Apple Elevates AI Chief John Giannandrea to Senior Vice President of ML, AI Strategy

Apple has elevated John Giannandrea to the company’s executive team as Senior Vice President of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy. Giannandrea, who joined Apple from Google in April, oversees the strategy for AI and ML across products and services, as well as the development of Core ML and Siri technologies. His team’s focus on advancing andRead More

Swiggy Raises $1 Billion in Naspers-Led Funding Round, Now Said to Be Valued at Over $3 Billion

Online food delivery service provider Swiggy said it has raised $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,000 crores) in its latest funding round, led by South African Internet giant Naspers. Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, Hillhouse Capital and Wellington Management Company took part in the funding round, together with Swiggy’s existing investors, DST Global, Meituan Dianping and CoatueRead More

Google Assistant Brings Pretty Please Feature, Gets Ability to Create Notes, To-Do Lists

Google Assistant is now receiving the Pretty Please feature that was announced back at I/O 2018. The feature is designed to provide positive reinforcement to users, especially kids, to use polite behaviour while communicating with machines. It enables the voice assistant to reward the usage of “please” and “thank you” with delightful responses. Separately, theRead More

BlackBerry to Buy Cyber-Security Firm Cylance for $1.4 Billion

BlackBerry raised its bets on artificial intelligence and cyber-security on Friday with the $1.4 billion (roughly Rs. 10,063 crores) purchase of California-based machine-learning specialists Cylance. The Canadian technology company, which dominated the smartphone market a decade ago, has shifted to selling software to manage mobile devices, as well as emerging areas like autonomous cars. PrivatelyRead More

Microsoft’s Head of Cortana, Javier Soltero

Microsoft’s Head of digital Assistant Cortana is leaving the company by the end of the year, as Cortana has moved from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) research division into the Experiences and Devices group. First reported by ZDNet on Tuesday, Javier Soltero, Vice President of Cortana, confirmed his departure in a tweet posted to his personal account. “I’ve made the decisionRead More

Apple Sold 46.9 Million iPhones in the Last Quarter, Slightly Below Expectations

Apple on Thursday warned that sales for the crucial holiday quarter would likely miss Wall Street expectations, which Chief Executive Tim Cook blamed on weakness in emerging markets and foreign exchange costs. The disappointing forecast by the world’s most valuable technology company helped send shares down as much as 7 percent, taking roughly $70 billion (roughly Rs. 5.1Read More