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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 2, 2022

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Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 2, 2022.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comments from Pedro Domingos and additional information. … Read More

The news: A group of experienced entrepreneurs and technologists have teamed up to lead a new Seattle startup that aims to “supercharge your productivity.” The details: Augment AI Corp is still in stealth mode, but GeekWire has learned that the startup just raised a $3.45 million seed round and is spinning out of the incubator at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2). … Read More

Amazon has leased another large office space in Redmond, Wash., according to a permit filing that names the tech giant as the future tenant of a building under renovation in the Redmond Hilltop business park. … Read More

Amazon package

Amazon is lending a helping hand to its home state of Washington, which announced today that it will distribute 5.5 million rapid tests as COVID-19 case counts hit all-time highs. … Read More

Nearly all of us have lingering items we don’t want or need, and the recent holidays might have added a few goods to the pile. … Read More

Birkan Uzun, a former software engineer at Amazon who joined Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group last year and was on a quest to summit the seven highest peaks on seven continents, died in a ski accident outside Bend, Ore., on Friday. … Read More

During a time of increased uncertainty around the future of work and physical office spaces, the founder and CEO behind Seattle outdoor retailer Evo is doubling down on what it might take to lure people back. … Read More

James Webb Space Telescope celebration

Two weeks after its Christmas launch, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope finished unwrapping itself today, delighting astronomers in the process. … Read More

Amazon says it’s testing a new professional-grade device that can extend the reach of a single access point in its Sidewalk neighborhood wireless network by up to 5 miles or more. … Read More

Relativity Space, the startup that was founded in Seattle and is now building 3D-printed rockets in Southern California, has brought in a Microsoft executive to lead its growing software engineering team and expand upon its AI-powered “Factory Operating System.” Scott Van Vliet, who headed up the team behind the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform as a corporate vice president, will oversee more than 150 of Relativity’s employees on its Integrative Software and Additive Manufacturing teams as senior vice president of software engineering. … Read More

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WSATools developer reveals “rightful” reasons why Microsoft yanked his Android app sideloader for Windows 11 – MSPoweruser

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We reported a week ago that Microsoft had removed WSATools, an APK installer for the Android subsystem for Windows 11, from the Microsoft Store for no clear reason.

The developer, Simone Franco,  was later contacted by Microsoft to resolve the issue, which Franco said was “rightful”, but did not expand on further.

Now Franco has finally revealed the reasons for the removal and they seem somewhat trivial.

One reason was that the app only worked for Windows 11 Insiders, and only in the USA, where the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) was available. This dependency was not clear in the listing, with Franco writing:

the first one is that the app must work for the majority of users since the app is based on WSA, that is a feature only available in insider builds + only in the US, then it won’t work for a lot of people (regular/not insider users and even users outside of the US)

This issue was easily resolved by making the dependencies on WSA clear in the listing.

The second issue was that the app failed Microsoft’s automated certification process. Franco published the app privately in any case, but the app was ultimately likely automatically removed by further automated certification checks.

“From what I’ve understood, WSATools had one of these automatic certification checks the day after the 0.1.56 update was pushed, and it was removed,” noted Franco.

The last was to do with the name, with Microsoft feeling WSATools may appear to be an official tool.

Franco writes:

WSATools has… WSA. Microsoft doesn’t like this, even if “WSA” is not trademarked, but I understand why. They don’t want the app to be believed or misunderstood to be official.

Microsoft suggested either the name be changed or the listing otherwise makes it abundantly clear the app had nothing to do with Microsoft.

Franco believes the app will become publicly listed once these issues are corrected, but it remains available privately here.

via Neowin

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Waze brings Halo and Ghostbusters themes to Android and iOS users

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Navigation app Waze announced new partnerships with Microsoft and Sony Pictures Entertainment to bring Halo and Ghostbusters themed content to Android and iOS users. Both franchises will be available on Waze app for a limited time in the form of voices, icons and profile personalization options.

