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Microsoft brings Cortana to the Android lock screenMicrosoft%20brings%20Cortana%20to%20the%20Android%20lock%26nbsp%3Bscreencortana-lockscreen-testsarahintampa

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:39:12 +0000

(image)  Following a series of beta trials, Microsoft officially announced this morning that it’s bringing its virtual assistant Cortana to the lock screen of Android devices. Initially, Microsoft had tested putting an overview of your day on the lock screen – offering information like the day’s weather, commute times, flight or meeting information, and more – where it could be… Read More(image)


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Uber’s autonomous test cars return to the road in San Francisco todayUber%26%238217%3Bs%20autonomous%20test%20cars%20return%20to%20the%20road%20in%20San%20Francisco%26nbsp%3Btodayuber-self-driving-san-francisco-sfnelomas

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:17:08 +0000

(image)  Uber has confirmed that its small fleet of autonomous vehicles in San Francisco will be back on the road today. The company grounded its entire self-driving test fleet in the U.S. on Saturday, following an accident involving one of its vehicles in Arizona earlier in the day. Read More(image)


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Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are waging war over the hotel roomAmazon%26%238217%3Bs%20Alexa%20and%20Apple%26%238217%3Bs%20Siri%20are%20waging%20war%20over%20the%20hotel%26nbsp%3Broomaloftjordanrcrook

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:13:07 +0000

(image)  As the hotel industry wages war against Airbnb, companies making voice-powered assistants are also heading to battle in the hotel room itself. Bloomberg reports that Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are vying for a spot in Marriott International’s Aloft chain of hotel rooms, with both in testing at the Aloft Boston Seaport location to help inform the lodging giant’s… Read More(image)


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Facebook looks inward for new AI technical talentFacebook%20looks%20inward%20for%20new%20AI%20technical%26nbsp%3Btalentfb-mathetherin

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:54:36 +0000

(image)  The race is on to attract as much expertise in artificial intelligence as possible at tech companies large and small, and more than a few Silicon Valley giants are looking inward to convert tech talent they already possess into the AI resources they increasingly need. Facebook has its own AI course, which is oversubscribed, according to a new report by Wired, and which is led by one of the… Read More(image)


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Spotify acquires content recommendation startup MightyTVSpotify%20acquires%20content%20recommendation%20startup%26nbsp%3BMightyTVSpotify app icon on iPhoneingridlundenmightytv

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:31:25 +0000

(image)  Spotify this morning announced its latest move to expand its marketing and advertising horizons: it has acquired and shut down content recommendation service MightyTV, a startup that (as its name implies) focused on video recommendations, with an app that used a Tinder-style swipe interface to help guide you to TV and film choices compatible with your own tastes. As part of the deal… Read More(image)


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Amazon’s retail ambitions include furniture and appliances, plus groceries in IndiaAmazon%26%238217%3Bs%20retail%20ambitions%20include%20furniture%20and%20appliances%2C%20plus%20groceries%20in%26nbsp%3BIndiaamazon-goetherin

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:14:59 +0000

(image)  Amazon’s brick-and-mortar retail plans currently focus on its ongoing roll-out of physical book stores, as well as its very limited experiments with cashier-less convenience, but it could expand those ambitions significantly with a number of plans currently in the works. The New York Times reports that it’s also exploring ways it might retail appliances and furniture, two categories… Read More(image)


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Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attackSocial%20media%20firms%20facing%20fresh%20political%20pressure%20after%20London%20terror%26nbsp%3BattackAmber Rudd on the Andrew Marr shownelomas

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:29:54 +0000

(image)  Yesterday UK government ministers once again called for social media companies to do more to combat terrorism. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program. Read More(image)


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Tencent increases its focus on artificial intelligenceTencent%20increases%20its%20focus%20on%20artificial%26nbsp%3BintelligenceViews of Tencent's New HeadquartersJon

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:20:17 +0000

(image)  When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and Chinese tech companies, thoughts often begin and end with Baidu. But Tencent, Asia’s second highest-valued tech company behind Alibaba, has reminded the world that it too is investing in the field. Search giant Baidu was one of the first to make a major commitment to deep learning. It spent over $2.9 billion on R&D over a 2.5… Read More(image)


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Snapcart raises $3M to track offline commerce data in Southeast AsiaSnapcart%20raises%20%243M%20to%20track%20offline%20commerce%20data%20in%20Southeast%26nbsp%3BAsiareceiptsJon

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:42:54 +0000

(image)  Snapcart, a startup helping to bring transparency to the world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, has raised $3 million in pre-Series A funding. We first wrote about the company when it launched in September 2015 with the aim of providing data on the largely uncharted world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, a region of over 600 million consumers and a growing middle class.… Read More(image)


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Trump to create White House office for ‘American Innovation’ to be headed by KushnerTrump%20to%20create%20White%20House%20office%20for%20%26%238216%3BAmerican%20Innovation%26%238217%3B%20to%20be%20headed%20by%26nbsp%3BKushnerDonald Trump Holds Joint Press Conference With German Chancellor Angela Merkelshieberj

