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Let’s open up AI: Satya Nadella

Let’s open up AI: Satya Nadella

Artificial intelligence is still in a “mainframe era” in which computing power is concentrated in a few companies’ hands, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a presentation in Munich on Monday. The computer industry is “worshipping”

Switch is a big gamble for Nintendo

Switch is a big gamble for Nintendo

Nintendo’s new Switch gaming console won’t be in stores until 3 March, but the machine is fully baked and ready to play. The press got a chance to try out the new machine at an event in Tokyo last week, and events will be held in Japan

As iPhone turns 10, worries over Apple’s direction

As iPhone turns 10, worries over Apple’s direction

Ten years ago this week, Steve Jobs took to a stage in San Francisco to unveil the first iPhone. In the intervening decade, Apple’s iconic device has revolutionised the way people communicate. But as Apple celebrates 10 years since the iPhone

Nintendo pins console future on Switch

Nintendo pins console future on Switch

Nintendo’s new Switch gaming console is off to an underwhelming start. The new machine, a tablet-sized device with wireless controllers that can be used anywhere but also connects to TVs, will go on sale on 3 March at a

Hello, computer

Hello, computer

I never get tired of this: hold down the button and tell Siri to set a timer. It has, at the very least, made me a better cook. As Marco Pierre White said, cooking is part art and part exact chemistry, so measure and time precisely. I’m not alone, at least as far as

Worldwide IT spending to top $3,5 trillion

Worldwide IT spending to top $3,5 trillion

Worldwide IT spending will grow by 2,7% in 2017 to reach US$3,5 trillion (a staggering R47,5 trillion in soft-currency terms), according to a new forecast from Gartner. The analyst firm said 2017 is poised to be a “rebound

Smart home assistants dominate at CES

Smart home assistants dominate at CES

For years, the biggest names in tech crammed the Consumer Electronics Show floor with fridges, light switches and microwave ovens to preview a futuristic world where you could control every appliance

How Apple alienated Mac loyalists

How Apple alienated Mac loyalists

To die-hard fans, Apple’s Macintosh sometimes seems like an afterthought these days. Mac upgrades, once a frequent ritual, are few and far between. The Mac Pro, Apple’s marquee computer, hasn’t been refreshed

Microsoft to release translator app

Microsoft to release translator app

Microsoft said it will release a translation app for Windows and other operating systems from rivals Apple and Google, part of a broader race between the world’s largest technology companies for supremacy in the field of artificial intelligence. The

Why tech giants love the sound of your voice

Why tech giants love the sound of your voice

Amazon’s Echo has made tangible the promise of an artificially intelligent personal assistant in every home. Those who own the voice-activated gadget (known colloquially as Alexa, after its female interlocutor) are prone to

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