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Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality

The brilliant future of mixed reality will come to us from the likes of Microsoft and Magic Leap, according to the conventional wisdom.<p>Microsoft has …

Virtual Reality

Exclusive: The Caavo streaming box is built on a gamechanging machine vision for TV

Something huge is happening here<p>The Caavo TV box was announced yesterday in an live demo with <i>The Verge</i>’s own Lauren Goode and Walt Mossberg at Code Media — it’s not <i>exactly</i> a streaming box, but rather a universal control system for every other streaming box you might have. You can plug in an Apple …

Apple TV

This award winning app is designed for blind and visually impaired people. Excellent! #innovation @aipoly https://t.co/HxrWw88eb9

Twitter is replacing the Moments tab with a new Explore tab instead

Twitter wants to make it easier for you to find stuff on Twitter.<p>Twitter wants to make it easier for you to find great content on its app. To do this, Twitter is consolidating a number of its search and discovery features into a new tab on its mobile toolbar.<p>The company announced Thursday that it’s …

Social Media

Forget AI. The real revolution could be IA

This past Spring, AlphaGo — an artificial intelligence (AI) machine — beat the human world champion in a five-game match of Go, an ancient Chinese …

Snapchat’s big redesign, featuring universal search and more, just hit iOS

Snapchat’s major redesign, which introduces a universal search bar to the top of the app, among other features, has today hit iOS. The refreshed user interface was first announced earlier this month, but was only available to Android users at the time with a promise that it would reach iPhone users …

Snapchat

Vimeo now lets video creators collaborate and review in real-time

Vimeo is quickly drifting away from being merely a site to share video content, to a place where artists and videographers can actually build a creative vision. Underscoring this point, Vimeo today launched all-new video review tools, available to its Vimeo Pro and Vimeo Business members.<p>These …

Twitter

Augmented Reality Will Be Much Bigger than Virtual Reality, Study Says

Pokémon Go may have been a flash in the pan, but augmented reality — specifically mobile — will completely overshadow virtual reality in the near …

Augmented Reality

Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M

Atlassian today announced that it has acquired project management service Trello for $425 million. The vast majority of the transaction is in cash ($360 million), with the remainder being paid out in restricted shares and options. The acquisition is expected to close before March 31, 2017.<p>This …

How The Gurus Behind Disney's MagicBand Are Remaking A $38B Cruise Giant

An exclusive look at Carnival's plans to turn cookie-cutter cruises into something out of Minority Report.<p>With his aw-shucks grin, neatly parted hair, and his strong resemblance to Richie Cunningham, you can easily picture John Padgett as a kid growing up in Seaford, Virginia, a small town hard by …

7 AI predictions for 2017

2016 was a busy year for the emergence of AI, but 2017 is shaping up to be an even busier year of accelerated adoption for AI. Here are our top 7 AI …

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is ‘thinking a lot about’ an edit-tweet button

He also wants to know what else you want him to build.<p>You’ve probably dreamed of directing Twitter’s product strategy — well, here’s your chance!<p>CEO Jack Dorsey took to his Twitter account Thursday to ask users what the company can do to “improve or create in 2017” — an idea he borrowed from Airbnb …

4 ways I would improve Twitter

Periscope sunk without Twitter’s wings

Periscope’s app is slipping beneath the waves. It has steadily dropped from No. 23 on the overall iOS app charts in January to No. 441 this weekend. Now Twitter is adding Periscope’s live streaming abilities to its own app, something it should have done from the start. Taking 21 months to build …

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

Machine Learning

Salesforce LiveMessage brings messaging to Service Cloud

As more and more people use SMS and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger to interact with friends, it’s only logical that they want to interact with business that way too — and today Salesforce launched LiveMessage, a tool that helps customer service reps manage messaging traffic just like any …

Snapchat rolls out Groups, letting you chat with up to 16 friends at once

Snapchat is introducing a new Groups feature today that lets users converse with up to 16 friends at a time.<p>Snapchatters can create a group while initiating a snap or when starting a new chat. You can also start one-to-one chats, called “Quick Chats,” from within a group by tapping the person’s …

Few HR Tech Platforms Untouched by Mobile Trend

​The mobile wave that washed over the recruiting industry has reached the rest of the HR technology universe and shows few signs of ebbing.<p>While …

Magic Leap is actually way behind, like we always suspected it was

Reality check<p>Magic Leap’s allegedly revolutionary augmented reality technology may in fact be years away from completion and, as it stands now, is noticeably inferior to Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, according to a report from <i>The Information</i>. The report, which incorporates an interview with Magic …

Augmented Reality

Google can now tell you how busy a place is before you arrive

With Popular Times, Google introduced a nifty little feature for its search engine last year that lets you know how busy a restaurant, coffee shop or bar typically is at any given time of the week. Today, it’s taking this concept a step further by making this tool real-time. So now, you will know …

Instagram launches disappearing Live video and messages

Instagram is combining the best of Snapchat and Periscope to help you get comfortable on camera. Rather than overlap with Facebook Live and Messenger, Instagram is putting an ephemeral spin on video streaming and private messaging.<p>Today, two big new features begin rolling out to Instagram Stories …

Snapchat

2016 Technology Fast 500 award winners

The Technology Fast 500 is the leading technology awards program. Combining technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and rapid growth, Fast 500 …

Innovation

10 Ludicrously Advanced Technologies We Can Expect by the Year 2100

Predicting the future is hard. It’s nearly impossible to know what technological marvels await in the next few years, let alone the next eight …

Instagram's next big feature will be live video

Instagram's going to transform once again.<p>After copying Snapchat Stories with its own Instagram Stories, Instagram is now preparing to introduce live video, joining the likes of Facebook Live, Twitter's Periscope and YouTube Live, according to a recent interview Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram, …

Instagram

Graph-powered Machine Learning at Google

Posted by Sujith Ravi, Staff Research Scientist, Google Research Recently, there have been significant advances in Machine Learning that ...

Machine Learning

WhatsApp is testing a Snapchat Stories-like feature

Facebook’s WhatsApp could soon get its own Snapchat moment.<p>Less than two months since Facebook's Instagram introduced Stories, a feature strikingly similar to Snapchat’s Stories, the social juggernaut is exploring the idea of adding this capability to WhatsApp as well.<p>WhatsApp is testing a Snapchat …

Facebook

4 Reasons Why Tesla’s Autonomous Driving Announcement Matters

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to risk. Fans of the company have called its leader savvy and visionary; critics and competitors have described …

Tesla

Microsoft made speech recognition software that's as accurate as humans

Microsoft just made another big advancement in artificial intelligence.<p>Researchers at the company have created speech recognition software that is able to hear language as accurately as humans. The development, detailed in a paper published Monday, marks the most advanced speech recognition …

Artificial Intelligence