Apple and GE team up on software to track power plants, machinery

(Reuters) – Apple Inc and General Electric Co say they are working together to make it easier to write software that can track power plants and jet engines on Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

The companies have come up with a tool for app developers to connect Apple’s iOS operating system more easily to Predix, the cloud-based software at the heart of GE’s effort to turn itself into a “digital industrial” company.

The Predix software connects sensor-laden industrial machines like wind turbines, jet engines and elevators to data centers, so that streams of information from the machines can be analyzed to help predict failures and make the machines run more cost effectively.

GE expects the software to help generate $ 12 billion in digital revenue by 2020, though it took a two-month “time-out” earlier this year to iron out technical problems.

Now with the help of the new software built with Apple, which GE plans to release on Oct. 26, more information from Predix will be available to the on-the-ground managers of factories and power plants who work most closely with GE’s equipment, said Kevin Ichhpurani, executive vice president of global ecosystem and channels at GE Digital.

For example, Ichhpurani said, a power plant manager might be debating the best time to take a generator offline for scheduled maintenance. With the Predix software, the manager can see data on the machine and could share notes and photographs from an iPad at the site of the generator and even start a video call.

“These decisions can be made at the power plant or on the factory floor, as opposed to being made at corporate,” Ichhpurani told Reuters in an interview.

As part of arrangements between the two companies, GE plans to make iPhones and iPads the standard mobile devices for its 330,000 employees and will also offer Mac desktop computers as a choice for them.

In return, Apple will help promote GE’s Predix software to Apple’s enterprise customers. Apple’s salespeople will be trained on Predix’s capabilities and will promote the software in sales situations alongside iOS devices, Susan Prescott, vice president of product market at Apple, told Reuters.

Over the past several years, Apple has courted business software firms such as Accenture PLC, International Business Machines Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, Deloitte and SAP SE in an effort to move business applications over to iOS devices and make them easier to use in corporate settings.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by Leslie Adler

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Uber and Pandora team up to offer ad-free listening during your ride

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Uber and Pandora are teaming up to put a little music in your ride.

The streaming radio app announced Monday that it will now be integrated directly into the Uber app, with no ads and no subscription necessary. Only drivers will be allowed to control it at first, but Pandora says riders will be able to do the same thing soon. 

Uber announced a similar partnership with Spotify two years ago. 

“Pandora is delivering the perfect music experience for both drivers and riders,” said , senior product manager, Pandora. “Effortless, personalized and elegantly integrated into the app, the Pandora-Uber solution will transform the in-car listening experience.” Read more…

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Chinese AI team plans to challenge Google’s AlphaGo at board game

The world's top Go player Lee Sedol (R) puts his first stone during the last match of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match against Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in Seoul, South Korea, in this handout picture provided by Google and released by Yonhap on March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Google/Yonhap

BEIJING (By Paul Carsten, Reuters) – A team from China plans to challenge Google’s AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence (AI) program that beat a world-class player in the ancient board game Go, the state-owned Shanghai Securities News reported on Thursday.

Scientists from the China Computer Go team will issue a challenge to AlphaGo by the end of 2016, said attendees at an event in Beijing organized by the Chinese Go Association and the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence, according to the report. It did not elaborate on the nature of the challenge.

The event was ‘The Forum for Understanding the AlphaGo War between Man and Machine and Chinese Artificial Intelligence’, Shanghai Securities News reported on its website.

AlphaGo, developed by Google subsidiary DeepMind, shocked audiences when it beat South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol in Seoul earlier this month.

The program made history last year by becoming the first machine to beat a human pro player, but 33-year-old Lee, one of the world’s top players, was seen as a much more formidable opponent.

Go, most popular in countries such as China, South Korea and Japan, involves two contestants moving black and white stones across a square grid, aiming to seize the most territory.

Until AlphaGo’s victory last year, experts had not expected an artificial intelligence program to beat a human professional for at least a decade.

Also on Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited one of China’s top Go training schools, according to the China Daily.

A spokesman at Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, said Pichai was in China to develop his understanding of Go and of the country.

Chinese companies like Baidu Inc, the country’s nearest equivalent of Google, are also working on developing AI.

Baidu in 2014 hired former Google engineer Andrew Ng, who had helmed the U.S. search giant’s Google Brain AI efforts.


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Data scientists and climate experts from DRI’s Applied Innovation Center (AIC) today announced that they will be exhibiting at TechCrunch Disrupt and Hackathon in San Francisco from September 21-23 at…

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Microsoft adds more features to its cloud-hosted Team Foundation Service

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