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Trump's Treasury Sec: AI won't supplant US jobs for another 50 to 100 years

The Obama administration said AI could threaten anywhere from 9 percent to 47 percent of jobs over the next decade or two, but Steve Mnuchin said …

Artificial Intelligence

Google wants to reassure you about government-backed hackers

Just a reminder!<p>Googlewants toreassure users about the warnings it issues about government-backed hackers.<p>The company hasn’t changed anything about its policies or its practices, but Google wanted to remind its users in a blog post how the warnings work.<p>Some context: Since the presidential …

Google

Uber tells U.S. court customers must arbitrate disputes

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in New York on Friday weighed arguments over whether Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] customers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its popular taxi hailing service.<p>The case could have wider implications for internet businesses, which …

Uber

Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss are the latest fashion brands to announce Android Wear watches

Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger are the latest fashion companies to announce their own Android Wear 2.0 watches at Baselworld 2017. The news continues the trend we’ve been seeing of fashion brands stepping up to fill the gaps in the wearables market caused by an absence of new models from established …

Wearable Tech

Insta360 Air brings affordable, easy 360 photo and video to Android phones

You can share 360-degree video and images in more places than ever before, but how to capture that content in the first place? Insta360 has built a bit of a name for itself creating relatively inexpensive add-ons for the smartphone you already have that’d the ability to use those devices to record …

Photography

Facebook tests GIFs in comments like it's 1995

It's time for Facebook to fully embrace the animated GIF. The social network is about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and your feed will never be the same.<p>This isn't the first foray into animated GIFs for Facebook, of course — it's been possible to use them as posts since 2015. …

Facebook

Google Talk in Gmail to shut down services on June 26

In yet another change that will impact some of Google’s chat users, the company has announced that Google Talk features in Gmail will be shut down on June 26, as users will be asked to use the Hangouts chat client instead.<p>Google Talk first launched in 2005 as the official chat client for Gmail, but …

Google

British Airways introduces boarding without passports as it installs facial recognition at Heathrow

British Airways is introducing technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at Heathrow using facial recognition.<p>Biometric devices in Terminal 5 will capture a traveller’s features along with the boarding pass, and then a facial scan at the gate verifies the person’s identity, …

Airlines

This app is absolutely exploding right now and it's all because of Snapchat

Quick: if you had to pick one app that had the-best-year-ever in 2016 what would you pick? <i>Pokémon Go</i>? <i>Super Mario Run</i>? Instagram?<p>How about Bitmoji?<p>That's right, the Snapchat-owned app for making customizable emoji is, by at least one measure, besting all the competition. The two-and-a-half-year-old …

Snapchat

Uber reportedly tells female recruit sexism 'systemic in tech'

A manager for the ride-hailing company writes a seemingly tone-deaf message to a potential employee, according to The Guardian.<p>Uber appears to be having a hard time attracting female employees.<p>The ride-hailing company has pledged to do more to balance its male-heavy workforce, but after a litany of …

Uber

Alcatel A30, Moto G5 Plus join Amazon’s roster of Prime Exclusive phones

Amazon announced today that the Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus are joining its roster of ad-subsidized Prime Exclusive smartphones.<p>These two phones …

Here’s what the Android Wear 2.0-based Movado Group smartwatches will look like

A few days ago, the Movado Group announced it would launch new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches later this year. One would use its own branding, the Movado Connect, while the company will also launch other smartwatches in partnership with the well known fashion brands Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss. At …

Wearable Tech

Watch Amazon’s Prime Air make its first public U.S. drone delivery

The aircraft delivered a box of sunscreen at a conference.<p>Amazon completed its first public demonstration of a Prime Air drone delivery in the U.S. earlier this week, ferrying sunscreen to attendees at an Amazon-hosted conference in Palm Springs, Calif.<p>The drone delivery was filmed by an attendee …

Drones

You soon won't need a card to withdraw cash at this shady bank's ATMs

Plastic is soooo yesterday.<p>Wells Fargo, being the hippest bank to allegedly open more than 2 million fraudulent accounts in its customers' names, knows this.<p>And so, as of March 27, the San Francisco-based company is giving its account holders a way to access their money at 13,000 Wells Fargo ATMs …

Wells Fargo

Samsung Galaxy S8 Unveiled Specs: Blue Color Leaks Ahead Of Release Date

A new report suggests that the Galaxy S8 may release in a Blue Coral color option, despite indications of the contrary. A new leak shows the upcoming …

Samsung Galaxy

Google reportedly working on a social app for group photo editing

According to <i>TechCrunch,</i> Google is working on a new social app for group photo editing, which might be unveiled this May at Google I/O.<p>Google is certainly a very big and (almost) omnipresent company, but there’s one area where it hasn’t found the magic formula yet: social media. Neither Hangouts nor …

Google

This is the language that an Uber recruiter used to discuss its sexism problem

So it appears that some Uber recruiters are aware of the sexism problems at the ride-hailing giant.<p>After <i>Mashable</i> published an interview with senior software engineer Kamilah Taylor, who publicly shared (on Twitter) her awkward interaction with Uber, another potential recruit sent his …

Uber

Google partners with Howard University in an effort to recruit more black engineers

Juniors and seniors enrolled in Howard University's computer science program can study for three months at the newly dubbed "Howard West."<p>Technology …

HBCUs

No, Microsoft isn’t spying on everything you type in Windows 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 might’ve been good enough to make people forget about Windows 8, but it really didn’t impress when it comes to privacy …

