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This nifty online guide compares AI/ML tools and platforms

TWIML, an organization dedicated to demystifying AI/ML, recently filled a need in the market by launching a ‘Solutions Guide’ to open source and enterprise AI tools and platforms.

TWIML’s Solutions Guide consists of several infographics and a litany of research and information meant to make the search for just the right ML solution easy.

Per TWIML’s website:

What we saw was a gap for both builders and providers. Builders need a trusted resource they can turn to to understand the market and its various offerings, where they can cut through the hype and noise and compare products side by side in a meaningful way. Providers need a place to go to meet serious, educated, interested buyers. All of this built on a foundation of shared learning and conversation about the space.

Up front: It can be difficulty to dispel vendor hype and get to the meat of a product in the AI world. Not only do enterprises and IT staff have to account for their business’ unique needs, but they have to deal with slick marketing teams and eager sales staffs who’re often more interested in selling you a product than ensuring you’ve got the right solution for your needs.

TWIML’s Solutions Guide is an impressive response to this problem. Before ML devs even start talking to a vendor they can visit the page and check out information on the most popular available solutions on the market and compare features.

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Outlook gets nifty voice features on iOS, but Android users have to wait

Microsoft has a new update for its Outlook mobile app that targets users who prefer speaking rather than typing when it comes to getting things done. The update brings Cortana to the app in a big way, enabling users to ask questions about their agenda, schedule meetings, and other tasks, as well as using voice to search through their emails and related content. The update is only available on iOS for now, however.

Microsoft gave up on bringing Cortana to the general smart consumer market, which is largely dominated by Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The company shuttered its Cortana apps for Android and iOS, but the virtual assistant lives on and Microsoft intends to use it for productivity as part of its products. Outlook on mobile is the latest example of this effort.

With the update, Outlook on iOS now features a Cortana-powered voice control feature that allows users to schedule meetings, compose emails, and search their content using ordinary voice commands. The functionality is accessible via a plus sign in the bottom right corner of the app that, when pressed, includes a new entry called ‘Use Voice.’

After selecting this, the user can dictate a message for Cortana to type in an email draft, ask Cortana to find their next meeting or scheduled activity, or look for content. The voice search capability covers things like looking for things in one’s calendar, locating a coworker who is in one’s contacts, or searching for files that may be nestled away in old emails.

The ability to use voice commands on mobile rather than just desktop is particularly welcome given how often professionals default to their mobile device rather than their laptop. Microsoft is only rolling the feature out for its Outlook on iOS app at this time, but it has said that the same functionality will arrive on Android in the future.

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The Asus ROG Phone 5 begs for gamers’ attention with beefy specs and nifty tricks

Asus’s ROG phone series has improved steadily over the years. Apart from packing monster specs, the company tries to add nifty features every year to the phone so gamers can get the best value out of it.

This year’s device, the ROG Phone 5, is no different. In addition to the ROG Phone 5, Asus is also launching a Pro and an Ultimate version that has some extra functions and different design elements than the base model.

Looking at the specsheets and features, I would want to say, come for the specs and stay for the goodies. But I’ll leave that judgment to my colleague Abhimanyu, who is reviewing the device.

He’ll dissipate every aspect of the phone, so I’m here to talk about just a few features that caught my eye. But first, the phone’s beefy specifications:


  • Screen: 6.78-inch fullHD AMOLED display
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz; 300Hz touch sampling rate
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 clocked at 2.85GHz
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB/16GB(Pro)/18GB(Ultimate)
  • Internal storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB(Pro and Ultimate) (UFS 3.1 type storage for faster processing of applications and data)
  • Rear camera: 64-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture + 13-megapixel ultrawide sensor with f/2/4 aperture + 5-megapixel macro camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • Front camera: 24-megapixel sensor with f/2.45 aperture
  • Battery: 6,000 mAh; 30W fast charging
  • Audio: Dual 7-magnet Linear 12x16mm front-facing speakers + Sabre ES9280AC Pro with HyperStream II Quad DAC (to power digital to analog audio conversion) + 3.5mm audio jack + Quad microphones with OZO Noise Reduction Technology
  • Extra sensors: Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 5 and grip press detection + two touch sensors on the back cover (Pro and Ultimate)
  • Software: Android 11 with ROG UI

If we skip the obvious aspects of screen, battery, and processor, one of the eye-catching aspects of this year’s ROG phones is audio. I love front-facing speakers and Asus has included dual 7-magnet 12x16mm speakers with this device. This could be great for watching videos as well as from immersive gaming experiences.

Plus, to power the 3.5 mm headphone jack, the company has included a Sabre-powered Quad DAC (digital-to-analog) converter and a headphone amplifier for more clear and powerful sound. Asus says you could play audio files at 24-bit depth and 196Hz sample rate. Plus, the phone supports high-quality wireless audio standards such as aptX HD, aptX adaptive, and LDAC.