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Alexa’s human coaches prep its AI software for Election Day

During the third presidential debate, when Republican candidate Donald Trump declared that there were “bad hombres” among undocumented immigrants …

Automation

Samsung to offer digital assistant service in Galaxy S8

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Sunday it will offer an artificial intelligence assistant service in the upcoming flagship …

BuzzFeed Will Team Up With Twitter On Election Night

NEW YORK ― As politics obsessives turn to Twitter on Election Night, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith wants his site’s coverage to be right there with them.<p>BuzzFeed and Twitter are teaming up for an Election Night broadcast streamed exclusively on the social media platform. “We’re going to be …

Facebook now lets you stream videos to Apple TV and Google Chromecast

Facebook is bringing the videos you love to watch on its social network to a much bigger screen. Today, the company announced you can stream content through Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices, so you won’t be limited to huddling together in front of an 11-inch computer screen just so you can …

The creator of Atari has launched a new VR company called Modal VR

So Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, is launching a new virtual reality company called Modal VR, along with Jason Crawford (who invented the Modal tech and serves as the company’s chief executive) and that’s super cool.<p>But (more importantly to me) I played human Pong in …

Mixed Reality

Twitter wants more TV producers and YouTube stars livestreaming on Periscope

So now you can stream stuff from places other than your phone.<p>Twitter-owned Periscope wants more high-quality video content — the kind of video that's not usually captured on a smartphone.<p>So on Thursday it announced Periscope Producer, a way for broadcasters to stream <i>any</i> live-video feed directly to …

Louis Vuitton

Google News introduces fact check feature – just in time for US election

Launched today, fact check will now appear as a label among news search results alongside other labels such as opinion, local source and highly cited<p>In the midst of a highly charged presidential election, where fact and fiction have frequently become confused, Google News has introduced a new fact …

Social Media

White House releases money for small-satellite broadband, smart cities

The U.S. government will invest tens of millions of dollars in smart-city technologies and in small-satellite broadband as part of a US$300 million package focused on innovation.The package of new investments, announced Thursday, will include $65 million in government funding and $100 million in …

Carsharing

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'Little Ripper' drone to spot sharks and save lives in Australia

It may look like a toy, but a new remote-controlled helicopter seen flying over the New South Wales coast in Australia is in fact an emergency response drone.<p>Currently being tested over the region’s popular beaches, it is hoped it will become the Australian lifeguards’ new best friend.<p>Dubbed the …

Smarter home security camera recognises intruders says maker

Netatmo Welcome is one of a growing number of smart home security cameras competing for its share of the market. Developed by a French company, it uses smart face recognition technology to identify family members and friends and alerts home owners of unwanted visitors.<p>Owners can build up to 16 …

Girl to be fitted with 3D printed ear in Australia

Two-year old Maia was born with only one ear due to a congenital deformity called microtia, and currently wears a headband that transmits sound to her brain using her skull as a bone conductor.<p>But new 3D technology being developed at Queensland University of Technology in Australia means Maia could …

Special delivery: robots coming to your front door!

Picture the scene, you order your favourite take away food for delivery. As you fumble in your pocket for a tip and open the door, you are greeted not by a delivery person but rather a two-foot-tall robot. This could well be the future of your food or grocery home deliveries.<p>Hi-tech robots are set …

Internet of Things puts energy grid to test

Electric grids in the U.S. and other countries face more challenges than ever when it comes to providing power reliably and affordability.<p>Aging infrastructure, increasing environmental requirements and the influx of solar and other forms of renewable energy all make running an electric utility …

Renewable Energy

Macquarie targets robo-advice at mass market

"That will tell you what actual things to buy, what things to sell, your portfolio tilts and where we think they should be given our views on the …

Conflicts of Interest

Cash for posts: the murky ethics of social media stardom

This time last year, 21-year-old Lily May Mac, as she is known on Instagram, had 1000 followers. Now, she's got 860,000 and counting.<p>As the numbers …

Why Google Trailing Apple on Encryption Support Is a Human Rights Issue - MIT Technology Review

A new iPhone without a cellular contract costs at least $650, while a new smartphone powered by Google’s Android software can be as little as …

Privacy

Google Aims to Make VR Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going - MIT Technology Review

The bright black sand at Diamond Beach, Iceland, is dotted with smooth gray pebbles and glassy chunks of ice. The crash of foamy waves fills my ears …

Virtual Reality

Book your next Airbnb directly using your American Express Rewards points

Airbnb is expanding its partnership with American Express (Amex) in a move that will enable users of both to better leverage their Amex loyalty rewards benefits within the home-sharing service. Starting today, guests can not only use their Amex Membership Reward points to directly book their stays …

New Apple TV beats Roku at its own game

“I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.” — Steve Jobs, from Walter Isaacson’s biography.<p>Apple’s latest …

San Francisco voters reject measure to restrict short-term Airbnb rentals

San Francisco voters have made their opinions known today, having struck down a ballot initiative that would have limited short-term rentals within the city limits. Proposition F, as it’s known, sought to curb the number of days a host could rent a room or property to a total of 75 per calendar …

Pay divides us as economy shifts into manual

But let me fill you in. New technology leads to increased productivity – more goods and services produced per worker.<p>This constitutes an increase in …

Police seek powers to access browsing history of UK computer users

Senior officers seek to revive measures seen in ‘snooper’s charter’ ahead of forthcoming legislation regulating surveillance powers<p>Police have lobbied the government for the power to view the internet browsing history of every computer user in Britain ahead of the publication of legislation on …

Surveillance

All-You-Can Fly, for a Monthly Subscription

Ben Lamm, chief executive of Chaotic Moon Studios, a software design company, wanted a shorter commute between the company’s headquarters in Austin, …

Australia to trial cloud passports in world-first move

Australia is looking at trialling passport-less travel in a move Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop predicts will go global.<p>The idea of cloud …

Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers' DNA

When companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy …

Genealogy

Researchers find 256 iOS apps that collect users’ personal info | Ars Technica

Apps are "definitely the kind of stuff that Apple should have caught," researcher says.<p>Researchers said they've found more than 250 iOS apps that …

Apps