TechNews Daily 2016.12.21

21 Dec

This Is How Alibaba Is Using Big Data to Fight Fakes
Alibaba has long been haunted by a controversial reputation as the go-to marketplace for counterfeits and fakes. However, they are now under increasing pressure to clean up.

Samsung, YouTube to bring HDR contents to QD TV
Samsung Electronics will support YouTube’s global HDR playback on television through a new expanded app that will be available on its 2016 Quantum dot (QD) TVs and UHD TVs, the company announced.

BlackBerry says losses may continue for another year even as software revenue grows
Venture Beat
BlackBerry, helped by its higher-margin software business, reported better-than-expected adjusted earnings and raised its full-year growth forecast on Tuesday, though concerns about overall revenue growth reversed early share gains.

HBO’s Westworld artificial intelligence, then and now
Venture Beat
Much as they are today, people were enthralled by artificial intelligence in 1973 — the year Michael Crichton released the film Westworld. The film became MGM’s biggest box office hit of the year, yet launched the same year as the first AI winter: a massive event of depleted AI resources, dashed expectations, and dwindling interest over the ensuing decades.

Sony lets Google Home be your remote control
The Google Home’s skills as an entertainer are starting to bloom. Thanks to a firmware update, you can now use the always-listening smart speaker to control certain Sony smart TVs. Say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” and you can stream Netflix or Youtube videos on your TV with your voice.