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Turtle Rock’s Steve Goldstein believes the console game industry lacks risk takers

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I’ve formed a lot of opinions about the game industry over the years. And I recent got the chance to spout them in a conversation with Steve Goldstein, president of Turtle Rock Studios, the maker of the Evolve video game published by Take-Two Interactive’s 2K label in February 2015. At UCLA, we gave a talk before a group of game industry lawyers from the Video Game Bar Association. We were encouraged to talk about the whole industry’s trends, and we started about by noting how conservative the console game industry has become, with huge budgets that are forcing publishers to be very careful when it comes to la... Read More
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The factions of the mobile AR war

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Mark Zuckerberg’s “We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform” was the most important step so far toward mass market AR. Where Pokémon Go gave many consumers their first taste of mobile AR, and Google Tango ushered in the race towards high end mobile AR phones, Facebook’s AR Platform now democratizes mobile AR r... Read More
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How chatbots can settle an insurance claim in 3 seconds

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At Amazon’s prototype grocery store, Amazon Go, customers can walk in, pick up what they want and walk out, without ever waiting in a checkout line or pulling out a wallet. Amazon will automatically charge their account and send them a receipt. Run out of paper towels? No problem. Amazon Prime customers can place an order from their phone and get same-day delivery. These are the kinds of no-hassle experiences that consumers have come to expect — and artificial intelligence (AI) is powering many of... Read More
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Gazillion 2.0: How an online game company rebooted itself and brought Marvel Heroes Omega to the consoles

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Gazillion Entertainment is a company that came back from the dead. It was shedding employees a few years ago, and now it’s celebrating the recent debut of its massively multiplayer online game Marvel Heroes Omega on the PlayStation 4. Soon it will debut on the Xbox One. The company’s new leadership refers to this era as Gazillion 2.0, where it had to reboot not only its biggest game but also the whole company. And early results from the beta test look good. “The word of mouth is viral,” said David Von Dorman, CEO of Gazillion, in a fireside chat with GamesBeat’s Mike Minotti at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017. “We are so pleased ... Read More
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The best tech sales of Memorial Day 2017

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How chatbots will evolve over the next 5 years

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Bots hit the scene so quickly in 2016 that many people have started to wonder if they’re just a temporary fad that will give way to a new technology this year or next. What these people fail to realize is that bots never mattered. They didn’t matter when Microsoft announced its Bot Framework; they didn’t matter when Facebook announced its ... Read More
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Amazon adds stickers to the camera in its iPhone app to try to sell you stuff

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AI Weekly: AlphaGo’s triumph shows the future of machine learning isn’t so black and white

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This week, Google’s AlphaGo defeated a top-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, in the first match of a three-game series underway in China. The victory by AlphaGo — created by DeepMind, which Google bought 3 years ago — follows its headline-grabbing triumph over South Korean Go star ... Read More
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Amazon’s drive-up grocery stores are now open to the public in Seattle

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Amazon opens brick and mortar store in NYC

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Published on May 25, 2017Amazon Books Vice President Jennifer Cast tells FBN’s Tracee Carrasco why the online retailer decided to open up New York City’s first brick and mortar Amazon bookstore. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Retailers help send indexes to records on 6th day of gains

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U.S. stocks are climbing for the sixth day in a row Thursday as strong quarterly results from retailers including Best Buy and PVH give consumer-focused companies a lift. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Nasdaq composite are trading at all-time highs. Stocks are stretching for their longest winning streak in three months. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,416 as of 12:45 p.m. Eastern time. It set an all-time high Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 76 points, or 0.4 percent, to 21,087. The Nasdaq composite jumped 45 points, or 0.7 percent, to 6,208, above the record it notched last week. The Russell 2000 index gained 1 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,383.... Read More
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Sears revenue continues decline amid tough landscape

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Sears’ extended decline in sales persisted during the first quarter and the storied retailer vowed additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business. The company’s losses widened to $222 million, or $2.15 per share on weak sales. The company has been closing stores and selling brands long affiliated with Sears, including Craftsman. A year ago the company reported a loss of $181 million. Revenue fell 20 percent, to $4.3 billion, and sales at established stores sales fell 11.9 percent. In March, Sears Holdings Corp. said there is “substantial doubt” it could continue as a viable concern, with intense pressure coming from companies like Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon.com. It has insisted that its actions to t... Read More
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Stripe now lets marketplaces onboard new sellers in less than 2 minutes

