chromebook in a while that’s worth paying attention to: the HP Chromebook 13. It’s a thin, all-metal machine with surprisingly capable specs. This is the first Chromebook to use one of Intel’s Core m Skylake processors (as far as I can tell, it’s the first Chromebook with …

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Triby Review: Alexa on your fridge

The elevator pitch for the Triby is actually a kitchen pitch. 1. Take everything you like about the Amazon Echo speaker (including voice activation) and stick it into a portable Bluetooth speaker. 2. Add some physical buttons for shortcuts to your favorite radio stations or Spotify playlists. 3. Put an …

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