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:49:36 +0000

(image)  Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Trump is going to unveil a new White House agency called the “Office of American Innovation”, which will hold extensive powers to overhaul federal procedures and potentially privatize certain government responsibilities, by culling ideas from the business community, according to a report in the Washington Post. Read More(image)


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NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronautsNASA%20is%20using%20a%20mixed%20reality%20space%20station%20to%20train%26nbsp%3BastronautsNASA LOGOlorakolodnytc

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:27:36 +0000

(image)  NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to developers and educators. Now, the US space agency has partnered with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space… Read More(image)


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Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watchNomos%20Glash%C3%BCtte%26%238217%3Bs%20Metro%20Neomatik%20is%20modern%2C%20slim%20and%20sophisticated%26nbsp%3Bwatchnomos-glashutte-metro-neomatiketherin

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:15:32 +0000

(image)  The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos Glashütte, the German manufactory that produces exquisite timepieces with house made movements in… Read More(image)


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A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent rulingA%20win%20for%20Apple%20in%20Beijing%20as%20court%20overturns%20iPhone%20patent%26nbsp%3Brulingiphone-6-6-plus-stacked-macrolorakolodnytc

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:27:47 +0000

(image)  Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May 2016 ruling that said Apple had violated design patents of a small, and now defunct, Chinese company called Shenzhen Baili. The disputes were over the exterior design of the iPhone 6 and 6… Read More(image)


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Technology is killing jobs, and only technology can save themTechnology%20is%20killing%20jobs%2C%20and%20only%20technology%20can%20save%26nbsp%3BthemRobot Factorybheater

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:00:31 +0000

(image)  Are we living in historically unprecedented times for job loss? Or is this part of a cycle that predates even the Industrial Revolution? Is it possible to retrain our workforce for these changes? Or will the gap between educated and non-educated workers only continue to grow? Read More(image)


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Stories are the new News FeedStories%20are%20the%20new%20News%26nbsp%3BFeedSnapchat Facebookjoshsc

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:45:44 +0000

(image)  If the camera is the new keyboard, then the future of social media will look more like a slideshow than a Word document. So while Snapchat invented Stories, we’ll have to get used to using them everywhere. Read More(image)


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Sex and Gor and open sourceSex%20and%20Gor%20and%20open%26nbsp%3Bsourcegorrezendi

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:00:34 +0000

(image)  A few weeks ago, Dries Buytaert, founder of the popular open-source CMS Drupal, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal community, “to leave the Drupal project.” Why did he do this? He refuses to say. A huge furor has erupted in response — not least because the reason clearly has much to do with Garfield’s unconventional… Read More(image)


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Lyft to let passengers round up their fare and donate the difference to charityLyft%20to%20let%20passengers%20round%20up%20their%20fare%20and%20donate%20the%20difference%20to%26nbsp%3Bcharityround_up_and_donate_____main_720etherin

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:00:55 +0000

(image)  Lyft is looking at one of its biggest potential opportunities to make up some ground on its rival Uber, given the latter company’s ongoing and worsening PR crisis. So it makes sense that Lyft would go even further in the opposite direction, with a new program that lets riders top off their fare to the nearest dollar, and donate the difference to one of a group of selected charities. The… Read More(image)


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Uber grounds entire self-driving fleet as it probes Arizona crashUber%20grounds%20entire%20self-driving%20fleet%20as%20it%20probes%20Arizona%26nbsp%3Bcrashuber_atc_pitt_32nelomas

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:23:46 +0000

(image)  Uber has now grounded its entire autonomous test fleet in the U.S., following an accident in Arizona which left one of its Volvo SUVs flipped on its side earlier today. Read More(image)


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Eligible founder Katelyn Gleason’s plan to upend the billion dollar medical billing industryEligible%20founder%20Katelyn%20Gleason%26%238217%3Bs%20plan%20to%20upend%20the%20billion%20dollar%20medical%20billing%26nbsp%3BindustryElligible Katelyn Gleasonsarahbuhr

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:04:28 +0000

(image)  Medical billing is a largely untapped and lucrative industry, potentially pulling in $55 billion globally by 2020. But it’s inner workings are still very murky — most of the time it’s not clear how much something will cost and sometimes you don’t even get the (possibly whopping) bill until months down the road. Founder Katelyn Gleason wants to make it easier… Read More(image)


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Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8Everything%20we%20think%20we%20know%20about%20the%20Samsung%20Galaxy%26nbsp%3BS8samsung-galaxy-s8bheater

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:00:31 +0000

(image)  Next week in New York, Samsung will finally reveal the Galaxy S8. The handset has a lot riding on it — not simply because it’s a brand-defining flagship or because it’s seemingly been pushed back at least once. Next week’s Unpacked event will have even wider ranging implications for Samsung as its first major phone announcement since last year’s Galaxy Note debacle. Read More(image)


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