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Stripe, the fast-growing fintech startup that’s now worth around $9 billion, has announced that it’s making it easier for marketplace companies to onboard new sellers. Founded in 2010 by Irish brothers Patrick and John Collison, Stripe provides the technical and banking infrastructure to enable companies and individuals to accept online payments. With Stripe Connect, which ... Read More
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How Unity convinced investors it’s worth $2.6 billion

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From what we hear, a lot of investors in Silicon Valley wanted to get in on Unity Technologies’ $400 million funding round. Unity received bids, or term sheets, for more than three times the amount of money it was seeking, according to a source familiar with the matter. And that puts John Riccitiello, CEO of San Francisco-based Unity, in a very good position. He raised money for the game engine maker at a time when he didn’t need it, and he was able to provide liquidity for some of the company’s 1,400 employees, as about half of the $200 million went to the employees. Riccitiello said... Read More
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Rackspace continues managed services pivot with TriCore acquisition

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Cloud services firm Rackspace is doubling down on its push to be a managed services provider with the acquisition of TriCore, a company that provides support and management services for applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence, and analytics systems. The deal is supposed to help Rackspace win more business from customers who want help running their critical applications. Prior to the acquisition, Rackspace wasn’t able to help those customers who wanted assistance managing applications like Oracle EBS, according to Matt Bradley, the company’s vice president of corporate development and strategy. Rackspace’s customers, however, are... Read More
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Best Buy: Shoppers take advantage of tax refund checks

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Best Buy had better-than-expected sales of mobile devices and strong sales of gaming products during the first quarter, after the delayed arrival of federal tax refund checks put Americans in the mood to buy stuff. Shares surged nearly 17 percent Thursday to levels not seen since before the recession and the emerging dominance of Amazon.com. For the three months that ended April 29, Best Buy Co.’s revenue climbed to $8.53 billion from $8.44 billion. That’s better than the $8.26 billion analysts expected, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research. Online sales jumped 22.5 percent domestically. “Compared to our expectations going into the quarter, our revenue was higher due to strong performance in gaming,... Read More
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Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

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This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere. I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at The Wall Street Journal, and during that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the makers of the tech revolution, and to ruminate — and sometimes to fulminate — about their creations. Now, as I prepare to retire at the end of that very long and world-changing stretch, it seems appropriate to ponder the sweep of consumer technology in that period, and what we can expect next. Let me start by revising the oft-quoted first line of my first Personal Technology ... Read More
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The Viral Machine

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When Wolfgang Hammer talks about the future of entertainment, people listen. Hammer is the mastermind behind the American reboot of House of Cards, the guy with the unlikely idea of bringing together David Fincher and a forgotten BBC series. He produced two of CBS Films’ first prestige movies: the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. He’s had a charmed career: leap-frogging from a master’s degree at Stanford to an entry-level job at Media Rights Capital to eventually becoming the president of CBS’s fledgling films division. So when Hammer came to Turner with an ambitious concept, the cab... Read More
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Rocket Lab first to launch orbital-class rocket into space from private launchpad

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With the commercial space race heating up, a U.S.-New Zealand aerospace firm has achieved a notable milestone, becoming the first to launch an orbital-class rocket into space from a private launchpad. Rocket Lab‘s Electron rocket launched from the Mahia Peninsula, on New Zealand’s North Island, at 16:20 local time on May 25 (21:20 PT, May 24). While the rocket did reach space, it failed to reach orbit. There were no media or spectators in attendance, but the company posted this video to Twitter: #ItsaTest ... Read More
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Why we’re so bad at teaching bots to talk naturally

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In the era of conversational commerce, user experience experts are becoming completely absorbed by one thing: They love talking about how to talk. We are learning the art of conversation at a whole new level — not only how to talk to clients, but also how to make the conversation meaningful. We want the conversation experience to be empowering and within the correct social and global context. We don’t want to speak in tongues; we want the conversation to roll off the tongue, to be authentic. In the UX field, we are researching, creating customer journeys, prototyping, and ... Read More
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The Best Tent for Family and Car Camping

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Our pick Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Spacious, versatile, and affordable, the Copper Canyon 6 has all the features most car campers need and none of the fussy extras they don’t. When you’re going to be lugging your tent a couple hundred feet from your car at most, you don’t need an ultralight, h... Read More
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Facebook inks video deals with BuzzFeed and Vox to challenge YouTube

