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 …

Web Application

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 …

Encryption

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 …

Televisions

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 launch INSTANT, a mobile-first, all-video platform "by and about the new famous," meaning digital celebrities from YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, …

Digital Media

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? The fact that MacGyver looks in no way north of 21 years old.<p>In real life, star Lucas Till is, indeed, 25, and though the character is described as …

TV

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

1/16<p>Google Goes After The Amazon Echo<p>Take Amazon’s Echo. Give it Google’s insane voice recognition abilities and access to Google’s entire knowledge graph. Make it a bit shorter. Bam. Google Home.<p>As rumored (though previously rumored to be called “Chirp”), Home is Google’s answer to the Echo.<p>You …

Google

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

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 way of doing business. He argues that current approaches to patient information are akin to the Victorian era, …

Digital Health

Instant Apps on Android are the most fascinating thing Google announced today | The Verge

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 …