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What the hell is a blockchain phone—and do I need one?

March 12th, 2019 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

The first wave of crypto-focused smartphones from big players like Samsung is a small step toward a decentralized web. The crypto world is full of buzzwords, but if you can peel away the marketing fluff, you sometimes find innovation beneath the surface. You are often also reminded just how early it is in the history […]



Ex-con app developers are disrupting price-gouging prison phones

February 18th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

 Bloomberg reports that inmate messaging apps like Pigeonly, InmateAid, and Flikshop now have millions of users — and are poised to disrupt prison phone companies’ decades-old monopoly. All started by ex-inmates, these apps aim to give inmates and their families a more affordable way to stay in contact –and bring prisons out of the digital […]



The big deal about an AI model that can talk like you

February 6th, 2019 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

  Meryl Streep is pitch perfect as the narrator of the Norah Ephron novel Heartburn. In the audiobook version, Streep’s classic delivery brings alive the emotional turmoil as well as the self-deprecating wit of Rachel Samstat, who has just found out about her husband’s affair. In the Harry Potter audiobooks, it’s singer-actor Jim Dale who […]



Kakao Pay passes 20 trillion won transaction mark for 2018

January 29th, 2019 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

Chat giant Kakao’s mobile payment app surpassed 20 trillion won, or $17.7 billion, in transactions during 2018, cementing itself as the undisputed sector leader in South Korea.



Google Brain built a translator so AI can explain itself

January 22nd, 2019 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

A Google Brain scientist built a tool that can help artificial intelligence systems explain how they arrived at their conclusions — a notoriously tricky task for machine learning algorithms. The tool, called Testing with Concept Activation Vectors or TCAV for short, can be plugged into machine learning algorithms to suss out how much they weighted […]



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