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Sonos has a plan to stay alive by not making a voice assistant

Speaker company Sonos doesn't have its own voice assistant. Now it is trying to turn that into its biggest selling point.<p>It announced a new speaker on Wednesday that uses Alexa, Siri (sort of) and Google Assistant (eventually). Instead of building its own voice assistant from scratch, Sonos is …

Smart Homes

Microsoft launches new Windows Collaboration Displays to make meeting rooms smarter

Multi-touch, stylus input, and clever sensors<p>Microsoft is launching a new type of conference room display at Computex this week. While the software giant manufactures its own Surface Hub, its partnering with other display makers to create Windows Collaboration Displays. The displays simply hook up …

Multi-Touch

Lenovo's UFO-like hub brings Dolby audio to conference calls

Business meetings can be dreary at the best of times, but that's made worse by the flakiness of modern technology. Between hard-to-hear remote callers and a lack of consistent file sharing, it could be hard to sustain what little interest you have. Give Lenovo some credit for trying to fix this sad …

Lenovo

Amazon patents 'voice-sniffing' algorithms

<b>Amazon says it does not eavesdrop on customers' conversations to target advertising at them, after it emerged it had patented "voice-sniffing" tech.</b><p>The patent describes listening to conversations and building a profile of customers' likes and dislikes.<p>Reports speculated that Amazon would deploy the …

Nest’s outdoor facial recognition camera is available in Europe

Nest released the weather-ready version of its facial recognition-equipped camera, the Cam IQ outdoor, last fall in the US. The device would theoretically notify you only if it recorded someone it hadn't seen before, so your kids playing in the yard wouldn't trip the alarm. Now, half a year later, …

Facebook could theoretically owe the FTC $7.1 trillion for recent data scandals

It’s a big week for Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before Congress tomorrow, ready to fess up to his social network’s multitudinous problems. But the company might soon have a bigger adversary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which could put Facebook on the hook for more money …

AI experts list the real dangers of artificial intelligence

A 100-page report written by artificial intelligence experts from industry and academia has a clear message: Every AI advance by the good guys is an advance for the bad guys, too.<p>The paper, titled “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation,” calls this …

Artificial Intelligence

Senate votes to extend NSA’s warrantless surveillance program

Last week, the US House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that lets the National Security Agency monitor communications of non-US citizens living outside of the US. Today, the Senate has also voted in favor of renewing the law for …

As Facebook Buys Oculus, Is A Virtual Reality Social Network In Our Future?

It’s hard to imagine the last time a tech news item was met with such unbridled…confusion. Yesterday, Facebook announced they were buying Oculus, creator of the Kickstarted Oculus Rift, for $2 billion. While Google or Microsoft making the same purchase might have made some degree of sense, many …

Microsoft to Add Social Office Graph Features to Office 365 in 2014

Microsoft is building new social features for Office 365 to help people collaborate and communicate with other employees in their company. Called the Office Graph, Microsoft is now able to analyze how its users interact with email, documents, sites and instant messages to create a personalized view …

Humin Offers a More Human Way to Manage your Contacts

The contacts app that ships with iOS is a pretty straightforward affair that doesn’t offer much more than the handwritten address books we used to keep next to our landline phones. Humin is a new app that will be launching in beta this week that aims to be a smarter way for iPhone users to manage …

The new Sphero 2B looks like a lot of fun, and then some

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Here’s my first personal highlight of CES 2014: Orbotix, the maker of the Sphero, introduced a new version of its fast little …

Samsung Lets Smart TV Apps Control Household Appliances

LG just revealed plans to let you control household appliances via chat app Line, and now it’s Samsung’s turn. The Korean firm is giving developers the keys to build apps that control products in the home from a TV, through a new version of its Smart TV software development kit (SDK).<p>The company …

Occupancy sensors

Powered by Passive Infrared (PIR) technology, GLS-OIR-C-CN occupancy sensors are not susceptible to vibrations in the environment, reducing false …

Home Automation

Peruse Your 2013 Gmail Habits with This Year in Review Report

For those of you who’ve wondered exactly how many emails you receive and send every year, ToutApp’s Year in Review report for Gmail can give you a quick snapshot. You can also crunch the numbers on your Salesforce performance this year if you’re interested.<p>It’ll take a few minutes to generate, but …

Eye-Fi's Windows desktop receiver means you can say goodbye to the SD-card reader

We've always been fans of Eye-Fi's wireless cards, but the fact that we still used an SD-card reader to pull the files to our desktops always rankled. Thankfully, the company is addressing that gripe with the Windows Desktop Receiver for the Eye-Fi Mobi, which launched earlier in the year. The new …

VCs -- Not "Shark Tank" -- Give DoorBot $1M for Caller ID for the Doorbell

A startup called DoorBot has raised $1 million after selling 10,000 Wi-Fi videocamera doorbells for $199.DoorBot on Shark TankDoorBot is a …

Despacio: the 50,000-watt sound system designed for discerning audiophiles

"With most gigs, people are turned toward the DJs looking at what you are doing. It becomes a performance," explains 2ManyDJs' David Dewaele. "With …

Yahoo Acquires Natural Language Processing Company SkyPhrase To Help Drive Intent Identification

Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase, a startup that builds natural language processing technology, the company revealed today in a blog post. SkyPhrase will join Yahoo’s New York office, according to that company’s site, and will work with Yahoo to help continue its goal of “making computers deeply …

Revolv gets $4M for its universal hub aimed at the smart home

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Revolv, the Boulder, Colo. startup that’s building a hub to unify all the connected devices in your home, has raised $4 …

Weemo Brings Its WebRTC-Powered Video Chat Solution To iOS, Android And PhoneGap Apps

Weemo, a service that offers a WebRTC-based real-time video chat platform for software vendors, service providers and developers, launched its new mobile SDK today that brings the company’s services to third-party vendors who want to use its WebRTC capabilities in iOS, Android and PhoneGap …

What's Mine Is Yours (For A Price) In The Sharing Economy

<i>This week on-air and online, the tech team is</i> exploring the sharing economy<i>. You'll find the stories on this blog and</i> aggregated at this link, <i>and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just</i> email, <i>leave a comment or</i> tweet.<p>Not long ago if you wanted to rent a room for the weekend your …

Capture 360-degree panoramas with the throwable Panono ball

Two years ago, Jonas Pfeil posted a video to YouTube about a funny-looking ball he’d created that was filled with cameras and could capture panoramas of the entire world around it. Three and a half million people have watched that video in the time since, and with all the attention, Pfeil has been …

Microsoft launches Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS

Microsoft has quietly rolled out its Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS, allowing PC users to access their Windows desktop from their phone or tablet.<p>The Remote Desktop app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play and Apple’s App Store, lets users connect to a remote PC while on the …

Starbucks Designs To Monetize WiFi

Starbucks is one of the biggest providers of free Wi-Fi in the U.S. With over 11,000 locations, they have created their own portal and a basket of news site access and other resources for those who log on to their network. I’m a frequent user of their service, and I’ve watched it evolve over the …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

This man thinks big data and privacy can co-exist, and here’s his plan

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>If you’re in the tech industry, particularly the U.S. tech industry, then you’re probably not a big fan of European privacy …