1. IBM marks more than 100,000 patents in 25 years with AI, cyber security enhancements

The inventors who serve as the backbone of International Business Machines Corp.passed a significant milestone this year, and a diverse array of fields including artificial intelligence (AI), the cloud, and cyber security are all the richer for it.
The Armonk, N.Y.-based tech giant used this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a platform to celebrate the registration of a record-breaking 9043 patents last year – the 25th year in a row it could boast the highest number of additions to the U.S. patent list – by more than 8500 researchers, engineers, scientists, and designers across 47 countries.

2. Intel shows off its new Loihi AI chip and a new 49-qubit quantum chip

As Intel continues to weather some of the worst news in its history over security issues related to its chips, the company today also announced some developments related to what it hopes will be the next generation of super-fast processors.
The company announced that Loihi, its first “neuromorphic” chip — designed to mimic the way that a human brain learns and understands — is now “fully functioning” and will be shared with research partners this year.
And the company’s 49-qubit Tangle Lake chip — designed for quantum computing processes — is also being shipped with a research partner, QuTech, for further development.

3. Huawei to take on OnePlus 5T with their AI enabled Honor V10 in India

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has launched its latest flagship Honor View 10 (a.k.a. Honor V10) in India. The company has tagged a price of Rs 29,999 for the new handset and it will release it exclusively on e-commerce portal Amazon starting January 8.
The V-series Honor smartphone made its debut in China last November. The Honor V10 packs some incredible aspects and given its price it could ruffle a few feathers in the affordable flagship segment. The phone runs EMUI 8.0 based Android Oreo right out-of-the-box. It features a full view 5.99-inch 18:9 display with 2160 x 1080 pixels stretched across the narrow bezel screen. The Honor V10 also incorporate Huawei’s flagship processor, HiSilicon Kirin 970. The chipset is fabricated on 10nm architecture and it features a neural-network processor unit (NPU). The NPU is designed for AI-based tasks including facial recognition.

4. Samsung goes big with 146-inch TV, AI-powered 8K upscaling

Samsung today unveiled this year’s updates to its smart television line, including a 146-inch display and 8K TVs that use AI to upscale lower-resolution content.
It’s all part of the Korean giant’s broader 2018 software update, which includes support for its Bixby virtual assistant inside the smart TVs launching this year, alongside an integration with the company’s SmartThings home automation platform.

5. Baidu Raises A.I. Voice At CES

LAS VEGAS -- Baidu's (ticker: BIDU) answer to Amazon's(AMZN) made its presence loud and clear at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The Chinese web services company released three hardware products powered by the most-advanced version of its artificial intelligence system, DuerOS 2.0: the Little Fish VSI smart speaker; Sengled smart lamp speaker; and popIn Aladdin, a voice-enabled dome light with projector for the Japanese market.
"DuerOS has become the most vibrant conversational AI ecosystem in China,” Kun Jing, general manager of Baidu’s Duer Business Unit, said in an interview Tuesday

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Google eyes Chinese e-sports market with $120 million investment in Chushou

Google has led a $120 million (88.46 million pounds) investment in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform Chushou, the two companies said on Friday, as the U.S. firm eyes new inroads to China where its search engine is blocked.
Founded in 2015, Chushou is an online e-sports platform where users can live stream their mobile phone games. The service has roughly 8 million streamers and 250,000 live streams a day, said the companies in a statement.
Google will help the Chinese firm expand its services to target more overseas viewers, it said.