Data Science Investment Counter —Funding raised by UK data science companies in 2018.
£ 5.640 Million
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Apple has joined the smart-speaker fray with the launch of its new HomePod— a voice-activated loudspeaker  powered by virtual assistant Siri. The new device, unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San José, California, will have to face the portentous competition of Amazon’s Echo and Alphabet’s Home speakers— both of which can answer questions, perform small tasks like […]

Amazon is set to launch a new UK R&D centre in the university city of Cambridge. The new 5500 square-metre office will open in an office building next to Cambridge’s train station. The tech giant already runs  another research facility in the city centre, which—once the new office starts working— is going to start focussing […]

The Royal Society has published a 125-page report on machine learning, urging the government to invest in the technology and to foster its applications by making even larger datasets open and available to researchers and businesses. The London-based science organisation engaged in dialogues with experts, investors and the general public —whose attitudes towards machine learning was […]

US neighbourhood-wide social network Nextdoor has acquired its British counterpart Streetlife in a “multi-million pound” deal, multiple sources report. The purchase follows the launch of Nextdoor in the UK (and in the Netherlands) four months ago. It is understood that Streetlife’s 1,5 million users will be invited to join Nextdoor prior to Streetlife’s eventual shutoff; the […]

Apple is planning to gather its users’ iCloud data to improve virtual assistant Siri’s voice-recognition capabilities. Last week, in a disclaimer attached to the iOS 10.3 beta update, the company explained that accessing those data would “allow Apple to improve intelligent features and services such as Siri.” Users that accept the new feature can still deactivate it at any […]

Apple is tipped to be finally joining the Partnership on AI— a club of tech giants researching artificial intelligence, launched in September 2016 by Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft, and IBM. The group’s stated goals are “to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform […]

Amazon has bought Silicon Valley startup harvest.ai, beefing up both its security skills and its artificial intelligence capabilities in the same breath. According to TechCrunch, who quotes an unnamed “tipster”, the tech giant acquired the company  for $20 million, a whopping amount for a startup that had so far only raised about $2.3 million altogether. […]

Snap Inc, the Los Angeles-based company that gave the world the instant videomessaging app Snapchat, is opening its European headquarters in London. In a statement, a Snap spokesperson commented on the new hub’s imminent debut explaining that “the UK’s strong creative industries make this a great place to build a global business.” The company, which is estimated […]

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