Samsung's Bixby digital assistant is getting a boost in capabilities -- but the question is whether it's too late.The South Korean company on Wednesday will kick off its two-day developer conference in San Francisco, an annual event that reflects the company's big push to get developers to make software specifically for its devices. In the past, that's meant making apps that work on the edge of Samsung's curved smartphone displays or take advantage of its S Pen stylus. This year, that focus turns to Bixby and artificial intelligence. While the prospect of a foldable smartphone -- the long rumored Galaxy F -- may draw eyeballs to Samsung's 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) keynote, that's more a tease of what's to come. The meat of the presentation will be all about the now: getting Bixby smarter. The consumer electronics giant could share more information about the Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker that it unveiled in August, including its sales date. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung … [Read more...] about Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter
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Okay, so we don’t know for sure that Donald Glover’s fourth (and reportedly final) album as Childish Gambino will arrive this month, but the prospect looms large as we turn the corner into fall. What we do know is we’re getting big new albums from Chicago MC Noname, French synth-pop phenom Christine And The Queens, and rock veterans like Low, Pig Destroyer, and Spiritualized. Plus, electronic pioneers Tim Hecker and Aphex Twin return to soundtrack the inevitable introspection of the cooler season. Here are the 30 new releases we’re most looking forward to in September. TBA Childish Gambino, TBA It’s hard to imagine a star with more cultural capital than Donald Glover right now, helming a groundbreaking television show, starring in a handful of huge-profile tentpole films, and releasing one of the most talked-about songs of the year in “This Is America.” His upcoming fourth (and, if his claims are true, final) record as Childish Gambino may or … [Read more...] about The 30 most-anticipated albums of September
When mom and dad both go off to work, what does that mean for Junior? See more parenting pictures. ©iStockphoto.com/ebstock While there's a good case to be made that the ideal parenting arrangement includes at least one parent acting as full-time caregiver, for many people this isn't possible -- or ideal. Many families can't afford to live on only one income, and not all parenting duos want to split the duties so sharply. In 2009, both parents in nearly 3 out of 5 American families with children under 18 were employed [U.S. Census Bureau]. Two-income families enjoy better financial footing and are likely to experience less financial stress. That benefit will be enjoyed as well by the children, who aren't immune to worrying about the family's money situation. More money translates to higher-quality daycare, early education and private schooling. Families can obtain better health care, save more for their children's college education, enjoy more nights out as a family and … [Read more...] about What are the advantages of both parents working?
New research shows that consumer choices can be influenced by similar tactile factors of different objects. Zhang Peng/LightRocket/Getty Images Advertising continually tries to capture consumers' eyes with visual images, from the jewelry on a gown-clad model in a glossy magazine ad to the juicy-looking giant cheeseburger on a highway billboard. But as new research shows, sight isn't the only way to make the sale. A number of recent studies show that your sense of touch exerts a powerful influence upon your brain, to the extent that when you're shopping, you may unconsciously choose a product because its shape resembles something that you're holding in your hand. In a 2015 study published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, Zachary Estes, a marketing professor at Italy's Bocconi University, and Mathias Streicher, a management professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, found that after blindfolded subjects held a familiar product — a bottle of Coca-Cola, for … [Read more...] about What You Touch While Shopping Can Influence What You Choose to Buy
An academic paper suggested just 273 humans would remain 100 days after a zombie apocalypse. GoodLifeStudio/Getty Images The threat of zombie apocalypse has been calculated by way of a research assignment your university wasn't cool enough to give you. Physics students at the University of Leicester in England recently published actual studies on how a zombie apocalypse would affect the human population, and how long it would be before everyone reverts from simply running in terror to mumbling, "brains, brains, brains." Results were published in the school's peer-reviewed undergraduate publication, Journal of Physics Special Topics. Special topics, indeed. As the first of two studies showed, most of us when faced with a viral zombie epidemic would wind up kissing our humanity goodbye, with a scant 273 survivors worldwide compared with millions of zombies after only 100 days. The students assumed each zombie could find one person per day and had a 90 percent chance of infecting its … [Read more...] about How Long Could Humanity Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?