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Samsung quietly acquired VR app studio VRB

Samsung has been bullish on virtual reality hardware, hoping that its early moves in headsets and devices to shoot content will give it a stronger position in the space as (and if!) it continues to expand to more applications and users. Now TechCrunch has learned that as part of that effort, it’s …

Startups

Apple boldly dreams of turning future iPhones into ‘one-stop shops’ for medical data

It’s a known fact that Apple is pretty much working at any given time on dozens of ways to revolutionize various tech industry branches, constantly …

Tech Industry

IBM opening ‘Garages’ dedicated to Apple partnership for developing iOS enterprise apps

After announcing a partnership with Apple back in 2014 to help bring enterprise apps and more to iOS, IBM today announced plans to accelerate the initiative with new ‘Garages’ that will serve as dedicated physical spaces to aid its corporate customers with the development of the <i>MobileFirst</i> iPhone …

Code suggests Facebook prepping Talk, a new chat app specifically for teens

Code spotted inside the main Facebook app contains some pointers to plans by the company to launch a new chat app aimed specifically at teens.<p>The app, whose actual or working name is Talk, looks set to contain some features likely to prove popular with teens, and others not so much …<p><i>Engadget</i> …

Samsung Hello could be Bixby's new best friend on the Galaxy S8

We've heard that the Galaxy S8 is rumored to get an AI assistant called Bixby, but Bixby may not be alone. Samsung recently filed a trademark in Europe for something called "Samsung Hello" and based on its description, it could also be powered by AI.<p>AI is poised to be an important phone trend in …

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he regards AR ‘as a big idea like the smartphone’

Tim Cook really wants people to know that he’s deeply interested in AR. The Apple CEO hypes augmented reality every chance he gets, and he’s doing it in the same way he teased the wrist as an interesting space before the Apple Watch and the living room as stuck in the 70s before tvOS.<p>During his …

Google isn’t safe from Yahoo’s fate

Justin Choi Contributor<p>Justin Choi is the CEO of Nativo.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub<br>• Adtech isn’t dead, it just has a lot of dead weight<p>Yahoo has been beaten up in the press for so long that it’s hard to remember how untouchable the company once …

Advertising

Why Smartphone Virtual Assistants Will Be Taking Over for Your Apps Soon

Right now, smartphone owners use Siri, Cortana, and Google Now at least sporadically to verbally request directions, send texts, get information, or …

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘We Have Great Desktops in Our Roadmap'

In a post to an employee message board obtained by <i>TechCrunch</i>, Apple CEO Tim Cook assured employees that the company is still committed to the Mac and that "great desktops" are coming. Apple's desktop computers haven't seen an upgrade in at least 433 days.<p>Some folks in the media have raised the …

Facebook debuts shareable “moments” at the top of the News Feed, starting with holiday cards

Facebook today is rolling out a new program that will place messages at the top of your News Feed which prompt users to discuss and share moments that are happening in the world, including the holidays, as well as other historical and cultural moments. You may have already seen these large, …

Social Media

Facebook Live Audio elbows in on radio and podcasting

Facebook spent much of 2016 tricking out its Live video broadcasting feature, most recently opening it up to footage shot with 360-degree cameras. But it seems they've been busy bringing another streaming option to professional organizations and amateur users alike. Today, the social titan is …

Mark Zuckerberg's ambitious 10-year plan could literally change our reality — and that's scary

Right now, they're still treated as very separate entities. When we talk about the effects of, say, fake news stories or so-called "filter bubbles" on the election, we're really talking about that first Facebook, the social network we're familiar with, and how it informs our interactions with the …

Social Media

Mark Zuckerberg explains how he wrote his home AI

Ever since Mark Zuckerberg revealed his intention to create his own AI helper, some questions have loomed large: just how would he go about it? And can one man write an effective artificial intelligence when it frequently requires whole teams? At last, the Facebook CEO has provided some answers. …

Zuckerberg’s Jarvis home AI is like an Alexa that learns your musical tastes

Mark Zuckerberg set himself an ambitious personal project for 2016 – build a connected artificial assistant to help him automate certain tasks at home, including things like controlling the lights, watching for visitors and operating appliances. Zuckerberg said on Facebook that his task actually …

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual assistants expected to top virtual reality in holiday sales

