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Annual Smart Speaker IQ Test

Annual Smart Speaker IQ Test

We recently tested four smart speakers by asking Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana 800 questions each. Google Assistant was able to answer 88% of them correctly vs. Siri at 75%, Alexa at 73%, and Cortana at 63%. Last year, Google Assistant was able to answer 81% correctly vs. Siri (Feb-18) at 52%, Alexa at 64%, and Cortana at 56%.As part of our ongoing effort to better understand the practical use cases of AI and the emergence of voice as a computing input, we regularly test the most common digital assistants and smart speakers. This time, we focused solely on smart speakers Amazon Echo (Alexa), Google Home (Google Assistant), HomePod (Siri), and Invoke (Cortana).
Cannabis Growers Embrace IOT for Energy Efficiency

Cannabis Growers Embrace IOT for Energy Efficiency

More U.S. cannabis cultivators are deploying internet-of-things (IOT) technologies in greenhouses to optimize the use of power, water and nutrients.“We're doing some cool work with indoor cannabis growers and consultants,” said Tim Guiterman, chief marketing officer at Massachusetts-based InfiSense, which provides IOT hardware, software and analytics. As competition ramps up between growers in states where cannabis has been legalized, he said, “there’s real pressure to optimize or die. It’s all about maximizing the yield per strain, based on whatever inputs are coming in.
GE spins off digital assets to form internet of things company

GE spins off digital assets to form internet of things company

General Electric announced plans Thursday spin off its GE Digital business and establish an independent internet of things company, built around several GE Digital technologies.GE also said it is simultaneously selling a majority stake in Service Max to private equity shop Silver Lake. Service Max is a software business GE Digital acquired for $915 million in November 2016."As an independently operated company, our digital business will be best positioned to advance our strategy to focus on our core verticals to deliver greater value for our customers and generate new value for shareholders," GE chairman and CEO Larry Culp said in a statement.
Salesforce Adds IoT Insights to Its Field Service CRM Platform

Salesforce Adds IoT Insights to Its Field Service CRM Platform

Salesforce has announced some new Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities for its Service Cloud console to enable companies to automate requests for sending out customer service representatives. Launched today, Salesforce IoT Insights for Field Service Lightning lets companies use connected devices to troubleshoot problems with machinery before they get on site. Salesforce said it is easy to add customize new capabilities on Lightning through drag-and-drop functionality.
How IoT Can Save the Bees

How IoT Can Save the Bees

With bees to thank for 30 percent of our food and an estimated 9.5 billion people to feed by 2050, colony collapse, which is already catastrophic, is accelerating when we’ll need bees more than ever. Thankfully, researchers and innovators worldwide have turned to #agtech and #apitech innovations, many of which make use of IoT, so that we can remain positive about the intertwined future of humans and bees.
Huawei boss: The US may not win the 5G race if it doesn't let us back in

Huawei boss: The US may not win the 5G race if it doesn't let us back in

Chinese technology giant Huawei warned on Thursday that American ambitions to lead the world in the next generation of mobile internet may not be realized if Washington continues to block the company from participating in the U.S. market. That widely heralded new technology, known as 5G, could allow consumers to download movies in seconds and it could support infrastructure such as smart cities that will require lots of data. The U.S. and China are both in a race to become leaders in the space.
The 5 Top Industries IoT Is Disrupting the Most

The 5 Top Industries IoT Is Disrupting the Most

IoT. Digitalization. Disruption. These are some of the concepts that have been garnering a lot of attention lately. IoT has already begun to disrupt industries. This generation has seen a massive technological revolution. This revolution has and slowly will change how the corporate world works.
Ktor 1.0 Released: A Connected Applications Framework by JetBrains

Ktor 1.0 Released: A Connected Applications Framework by JetBrains

As we work on Kotlin, we implement many features that help build idiomatic and high-performing APIs. We’ve been dreaming of seeing a Web framework that utilizes these features to the max. Today, we can finally say we’ve built that kind of framework! Please welcome Ktor, which has just reached 1.0. Ktor is a Kotlin framework for building asynchronous servers and clients in connected systems. It is being created by the Kotlin team, and as such, it takes full advantage of the language in order to provide a great developer experience and excellent runtime performance.
Alexa will tell you where you can vote and give real-time election updates

Alexa will tell you where you can vote and give real-time election updates

In the days leading up to the US midterm elections on November 6th, Amazon’s Alexa will be able to tell users information about voter registration deadlines, polling information, and give real-time election results. Following the election, Alexa will also be able to give more details on the outcome, including how many seats each party gained, and information on specific candidates.
Tech Leaders Look To IoT, AI & Robotics To Fuel Growth Through 2021

Tech Leaders Look To IoT, AI & Robotics To Fuel Growth Through 2021

These and many other insights are from KPMG’s recent research study Tech Disruptors Outpace The Competition. The study can be downloaded here(PDF, 42 pp., no opt-in.).  The methodology is based on interviews with 750 global technology industry leaders, 85% of whom are C-level executives. For additional details on the methodology, please see pages 32 and 33 of the study. The study found that the three main benefits of adopting IoT, AI, and robotics include improved management of personal information, increased personal productivity, and improved customer experience through personalized real-time information.


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