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This battery-free cellphone runs on light and radio waves

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments





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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving to start a non-profit

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments




 WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging app to start his own non-profit business. Acton announced the decision on Facebook, of course: After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life. I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve decided… Read More


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Two new handhelds will help you relive the golden age of gaming

| September 11, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Whether you’re an older gamer who remembers the Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis with great fondness or a doting grandparent who doesn’t remember exactly what the grandkids wanted (the Nintendo Swamp or something?), the new AtGames portable consoles will either excite you to no end or cause deep disappointment. These crazy little consoles contain dozens of Atari or Genesis games. The… Read More


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Twitter has a big bot problem

| September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Twitter bots – robots that interact with humans – have a long history. The Twitter API is fairly easy to use (I made a bot that plays Zork with a friend two years ago) and there is little protection against creating new accounts automatically. This ease of use used to be great for programmers but now Twitter has a huge bot problem. Bots have expanded beyond the traditional tactics.… Read More


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Google Chrome could soon let you mute annoyingly noisy websites

| August 26, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Websites that auto-load videos with sound may soon be a thing of the past — or, at least, your days of having to put up with them could be. That’s because Google is testing a new option that lets users permanently mute a website within the Chrome Browser. Noisy websites have long been a pain. Chrome introduced an indicator to flag guilty tabs a couple of years ago — it had… Read More


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Twitter users are calling out participants in the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies

| August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments




 As the nation recovers from yesterday’s tragic violence caused by pro-nazi and white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville, Va., Twitter users have been mobilizing to identify the participants in the weekend’s events. Since early Sunday morning, the @YesYoureRacist account has been calling on Twitter users to identify participants in the rally. If you recognize… Read More


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Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship

| July 29, 2017 | 0 Comments




The world’s most valuable company appears to have pulled down the apps amid China’s deepening crackdown on tools that evade internet controls.

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Tencent backs Indian education startup BYJU’s at a valuation of $800 million

| July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Microsoft Paint’s Days May Be Numbered

| July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments





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New Apple ad does some voice-first education with The Rock and Siri

| July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments




 How do you teach people how to use an interface that’s invisible? That’s been the marketing communications problem for Apple since the day Siri became the first big mass-market voice assistant. They’ve taken stab after stab at it. The splash page that offers Siri suggestions if you activate it and don’t say anything. TV spots; tool tips; App Store promotions and… Read More


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Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments




 The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant.
We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered with Johnson Controls to develop a product called GLAS.
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Quantum Computing

| July 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

 

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Apple Music’s first new personalized playlist wants you to Chill

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments




 This week Apple is beginning to roll out the first new personalized playlist under Apple Music’s ‘For You’ section. The playlist, entitled ‘Chill’ is muxed based on editorial curation and algorithmic interpretation of your musical tastes. A small number of test users got the new playlist yesterday evening. An updated Chill playlist will be delivered every Sunday… Read More


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Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Hike beats WhatsApp to launching messenger app payments in India

| June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments




 India-focused mobile messaging service Hike landed funding from Tencent last year, and today it took a major step to emulating the Chinese firm’s WeChat app with the introduction of mobile payments. The launch of Hike Pay not only shows an ambition to build a messaging platform, it also means Hike has beaten WhatsApp, the chat app that dominates India, to the punch. Facebook-owned… Read More


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Google’s Tensor2Tensor makes it easier to conduct deep learning experiments

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Google’s brain team is open sourcing Tensor2Tensor, a new deep learning library designed to help researchers replicate results from recent papers in the field and push the boundaries of what’s possible by trying new combinations of models, datasets and other parameters. The sheer number of variables in AI research combined with the fast pace of new developments makes it difficult… Read More


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Google releases new TensorFlow Object Detection API

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Alibaba is in talks to invest in Uber’s Southeast Asia rival Grab

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Alibaba could substantially increase its business interests in Southeast Asia with an investment in Uber rival Grab. Bloomberg reports that Alibaba President Jack Ma is considering joining an upcoming $1.4 billion funding round for Grab which will be led by SoftBank, a company with many links to Alibaba. Separately, TechCrunch has confirmed with a source that Alibaba has held meetings with… Read More


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Man in Pakistan sentenced to death for blasphemous Facebook comments

| June 13, 2017 | 0 Comments




 There’s disturbing news from Pakistan, where a man has been handed the death sentence for allegedly making blasphemous comments on Facebook. The Guardian reports that Taimoor Raza was founded guilty of insulting the prophet Muhammad by a court this week. His charge relates to comments made during a debate about Islam with another user on the social network, who subsequently turned out… Read More


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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is developing border surveillance technology

| June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Last time we heard from Palmer Luckey, the one-time poster boy for VR, he was quietly ousted from Facebook after a $100,000 donation to a pro-Trump ‘shitposting’ group came to light. Now Luckey, who sold his VR company Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, is back, and his new company is concerned with national security. The New York Times reports that his newest business… Read More


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Netflix cancels sci-fi drama Sense8 after just two seasons

| June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments




 ‘House Of Cards’ is back streaming on Netflix with its fifth series, but another Netflix Original created around the same time as the political blockbuster is being put out to pasture. ‘Sense8,’ which the streaming company announced with much fanfare in 2013, is not returning to the service after two seasons.
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YouTube bans ‘hateful’ videos from making money via its advertising network

| June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Following a backlash around brand advertising on controversial content, YouTube is making a move to clean up which videos are part of its ad network.
The Google-owned has updated the guidelines that govern which YouTube videos can run ads to prevent previous mismatches and assuage both its community of video makers and advertisers. High-profile YouTubers were up in arms last year after the… Read More


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Spotify steps up Asia expansion with plans to launch in Vietnam and Thailand

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments





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Android creator Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone looks stunning and will cost $699

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments





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AmazonFresh opens its grocery Pickup locations in Seattle

| May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments




 Amazon has officially begun operating its AmazonFresh Pickup locations in Seattle, letting customers order groceries ahead of time and then quickly grab them on their way home. The service requires as little as 15 minutes advance notice, without any minimum purchase requirements, and it’s a free service for any Amazon Prime members. Amazon first revealed Pickup back in March, but… Read More


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Hackers are hiding malware in subtitle files

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments




 An impressive new exploit gives hackers the ability to control your desktop through malware spread by fake movie subtitles. The exploit, which essentially dumps the malware onto your desktop and then notifies the attacker, affects users of video players like Popcorn Time and VLC. Checkpoint found that malformed subtitle files can give hackers the ability to embed code into subtitle files… Read More


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Bits Blog: Facebook Testing Collaboration Tools for Businesses

| November 17, 2014




The company is testing a new product called Facebook@Work, which will allow users to collaborate on projects through group chats and document collaboration with co-workers.




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Bits Blog: Microsoft’s Nadella Talks About the Future of Office

| November 10, 2014




Satya Nadella, the company’s chief executive, said Microsoft’s focus on helping people “get stuff done” distinguishes it from competitors like Google and Apple.

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Microsoft Changes Tack, Making Office Suite Free on Mobile

| November 6, 2014




In a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft will give away its lucrative software product on iPads, iPhones and Android tablets.

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State of the Art: Devices With Yosemite and iOS 8 Operating Systems Seamlessly Connect in Apple’s…

| October 22, 2014




The tech giant has succeeded in ensuring that its phones, tablets and computers work seamlessly together. You might never leave.

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