This Week In Digital – Week 14, 2019

Amazon Alexa to become a key helper in healthcare, Countries that are ahead in 5G race, Chef goes 100% open source, and Bose steps into AR with audio games. Read about all the latest tech developments in This Week In Digital.

AI improves sleep apnea classification by way of producing synthesized knowledge – Kyle Wiggers, April 01, 2019.

Sleep apnea, a disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, affects an estimated 22 million Americans. The trouble is, the bulk of cases — 80% — go undiagnosed, and if left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.


Chef goes 100% open source – Frederic Lardinois, April 02, 2019.

Chef, the popular automation service, today announced that it is open-sourcing all of its software under the Apache 2 license. Until now, Chef      used an open core model with a number of proprietary products that complemented its open-source tools. Most of these proprietary tools focused on enterprise users and their security and deployment needs. Now, all of these tools, which represent somewhere between a third and a half of Chef’s total code base, are open source, too.


CTIA: U.S. and China lead global 5G race, followed by South Korea – Jeremy Horwitz, April 02, 2019.

China and South Korea were poised to lead the world in 5G last year, but quick actions by U.S. carriers and government officials have tilted the “global 5G race” in America’s favor, according to a new report from wireless industry association CTIA. From readiness to actual deployments and spectrum allocation, the United States is now leading the transition to the next-generation cellular standard, but CTIA says two key issues remain unresolved: mid-band spectrum and a national strategy.


Intel is preparing for a data-centric tsunami – Dean Takahashi, April 03, 2019.

Navin Shenoy, executive vice president at Intel, introduced more than 50 new products yesterday at Intel’s “data-centric” event in San Francisco. They range from the second-generation Xeon Scalable flagship processor to the Optane memory chips that will dramatically improve the capacity and density of data storage.


Amazon launches HIPAA-eligible Alexa skills for health care – Khari Johnson, April 04, 2019.

Amazon today announced a limited number of voice apps for the Alexa Skills Kit by health care companies like Cigna and Boston Children’s Hospital that operate in compliance with the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).


Bose AR shows off augmented reality audio games – Dean Takahashi, April 06, 2019.

Bose is the last company you’d expect to make a pair of glasses. But that’s what it is doing with Bose AR, which enhances the world around you not with visuals but with sound. I listened to these glasses at the recent PAX East game fan show in Boston. That was an unusual experience because I had to listen, not look.


Remote AR will make it so we can work — or play — anywhere – Peter Jobes, April 07, 2019.

Augmented reality has been something of a trailblazer in the gaming industry in recent years. The technology has been hovering around the periphery of the mainstream for some years in the form unsuccessful endeavors like Sony PlayStation 2’s Eye Toy: Play — which used a camera to embed a digital world over a real-life canvas that users could interact with — and various games for Nintendo Wii. However, it wasn’t until the explosion in mobile gaming over the last decade that AR really began to announce itself on the biggest stage.


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