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In Buying Boston Dynamics, SoftBank Is Betting Big on Walking Robots

The technology conglomerate Softbank has acquired Boston Dynamics, the firm known for its often terrifying animal- and human-like robots, from …

Robots

Apple is basically a parody of itself

If you were trying to construct a parody of every Apple product presentation of the last 5 years, you probably couldn't have done much better than the keynote the company offered at WWDC on Monday.<p>CEO Tim Cook barely present on stage? Check. Interminable updates on stuff almost no one uses, like …

Apple

Apple HomePod: Price, Specs, Release Date

It's hard not to watch Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant invade millions of living rooms and not feel like Apple blew an opportunity.<p>Almost six …

Apple

Missed the WWDC 2017 Keynote? Here Are Apple’s 9 Biggest Announcements

On Monday, over 5,000 developers packed the San Jose Convention Center to listen to Tim Cook and other Apple execs share the latest innovations out …

Apple

Google’s AMP pages mean visitors spend more time with content

Chartbeat shows the tool meant to speed up the web is having an impact on how users interact with sites.<p>Chartbeat says visitors to web pages that load with Google AMP are spending 35 percent more time with that content on average than with standard mobile web pages.<p>On average, visitors spend 48.2 …

SEO

Instagram’s head of design on how to build a design team and shipping Stories

Ian Spalter is the head of design at Instagram. In our 17th episode, he talks about his experiences working with agencies vs. startups, how to build a design team as a company matures, and how a company the size of Instagram manages to iterate so quickly.<p>There is no right answer for everyone. There …

Design

Apple's stock is slipping ahead of WWDC (AAPL)

Apple shares are slightly down ahead of its yearly developer conference.<p>The company's World Wide Developer Conference should be rather news-worthy. The company is expected to announce a major update to its iOS software, and there is potential for a new Siri-based competitor to Amazon and Google's …

Apple

iOS 11's new image compression makes your photos smaller

Over 1 trillion photos are taken on iOS every year. The next trillion won’t just look better, but they’ll also be smaller.<p>Apple has introduced two new codecs, HEVC (the High Efficiency Video Codec) and HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format). HEVC will consume half the storage of the current incumbent …

iOS

Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos

Apple has officially announced the HomePod speaker today, which the company claims will reinvent music in homes like the iPod did for music on the go.<p>The new smart speaker features a seven-speaker array of tweeters. Additionally, there’s a four-inch upward-facing subwoofer and an Apple A8 chip. The …

Apple Music

HomePod, Apple's $349 Siri-enabled speaker, hits in December

For months we've heard rumors of a Siri-powered rival to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. At Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, it finally happened. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, just debuted the HomePod on stage during the …

Home Automation

Devs were front-and-center at WWDC 2017 (literally)

Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) is the hottest tech event of the calendar year. It’s also the most exclusive. I can quite confidently say that there are developers and reporters who would give a kidney — or perhaps a lung — for a ticket. Usually, at high-profile tech events, you can …

Apple

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV at long last

Just as rumored, Apple has announced Amazon Prime Video is coming to Apple TV at long last.<p>Amazon hasn’t exactly had a smooth relationship with Apple TV in the past – opting not to make its app available on the platform after all this time (same with Android TV, for that matter). In fact the feud …

Smart TV

What the Apple leaks tell us to expect from WWDC

Tim Cook will take the stage at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center today to announce Apple’s latest innovations. The WorldWide Developers Conference is perhaps Apple’s biggest event each year — although, as with most years, it’s been in sort of a beta version for the past several months, thanks …

Apple

ProBeat: Google’s Chrome ad blocker initiative makes Apple, Microsoft, and Mozilla look incompetent

Google yesterday confirmed that Chrome is getting a built-in ad blocker that will block all the ads on a site (including Google’s own ads) if just one ad doesn’t meet certain standards. That’s right: Google, the company that makes the majority of its money from advertising, is building an ad …

Ad Blocking

Building a better web for everyone

The vast majority of online content creators fund their work with advertising. That means they want the ads that run on their sites to be compelling, …

