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Here's how AI has changed in the last 20 years

<i>By Murray Campbell, distinguished research staff member, IBM Research</i><p>On May 11, 1997, an IBM computer called Deep Blue defeated the reigning world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, capturing the attention and imagination of the world. The six-game match lasted several days and ended with two wins for …

Artificial Intelligence

California Regulator Passes First Ridesharing Rules, A Big Win For Lyft, SideCar, And Uber

The California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously approved new regulations around ridesharing services such as Lyft, SideCar and UberX (as initially noted in a number of reports on Twitter).<p>The CPUC proposed the rules back in July, offering a legal framework for ridesharing services to …

Google promises UK regulator that Waze will remain separate pending review

When Google acquired Waze, it said that it would keep the newly purchased company at arm's length. Well, we now know exactly how separate Waze will be, at least for the foreseeable future. Google has promised the UK's Office of Fair Trading that it won't touch Waze's business operations while the …

Google Makes Quickoffice for Android and iOS Free for All

Google today announced it is making Quickoffice free for everyone. That means Android and iOS users can edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go without paying a dime.<p>You can download the free versions now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The only …

Turkish engineers get $2.5M for Hazelcast, an open source in-memory data grid for Java

In Turkey, a group of five engineers developed an elegant solution to tackle one of the biggest challenges for Java developers.<p>This solution, dubbed Hazelcast, is designed to prevent enterprise applications from drowning in data. Developers need a better way to manage all this data, while ensuring …

Why did Google deny it had a new logo when it totally had a new logo?

Earlier this month, a reporter spotted a new version of Google’s logo buried in the code of the company’s Chrome browser. That, alas, qualified as news in the tech industry, especially because the new logo was two-dimensional, or flat, which is the hottest trend in web design right now.<p>So we called …

Graphic Design

Gigya raises another $25M to add social & gamification to brand name apps

Social engagement service Gigya closed a new $25 million round of funding, the startup announced today.<p>Gigya attempts to make websites, services, and applications more engaging through the use of social gaming mechanics. To do this, it uses plugins that are easy to integrate. Clients that use Gigya …

Apple allows developers to offer multiple app versions

Apple has announced that developers can now offer older versions of their apps to customers with older devices.<p><b>Apple has announced that developers</b> …

Apps

iOS 7 Bug Lets Anyone Bypass iPhone's Lockscreen To Hijack Photos, Email, Or Twitter

Forget the debate around the security or insecurity of the iPhone 5s’s fingerprint reader. The latest version of the iPhone’s operating system currently offers a gaping hole in its old-fashioned passcode lockscreen.<p>Jose Rodriguez, a 36-year-old soldier living in Spain’s Canary Islands, has found a …

Google Translate for iOS adds handwriting support and new UI

Google Translate for iOS is getting a significant update today, adding a new look and handwriting support to Apple’s mobile platform. Google already added the feature to its Android app almost two years ago, and to its web app earlier this year, but this is the first time the iOS version will be …

Pinterest Gets Into Advertising With Promoted Pins

Pinterest has announced a monetization experiment that will bring ads to its platform in the form of promoted pins from businesses. CEO and founder Ben Silbermann confessed that the company hasn’t quite worked out all the details for the feature, but he promised the ads will be tasteful, …

Cerego Hacks Your Personal Learning Style to Help You Remember Anything

Cerego today launches a tool that aims to help us actually retain what we’re learning.<p>It’s an educational product that caters to the individual …

Y Combinator To Fund Non-Profit Startups With Charitable Donations

Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham has penned a post that says the accelerator will begin funding non-profit startups and organizations that are accepted into its program. The news comes following admission of Watsi last year, YC’s first-ever non-profit. Graham also clarifies that the investment …

San Francisco Launches Tech Incubator To Transform Governments

San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee is launching an entrepreneur-in-residence program with help from the White House to try to bring Silicon Valley innovation to government.<p>At venture capital firms, these EIR programs are typically designed to give entrepreneurs time and resources to develop a new startup …

UK teen launches Thinkspace, seeks to bring software development to high schools around the world

Thinkspace, an organization created by sixteen-year-old James Anderson, seeks to “inspire the next generation of app developers” through dedicated coding zones in high schools across the globe. Anderson formally launched Thinkspace this month with campuses in Plymouth and Northern Ireland.<p>Anderson …