The second collaboration between Waze and Halo will bring Android and iOS users the change to further upgrade their Halo experience with two new Moods and two new vehicles to choose from.

For a limited time, Waze users can activate a new Halo theme in the app, which will allow them to use the voice of Commander Agryna or Jega Moods to navigate, as well as change their cars’ icons on the live map to Razorback or Brute Chopper. Finally, Waze users can update their profiles Mood to Commander Agryna or Jega Moods.

Ghostbusters fans will be getting something too, as Waze is bringing similar themed content to Android and iOS. In celebration of Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s release on November 19, the following new features will be available for Waze users for a limited time:

  • Change their car icon to the Ecto-1, the iconic vehicle used by the Ghostbusters in the films to bust ghosts around New York City
  • Locate nearby screenings of the movie through Ghostbusters Pins that appear on the Waze map when drivers are near a cinema showing the film
  • Be among the first to buy tickets through a ‘book tickets’ option that appears when users search for ‘cinema locations’ on Waze

The Halo theme will be available on Android and iOS globally, while the Ghostbusters theme is limited to Waze drivers in the United States.

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Index – Tech – Microsoft teams are not supported on multiple legacy Android systems

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Next year, Microsoft will discontinue product support for mobile teams’ apps that will return to Android 7. If you have a major version of Android 5, 6, or 7 on your phone, you can upgrade to another operating system by September 2022 if you want to continue using the Teams app properly.

Discontinued support means that the app will no longer be available for download or upgrade from the Play Store after the specified date, as it will not be further developed by Microsoft. Because bug fixes and security updates do not reach teams due to a lack of version updates, some may not be able to use the program as intended.

Exactly Timetable the following:

  • In Android 5, product support will be discontinued from March 1, 2022, and in this system, teams will also disappear from the Play Store by that date.
  • On Android 6, teams will not have product support from July 1, 2022, however, the latest version will be available in the Play Store until September 2022.
  • In the major version of Android 7, Microsoft will bid farewell to the teams from September 1, 2022. The final version of the Play Store will run until December 2022.

Microsoft has not yet set a date for when teams will be useless on those systems. The Android system, which was released between 2014 and 2016, will notify teams every time they open the app to upgrade to the latest version if they still use it on their device.

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Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) Market Outlook, 2026 – Mandated Work-From-Home (WFH) Policy due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Massive Demand

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DUBLIN, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The “Artificial Intelligence Market, Global Forecast, Impact of COVID-19, Industry Trends, by Solution, Technology, Region, Opportunity Company Analysis” report has been added to’s offering.

According to the report, the global AI market will be worth US$ 284.4 billion by 2026.

Today, the artificial intelligence platform has become a way for computer systems to perform tasks like human intelligence including decision-making and speech recognition. Globally, problem-solving, social intelligence and general intelligence is being achieved with the help of the artificial intelligence platform. Moreover, rising high-level computer languages is helping various industries to work efficiently on the artificial intelligence platform.

By Solution

The Artificial Intelligence Market revolves around hardware, software and services. In recent years, artificial intelligence services are at the forefront of all innovations and will continue to remain so during the forecast years. Artificial intelligence services cover installation, integration, maintenance & support projects. With the escalating abundance of enterprises and competition, companies have rigorously integrated artificial intelligence (AI) technology into their services. For instance, the BFSI industry has increasingly adopted artificial intelligence services to enhance operational efficiency and enable a rich consumer experience.

Besides, software solutions promise advancements in information storage capacity, high computing power, and parallel processing capabilities to achieve high-end artificial intelligence software in dynamic end-use verticals. Notwithstanding, artificial intelligence software solutions include libraries for designing and deploying artificial intelligence applications, such as linear algebra, primitives, inference, video analytics, sparse matrices, and multiple hardware communication capabilities. As per the analysis, Global Artificial Intelligence Industry is anticipated to expand at a tremendous CAGR of 29.44% during the forecast period 2020-2026.

