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    1. Walmart dives into voice-activated shopping with Google

      By Anne D'innocenzio | Associated Press PUBLISHED: August 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm | UPDATED: August 23, 2017 at 4:24 am NEW YORK — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone. The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.

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    2. Review: Everyone wants someon in time-tripping Berkeley play

      Review: Everyone wants someon in time-tripping Berkeley play

      The yearning for human connection is a thorny thing. Sometimes people need something other than what they think they want. Sometimes they get exactly what they want and they panic. Sometimes the quest to hand-tailor every experience leads some to question whether the trouble with human connection is the human part. Could it be outsourced to machines?

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    3. San Jose: Leland High students get girls into gadgets

      The founders of a nonprofit whose declared mission is to teach computer programming to the next generation of girls are still students themselves. And last week, the Leland High School students who formed Code One Programming taught a crash course in robotics at the Rose Garden Branch Library for 18 girls ranging from 8 to 13 years old. The girls spent five days building and constructing robots using an EV3 Lego robotics kit under the guidance of the older students.

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    4. Stitch Fix uses algorithms, machine learning to dress its customers

      Stitch Fix uses algorithms, machine learning to dress its customers

      SAN FRANCISCO — The next time you see a well-dressed individual walking down the street, stop to consider this: that spiffy outfit might not be the result of an impeccable fashion sense — it might be the work of a computer algorithm. At least, that could be the case if the fashionista is a customer of one of several services that offer fashion delivered on demand, such as San Francisco-based startup Stitch Fix.

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    5. Q&A: Scientist Ronald Kaplan, on voice technology

      Q&A: Scientist Ronald Kaplan, on voice technology

      Ronald Kaplan, a former researcher at Xerox PARC and Microsoft, is now a consulting professor in computational linguistics at Stanford and a senior director at the Silicon Valley research division of Nuance Communications, a Massachusetts company that makes voice-enabled software for cars, smartphones, corporate call centers and medical transcription services.

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    6. Cupertino, Sunnyvale students keep Intel Science Talent Search tradition alive

      Cupertino, Sunnyvale students keep Intel Science Talent Search tradition alive
      Representatives from the high-tech company visited the Lynbrook campus Jan. 11 to announce to students their continuation in the Intel Science Talent Search contest and reward each of them with $1,000 checks. The students joined an exclusive group of 300 high school seniors across the United States named semifinalists in the annual contest, the oldest and most prestigious high school science contest in the country once dubbed the "Super Bowl of Science" by former President George H.W. Bush. Jame
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    7. Wernick brothers, Perkins had an idea: Weotta ... and they did

      Wernick brothers, Perkins had an idea: Weotta ... and they didSan Jose Mercury NewsGrant studied journalism and photography, while Jake has a master's degree in computer science with research in natural language processing. Their first attempt at developing Weotta failed, but last summer the trio got back together and got down to ...
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    8. Google, startup Ortsbo bring 'Star Trek'-like translation to smartphones, chat ...

      Google, startup Ortsbo bring 'Star Trek'-like translation to smartphones, chat ...San Jose Mercury NewsOrtsbo offers a more basic form of machine translation, based on text, that is attracting millions of users in its first few months of operation. The new service, a unit of Toronto-based Intertainment Media, offers real-time text translation in more ...and more »
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