President Donald Trump said Iran may have seized two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, after Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it seized one and there were news reports of...World Newsread more
Amazon hires Trump-allied lobbyist Jeff Miller as battle for Pentagon contract heats up.Politicsread more
In a series of tweets, the president addressed an unusual controversy stemming from a speech delivered Thursday by New York Fed President John Williams.Marketsread more
More than a quarter of the S&P 500 companies report earnings in the week ahead, and that could buffet the market as investors await the Fed's meeting at the end of the month.Market Insiderread more
Companies aren't waiting for the U.S.-China trade war to be resolved, says the head of the world's biggest money manager.Investingread more
Executives from United Airlines and American Airlines were "shocked" that state-owned airline Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker was also invited to the meeting, according to a...Airlinesread more
Earlier this week, a lawyer said Jeffrey Epstein, a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, had "improper sexual contact" with at least one woman under the...Politicsread more
Walmart is making further organizational changes as it continues to integrate its store and digital operations and leadership, according to a memo obtained by CNBC that was...Retailread more
George Nader helped arrange a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles between Erik Prince and the head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund, who reported directly to Vladimir...Politicsread more
These are the stocks posting the largest moves midday.Market Insiderread more
"I'm not hearing people blame the Fed as much as they're blaming tariffs," says CNBC's Jim Cramer.US Economyread more
Microsoft is putting its artificial intelligence technology to work to help the visually impaired.
The company said on Wednesday that it's releasing an iOS app called Seeing AI that uses an iPhone's camera to tell people about objects in front of them. The app shows off Microsoft's current capabilities in AI, while also addressing a group that the technology industry too often ignores.
Microsoft first revealed the technology to an audience of developers last year, but at the time it was only shown as working on smart glasses. Now anyone with an iPhone or iPad can try it.
Microsoft isn't saying whether Seeing AI will become available on Android. Still, its arrival on iOS is the latest example of Microsoft, under CEO Satya Nadella, embracing third-party platforms.
For example, Microsoft brought its SQL Server database software to Linux, and it has ported Office apps to the iPad. Most recently it added support for Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar in Office apps.
Microsoft also said it will be developing a set of design guidelines for AI-infused features in products to ensure a greater degree of transparency and to emphasize ethics. The announcement comes two days after Google introduced a new research initiative around improving the design of its own AI systems for users, professionals and researchers.
Additionally, Microsoft is rejiggering staffers within the artificial intelligence and research group that it formed in September. Under the leadership of Eric Horvitz, the new Microsoft Research AI program is designed to bring together around 100 people who specialize in different technologies categorized under AI, instead of having them spread out in Microsoft AI and Research, which includes around 6,000 people, a Microsoft spokesman said.