By Chip Type

Artificial intelligence includes chipsets such as Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and Central Processing Unit (CPU). An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) dominates the artificial intelligence chip segment, specially built for a specific application or purpose. It is specifically designed for a particular application compared to a logic device or a standard logic integrated circuit. It has also been made smaller, and it uses less electricity.

The artificial intelligence market inculcates machine learning, natural language processing, image processing, and speech recognition by technology. Machine learning covers notable investments in artificial intelligence. It covers both artificial intelligence platforms and cognitive applications, including tagging, clustering, categorization, hypothesis generation, alerting, filtering, navigation, visualization, facilitating advisory, intelligent, and cognitively equipped solutions. As per the estimation, Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Market Size was US$ 60.46 Billion in 2020.

Geographic Analysis of AI Trends

The worldwide artificial intelligence market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. North America is a significant contributor owing to rising government initiatives and investments in the market. Further, in the Asia Pacific, China demonstrates increasing investments in artificial intelligence technology to provide robust results. Likewise, India can gain traction due to the government’s pilot project to implement artificial intelligence in the agriculture and healthcare industries. The rest of Asia Pacific countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Indonesia are also expected to grow at a good pace.

Company Analysis

Globally, artificial intelligence vendors have implemented various types of organic and inorganic growth strategies, such as new product launches, product upgrades, alliances and affiliations, mergers and acquisitions to strengthen their offerings in the market. The major companies in the global Artificial Intelligence market include Google Inc., IBM Corp., Microsoft Corporation, Baidu Inc., Xilinx, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Nvidia Corporation and Intel Corporation.

COVID-19 Analysis

Although the novel coronavirus outbreak pandemic has caused a massive impact on businesses and humankind. Still, the pandemic has emerged as an opportunity for Artificial Intelligence Market to fight against the epidemic. Numerous tech giants and start-ups are operating on barring mitigating and containing the virus. Furthermore, the COVID-19 outbreak is foreseen to spur the market germination of next-generation tech domains, including artificial intelligence, owing to the mandated work-from-home (WFH) policy due to this pandemic.

Also, tech companies are extending their product offerings and assistance to broaden availability across the globe. For instance, in April 2020, Google LLC launched an AI-enabled chatbot called Rapid Response Virtual Agent concerning call centres. This chatbot is created to respond to concerns customers might be experiencing due to the COVID-19 outbreak over voice, chat, and other social channels.

Company Analysis

  • Google Inc.
  • IBM Corp.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Baidu Inc.
  • Xilinx, Inc.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Nvidia Corporation
  • Intel Corporation

Key Topics Covered

1. Introduction

2. Research Methodology

3. Executive Summary

4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Growth Drivers
4.2 Challenges

5. Global Artificial Intelligence Market

6. Market Share
6.1 By Solution
6.2 By Technology
6.3 By Chip Type
6.4 By Region

7. Solution – Global Artificial Intelligence Market
7.1 Hardware
7.2 Software
7.3 Services

8. Technology – Global Artificial Intelligence Market
8.1 Machine Learning
8.2 Natural Language Processing
8.3 Image Processing
8.4 Speech Recognition

9. Chip Type – Global Artificial Intelligence Market
9.1 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
9.2 Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC)
9.3 Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
9.4 Central Processing Unit (CPU)
9.5 Others

10. Region – Global Artificial Intelligence Market
10.1 North America
10.2 Europe
10.3 Asia-Pacific
10.4 Latin America
10.5 Middle East and Africa

11. Company Analysis
11.1 Overview
11.2 Recent Developments
11.3 Financial Insight

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New Study from StrategyR Highlights a $3.5 Billion Global Market for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Call Centers by 2026

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Edition: 6; Released: September 2021
Executive Pool: 73886
Companies: 110 – Players covered include Artificial Solutions; Avaamo; Avaya; AWS; Conversica; Creative Virtual; EdgeVerve Systems; Google; Haptik; IBM; Inbenta Technologies;; Microsoft; NICE Incontact; Nuance Communications; Oracle; Pypestream; Rulai; SAP; Talkdesk; Zendesk and Others.
Coverage: All major geographies and key segments
Segments: Component (Compute Platforms, Solutions, Services); Deployment (Cloud, On-Premise); End-Use (BFSI, IT & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, Government, Healthcare, Travel & Hospitality, Other End-Uses)
Geographies: World; United States; Canada; Japan; China; Europe (France; Germany; Italy; United Kingdom; and Rest of Europe); Asia-Pacific; Rest of World.

