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Teaching computers to be creative is completely missing the point of creativity

Over the weekend, a senior researcher at Google spoke about how he and his team are trying to build a computer that can be creative.<p>Douglas Eck, part of Google Brain, a deep-learning research project explained at Moogfest, a four-day music and technology festival in the US that he and his team are …

Creativity

Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID for Q4

According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the …

MacBook Pro

Penny raises $1.2M in seed funding for its personal finance bot

Penny, a personal finance bot we reviewed last fall, has raised $1.2M in seed funding from Social Capital.<p>As a refresher, the app offers a chat-based interface that offers advice tailored to your personal finances. This advice includes things like how much you spend on food each week, how this …

Seed Funding

Google’s summer plan: To become the OS of your life

The big news out of Google I/O 2016 centered around Allo, Assistant, and Home. Much of the press has been tittering about how these products signal Google’s intention to wade into bot battle with Facebook’s Messenger, Apple’s Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa/Echo. While that may be so, the bigger …

Google

Spice up your Snapchats with Stickers, not just emoji

Snapchat just rolled out an update that lets users decorate their Snaps with the 200+ stickers they released as part of Chat 2.0.<p>The new feature works exactly like emojis – they even live inside the same button on the camera screen. Just like the emoji feature you can drag, resize, and reposition …

Snapchat

Only 15% Of Americans Have Used A Ride-Hailing App [Infographic]

Apps that allow users to request a taxi cab, track the driver and pay for the journey via smartphone have gained increasing levels of traction in recent years. However, despite their increasing prominence, the vast majority of Americans have not used apps such as Uber or Lyft. A new study from Pew …

Senior Citizen

Fitbit is buying Coin so it can make a fitness tracker that pays for things

Fitbit, the biggest company in fitness tracking, has announced that it's acquiring Coin, the maker of a "smart" credit card that digitally holds all of your <i>other</i> credit cards on a single device. But Fitbit isn't buying Coin for its current Coin 2.0 gadget; that's actually being left out of the deal …

Tracking Devices

Millennials Say This App Turns Them Into Stingy Jerks (So Why Do They Keep Using It?)

With the click of a button, you can now invoice your friends and destroy your relationships.<p>Recently, we explored why Millennials buy the things they do. All else being equal, if you want to sell to this generation, you should build the idea of convenience your product or service.<p>With that in mind, …

Millennials

With Instant Apps, Google Aims to Make the Web and Apps One

Let’s say a friend texts you a 360-degree 3D photo of the new kombucha brewery in his basement. This is one of those self-consciously tech-savvy …

Software

How to free up space on your iPhone without deleting photos or apps

Running out of space on your iPhone can be extremely frustrating. Whether you’re looking to install a cool app recommended by friends or want to add …

9 tricks to spice up your sext life

An eggplant emoji is never just an eggplant emoji.<p>Neither is the peach emoji, rarely is the cat emoji, and we all know any emoji involving water is certainly not about the weather.<p>I found myself at a multi-generational, multicultural dinner party last week at a table full of sex educators and …

Dating

Your Headphones Could Help You Take Pictures & Videos

The iPhone’s camera app shutter isn’t in the most convenient place at times, especially if you’re trying to take pictures one-highhandedly. That’s …

Android apps are just what Chromebooks needed

Google just announced that Chome OS finally has what many people have been clamoring for almost since its introduction five years ago: true native apps. And it has a massive number of them, too. When support for them launches later this year, there will be more and better apps than you can find in …

Google

How to Speed up Your Mac in Less than 15 Minutes

We increasingly live in a world of instant gratification where whatever we need is only a few clicks away. In many ways this is a massive step …

Microsoft Word

Hopscotch Is A Fun New Game That Teaches You How To Code

Hopscotch is a fun new app that teaches kids on how to code and create new projects. This award-winning app lets you make your own games and even …

Fun

This Pizza-Delivering Robot May Be Coming To A Street Near You

When the staff at Starship Technologies in Tallinn, Estonia are ready for lunch, they’ll order a few pizzas just like any other office. But they don’t have a human do the pickup or delivery. Instead, a two-foot high, forty-pound, self-driving robot on wheels will get the job.<p>The staff made up of …