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(Reuters) — Facebook has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar with the situation. Facebook is planning two tiers of video entertainment: scripted shows with episodes lasting 20 to 30 minutes, which it will own; and shorter scripted and unscripted shows with episodes lasting about 5 to 10 minutes, which Facebook will not own, according to the sources. All of the sources asked to remain anonymous because the deals are confidential. Facebook’s move to acquire and license origin... Read More
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Meet the first 8 startups backed by AI studio All Turtles

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Last week former Evernote CEO Phil Libin announced plans to leave his job as managing director of investment firm General Catalyst to launch All Turtles, an AI startup studio. Libin and cofounders Jessica Collier and Jon Cifuentes call All Turtles an AI startup studio because they say they plan to take a Hollywood studio production approach to creating products that infuse AI. “We’re inspired by the modern generation of integrated content studios: HBO, Netflix, Amazon,” said Libin in a LinkedIn ... Read More
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Amazon dominates every market it touches— now it’s coming for fashion

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The Best Cheap Laptop

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That said, it’s difficult to make one firm recommendation for a cheap Windows laptop because laptop makers introduce and discontinue these models without notice and prices can change overnight. We hope our picks are still in stock at the time you’re reading this, but if not, we’ve also collected some tips on what to look for when shopping. Not sure what type of laptop you need? Check out “What Laptop Should I Buy?” Our pick ... Read More
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Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera costs $229 and goes on sale in the U.S. on May 25

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Samsung has finally confirmed the pricing and U.S. availability for its refreshed Gear 360 camera. The second generation device will go on sale on May 25 in-store and online through Samsung, Amazon, BestBuy, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. The Korean tech titan announced the first version of the Gear 360 in February last year, though it didn’t arrive on the market for some months later. Then in March this year, Samsung ... Read More
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Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera goes on sale May 25 and will cost $229

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Amazon Echo Dot flash deal: $10 off, today only

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5 things Amazon Alexa needs to do before 2020

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Alexa is now humming along in my living room most evenings. I use the voicebot routinely to ask about basketball scores and discover obscure facts about people and places. The more I use the bot, the more I wonder how it could evolve. Here are five ways I’d like Alexa to help me during the day. 1. Offer more contextual tips Proactive voicebots are already becoming a “thing” in 2017. We won’t always have to ask for the weather — most voicebots will eventually note a change in the weather or provide a quick summary on cue. What I’m hoping will happen soon is that the... Read More
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Chef’s compliance updates let developers move fast without breaking things

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Chef is making it easier for developers to continuously develop new features without breaking the applications they’re working on. To further that goal, the company today announced a set of new features aimed at streamlining the process of deploying secure and compliant code. The company’s Automate continuous integration platform gained support for automatically validating security and compliance policies. It’s a feature that’s supposed to make compliance easier by ensuring that developers’ work matches policies, like ensuring the use of specific software packages. It’s all based on InSpec, an open source project designed to allow companies to express their comp... Read More
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GameMaker Studio 2 gets an education edition

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YoYo Games has launched an educational edition of its cross-platform 2D game engine GameMaker Studio 2. The Windows and Mac game engine is now available in a convenient education package. Under the terms, any approved university or school affiliate will now have access to a free trial version with zero time restrictions or commitments and a simple option to upgrade to the full version. Educational institutions can buy licenses in bulk at $30 per account for a one-year license, with a minimum order of 10 licenses, and can be purchased from the YoYo Games website. Beginners with limited to no coding experience can use YoYo Games’ engine.... Read More
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Ikea’s cheap smart lighting will be Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa compatible

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Amazon expands subscription TV Channels service beyond the U.S. and into Europe

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Amazon has announced that it’s expanding its subscription TV service, Amazon Channels, into the U.K. and Germany. The internet giant first opened Amazon Video to third-party video-streaming services in the U.S. back in late 2015, letting those on the company’s $99 annual Prime membership service subscribe to the likes of Starz and Showtime from within a single platform. The company later rebranded the service as Amazon Channels, and ... Read More
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Safe Host launches Switzerland’s largest data centre

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Safe Host, the Swiss colocation company, is launching phase one of what may become the largest data center in Switzerland. The new facility will be located in the canton of Vaud, in the Western part of the country, near France. The 14,000 square foot hyperscale data center will be rolled out in 4MW phases to a critical load capacity of 40MW. In the event of a power failure, backup power can be provided for up to 72 hours by oil-powered generators. Cooling will be provided by a state-of-the-art ventilation system using adiabatic air coolers, which regulate heat through chang... Read More
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AWS signs Java ‘father’ James Gosling