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Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Call Centers Market to Reach US$3.5 Billion by the Year 2026
Artificial intelligence is playing a vital role in ensuring transformation of call centers owing to its numerous use cases and compelling benefits. Favored by increasing adoption of machine learning tools and cloud services, AI in call centers has gained notable traction in the recent years. The technology is being used by companies to leveraging and analyzing large data volumes for improving customer interactions and driving value. In the recent years, a large number of call centers have embraced AI and machine learning for turning leads into customers, driving product purchases, improving retention rates and enhancing customer experiences. While AI has been finding increasing penetration in the call center industry since the onset of digital transformation, the COVID-19 pandemic has considerably pushed the adoption rate. Companies are betting on AI and machine learning for replacing as well as supporting human representatives. AI holds notable relevance for the e-commerce industry that has exploded amid the pandemic and is increasingly leveraging AI-powered chatbots to serve customers. Conversational artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a prominent trend in the call center industry owing to its ability to automate customer services and improve productivity without compromising over the service quality. Conversational AI is bound to witness extensive adoption across the industry for automating customer services and boosting revenues for brands.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Call Centers estimated at US$1.1 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$3.5 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 21.5% over the analysis period. Compute Platforms, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to grow at a 20.3% CAGR to reach US$1.8 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Solutions segment is readjusted to a revised 21.9% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 33.4% share of the global Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Call Centers market. The growing need to analyze and interpret burgeoning volumes of data is boosting demand for advanced AI solutions to improve customer services. In corporate enterprises, the adoption of AI technology is reducing the time required for interpreting data and for reading algorithm patterns, which will in turn fuel demand for AI solutions in enterprises. Also driving demand for AI solutions is the growing use of speech recognition systems and intelligent customer assistance bots in rapidly expanding e-commerce sector.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $399.6 Million in 2021, While China is Forecast to Reach $380.4 Million by 2026
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Call Centers market in the U.S. is estimated at US$399.6 Million in the year 2021. The country currently accounts for a 31.1% share in the global market. China, the world’s second largest economy, is forecast to reach an estimated market size of US$380.4 Million in the year 2026 trailing a CAGR of 24.7% through the analysis period. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 18.3% and 19.2% respectively over the analysis period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 20.6% CAGR while Rest of European market (as defined in the study) will reach US$480.8 Million by the end of the analysis period. Developed markets of North America and Europe are the leading regional markets. The dominant share of the US is mainly attributed to the widespread adoption of AI technology in several end-use industries including media, e-commerce and manufacturing. The US also benefits from being the early adopter of some of most advanced technologies and the considerably higher level of awareness about AI in the country. Increased funding for developing and advancing AI technology and applications, and a robust technical adoption base are also favoring growth. Growth in Asia-Pacific including China is propelled by the increasing adoption of natural language processing (NLP) and deep learning technologies in sectors such as marketing, finance, law, and agriculture. The market also benefits from the rapid pace of improvements being seen in computing power, data storage capacity and processing capabilities, which facilitate adoption of AI technology in sectors such as healthcare and automotive.

