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What Face ID means for iOS and device access

The most obvious difference between the upcoming iPhone X and every iOS device that preceded it is the loss of the iconic Home button. For years, it has served as the fingerprint sensor for Apple’s Touch ID technology, offering easy and secure unlocking of the device as well as authentication for transactions. With the iPhone X, which arrives on Nov. ... Read More »

Apple takes the slow road to wireless charging

Wireless charging has been around for more than a quarter of a century, but only over the past decade did smartphone manufacturers begin offering it natively in their handsets. In 2012, Nokia was the first to adopt the Qi-based wireless charging in its Lumia 920 phone. The Qi specification, the industry’s most popular, allows for power transfer ranging from 5 ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: The coming evolution of the conversational interface

Last week I wrote on how Cortana and her peers, Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa, were likely to evolve in a VR world to become the primary interface because touch, mice, and keyboards, in a virtual world, make aren’t practical unless you are emulating something that uses them. Because of Cortana’s connection to video gaming, I think it, or she, has ... Read More »

Why Microsoft is adding an AI co-processor to HoloLens 2

I strapped on a pair of virtual reality (VR) goggles and looked around the room. There were three PageWide printers sitting off in the corner, so I reached out and pressed a lever to open the paper tray. A voice off in the distance, like a ghost in the fog, told me to try lifting the copier lid as well. ... Read More »

Avoid the mouse trap: Old habits wreck new tech

Don’t look now, but your desktop user interface dates back to the Nixon administration. Is it time to upgrade to the next UI? New technologies revolutionize business. And big shifts like artificial intelligent (AI) virtual assistants and augmented reality seem to have gone from “someday” technologies, to “happening right now.” These technologies are expected to transform business for the better. ... Read More »

We need virtual assistants that talk to each other

Everybody talks about (and often to) the Big Four virtual assistants — Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant. But many other companies are working on virtual assistants, too. Huawei is working on a virtual assistant for the Chinese market. Samsung offers Bixby on its Galaxy S8 or S8+ smartphones. Voice recognition giant Nuance offers an enterprise ready virtual assistant called ... Read More »

Waymo’s goal with its autonomous-driving, ride-hailing program

By Rebecca Linke, Senior Associate Editor, Computerworld | Apr 25, 2017 4:25 AM PT Read More »

Waymo’s goal with its autonomous-driving, ride-hailing program

By Rebecca Linke, Senior Associate Editor, Computerworld | Apr 25, 2017 4:25 AM PT Read More »

Amazon Echo Look: Do people really want an Amazon camera in their bedroom?

By Rebecca Linke, Senior Associate Editor, Computerworld | Apr 27, 2017 4:50 AM PT Read More »

Why the Uber engineer accused of stealing Waymo secrets stepped back from self-driving cars

By Rebecca Linke, Senior Associate Editor, Computerworld | Apr 28, 2017 3:48 AM PT Read More »

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