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Mounting evidence suggests Apple’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are not selling well even despite price cuts. We already know the crowd-pleasing innovation Apple has planned to win users back, but it might not be enough after a major source confirmed the most serious problem with the company’s new iPhones… Bloomberg reports Apple has fallen substantially behind its rivals and will not be able to equip iPhones with 5G until late 2020 at the earliest. And 5G is about to become a game-changer.
After self-driving cars and smart speakers, Russian search engine giant Yandex is getting into smartphones. Its debut handset, fittingly titled “Yandex.Phone,” is an entry-level Android device that’s hooked up to its massive ecosystem. That essentially means it comes pre-loaded with Yandex’s software — including its GPS, music, and weather apps. At the center of it all sits Alice: the company’s virtual assistant, which now boasts 34,000 localized skills and can understand Russian with a “near human-level accuracy.” Alice can also help you find local businesses and service providers from Yandex’s integrated business directory. The same database can identify unknown business callers or let you contact a business by searching for a name or service.
Without artificial intelligence there wouldn’t be much left of Facebook as we know it today. That’s according to Yann LeCun, who founded Facebook’s artificial intelligence research lab five years ago. “If you take the deep learning out of Facebook today, Facebook’s dust,” LeCun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, recently told CNN Business. “It’s entirely built around it now.” The technology is included in everything from the posts and translations you see in your news feed to advertisements. When LeCun established the lab, Facebook was already dabbling in deep learning — a type of machine learning he’s worked on and championed since the 1980s. Deep-learning software, modeled after the way neurons work in the brain, ingests loads of data and learns to make its own predictions.