Services Segment to Reach $858.9 Million by 2026
Call centers are using AI to efficiently predict consumer behavior, find insights into customer journeys, and envisage their future behavior and response to specific actions. AI in call centers is also used for the self-service feature to address routine interactions and queries of customers. AI-powered chatbots are known to elevate customer services by helping customers with different types of requests and queries, right from gaining insights into products through to completing purchases. In the global Services segment, USA, Canada, Japan, China and Europe will drive the 22.1% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$194.4 Million in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$799.1 Million by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest growing in this cluster of regional markets. Led by countries such as Australia, India, and South Korea, the market in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$110.1 Million by the year 2026. More

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Federal watchdog says A.I. vendors need more scrutiny

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Heru Series A Funding Accelerates Cloud and Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Wearable Vision Diagnosis and Therapy

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  • Eliminates the need for large, expensive instruments, bringing scale, affordability and autonomy to vision testing

Heru Inc., the developer of wearable AI-powered vision diagnostics and augmentation software, closed its Series A financing of $30 million to advance the company’s eye diagnostic and vision correction technology platform.

The Series A funding round was led by global investment firm D1 Capital Partners with participation from SoftBank Ventures Opportunity Fund, Maurice R. Ferre, M.D., Frederic H. Moll, M.D., Krillion Ventures, and a consortium of investors with extensive experience developing, launching and scaling cutting-edge medical technologies. Originating as a spinout from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Series A follows FDA registration and a $2.7 million seed round announced in December 2020.

An estimated 450 million people worldwide experience visual field defects or double vision, but limited access can mean long waits for eye appointments. Heru’s next-generation solution helps ensure that patients’ vision can be tested earlier so that diagnosed defects can be treated in a timely manner.

“This technology has the potential to fundamentally transform eye care,” said James Rogers of D1 Capital Partners, which led the Series A funding. “Heru’s technology is designed to reduce the burden on the practitioner, increase billing opportunities and expand the point of care beyond the traditional eye care practice.”

This financing round will advance the development of the company’s groundbreaking Heru RE: eye diagnostic and vision correction (augmentation) technology platform. Registered with the FDA, the Heru platform is designed to diagnose a wide range of diseases without the need for large capital equipment investment and dedicated exam rooms. The platform is designed to include a novel diagnostic technology capable of automatically detecting disease and supporting greater diagnostic care for eye care physicians.

“Combined with Heru AI and the power of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s dozens of patents, it is now possible to streamline diagnostic care as part of a comprehensive exam strategy through a wearable device,” said Heru founder and CEO, Mohamed Abou Shousha, M.D., Ph.D.

Heru holds 24 patents on vision augmentation and wearable diagnostics to date. Their patented diagnostics software is registered with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a Class I exempt device.

The company continues to work in collaboration with developers of next-generation augmented reality (AR) headsets and is compatible with off-the-shelf AR/VR headsets, including Microsoft and Magic Leap devices, and is developing vision augmentation software that is designed to correct the user’s vision defects in real time using AI.

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Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute said:

“Heru’s technology was developed through decades of research, innovation and clinical validation within the accelerator program at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the number one eye hospital in the U.S. The full technology suite, which is licensed exclusively and perpetually to Heru by the Institute, improves the quality of life for people with visual defects.”

Maurice R. Ferre, M.D., Heru’s Chairman of the board of directors and participant in Series A and Seed Funding said:

“As a company that was birthed from Miami’s vibrant tech sector, it’s exciting to see how Heru is tackling an industry that has remained largely unchanged for decades, despite tremendous technological advancements in the medical field overall. In large part due to Miami’s strong academic community and research capabilities, as well as access to local, world-class talent, Heru brings affordability, access and autonomy to how the eye care industry treats its patients.”

John Trefethen, Chief Marketing Officer, Heru said:

“With Heru’s technology, eye care practitioners can now have access to an innovative, service-per-use model. Our innovative AR wearables, decades of research and clinical testing will help customers quickly aid in the diagnosis and treatment of visual defects.”

Norma Kenyon, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Miami said:

“Heru’s patented vision augmentation and wearable diagnostics software, built for the top commercially available AR/VR headsets, delivers autonomous, personalized and accessible eye care. Heru’s innovative technology optimizes disease detection, helping improve the lives for the millions of people who have visual defects.”

