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An Amazon Echo Shared A Woman's Private Conversation As A Voice Message

Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News<p>A Portland, Oregon woman named Danielle said she feels like Amazon Echo invaded her family's privacy after the …

Smart Homes

How To Get Started In AI For Less Than $400

G<p>ot 400 bucks and some free time? Then you may be the next artificial intelligence (AI) whiz kid.<p>It’s never been easier for a developer to start building something in the field of artificial intelligence. Firms are creating total hardware solutions that run in the hundreds, not the hundreds of …

Artificial Intelligence

Nest CEO steps down as the company joins Google's home division

According to <i>CNET</i>, Nest has announced today that Marwan Fawaz will no longer be its CEO. As part of his departure, Nest will now be folded into Google's home and living room products team. In a joint interview with Fawaz, Rishi Chandra, vice president of product management for Google's home and …

Smart Homes

American tech giants are making life tough for startups

IT IS a classic startup story, but with a twist. Three 20-somethings launched a firm out of a dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …

How soon do you think the deep learning bubble will burst?

Gartner tracks the hype cycle of technologies over time as expectations of the technology begin at a highly-underrated level and move to becoming …

The Strategic Role of Product Management when Development goes Agile

While software development teams have been moving toward agile methods for years, many product managers are only now becoming aware of it. An agile …

Thousands of engineers put Apple self-driving car in high gear

Apple stays quiet about it, but the company is clearly developing a self-driving car. And this week the world was given a glimpse inside this project, showing that it’s much larger than many had previously thought.<p>The FBI arrested a former employee on Apple’s autonomous car design team for …

Facebook Aiming For Virtual Reality Dominance

Sony is in the driver's seat right now, but Facebook is the company to watch in VR.<p>Virtual reality is still in its infancy, but the companies who can …

How To Improve Customer Experiences With Real-Time Analytics

• 70% of enterprises have increased their spending on real-time customer analytics solutions over the past year.<br>• 58% of enterprises are seeing a significant increase in customer retention and loyalty as a result of using customer analytics.<br>• 60% use real-time customer analytics to improve customer …

Data Warehousing

Another fitness app revealed the location of overseas soldiers

Who would have thought getting in shape could be so risky.<p>Fitness apps help you track your runs, calories burned, and maybe even your heart rate. If …

Your iPhone or iPad probably indicates you're well off 

Researchers investigating differences between groups of Americans have an interesting observation: owning an iOS device is the <i>best</i> indicator that someone is in one of the top income brackets. Even better than using Grey Poupon.<p>They are trying to discover whether rich and poor, white and minority, …

Facebook buys British artificial intelligence company Bloomsbury

Facebook is buying London-based artificial intelligence start-up Bloomsbury, in yet another indication that the capital has become a hotbed for AI talent, ripe for cash-rich US tech giant’s picking.<p>Bloomsbury AI is a data analytics company that automates customer care and advice. It has proprietary …

HoloSuit promises full-body VR tracking and haptics by November 2018

If you’ve ever felt that your body would be a better controller in virtual reality than a joypad or wand, you’ll understand why Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit just reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. Offered in multiple versions, the wearable haptic controller uses a considerable array of sensors to …

Professor Allegedly Stalked Student With 800 Texts A Day, Wanted To Make Artificial Intelligence Version Of Her

"You should be happy that somebody likes you this much to stalk you," University of Central Florida assistant professor Ali Borji allegedly told the …

Oracle recently offered an artificial intelligence expert as much as $6 million in total pay as Silicon Valley's talent war heats up

As the battle for artificial intelligence talent heats up in Silicon Valley, word on the street is that larger tech companies are using enormous pay packages to sway candidates away from less well-heeled startups.<p>Oracle offered at least one candidate a $6 million package made up of salary and …

8 Jobs That Will Be Replaced by Robots Soon

The fear of machines taking our jobs dates back hundreds of years, to the Luddites of England, who fought mechanical weaving tools in the early 19th …

Facebook is shutting down a teen app it bought eight months ago

Along with two others that languished<p>Facebook is shutting down Moves, Hello, and tbh, a trio of apps it launched or acquired over the last four years that haven’t developed large audiences. Facebook says it’s shutting down all three due to “low usage” and that it will delete all of their user data …

Instagram will now tell you when you’ve seen all posts from the last two days

Since Instagram’s algorithmic, out-of-order timeline is a mystery to all humankind, the company has rolled out a new feature that will let you know when you’ve scrolled through all new posts from the last 48 hours. When you come across it, you’ll see a big green checkmark and a message saying …

Facebook entices content creators with new community-centered video platform

The new features sound a lot like the YouTube Community tab<p>Facebook announced several new live video features today that will allow creators to make their live streams more like games with polls and quizzes. The features are similar to those that creators on YouTube have had access to for months …

This robotic hose-dragon could jet its way into burning buildings

While hose-toting drones may be a fantasy, hose-powered robo-dragons (or robotic hose-dragons — however you like it) are very much a reality. This strange but potentially useful robot from Japanese researchers could snake into the windows of burning buildings, blasting everything around it with the …

The AI winter is well on its way

Deep learning has been at the forefront of the so-called AI revolution for years now, and many people believed that it would take us to the world of the technological singularity. Many companies talked big in 2014, 2015, and 2016 when technologies such as Alpha Go were pushing new boundaries. For …

Machine Learning

Apple helps you kick iPhone addiction with iOS 12

Apple wants to cure you of your iPhone addiction.<p>On Monday, the company unveiled new features in iOS 12, the latest version of its mobile software, to help you kick the habit of constantly checking your iPhone and iPad. The new tools, introduced at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, let you …

AI Researchers Create 'Privacy Filter' That Disrupts Facial Recognition Technology

<b>University of Toronto researchers have designed an algorithm to disrupt facial recognition technology.</b><p>The past few months have witnessed a mainstream groundswell around security and data privacy, embodied most notably in reaction to news of Cambridge Analytica’s data-collection tactics and Facebook …

University of Toronto

Clever new method solves VR’s ‘infinite walking’ problem by tricking your brain

One of the ways that virtual reality could be made even more immersive is if users were able to fully explore enormous virtual worlds by physically …

A blockchain start-up just raised $4 billion without a live product

A Cayman Islands start-up has raised $4 billion as of Thursday, eclipsing the world's biggest initial public offerings on stock exchanges this year. …

Think Tank: Personalization in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Are you ready to hire 10,000 marketing managers to compete with AI?<p>For the better part of a decade, retail has looked to “personalization” as its …

To fix healthcare let AI do the dull, routine work | Financial Times

Artificial intelligence is rapidly emerging as the general purpose panacea of our age — the answer to every question, the solution to every problem, …

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel: Facebook can copy our features, but ‘our values are hard to copy’

“Fundamentally, they’re having a really hard time changing the DNA of their company.”<p>Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has a few things to say about Facebook and the social giant’s decision to copy some of Snapchat’s best features.<p>1. <i>Thanks, it’s flattering.</i><p>2. Copying Snapchat’s most popular features doesn’t …

Facebook still doesn’t know what user data Cambridge Analytica actually had

Did the Trump campaign have suspicious-looking data sets? “No, not really.”<p>There are still some (big) rocks to be turned over in Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica drama.<p>Despite suspending the data firm, which collected the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission, …

Exclusive: Facebook Opens Up About False News

News Feed, the algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world’s information. Working properly, it …