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Alexa and Cortana will soon work with each other

Amazon and Microsoft are integrating their digital assistants. Alexa and Cortana will soon be able to communicate with each other, allowing users of one AI to benefit from the other's skills. In the near future, summoning the AI helpers will be as easy as saying "Alexa, open Cortana," or "Cortana, …

Apple questioned about Face ID security by the US Senate

A lot of people quickly raised concerns about privacy and security the moment Apple revealed iPhone X and its Face ID feature. Edward Snowden, for instance, thinks it normalizes face scanning, "a tech certain to be abused." Now, US Senator Al Franken is pressing the tech titan for answers, penning …

Apple's Craig Federighi Answers Face ID Questions in New Interview

Face ID, Apple's new facial recognition feature in the iPhone X, has left users with a lot of questions about how it works. While Apple has offered detailed explanations of Face ID on its website, there continue to be questions and concerns given that this is a new biometric system.<p>To answer some …

Chrome For Android & iOS Promises To Reduce Your Data Usage By 50%

Thanks to the release of Chrome 32 for Android and iOS, users of Google’s mobile OS will have the option of reducing their browser’s data usage by up …

Amazon Wants To Ship You Products BEFORE You Order Them

Amazon is considering plans to try and ship you items before you actually order them.<p>While this might sound like an underwhelming attempt to follow …

South Korea Reveals Plans for 5G

4G and even LTE-Advanced seem so last generation now that South Korea has revealed plans to build a 5G network. According to Yonhap News, the country’s communications technology ministry will put in 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) and work with local firms through 2020.<p>The 5G network is expected to …

How should the internet develop after Snowden? New commission aims to find out

An independent “Global Commission on Internet Governance” was launched at Davos on Wednesday, promising an in-depth two-year study of how the …

Now There's a Netflix for Science Fans

Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks is launching a streaming service for science enthusiasts.<p>The service is called CuriosityStream and hits on …

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Photograph: Amazon/EPA<p>A now outdated iteration of an Amazon domestic delivery drone. The company keeps its new models strictly under wraps.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/29/1427655318299/d965f2ac-2cd0-4dfa-9d49-0e162b4f34bf-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Amazon/EPA<p>A …

Sensors, Connected Things Moving Into Retail

The Internet of Things is moving into retail.<p>Yesterday I wrote here about the retail move to smart shelves, which include small displays for dynamic …

Content Marketing Myths That Businesses Need To Stop Believing

Content marketing is becoming increasingly popular with each passing year. Businesses see the benefits that competitors are enjoying from publishing highly valuable content, and are looking for ways to do the same themselves. Churning out great ideas of often more difficult than anticipated and …

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How a popular website plugin became a serious security liability

For the vast majority of people in 2017, creating a website is simply a matter of combining a number of off-the-shelf components until they end up with something that does what they want it to.<p>Anyone wanting to create an online shop could just hack together WordPress and Shopify. There are a …

Bitcoin's Privacy Gets 'Failing Grade' in 2016 Threat Report

A new report by an open-source advocacy group has found that bitcoin users still face major threats to their privacy.<p>The Open Bitcoin Privacy Project …

This Slack app is the most frictionless way to talk to team members

Even though I spend most of my time tapping away on a keyboard, sometimes it’s just easier to talk.<p>Like a lot of tech companies, we use Slack at TNW for practically all inter-office communication. And when the popular service added voice calling, it quickly became my favorite way to keep in touch …

The science behind how WiFi internet connectivity works

Our Telegraph video series, How It Works, breaks down the basics of everyday technology, revealing how the products we use on a daily basis actually work.<p>The video above reveals how WiFi internet connectivity works, connecting to a computer by converting electronic data into digital signals via an …

Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experience

The straight-forwardly named “Just Walk Out” technology ought to give you a pretty good idea of what Amazon Go is all about. Launching in beta this year to Amazon employees at a single 1,800 square foot location in its native Seattle, Go is a “new kind of store with no checkout required.”<p>Customers …

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Chipmakers Are Racing To Build Hardware For Artificial Intelligence

Intel, Nvidia, and a host of startups are rolling out new chips to make machine learning faster and more powerful.<p>In recent years, advanced machine learning techniques have enabled computers to recognize objects in images, understand commands from spoken sentences, and translate written …

The secret to understanding user behavior in the App Store

With so many people talking about “page conversion” (the number of users who visit an app page and then download), it seems that the critical metric of the click-through-rate in a search listing is almost forgotten. Understanding search intention, as we discussed earlier, is necessary because it …

What Is The Difference Between Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two very hot buzzwords right now, and often seem to be used interchangeably.<p>They are not quite the same thing, but the perception that they are can sometimes lead to some confusion. So I thought it would be worth writing a piece to explain …

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The newest high-tech prediction from the Google executive who foresaw the rise of mobile and the cloud

Ray Kurzweil is one of those people whose name is often attended by the vague title “futurist.” An accomplished inventor, who in 2012 became a director of engineering at Google focused on machine learning, he’s well-known for the many predictions he’s made over the years about how technology will …

Machine Learning

6 Resources to Learn Algorithms and Data Structures

Fundamentals are very important, they are the building blocks of anything. No matter what you want to learn, you cannot just simply jump half way in …

The Role of Color in Branding (Infographic)

The color of your logo will determine how it is perceived.<p>The power of color is often underestimated by consumers. But marketers spend a lot of time thinking about this important element.<p>In fact, color is one of the biggest factors that marketers and designers take into account when creating a …

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A Beautiful Visualization Of How Your DSLR Camera Really Works

Leave it to a graphic designer to clearly visualize the complicated inner-workings of your digital camera in a way that actually makes sense.<p>Here’s the thing about expensive, hulking DSLR cameras: They take beautiful photographs, but only if you know how to use them. And understanding the various …

Netflix Brings Its New Virtual Reality App to Google Daydream

It may be fun to zone out on the latest season of <i>House of Cards</i> on your standard television, but watching Frank Underwood plot political shenanigans …

The best free software for writers

Writing is a terrible job, and if you’re considering it a viable career path, you’re making a huge mistake. Just kidding. Writing is the best! Unlike …

You too can own Bluetooth-connected, heated insoles

Heated insoles are nothing new. Although I haven’t used them, and would likely constantly worry about them overheating and burning my feet, they sound like they solve a legitimate problem. They keep your feet warm during winter walks or on ski trips. Yes, ski trips! Now, a European company called …

Google Home vs Amazon Echo vs Microsoft Home Hub: Which AI will rule your smart home?

The smart home battle is about to get intense with Microsoft's participation.<p>Smart home products are becoming huge, with new players joining the …

Why AI needs security (and vice versa)

The next stage of evolution for AI is democratization. That means making it available to businesses of all sizes, and not just to companies like Microsoft, Google or Apple. The opportunity in front of us is using AI to transform how we operate our businesses, no matter the size or …

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Passwords and hacking: the jargon of hashing, salting and SHA-2 explained

Keeping your details safe in a database is the least a site can do, but password security is complex. Here’s what it all means<p>From Yahoo, MySpace and TalkTalk to Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder, personal information has been stolen by hackers from around the world.<p>But with each hack there’s …

Google Home now plays nice with Netflix for easier binge-watching

Good news for folk with a Google Home: you can now use the assistant to play content from Netflix on your TV. Just like when using Play Movies, you’ll be able to verbally ask Home to play a specific series, skip episodes, pause/resume playback and even rewind the show you’re watching.<p>To take …

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