About Heru

Heru Inc. ( has developed patented autonomous AI-powered vision diagnostics and augmentation software for use on commercially available AR/VR devices. This technology exceeds traditional standards of care in clinical equivalence, usability, cost, size, and portability. Heru is the only cross-platform solution that can autonomously diagnose vision defects and customize individual vision augmentation based on the user’s unique vision defects.

Heru originated as a spinout from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. In December 2020, Heru announced FDA registration and a seed round led by Fred Drasner, Maurice R. Ferre, M.D., Fred H. Moll, M.D., and a consortium of investors with extensive experience developing, launching, and scaling cutting-edge medical technologies.

About D1 Capital Partners

D1 Capital Partners is a global investment firm that operates across public and private markets. The firm combines the talent and operational excellence of a large, premier asset management firm with the flexible mandate and long-term time horizon of a family office. Founded in 2018 by Daniel Sundheim, D1 focuses on investing in the global internet, technology, telecom, media, consumer, healthcare, financial, industrial and real estate sectors.

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Here’s how to add and remove widgets on your Android phone’s home screen

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Widgets from Google appsSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

What I love about Android more than anything else is that you can use wallpapers, Android launchers, icon packs, and widgets to turn your phone into a truly unique and custom experience. Widgets are basically miniature applications that run on your home screen, displaying information so that you don’t have to dip into the weather app just to see the temperature or see the next calendar appointment. Widgets can also be used to control your music, toggle quick settings, or even interact with your smart home without leaving your home screen. Here’s how to add new widgets or remove the widgets that came pre-installed on your Android phone.

How to add a new widget to your home screen

Widgets are handled slightly differently between launchers — the app that actually runs your home screen — but most launchers follow the same basic process for adding widgets. The layout might be slightly different depending on your phone’s manufacturer, whether you’re using a third-party launcher, and what Android version your phone has.

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These screenshots were taken with a Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and the Samsung One UI Home launcher (left), Nova Launcher (center), and Smart Launcher 5 (right).

  1. Long-press an empty space on your home screen.

    Add Widget in One UI Home

    Add Widget in Nova LauncherAdd Widget in Smart LauncherSource: Android Central

  2. Tap Widgets or Add widget. Nova users, swipe up on Widgets to open the menu.

    Add Widget in One UI Home

    Add Widget in Nova LauncherAdd Widget in Smart LauncherSource: Android Central

  3. Scroll through widget pages to find the widget you want to add.

    Add Widget in One UI Home

    Add Widget in Nova LauncherAdd Widget in Smart LauncherSource: Android Central

  4. Tap the widget to add it to your home screen. Some launchers will have you drag and drop the widget instead.

    Add Widget in One UI Home

    Add Widget in Nova LauncherAdd Widget in Smart LauncherSource: Android Central

  5. If you’re using a third-party launcher and it’s your first time placing a widget, tap Always allow and Create.

    Add Widget in One UI Home

    Add Widget in Nova LauncherAdd Widget in Smart LauncherSource: Android Central

Depending on the grid size your launcher uses and the launcher itself, most widgets will be added at their native size, usually 1×1, 2×2, or 4×1. If there’s not enough room where you wanted to put the widget, it might be automatically placed on the next page over.

If you want the widget to be bigger or smaller to fit, you’ll need to resize it, but don’t worry. That’s even easier than placing the widget. Long-press the widget until a bounding box appears around it, and then drag the edges to your desired size. That’s it.

How to remove a widget from your home screen

If you get sick of a widget and want to remove it, it’s quick and painless. These screenshots were taken with a Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and the Samsung One UI Home launcher (left), Nova Launcher (center), and Smart Launcher 5 (right).

  1. Long-press the widget you want to delete.

    Add Widget in One UI Home

    Remove Widget in Nova LauncherAdd Widget in Smart LauncherSource: Android Central

  2. Tap Remove or the X. If you don’t see that option, drag and drop the widget to the top of the screen, where a trash can should appear.

    Remove Widget in One UI Home

    Remove Widget in Nova LauncherRemove Widget in Smart LauncherSource: Android Central

Need widget ideas? Start here!

