Industry News - Week of Sep. 11, 2017

C# 8 Features Revealed; Still No Word on Release Date

The .Net Foundation, custodians of Microsoft's C# language, have added nullable reference types, default interfaces and other features it says are aimed at improving code quality.

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Google Reboots Android One Strategy

Company's strategy for reducing cost and waste with a lightweight operating system reportedly returns to the front burner.


Bluetooth Breakthrough Connects Four Devices At Once

Paris-based Tempow has developed a means of connecting as many as four audio devices to a single Bluetooth host, and the Moto X4 is the first device to bring it.


Sharp Returns to the Smartphone Market

Company known for its high-tech monitors and proprietary display technology will emphasize the screen to stand out in a crowded field.


Alexa, Siri Design Flaw Leaves All Voice Assistants Vulnerable

Using a technique call the DolphinAttack, Chinese researchers found that human voice commands converted to inaudible frequencies remain effective on the devices.


MIT Explains How AI Can be Used to Reduce Shoplifting


San Francisco-based startup Standard Cognition is focused on automated checkout using networks of cameras, machine vision and deep learning.


IBM Investing Heavily in AI

Big Blue has partnered with MIT to build the Watson AI Lab, and will spend $240M over the next 10 years on machine learning and advanced problem solving. 


Robot Learns the 'Rules of the Road'


Researchers at MIT are developing a set of rules that robots can use to seamlessly blend with humans.