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Smile Innovation’s Watch — #8

Smile Innovation’s Watch — #8

On our previous issues, we were already ready for fall. But seems we have some ☀️🕶summer overtime all across Europe and who are we to complain about that 😎?

In this late summer edition (aka #joedassinedition) we are exploring how 🧠AI beats optical zoom, ☎️the future of smartphones and their usages, 🗣Amazon Alexa everywhere, but also paying with your personal data and how 🇺🇸U.S. government and a lot of U.S. tech companies may have been hacked by 🇨🇳China.

This is Smile’s Innovation watch.

Innovation • /ˌɪnəˈveɪʃən/

Discover on Google AI’s blog how, with just some algorithms and burst photography mode, they create the same level of details as seen as on an optical zoom x2, but digitally.

Andy Rubin’s Essential startup is reportedly working on a new smartphone that would perform tasks without any instruction from the user, Bloomberg reports. The phone would use artificial intelligence to text or schedule appointments on your behalf.

Amazon unveiled a flurry of new devices Thursday as the tech giant continues to push its voice platform, Alexa, into the home and compete with others building similar technology, including Google and Microsoft.

Aquisition • /ˌakwɪˈzɪʃ(ə)n/

After conquering the DNS game and becoming the 1st provider of DNS attack tempering solutions, after becoming the prefered (and only) source of truth about DNS resolution in Firefox, Cloudflare know go after domain name registration.

(read in 🇫🇷) After having sold their baby to Facebook, the 2 Instagram cofounders decided to quit Facebook after 6 years of working inside the tech giant.

mLab, which was offering DB as a Service (DBaaS) since their launch few years ago, had work more and more closely to MongoDB and that move seems natural for them. Clients will be migrated to MongoDB Atlas, the DBaaS solution from the creators of MongoDB.

Privacy • /ˈpɹaɪ.və.si/

(read in 🇫🇷) If you’re watching Netflix you may had seen Maniac with their so called Ad Buddy. Litteraly human pop-up you can’t close and follow you reading you ads in exchange of payment for … whatever you may want to buy. Well the Japanese chain Shiru Café offer free beverage to student, who, in exchange, are willing to give personnal informations.

(read in 🇫🇷) At the origin of what became the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee said he’s joining a new project called So**lid. **The goal is to protect user datas while keeping the GAFA away.

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

🎃Tricks or Treats ? The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. But now it get a lot of buzz, a lot of sources are retracting themself and the U.S. gov. denied being exposed.

Fun • /fʌn/

In 1993, the atmospheric CD-ROM game became a beloved mega hit — but not everybody was happy with its influence on the game industry.

For us, humans, we all know songs can be as much uplifting as making you sad. Finding a track that match your mood or help you to get out of it is not an easy task. Thanks to Deezer’s latests research into deep learning, it may be something way easier soon.

That’s all folks !

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