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Uber launches Uber Health, a B2B ride-hailing platform for healthcare

Uber’s launching a new business line called Uber Health on Thursday that will provide a ride-hailing platform available specifically to healthcare providers, letting clinics, hospitals, rehab centers and more easily assign rides for their patients and clients from a centralized dashboard – without …

Digital Health

Apple HomePod review: locked in

It sounds amazing. Is that enough?<p>I don’t think I’ve ever described a tech product as “lonely” before, but it’s the word I thought about the most as I was reviewing Apple’s new HomePod.<p>The HomePod, whether Apple likes it or not, is the company’s answer to the wildly popular Amazon Echo and Google …

Tech Trends

Apple will let you keep your medical records on your iPhone

If you've ever struggled to access your medical information, like a lab test or immunization, Apple is trying to make your life easier.<p>On Wednesday, …

Digital Health

The Apple Store of Doctors’ Offices?

Forward, a startup that wants to position itself as the Apple Store of doctors’ offices, opened a new location in Los Angeles in November, in an upscale open-air mall two doors down from an actual Apple Store. On a recent morning, in Forward’s reception lounge (sharp angles, blond-wood walls, …

Apple Store

CES: Ring has home security system, cameras, lighting products on tap for 2018

A company once known only for its video doorbell has moved on to an entire home security solution and has some interesting new products to go along …

Smart Homes

Apple COO Jeff Williams on Apple Watch heart study: 'Hopefully we can save a lot of lives'

Apple has released a first-of-its-kind Heart Study app to research whether its Apple Watch can pick up a heart rhythmic disorder called atrial …

Medical Technology

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

SAN FRANCISCO — They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially intelligent machines.<p>With recent speeches in both Silicon Valley and China, Jeff Dean, one of Google’s leading …

Artificial Intelligence

The First First Impression of the iPhone X

<b>How do you show off</b> the most anticipated product in years? That was my dilemma with the iPhone X. Since my unit was one of the first few released …

Google Glass rises again — at work

Now Google Glass is productive, not creepy.The product Google announced Tuesday is called Glass Enterprise Edition, has been tested in workplaces for …

Google Glass

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New ‘Lyft Shuttle’ service may be direct competitor to Muni

A new service by ride-hail company Lyft may be in direct competition with San Francisco’s Muni transit system.<p>The service, Lyft Shuttle, is …

The iPad takes a big step toward being the computer for everyone

As the MacBook Pro loses features and ports, the iPad Pro gains versatility and power<p>The iPad has never been a full-fledged <i>computer</i>. At its launch back in 2010, it was mocked for having a large screen without a typical large-screen operating system like macOS or Windows, and it was dismissed as …

IPad Pro

Apple HomePod: A first listen

Apple's sound system, from what we can hear so far, versus Amazon Echo and Sonos.<p>It may well have Siri's smarts, but Apple wants you to know that the new HomePod speaker is all about great sound quality. It's also about the promise of spatially-aware sound-projecting speakers, and how that may or …

Tech Trends

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 …

Tech Trends

Google's virtual museum tours tell you more about the art

Google has built tools to explore art since 2011, when it began uploading gigapixel images of classic pieces. The tech titan introduced museum floor plans and walking tour info to Google Maps as well as its Art and Culture app, released last July, to dive deep into collections. Now the search giant …

Museums

Stan Smith Knows You Think He’s Just a Sneaker

The island of Hilton Head in South Carolina is shaped like a sneaker,and Stan Smith lives on the laces, right off the river. Inside his house, the …

How Sonos will take on Alexa and Google: by integrating them

A conversation with Patrick Spence<p>It’s a weird time for Sonos — and not because it recently got a new CEO. That transition seems to have happened without much drama, with Patrick Spence taking over a company he’d already been with for some time. But there is <i>plenty</i> of drama in the wireless speaker …

Smart Homes

Virtual nurse app Sense.ly raises $8 million from investors including the Mayo Clinic

San Francisco startup Sense.ly has raised $8 million in a Series B round of venture funding to bring its virtual nurse technology to clinics and patients of every kind. The company’s app helps physicians stay in touch with patients, and prevent readmission to the hospital. Chief Executive Officer …

Digital Health

A personal story: Did the Apple Watch save my life?

Data from the Apple Watch alerted me to a serious health problem with no symptoms whatsoever. Here's what happened and why it matters.<p>Last November, …

Smartwatches

Pinterest introduces Lens, a Shazam for objects in the real world

New, more visual search<p>Pinterest today introduced Lens, a new visual search tool that uses machine vision to detect objects in the real world and suggest related items on the service. Lens, which is now in beta, is a tool inside the Pinterest mobile app that functions as a kind of Shazam for …

San Francisco

Instagram Stories launches overlaid Stickers for locations, emoji, and seasons

Instagram is launching its answer to Snapchat geofilters, offering a way to spice up your photos and videos with Stickers that display basic location names, time, weather, and emoji. There’s also limited-time seasonal graphics like Christmas trees and Hanukkah menorahs, and a holiday candy cane …

Social Media

The Man in the High Castle: Fake News in Nazi America

In season two, the Amazon series suddenly has new contemporary relevance.<p>In our reality, Fritz Julius Kuhn died in 1951 in Munich, Germany, “a poor and obscure chemist, unheralded and unsung.” The former leader of an American organization that promoted Nazism within the United States, Kuhn was …

Fake News

Uber’s self-driving cars start picking up passengers in San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars are making the move to San Francisco, in a new expansion of its pilot project with autonomous vehicles that will see Volvo SUVs outfitted with sensors and supercomputers begin picking up passengers in the city.<p>The autonomous cars won’t operate completely driverless, for the …

Autonomous Cars

Apple’s wireless AirPods are now on sale

Apple’s AirPods are now on sale, after being delayed from their original October launch. The $159 wireless earbuds are currently listed as shipping later in December, and can be ordered here, as spotted by <i>MacRumors</i>. Apple previously said it needed “a little more time before AirPods are ready for …

Tech Trends

'Once in a lifetime find': Dinosaur tail discovered trapped in amber

<b>(CNN) —</b> The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.<p>Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border.<p>The …

Dinosaurs

Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experience

The straight-forwardly named “Just Walk Out” technology ought to give you a pretty good idea of what Amazon Go is all about. Launching in beta this year to Amazon employees at a single 1,800 square foot location in its native Seattle, Go is a “new kind of store with no checkout required.”<p>Customers …

eCommerce

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 …

Social Media

Twitter Rolls Out New And Long-Awaited Anti-Harassment Tools

At a pivotal moment, the company is introducing a mute filter, muted conversation threads, and user report infrastructure in an effort to win back its platform from the trolls.<p>Today, after months of criticism from users, activist groups, and former employees, Twitter is rolling out new product and …

Google's new PhotoScan app makes it easy to digitize old prints

On the surface, Google Photos has a simple mission: to store all your pictures. Specifically, Google says it wants the service to be a home for all of your photos, and today that mission expanded to encompass the old photos you took on a point-and-shoot back in the '90s. The company just released …