Advertising

Foxconn insider drops avalanche of information about the iPhone 8, new MacBooks, Apple’s smart glasses and more

In absolutely fascinating thread, a Foxconn insider took to the Apple subreddit earlier today and dished out a treasure trove of information …

Apple

Apple stops showing 32-bit iOS apps in your search results

Apple has been nudging iOS app developers toward 64-bit code for years: it started by requiring 64-bit support, then told users that 32-bit apps might run poorly, and lately has been warning that 32-bit apps wouldn't work in "future versions of iOS." Now, however, it's pulling the plug. <i>TouchArcade</i> …

Apps

IBM's new 5nm architecture crams 30 billion transistors onto fingernail-sized chip

The smallest and most advanced chips currently commercially available are made up of transistors with gates about 10 nm long, but IBM has now …

Engineering

Intel announces Core X line of high-end processors, including new Core i9 chips

Targeted at enthusiast customers<p>Intel announced a new family of “Core X” desktop processors at Computex today, offering even more powerful versions of its existing Core i5 and Core i7 models, along with a new, top-of-the-line Core i9 line for those who want even more firepower.<p>The Core X platform …

Kaby Lake

SoftBank's $100 Billion Tech Fund Rankles VCs as Valuations Soar - Bloomberg

Earlier this month SoftBank led a $502 million investment in a London-based virtual reality startup called Improbable Worlds. Less than two years …

Venture Capital

Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain.<p>But …

Venture Capital

Google’s next-generation AI training system is monstrously fast

The TPU V2 could be a huge boon to Google’s cloud computing platform<p>Google today is unveiling its second-generation Tensor Processor Unit, a cloud computing hardware and software system that underpins some of the company’s most ambitious and far-reaching technologies. CEO Sundar Pichai announced …

Machine Learning

Everything Google announced at its Google I/O keynote

1/16<p>2 billion!<p>Sundar Pichai first took the stage to share some numbers. There are now 800 million monthly active users on Google Drive, 500 million Google Photos users who upload 1.2 billion photos every day.<p>Even more impressive, there are 2 billion people using an Android device today.<p>2/16<p>AI …

Google

Apple Releases tvOS 10.2.1 for Fourth-Generation Apple TV

Apple today released a new update for tvOS, the operating system designed to run on the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10.2.1 over one month after the release of tvOS 10.2, an update that introduced scrolling improvements.<p>The tvOS 10.2.1 update can be downloaded on the fourth-generation Apple TV …

Apple to Announce New MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Possibly MacBook Air at WWDC

Apple is planning to announce refreshes for its notebook lineup at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference set to take place in June, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. New versions of the MacBook and MacBook Pro are expected to be announced, and Apple is also considering updating the MacBook Air, its most …

Google I/O 2017: Expect a clearer understanding of Google’s ‘AI first’ future

Join Recode for live coverage on Wednesday.<p>A year ago, Google CEO Sundar Pichai laid out a vision for an “AI first” future at Google, where the concept of computing is focused less on devices, with the computer taking the form of an omnipresent intelligent assistant.<p>At this year’s annual Google I/O …

Google

Ex-Google Ventures chief raises $150 million VC fund

In March we reported that Google Ventures founder Bill Maris was launching his own venture capital firm, called Section 32, after a late 2016 hiccup. …

Venture Capital

Yahoo to buy back $3 billion shares

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Tuesday it would buy back up to $3 billion shares through a tender offer to provide liquidity to stockholders looking to sell the stock ahead of the company's pending deal with Verizon Communications Inc.<p>Shares in Yahoo, which has a 15 percent stake in Chinese …

Instagram adds Face Filters, because of course it did

Here we go again: Instagram has added another feature ‘inspired’ by Snapchat. This time it’s Face Filters, which have already been available on Facebook for a while. It was only a matter of time, but at least there are a couple of original features today as well.<p>The filters work pretty much exactly …

Apps

2017 Hard Drive Failure Rates - What the Numbers Tell Us

In this update, we’ll review the Q1 2017 and lifetime hard drive failure rates for all our current drive models, and we’ll look at a relatively new …