A Chinese Finance Giant That’s Secretly an AI Company (2017)
- The e-commerce giant Alibaba created Ant in 2014 to operate Alipay, a ubiquitous mobile payments service in China.
- The company boasts more than 450 million active users compared to about 12 million for Apple Pay. Ant’s progress will be significant to the future of the financial industry beyond China, including in the U.S., where the company is expanding its interests.
- A spokesperson for the company says it hasn’t brought Alipay to the U.S. because existing financial systems provide less of an opportunity.
- It has become possible to automate this kind of image processing in recent years using a machine-learning technology known as deep learning.
- Qi says that Ant uses advanced machine-learning algorithms and custom programmable chips to crunch huge quantities of user data in a few seconds, to determine whether to grant a customer a loan, for instance.
Snapchat may be winning back digital influencers with help from recent screw ups by YouTube and Instagram
- These digital creators are giving Snapchat a second look for two reasons.
- And suddenly, recent stumbles by YouTube and Instagram in their influencer offerings may have given Snap an opening.
- The output of Snap's conversations with McBride — and a range of other Snapchat creators — is an analytics dashboard for creators, which was announced by the company today.
- The dashboard is being rolled out around the world, not only to Snapchatters with official verified accounts, but also other creators with large audiences on Snapchat.
- Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Mike Blake/Reuters The dashboard comes on the heels of the biggest ever redesign of Snapchat, which separated out content from friends and stories from publishers, creators and the community.
- The consensus, then, is that Snapchat is well poised to court the influencer community at a time when other platforms are struggling.
Apple dictates that all new apps must fully support the iPhone X screen
- Today, Apple emailed iOS developers to explore new features in iOS 11 like ARKit. In that email, the company also announced that all new apps submitted from April 2018 onward must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the iPhone X's new display.
- Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later.
- All new apps for iPhone, including universal apps, must support the Super Retina display of the iPhone X.
- The email didn't clarify exactly what support for the iPhone X's "Super Retina" screen means—does it just mean the resolution and aspect ratio must be supported, or do developers also have to update their apps to respect the rounded corners, sensor array (which many people call "the notch"), and the home indicator?
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