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Amazon’s Alexa can now recognize different voices and give personalized responses

October 13th, 2017 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Your Echo just got smart enough to tell you apart from the people you live with.

Silicon Valley isn’t just disrupting democracy—it’s replacing it

October 11th, 2017 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

If you want to understand the threat that Silicon Valley poses to culture at large, consider Apple’s $5 billion headquarters. The Cupertino, California, building may seem like paradise to some, with striking architecture—a donut-shaped building featuring the world’s largest piece of curved glass—and lavish details like iPhone-inspired elevator buttons and patented pizza boxes that prevent […]

Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app for India that uses Audio QR to transfer money

October 6th, 2017 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

After several weeks of speculation and leaked details, today Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia. The Android and search giant has launched Tez, a free mobile wallet in India that will let users link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods securely in physical stores […]

The average age of employees at all the top tech companies, in one chart

September 12th, 2017 at 5:07 pm » Comments Off

Silicon Valley is known for its youth-obsessed culture.

Who’s in the lead in developing self-driving car technologies? Hint, it’s not Google

September 9th, 2017 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

When it comes to the race to develop autonomous vehicles, Google and its fellow tech companies have gotten a lot of publicity. But the tech giants may have a tough time beating out the traditional car makers and parts suppliers, if a new study is any indication.

What is Ray Kurzweil up to at Google? Writing your emails

August 14th, 2017 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

RAY KURZWEIL HAS invented a few things in his time. In his teens, he built a computer that composed classical music, which won him an audience with President Lyndon B. Johnson. In his 20s, he pioneered software that could digitize printed text, and in his 30s he cofounded a synthesizer company with Stevie Wonder. More […]

The most-loved social network among Americans isn’t the one you think

August 3rd, 2017 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

Google+ has topped the American Consumer Satisfaction Index’s 2017 list evaluating how users feel about Internet social media companies. Yes, Google+.

Google Glass returns: this time it’s professional

July 24th, 2017 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Glass 2.0 goes to work, and suddenly it looks normal. Maybe enterprise is where it should have been all along.

The top five battlegrounds for tech platforms in 2017

January 4th, 2017 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

Large platform companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft want to provide the operating system for our lives, and they will fight hard in 2017 to establish their foothold in the emerging technologies we will likely come to rely on in the future. Who will succeed?

The most Googled products in every country

December 20th, 2016 at 12:55 pm » Comments Off

In popular culture, certain countries are stereotypically associated with certain products — beer in Germany, carpets in Turkey, electronics in Japan. But those things aren’t what people are really searching for.

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