Robots

Google doesn't need 5 chat apps, and Hangouts should die first

In case you haven’t noticed, Google has been busy lately. Among the plethora of news at its I/O conference, it launched three new communication apps in the span of one week: Spaces, Allo and Duo. They join the existing Hangouts and Messenger apps.<p>So here’s something of an obvious rant: Google does …

Google

Samsung's Next Smartwatch Could Put The Display On Your Hand

Samsung’s next smartwatch may have an interesting trick up its sleeve. Or your sleeve in fact. Or your palm. Or the desk you’re resting your arm on…<p>A new patent demonstrates that the Korean company could be working on display technology that lets a smartwatch can project onto any nearby surface.<p>The …

Samsung

How Google’s Daydream mobile VR system will work

The Google Cardboard headset has been interesting. Because it’s so simple and inexpensive, a whole lot of people have tried out virtual reality (VR) with it. But it doesn’t give you much control, so experiences are necessarily limited.<p>With Google Daydream, introduced earlier this week at the annual …

Google

Twitter will reportedly stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

Twitter is planning on letting users craft longer tweets by not counting photos and links toward its 140-character limit, according to a report from <i>Bloomberg</i> today. The change may happen in the coming weeks, and it would remove one of the more annoying product hurdles that has persisted on Twitter …

Twitter

Top 19 WhatsApp Tricks and Tips for iPhone

A billion people across the planet use WhatsApp to communicate with their loved ones, friends, colleagues, and everyone in between. But while many of …

Apple News

Apple looking into iOS glitch that clobbers iPad Pro tablets

The latest version of iOS isn't playing nicely with some 9.7-inch iPad Pro units.<p>Apple is investigating yet another iOS update bug, one that has …

Tablets

Adobe Spark apps will help you tell visual stories online

05.20.16 | 5:07 pm<p>The engineer, Thai Duong, who manages security features in the new messenger, wrote in a (unauthorized?) blog post yesterday that he wished end-to-end encryption was on by default, and that he would push for it in the future. But then:<p>Allo uses messaging content data to …

Software

How to Create Password-Protected Notes with Touch ID in iOS 9.3

At the Apple event this past Monday, the company officially released iOS 9.3 for iPhone and iPad. The update is one of the most major mid-cycle iOS …

iOS

How is your iPhone's Battery Life After Updating to iOS 9.3.2?

Apple released iOS 9.3.2 few days back, which includes a number of bug fixes and security improvements.<p>It isn’t a major update like iOS 9.3, but …

Everything you need to know about Google's Spaces chat app

In case you haven’t heard, Google today released a new messaging app called Spaces. Or is it aPinterest competitor? Maybe it’s the future of Google+? Truth be told, we’re not really sure what Google wants it to be, but it’s certainly interesting.<p>If you’re on the fence about giving Spaces a try – …

Google

Point your phone at an equation and Mathpix will solve it

The app claims to be the first to recognize and solve handwritten problems.<p>Math isn't everyone's strong suit, especially those who haven't stretched that part of their brain since college. Thanks to the wonders of image recognition technology, we now have Mathpix, an iOS app that lets you point …

Mathematics

Top iPhone and iPad Keyboard Tips and Tricks

You probably spend a significant portion of your time typing text using the stock iOS keyboards, so here are a few keyboard tips and tricks to boost …

Epic Games explains why its backing Google Daydream VR

When you’re getting into the blooming virtual reality market, you need strong partners. Few could be better than Epic Games, the developer behind the powerful game-making tool Unreal Engine 4 and decades of blockbuster hits.<p>Earlier this week, Epic Games announced that it created a plugin for …

Google

Google will stop you hitting backspace in Chrome by mistake

Some users aren't happy.<p>Have you ever filled out a form in Chrome, only to hit the backspace key accidentally? Suddenly you're catapulted to the previous page in your browsing history, losing everything you had just submitted. It's not a deal-breaker, but frustrating all the same. To help, Google …

Google Chrome