(Reuters) - Virtual assistants are set to pummel virtual reality headsets in the fight for consumer dollars this holiday season, while smartwatches drive wearable sales. Drones may fly under the radar, though.<p>A man plays a video game with the Oculus Rift VR headset at the E3 Electronic Expo in Los …

Virtual Reality

Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

Google today announced Android Things, its new comprehensive IoT platform for building smart devices on top of Android APIs and Google’s own services. Android Things is now available as a developer preview.<p>Essentially, this is Android for IoT. It combines Google’s earlier efforts around Brillo …

Android News

Microsoft to open Cortana virtual assistant to third-party devices and apps

Microsoft is making Cortana available to third-party device makers, and opening up the platform to third-party developers, too, so that they can integrate their own services in Cortana-powered devices. The news comes after an earlier revelation that Cortana would be coming to some IoT devices via …

Windows 10

Bill Gates leads $1 billion venture fund to tackle climate change

Over the next 20 years, Bill Gates and 19 other investors and technology leaders will put more than one billion dollars (£793 million) into a new …

Bill Gates

Want to Come Up With a Groundbreaking Invention? Follow the 30-Year Rule

Agility is overrated.<p>"Agile" has become the mantra for the digital age. If you don't move fast, so the thinking goes, you can never be any good, because your competitors will get there first and you'll be left in the dust. In many circles, this notion has become so well established that no one even …

Innovation

Facebook now lets anyone make their own Snapchat-like photo frame

But the new tool is not available in the US yet<p>Facebook continues to flesh out its in-app camera features, releasing a new tool that lets members of the public create and submit their own custom photo frames for others to use. Like Snapchat’s geo-filters, the frames have to surround — but not …

Report: Apple in talks with studios to offer current cinema releases in-home

We could soon be talking about Apple in the same way we talk about Redbox or Netflix — new technology that cannibalized a long-held standard.<p>Citing sources familiar with the matter, a report from Bloomberg says Apple is applying tremendous pressure to Hollywood studios for earlier access to movies. …

12 Tech Trends That Will Shape Our Lives In 2017

From in-ear interfaces to superhero autonomous cars<p><i>The global design and strategy firm Frog asked experts from its offices around the world to identify key technology trends that’ll shape how we live, work, and play in 2017. Below, we’ve selected 12 that are most relevant to the design community.</i> …

San Francisco

Apple will need the FAA's blessing if it wants to use drones to improve its maps

It’s not yet legal to fly over busy roads.<p>Apple wants to fly drones to improve Maps by collecting more up-to-date information about road changes and street signs, according to a Bloomberg report.<p>Right now, however, it's illegal to fly drones over busy, populated areas and near airports, although …

Drones

Using an app that remembers all my digital activity felt like putting my brain in a jar

It sounds appealing and then again it doesn’t<p>Atlas Recall, created by Napster co-founder Jordan Ritter, is what he calls a “juicy” idea.<p>It remembers everything you do on your computer — or on all of your computers, if that’s how you live your life — and automatically creates a searchable database …

Why Facebook Messenger wants to be the only app on your phone

Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, it’s been possible to develop and sell apps for iOS devices, and it was one of the defining moments for the iPhone. Within a few years, it created a vibrant ecosystem with millions of great apps and some healthy competition to Apple’s stock apps.<p>That’s why …

Amazon launches Amazon AI to bring its machine learning smarts to developers

Amazon today announced the launch of its new Amazon AI platform at its re:Invent developer event in Las Vegas. This new service brings many of the machine learning smarts Amazon has developed in-house over the years to devs outside the company. For now, the service only makes three different tools …

Machine Learning

The Subtle Ways Your Digital Assistant Might Manipulate You

Today we Google for information, but in the future, we might not need to. Instead we may rely on our butler, namely the intelligent, voice-activated …

Amazon to reportedly launch a supersized Echo speaker with touchscreen

Amazon is looking to cash in on the surprising success of its Echo digital home assistant as the company is reportedly building a premieum new model of the device that will come in larger size and feature a touchscreen, Bloomberg reports.<p>According to two undisclosed sources “familiar with the …

Google Home

Facebook Messenger launches Instant Games

Bored while you wait for someone to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant Games, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. Available right from your message threads, they load in seconds since they’re built on the HTML5 …

mobilegaming

Google Shop marks company’s first serious steps into the world of physical retail

Google might have its online Google Store, but the furthest it’s gone so far in the physical world involved the Experience Store in New York City, …