Major boost to artificial intelligence, Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft join hands in a historic partnership!

Five of world’s largest technology companies came together on Thursday to announce the launch of the new Partnership on AI. The group is tasked with conducting research and promoting best practices in artificial intelligence. The new group augments projects already undertaken at individual companies and provides a forum for sharing valuable advice.

The group will get financial support from the initial tech companies that are members of the group. The group’s membership and involvement are expected to increase in the coming years. Not just the big companies but user activists and non-profits are expected to be part of the group.

I always wanted a big international organization to come up where all the big tech companies could work together. And it is finally happening, at least for artificial intelligence. Though many big tech names like Apple, Twitter, Intel and Baidu are missing from the group.

The group plans to make discussions and minutes from meetings publicly available.

A bid adieu to the best physical keyboard designed smartphones, but they might not be dead just yet

BlackBerry has decided to stop making its own devices. The company said that it will rely on partners to manufacture the phones, which will still have BlackBerry’s look and feel. Also, BlackBerry plans to turn its attention to its software, which has been the only profitable thing for the company.

Shares of BlackBerr rose up after the announcement. But the stock price is well below its peak from several years ago. They should have taken iPhones seriously back those several years ago. Those were the years everyone wanted a BlackBerry phone over others! They were kind of a fashion trend. Traders, politicians, celebrities, college students, and billionaires — everyone wanted it. The security, the design, the features and ease of use, the perfect combination was formed by BlackBerry.

But the company was too late to realise it was left out of the growing touchscreen market, and customers left in droves for Apple, Samsung, Android and even Windows Phone!

The new CEO John S. Chen in 2013, brought other operating systems to BlackBerry. Finally. The company now sells phones that run on Android (though loaded with features, comparatively I found them a bit expensive than others). It also killed off its BlackBerry Classic line of phones in the summer. BlackBerry Classics have always been my favourite!

BlackBerry recently announced that their software revenues doubled in the last quarter. So, maybe just going for the software market instead of the hardware one might help BlackBerry back to profits and maybe to all new heights!