If you want to play with widgets but don’t necessarily know which apps offer widgets you’ll actually like, here are a few jumping-off points to help kickstart your widget experience:

  • The best weather apps have multiple widgets to choose from. In particular, 1Weather, Appy Weather, and Today Weather have more than a dozen widget styles for you to chose from to get the current or future conditions on your home screen.
  • Productivity apps have gotten better about widgets in the last few years, but the one that’s near and dear to my heart is Google Keep. I can reference notes without opening the full app, and I can start a new to-do list with one tap.
  • Any music app worth its salt will have at least one playback widget so you can pause or skip to the next song, but I’ll be blunt with you, most of them suck. They’re old, they’re skinny, and they usually don’t resize well. Instead, once you’ve got a little more comfortable with widgets, I recommend trying out KWGT. This is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get widget editor, and you can either make your own music widget from scratch, or you can use one of the thousands of KWGT Pro presets that are shared either in KWGT preset packs or shared by theme-makers in communities like r/androidthemes and r/kustom.

We were hoping that after Apple added home screen widgets in iOS14 that Google would get the kick in the pants it desperately needs, but almost a year later, Google’s own widgets are as stale as ever. There’s hope that we’ll get some improved widget guidelines with Android 12, but so far, we haven’t seen much outside a new Conversations widget.

If not, well, we’ll always have KWGT.

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Europe ramps up global race to regulate artificial intelligence

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Regulators in Europe and Washington are racing to figure out how to govern business’ use of artificial intelligence while companies push to deploy the technology.

Driving the news: On Wednesday, the EU revealed a detailed proposal on how AI should be regulated, banning some uses outright and defining which uses of AI are deemed “high-risk.”

  • “It is a big move, and will put pressure on the United States to toughen AI regulations,” said Darrell West, senior fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.

In the U.S., the federal government has yet to pass legislation specifically addressing AI, though some local governments have enacted their own rules, especially around facial recognition.

But Monday, the Federal Trade Commission laid out a tough restatement of its role enforcing laws related to AI, addressing the sale and use of algorithms that:

  • Deny people employment, housing or benefits;
  • Encode racial bias; or
  • Result in credit discrimination.

Acting FTC chairwoman Rebecca Slaughter told Axios: “I am pleased that the European Commission shares the FTC’s concerns about the risks posed by artificial intelligence… I look forward to reviewing the EC’s proposal as we learn from each other in pursuit of transparency, fairness, and accountability in algorithmic decision making.”

Why it matters: Artificial intelligence is no longer in its infancy and already has wide uses. Global governments are trying to wrap their arms around it, often taking different approaches.

  • The U.S. and the EU both aim to ensure AI doesn’t discriminate against marginalized communities, taking somewhat different paths to get there.
  • Experts warn that if the Atlantic allies aren’t on the same page, China and Russia will end up setting terms that give repressive governments free rein.
  • “The U.S. and EU need to have a coordinated approach so the two can work together… The question is whether you can harmonize all the provisions, because in general, the EU is tougher than the U.S. on tech regulation,” said West.

What they’re saying: The EU’s move “is another wake-up call for the U.S. that it needs to retain its leadership position in the development in these sorts of legal frameworks,” said Christian Troncoso, senior director of policy at BSA | The Software Alliance.

  • “The U.S. is going to really need to start being a little bit more forward-leaning and willing to engage with big trade partners like the EU on the development of norms around technology,” he said.

Be smart: Regulators move slower than technology. Just this week, the ACLU and dozens of other advocacy groups called on the Department of Homeland Security to stop using Clearview AI’s facial recognition software.

  • BuzzFeed news recently reported that 1,803 publicly funded agencies have used Clearview AI.
  • A number of giant tech companies, including Microsoft, Amazon and IBM, have called on the federal government to set clear rules around AI, particularly around facial recognition.

The bottom line: Regulators want to get the details right, but they also believe they have a rare chance with AI to put legal and ethical guardrails around a new technology before it’s already deployed everywhere. That window will close fast.

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