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A massive Chinese ride-sharing service removed passenger attractiveness ratings after a woman was killed

May 18th, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Didi suspended its ride-sharing service after a 21-year-old woman was murdered. Carlos Jasso/Reuters Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-sharing giant, said it would remove creepy passenger ratings from its app after a woman was allegedly murdered by her driver. Didi’s Hitch service lets people share rides, but was suspended last week after the murder. Didi said […]



Amazon rolls out new ways to monetize Alexa’s skills

May 13th, 2018 at 9:02 am » Comments Off

All Alexa skills developers can now monetize their voice apps with in-skill purchases, Amazon announced last week. The introduction of in-skill purchasing allows skills developers to sell premium digital content — such as subscription services or one-time purchases that augment a skill’s free offerings — within an Alexa skill.



Snapchat launches Spectacles V2, camera glasses you’ll actually wear

May 11th, 2018 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

Snapchat Spectacles v2 Close Up Photos, not just video. No yellow ring alerting people to the camera. Underwater-capable. Classier colors with lighter lenses. Prescription options. Faster syncing. And a much slimmer frame and charging case. Snapchat fixed the biggest pain points of its Spectacles camera sunglasses with V2, which launch today for $150. The company […]



Anyone can now create Alexa skills in a matter of minutes

April 21st, 2018 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Amazon on Thursday unveiled “Alexa Skill Blueprints,” code-free templates that any Alexa owner, regardless of experience level, can use to create customized Alexa skills in a matter of minutes. Amazon included over 20 templates across four categories — Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller, and Learning & Knowledge — with plans to add more.



In pursuit of the perfect AI voice

April 21st, 2018 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

How developers are humanizing their virtual personal assistants. The virtual personal assistant is romanticized in utopian portrayals of the future from The Jetsons to Star Trek. It’s the cultured, disembodied voice at humanity’s beck and call, eager and willing to do any number of menial tasks.



Uber is launching a rental car service inside its app

April 17th, 2018 at 7:58 am » Comments Off

Uber is launching a rental car network in partnership with Getaround, the ride-hailing company announced today (April 11). San Francisco-based Getaround lets users find and instantly book vehicles from private car owners, all through a mobile app. The new Uber Rent platform, which is scheduled to launch later this month in San Francisco, will make […]



Using AI to help stroke victims when ‘time is brain ‘

March 1st, 2018 at 9:30 am » Comments Off

Since entrepreneur Chris Mansi cofounded Viz.ai in 2016, the best-funded wizards of artificial intelligence have taken on board games, and created emoji that mirror your facial expressions. Meanwhile, Mansi has been developing algorithms to save the brain cells of stroke patients.



YouTube is the most lucrative platform for creators — with Etsy and Instagram trailing behind

February 28th, 2018 at 1:41 am » Comments Off

The internet has sparked a new kind of economy, as creators find new ways to directly reach their audiences and customers. Services like Etsy, WordPress, and Amazon’s Twitch don’t have a lot in common, except for the fact that they give creative people ways to make a living doing what they love.



Dawn of the techlash

February 21st, 2018 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Once seen as saviours of democracy, tech giants are now viewed as threats to truth. But how did our faith in all things digital turn into an erosion of trust, particularly in the arena of information and politics? Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Facebook was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open […]



You can now book incredibly cheap flights with a new app that lets you bid on unsold airline seats

February 15th, 2018 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Air Ticket Arena is a UK-based start-up that launched in February. It lets you bid on unsold airplane tickets up to two weeks before the departure date. It’s only available on Android, but will be available on iOs next month.



If workers slack off the wristband will know. (And Amazon has a patent for it.)

February 9th, 2018 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Employees at an Amazon warehouse in Carteret, N.J. The e-commerce giant has been known to experiment in-house with new technology before selling it worldwide.CreditBryan Anselm for The New York Times



Intel made smart glasses that look normal

February 8th, 2018 at 2:00 pm » Comments Off

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball



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