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Google Assistant Now Available To All Android Devices

[MWC 2017] When Google launched the Pixel phones, they approached it with an interesting strategy that they have never done on Nexus devices, which …

'Bigscreen' Social VR Desktop App Raises $3 Million Seed Investment Led VC Firm Andreessen Horowitz

Bigscreen Inc, the company behind the social VR desktop app, <i>Bigscreen</i>, last year told us they’d raised a seed round from “Tier 1” VC firms. Today the …

Virtual Reality

Google Assistant, its AI-based personal helper, rolls out to Nougat and Marshmallow handsets

Google continues its march to expand its place in the mobile ecosystem, anchored by the fact that its Android OS is by far the most ubiquitous smartphone platform in the world. Today, the company announced that it would be rolling out Google Assistant, its conversational search and AI-based …

Google

Inside Facebook’s AI Machine

The Applied Machine Learning group helps Facebook see, talk, and understand. It may even root out fake news.<p>W<b>hen asked to head Facebook’s</b> Applied …

Machine Learning

5G specs announced: 20Gbps download, 1ms latency, 1M devices per square km

The total download capacity for a single 5G cell must be at least 20Gbps, the International Telcommunication Union (ITU) has decided. In contrast, …

Here Are The Passwords You Should Change After The CloudFlare Hack

A software bug discovered in Cloudflare, a popular web performance and security company, may have compromised the security of over 5 million websites, including Fitbit, Uber, and OK Cupid.<p>If you have or had accounts on Fitbit, Uber, Ok Cupid, Medium, or Yelp, you should probably change your …

Information Security

List of Sites affected by Cloudflare's #Cloudbleed HTTPS Traffic Leak

This is a list of domains affected by the CloudBleed HTTPS traffic leak.<br>Original vuln thread by Google Project Zero.<p>Impact<p>Passwords, private …

Uber Women To CEO Travis Kalanick: We Have A Systemic Problem

During an hour-long Thursday meeting with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, a group of more than 100 female engineers called on the company to address issues of sexism and sexual harassment.<p>Uber CEO Travis Kalanick joined a group of more than 100 female engineers on Thursday to discuss the explosive …

Uber

Enterprise potential of mixed reality applications

Article<p>Mixed reality: Experiences get more intuitive, immersive, and empowering Tech Trends 2017<p>February 07, 2017<p>Increasingly, augmented and virtual …

Augmented Reality

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Machine Learning

Technicolor Launches Virtual and Augmented Reality-Focused Sound Lab

Supervising sound editor and designer Scott Gershin is leading the initiative.<p>Technicolor's new immersive audio unit, dubbed The Sound Lab at …

Virtual Reality

Google fights online trolls with new tool

The Internet can be an ugly place — one where the mere act of expressing an opinion can result in a barrage of name-calling, harassment and sometimes threats of violence.<p>Nearly half of U.S. Internet users say they have experienced such intimidation; a third say they have resisted posting something …

Google

Your Boring Texting App Is the Future of Messaging

When text messaging was simple, SMS worked beautifully. You could send 160 characters to anyone with a cellphone, and they’d receive it the same way …

Google

A Crazy Cloudflare Bug Jeopardized Millions of Sites

The internet infrastructure company Cloudflare, which provides a variety of performance and security services to millions of websites, revealed late …

Information Security

What is 5G?

The future is fast<p>The 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show kicks off next week, and in addition to the plethora of new smartphones, 5G network news is expected to show up in a big way. But what exactly is 5G? Is that the same as gigabit networks? LTE Advanced? Is the whole thing just a marketing …

Wi-Fi

Denmark is appointing an ambassador to big tech

Question: Is Facebook a country?<p>It sounds silly, but when you think about it, it does have many attributes in common with nation states. For starters, it’s got a population that’s bigger than that of India, and its 2016 revenue wasn’t too far from Estonia’s GDP. It also has a ‘national ethos’. If …

Europe

7 amazing technologies we'll see by 2030

Hollywood's depictions of the future are usually pretty far-fetched — like the flying cars of "Blade Runner" and the hoverboards in "Back to the Future II." The World Economic forum surveyed over 800 experts and executives to find out what the future will actually look like. Here are 7 amazing …

Back to the Future

Everything You Need to Know About Cloudbleed, the Latest Internet Security Disaster

Have you heard? A tiny bug in Cloudflare’s code has led an unknown quantity of data—including passwords, personal information, messages, cookies, and …

Security

Trust study: Californians don’t like tech as much (they really don’t like tech as much)

A new survey shows Bay Area residents are warier than before about its homegrown industry<p>People living in California trust their homegrown tech industry a lot less than last year. They also think the rich get richer without helping anyone else and that tech needs more regulations and less tax …

Silicon Valley

How a Pacific Island Changed From Diesel to 100% Solar Power

Ta'u, American Samoa<p>The island of Ta'u in American Samoa now boasts a solar microgrid from Tesla's SolarCity.<p>Join us in The People v. Climate Change and share an environmental portrait of someone taking positive steps to protect the Earth on YourShot or social media. Use #MyClimateAction to share a …

Renewable Energy

Facebook is starting to put ads in the middle of its videos

Many publishers have trouble making money off Facebook videos — this could change that.<p>Facebook is ready to make money from all the videos that publishers share to the network.<p>On Thursday Facebook announced that it will start putting ads in the middle of publisher’s videos, kind of like TV …

Facebook

Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

Wix.com has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to users to build and administer websites: it has acquired DeviantArt, an online community for artists, designers and art/design enthusiasts with some 325 million individual pieces of original art and more than 40 million …

Web Design

Windows 10's mail app gets Focused Inbox and calendar improvements today

Microsoft is updating its Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 today with some features that the company has been using in its mobile apps. The biggest addition is Focused Inbox, a feature that was first available on Outlook for iOS and Android.<p>In Windows 10, Focused Inbox lets you separate out an …

Microsoft

Verizon Agrees To Buy Yahoo At $350 Million Discount

Verizon announced its intention to acquire Yahoo for $4.83 billion last year. Soon after the deal was confirmed it emerged that Yahoo had been a …

7 Earth-Size Planets Orbit Dwarf Star, NASA and European Astronomers Say

Not just one, but seven Earth-size planets that could potentially harbor life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too far away, offering the first realistic opportunity to search for signs of alien life outside the solar system.<p>The planets orbit a dwarf star named Trappist-1, about 40 …

Exoplanets

Why Silicon Valley Wouldn’t Work Without Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO — The workers of Silicon Valley make unlikely revolutionaries. As a group, they are relatively wealthy, well educated and well connected.<p>While most here supported Hillary Clinton, tech workers are not the most obvious targets of President Trump’s policy ideas. Many who populate the …

Silicon Valley

Why Facebook and Snapchat Are Spinning Off Mobile Incubators

Advertising agencies and tech companies are increasingly getting into the shark tank game.<p>As competition heats up for gaining and retaining consumer …

Advertising

Social network for data scientists Data.World raises $18.7m

Data.World has secured $18.7 million in funding, bringing the total amount raised by the Austin-based startup to $32.7 million.<p>There are more than 18 …

Big Data

Remix OS consolidates your laptop and smartphone into one package

Why it matters to you<p>Remix OS, an Android-based smartphone operating system from Jide Technology, supplies a desktop environment when plugged into an …

Chromebook