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Apple Gets a New AI Chief to Oversee Siri, Machine Learning

Apple has posted several job openings for AI/ML engineers at its different offices globally

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Top apps using Siri Shortcuts to make daily tasks easier: Apple. Pixabay

Revealing its future plans, Apple has formally announced to make ex-Google executive John Giannandrea its Chief of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

Reporting to CEO Tim Cook, Giannandrea who joined Apple in April will be in charge of Apple’s ML division, Siri and the Core ML team, the company updating its executive leadership page, said.

Giannandrea will look after further development of Core ML and Siri technologies. With Core ML, third-party developers can integrate trained ML models into their apps.

Prior to Apple, Giannandrea spent eight years at Google where he led the Machine Intelligence, Research and Search teams. Before it, he co-founded two technology companies — Tellme Networks and Metaweb Technologies.

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John Giannandrea, the Chief of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

At Google, Giannandrea took the role of Senior Vice President of Engineering from Amit Singhal in early 2016, signalling Google’s emphasis on weaving ML and AI into its Search engine.

According to media reports, Apple lags behind from Google and Amazon in key AI areas like Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer vision needed to power voice assistant features in Siri.

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Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems.

In 2017, Apple added an AI chip called Neural Engine to the A11 Bionic for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X to work with the Image Signal Processor (ISP).

Apple has posted several job openings for AI/ML engineers at its different offices globally. (IANS)

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Apple Launches Fitness Apps on Apple Watch Series 4 For Marathon Season

The marathon season begins with the "Mumbai Marathon" that is scheduled for January 20

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Aiming to serve fitness enthusiasts better as “Mumbai Marathon 2019” inches closer, Apple has recommended some advanced activity, communications and health-tracking apps in its “Watch Series 4” to train people keeping a record of their resting, workout, recovery, walking and breathing sessions.

Activity competitions would allow users to challenge other ‘Apple Watch’ wearers, track active calories burned and exercise minutes earned.

Apple has recommended several apps on iPhone and Watch Series 4 apps to monitor people’s indoor and outdoor activities, along with pace alerts and automatic workout detection features.

Some of the apps include — “Strava – Run, Ride, Swim” app, “Streaks Workout” app, “Seven – 7 Minute Workout” app and “8fit Workouts and Meal Planner” app — among the others.

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Try these fitness apps on Apple Watch Series 4 for marathon season. Flickr Commons

While the “Strava” app allows users to track and analyse key statistics like distance, pace, speed and elevation, the “Streaks Workout” app helps users customise their exercises.

“Seven – 7 Minute Workout” and “8fit Workouts and Meal Planner” apps provide workout and meal plans recommended by nutrition experts.

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Other apps like “WaterMinder”, “Asana Rebel”, “Runkeeper” and “Breathe” to maintain users’ water intake and track their yoga, running and breathing activities.

The marathon season begins with the “Mumbai Marathon” that is scheduled for January 20.  (IANS)