If you could actually see Wi-Fi, this is what it would look like

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>What if you could actually see Wi-Fi? It is something we all have wondered about. We can see the Wi-Fi routers in our homes …

Tech Trends

Yahoo shutters to-do list app Astrid

The handy to-do list and task management app Astrid is shutting down. What's your favorite app for simple task reminders?<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Today's to-do list: Settle on a good replacer for Astrid, the handy Yahoo-acquired to-do list app that is slated to shut down today.<p>Done and done.<p>In the spirit of …

Feedly Pro to offer article search, Evernote integration, and more for $5 per month (update)

Google Reader replacement Feedly has finally taken the wraps off its premium feeds service today. For $5 per month (or $45 annually), Feedly Pro will offer article search, secure browsing through HTTPS, the ability to one-click save to Evernote, and support priority. Although all of the features …

Facebook hires first marketing chief from Motorola Mobility

Gary Briggs formerly served as Motorola's CMO after Google completed its $12.5 billion acquisition last year.<p>More than a year after going public, Facebook apparently believes it's time to hire the social network's first-ever chief marketing officer.<p>Gary Briggs, who was formerly the marketing chief …

Marketing

Spotify's new Browse feature surfaces the best of its billion playlists

After spending the last several months rolling out Discover and Radio, two big pieces of its music discovery puzzle, Spotify is today introducing a critical third piece: Browse, a collection of the service's best playlists on iOS and Android. Whereas Discover and Radio are largely powered by …

Apple reportedly in talks to buy company behind Kinect sensor

Apple is reportedly looking to acquire Israeli fabless semiconductor company Primesense. According to local newspaper Calcalist, Apple has offered $280 million to buy the 3D sensor specialist following discussions over the embedding of its technology inside Apple products. In the past, Primesense …

Point.io Launches Enterprise Platform For Document Collaboration

Point.io has launched its enterprise back-end as a service (BaaS) platform focused on document management, sharing, and collaboration. Leveraging a Parse-like environment, developers can build applications that can integrate with cloud services like Dropbox, Box, and Hightail both externally and …

Biggest-ever Chinese internet takeover: Baidu shells out $1.9B for app distributor 91 Wireless

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr / matt512<p>The Chinese search giant Baidu(s bidu) has been looking to diversify its business, and it seems to be …

EU Digital Commissioner Vows To Protect European Citizens from PRISM

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and the Commissioner for Europe’s Digital Agenda has vowed to protect EU citizens from privacy invasion by outside entities like the PRISM monitoring program run by the NSA. Speaking to TechCrunch TV (interview above) at Founders Forum, an …

WTF Is Waze And Why Did Google Just Pay A Billion+ For It?

The tech industry has seen its fair share of acquisition whoppers lately, with Salesforce acquiring ExactTarget for $2.5 billion this month, and Yahoo putting the icing on its acquisition spree by snatching up Tumblr for $1.1 billion. But the news today that Google is buying popular iOS map and …

Wave Partners With Box, MailChimp, General Assembly And More To Launch One-Stop Shopping Tool For Startups

A new convergence of startups and Internet companies has come together to provide other early-stage companies with the tools required to get up and running quickly, and most importantly, cheaply. It’s sort of like a Humble Indie Bundle, except instead of gaming, GetStartupTools.com offers software …

NFC Stands For Nobody F****** Cares And Apple Gets That

If you think QR codes are a bad joke then consider NFC. Near Field Communications’ evangelists have been trying to get smartphone owners to share stuff by bumping and grinding their phones for years. And progress has been painful, to put it mildly. The reality is NFC is an ugly wasteland of …

What Apple Didn't Announce At WWDC

Apple’s keynote at the World Wide Developers Conference yesterday was notable for the many products the company announced. Also, for the ones it didn’t.<p>In two hours yesterday, Apple gave consumers and developers a slew of new products to get excited about. Completely new versions of both its …

Now Apple Is Helping LinkedIn Get Into The News Game

It was one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it announcements: LinkedIn got an unexpected boost in the middle of Apple’s two-hour keynote presentation this morning at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).<p>In the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, dubbed Mavericks, users of Apple’s …

Apple iOS 7 supports Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 for next-gen network roaming

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Apple(s aapl) didn’t get a chance to show every new iOS 7 feature on Monday at its WWDC event, but in typical fashion it did …