Apple buys AI voice startup that helps companies build Alexa and Google Assistant apps

Apple has acquired a San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup called PullString that specializes in helping companies build conversational voice apps, according to a report from Axios.

Pullstring was founded back in 2011 by former Pixar employees – its CEO, Oren Jacob, is Pixar’s former chief technology officer.

Up until now, PullString was most well known within the tech industry as the software backbone behind voice systems for popular toys, like Mattell’s talking Hello Barbie doll.

It’s not clear what Apple will be getting out of the deal, which is said to be worth under $100 million, but well over the $44 million in venture capital funding PullString has amassed thus far.

PullString has also worked on the enterprise end to help companies build skills and apps for Amazon’s Alexa platform and Google Assistant.

In that sense, Apple could be acquiring PullString to help accelerate the growth of Siri-powered apps and features, which are sorely lacking compared to the tens of thousands of integrations, skills, and actions Amazon and Google offer.

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#8 Steps to Build a Blockchain Solution

Let us dcode the how to build a blockchain in just eight steps.

Data in almost any format can be stored in the blockchain.

Depending upon the consensus mechanism you chose in step 2, you need to select the most suitable blockchain platform.

Blockchain solutions can be permissioned or permission-less.

Blockchain solutions can be private, public or hybrid.

Some blockchain platforms come with pre-made APIs while some don’t.

You can greatly enhance the power of your Blockchain solution by integrating Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics, Bots, Cloud, Cognitive services, Containers, Data Analytics, Internet of Things and Machine Learning.

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Build a simple Ethereum + InterPlanetary File System (IPFS)+ React.js DApp.

A simple DApp to upload a document to IPFS and then store the IPFS hash on the Ethereum blockchain.

Once the IPFS hash number is sent to the Ethereum blockchain, the user will receive a transaction receipt.

In the code comments, you can also choose to run your own IPFS daemon if you install IPFS as a global dependency.

Const IPFS = require(‘ipfs-api’);const ipfs = new IPFS( );//run with local daemon// const ipfsApi = require(‘ipfs-api’);// const ipfs = new ipfsApi(‘localhost’, ‘5001’, );export default ipfs;App.

Send IPFS hash to etheruem contract //return the transaction hash from the ethereum contract//see, this https://web3js.

If you are connected to an IPFS node via your localhost:3000, then you should be able to see your file at one of the IPFS gateways.

A note about IPFS, is that unless your file is picked up by another node or you pin it, IPFS will eventually be garbage collect your file.

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