EP 59: Immersive Atlanta

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PornHub launches BangFit so you can bang to get fit

In seemingly bizarre news out of the porn industry, PornHub is launching a new fitness system (wearable + workout videos) called BangFit.<p>As its name suggests, it helps you bang to get fit.<p>Here’s how it works:<p>Users can join the game at this website, which will allow users to then sync the game to …

With Allo and Duo, Google Finally Encrypts Conversations End-to-End

Allo, the messaging service Google announced today at its Google I/O conference, is designed to allow a new style of communication, in which a clever …

Google built a processor just for AI

Google is no stranger to building hardware for its data centers, but it's now going so far as to design its own processors. The internet giant has revealed the Tensor Processing Unit, a custom chip built expressly for machine learning. As Google doesn't need high precision for artificial …

Xiaomi shows off a 4K Android TV set-top box at I/O

Like a number of other bits and bobs announced at Google I/O thus far, there are still some important questions left unanswered about the Mi Box — but here’s what we do know about Xiaomi’s forthcoming set-top box.<p>It’s sleek, it’s small and it’s apparently won the Chinese phone maker a couple of …

Snapchat's content feed could go algorithmic

Snapchat's main content feed could soon get an algorithmic shakeup, <i>Digiday</i> reports. According to sources, Snapchat has been working on updates to its platform that would affect professional or brand accounts and re-arrange the chronological flow of content you see from the accounts you …

TIME aims to cover 'the new famous' with mobile video platform

LOS ANGELES — Time Inc. wants to be instant — and mobile — when it comes to coverage of the digital space.<p>The media company said Tuesday it will …

Is this solar-powered flexible battery the future of wearables?

Researchers have developed a new solar powered battery, capable of changing its shape to fit various flexible forms.<p>The University of Illinois, Northwest University, and researchers in South Korea and China developed the battery. The team says the battery could transform the wearables market by …

Google built its own chips to expedite its machine learning algorithms

As Google announced at its I/O developer conference today, the company recently started building its own specialized chips to expedite the machine learning algorithms.<p>These so-called Tensor Processing Units (TPU) are custom-built chips that Google has now been using in its own data centers for …

Machine Learning

The new 'MacGyver' is predictably crafty, possibly not old enough to drink

CBS's new trailer for the new version of <i>MacGyver</i> is everything you might expect: action-packed, full of neat tricks and crowd-pleasing.<p>Less expected? …

Everything You Need To Know From The 2016 Google I/O Keynote

Another year, another Google I/O Keynote slammed with back-to-back announcements.<p>Miss our live blog earlier? Don’t have time to catch up on every last bit of news? Don’t sweat it: We’ve compressed the most important bits into bite-sized morsels for lightning-fast perusal. Ready? Click to the right …

Three startups to watch from HAX hardware accelerator, batch VIII

The HAX hardware accelerator held its 8th Demo Day in San Francisco yesterday. While all 15 companies in the latest batch hold promise, and encompass some very wild ambitions, these three stood out thanks to creative applications of advanced tech to sometimes overlooked, but truly massive potential …

Startups

Netflix launches Fast.com, a dead-simple speed test

For obvious reasons, Netflix is obsessed with the speed and quality of your internet connection. To help keep you up to date on how your connection is doing, it's launched Fast.com, a trademarked webpage that simply loads and runs a speed test, no user intervention necessary. While it also links to …

Moving from population-based health to precision medicine with Orion Health

Ben Kepes Contributor<p>Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser.<p>Orion Health is a New Zealand-founded (now global) provider of technology products developed for the health sector. Orion’s founder and CEO, Ian McCrae, is a passionate advocate for a new …

Instant Apps on Android are the most fascinating thing Google announced

I'm probably getting ahead of myself by writing that headline — but I can't stop thinking about the deep implications of Google's Instant Apps on Android.<p>The basic idea is simple: when you click on a link, if that link has an associated Instant App at the URL you get a tiny version of that app …