Microsoft

Drone footage shows crews racing to finish Apple Park by April

Apple employees are set to move into the Apple spaceship campus just next month, but based on the recent drone footage there’s still a lot of work to be done on Apple Park.<p>Crews can be seen finishing construction and landscaping work in the new aerial footage. While the tunnel, parking structures, …

Drones

Report: Airbnb Explored Building Backyard Guest Homes

Airbnb has big expansion plans—and some innovative ideas to enact them.<p>According to a new report in The Information, Airbnb designers have experimented with ways to manufacture “small homes for people’s backyards.” Such guest homes could be ideal rental opportunities on Airbnb, providing more …

Airbnb

It's Only In Some Airports For Now, But The Laptop Ban Could Go Global

Major airlines affected by the ban on laptops and other electronic devices on US- and UK-bound flights have begun revealing how they'll and minimize the hassle for fliers.<p>Dubai-based Emirates, one of the world's biggest airlines, said it won't require passengers to pack their laptops and tablets …

Aviation

Twitter remembers it owns TweetDeck

It’s been six years since Twitter acquired TweetDeck, but the company might finally bring new features to the client.<p>In a survey sent to some power users today, Twitter asked which features they would most like to see added to an “advanced” version of TweetDeck. After that, respondents were asked …

Twitter

Goodbye, GChat! Hello, Hangouts

Google's replacing its GChat instant message service with its 4-year-old Hangouts. Most people probably won't notice.<p>If you still use an alternative instant message app to connect to Google, life's about to get harder.<p>Google is once again streamlining its services, and that means Google Talk …

Google

T-Mobile announces new feature to protect mobile users from scams

T-Mobile is introducing a new program to rescue it’s customers from evil scammers.<p>The mobile carrier is set to unveil two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block. The former is, as the name sounds, a service which will identify scam calls and alert the potential scammee. Considering scam calls are …

Net Neutrality

Logitech's CEO says you can innovate and be humble

Logitech is a rare technology company. It's been around for 35 years, all the while finding different ways to thrive as an independent accessory maker. But despite being a well-known brand, it's never been considered "hip" like Apple or Beats. Instead of betting big on showy new products, Logitech …

Logitech

Leaked CIA exploits have already been fixed, says Apple

The iOS and macOS vulnerabilities revealed by the latest WikiLeaks data dump of CIA hacking tools have already been fixed.<p>Apple says that an early evaluation of the info released by WikiLeaks hasn’t found any new bugs or attacks that can be used on iPhone or Mac users. Some of the exploits …

iOS

Samsung disabling Galaxy Note 7's battery charging in South Korea

The few surviving Galaxy Note 7's could be killed off after this move.<p>It's another nail in the coffin for the Galaxy Note 7 phone.<p>Samsung is releasing an update to its South Korean users later this month that will stop Galaxy Note 7s from being able to charge. The move is the latest of Samsung's …

Samsung

Amazon successfully lands its first drone delivery on US soil in new video

Amazon has its sights set on bringing its delivery services to the next level – and the company has passed yet another noteworthy milestone as earlier this week it successfully landed its first Prime Air drone delivery on American soil.<p>During an invite-only event at its MARS Conference in …

Drones

Apple Pay ‘State of the Union’ report details adoption among retailers

Apple Pay has been steadily growing as Apple continues to add support for new banks and rolls out the service to users in more countries, but we have less data on how much its been adopted in retail and among users. Giving some insight to usage, Apple analyst Gene Munster at <i>Loup Ventures</i> today …

Apple Pay

Snapchat is more like Twitter than Facebook in one important area

Snap Inc. has "elevated credit risk," based on a score estimated by S&P Global Market Intelligence.<p>The Snapchat parent offered its shares to the public on March 2 and is not yet issuing corporate bonds. Still, S&P examined its credit quality relative to where a few other tech companies were at …

Market Intelligence

Instagram adds two-factor authentication, security features

The social network is also adding filters for sensitive photos and videos on feeds.<p>Instagram just made your account harder to hack.<p>On Thursday, Instagram added two-factor authentication to the photo- and video-sharing social network, increasing security measures for its 600 million active users.<p>You …

Security

Facebook Debuts Message Reactions and Mentions for its Messenger App

Facebook's Messenger app for iOS devices was today updated with a new Message Reactions feature, which is similar to the Tapback features introduced in Apple's Messages app in iOS 10.<p>Message Reactions are designed to allow Facebook users to react to a message with an emoji symbol to express an …

Facebook

Android Nougat is now available for the Nextbit Robin with a new privacy policy in tow

Nextbit started testing out Android Nougat for the Robin late last year, but this week the update is officially rolling out to all Robin owners. The final release version carries update number 88 and brings along with it various new features, an updated security patch, and a new privacy policy as …

Phones

Airspace rights still unclear after drone lawsuit dismissed

Where <i>exactly</i> you're entitled to fly your drone in the US without fear of it being blasted out of the sky continues to be a legal gray area, after a judge dismissed another case brought against self-proclaimed "drone slayer" William Merideth. The Kentucky resident was originally charged in 2015 for …

Drones

OK Google Home, give a clear answer on the CIA and spying

Watch what happens when you ask a Google Home speaker about the CIA. Talk about defensive!<p>Nope, there's certainly no CIA spying going on here.<p>Absolutely not. In fact, don't even bother asking your Google Home smart speaker about the CIA. But if you do, the stolid little device is going to get …

Google

YouTube automates sound effect captions with AI

YouTube has used algorithms to automatically caption speech for eight years now in an effort to make its billions of videos more accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing. While the feature was pretty rough at first, it has significantly improved it over time, getting "closer and closer to human …

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