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Amazon Web Services has added another computer science heavyweight to its employee roster. James Gosling, often referred to as the “Father of Java,” announced on Facebook Monday that he would be joining the cloud provider as a distinguished engineer. Gosling came up with the original design of Java and implemented its first compiler and virtual machine as part of his work at Sun Microsystems. He left Sun in 2010 after the company was acquired by Oracle, spent a short time at Google and most recently worked at Liquid Robotics designing software for an underwater robot. Amazon confirmed that Gosling had joined the company, bu... Read More
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Technology stocks lead market higher Monday

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Technology companies led U.S. stock indexes broadly higher on Wall Street. Ford rose 2.1 percent Monday after replacing its CEO. Defense contractors also made gains as the market bounced back from a turbulent week. Consumer-focused companies also rose. Amazon climbed 1 percent. Energy companies bucked the broadly higher trend and ended slightly lower. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index increased 12 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,394. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 90 points, or 0.4 percent, to 20,894. The Nasdaq composite rose 49 points, or 0.8 percent, to 6,133. Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year ... Read More
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Amazon hired banistas and bananagers to give away 1.7 million free bananas

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The Best microSD Cards

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Our pick 64 GB Samsung Evo Select The best for phone and tablet use thanks to its fast random read and write speeds and low price. Keep an eye out for counterfeit microSD cards, which are slower and may not have the advertised capacity. Avoid purchasing from third-party sellers—buy direct from the manufacturer (look for “Ships from and sold by Amazon”) or purchase directly from Best Buy, Adorama, or other reputable retailers. And if given the option, be sure to select the original... Read More
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How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game

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Steven Yang quit his job at Google in the summer of 2011 to build the products he felt the world needed: a line of reasonably priced accessories that would be better than the ones you could buy from Apple and other big-name brands. These accessories — batteries, cables, chargers — would solve our most persistent gadget problem by letting us stay powered on at all times. There were just a few problems: Yang knew nothing about starting a company, building consumer electronics, or selling products. “I was a software engineer all my life at Google. I didn’t know anyone in the electronics manufacturing world,” Yang tells me over Skype from his office in Shenz... Read More
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You can now use Alexa to control Dish Hopper DVRs

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You can now use Alexa to control Dish Hopper DVRs - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScri... Read More
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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

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Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity.Last week at Google’s annual developer conference, the company presented its vision for how it expects its users—more than a billion people—to interact with technology in the coming years. And for the most part, it didn’t involved typing into a search box. Instead, Google’s brass spent its time on stage touting the company’s speech recognition skills and showing off Google Lens, a new computer vision technology that essentially turns your phone camera i... Read More
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How to get conversational UI right

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With the rise of AI, voice and more generally language-driven technologies like chatbots, Siri, and Amazon Echo, conversational user interfaces (CUI) have a chance to become the next major technology platform after mobile. The field of conversational UI holds a lot of promise in how humans interact with technology, thanks to trends like: The increase in interaction with mobile devices, which by nature have small screens that can make it difficult to see graphical elements. Consumer demand to remove friction, such as a way to reach an answer and/or benefit quicker and easier. The rise of messaging apps for real-time communication between multiple users. Once-emerging technologies, like voice r... Read More
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Google will integrate Assistant directly into next-gen cars

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Tesla cars get a lot of attention for their futuristic design, and not all of that is because of the company’s larger-than-life energy initiatives. The Model S, Model X and upcoming Model 3 all incorporate levels of driver-focused technology previously unseen on nearly any car, even luxury models. That’s about to change, though. Drivers today are asking why they can’t expect the same level of technology from their infotainment systems as they get from devices like their smartphones. Apple and Google parent company Alphabet have answered the call with CarPlay and Android Auto, but now the great minds at Android are taking things a... Read More
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Amazon could be planning to bring its checkout-free grocery stores to Europe

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Keiser Report: Debt & Taxes in the Age of Trump (E 1073)

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In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the great narrowing of the S&P 500 and how Amazon destroyed the department store. In the second half, Max interviews Michael Pento of pentoport.com about debt and taxes in the age of Trump.RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...Like us on Facebook htt... Read More
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You no longer have to register your drone

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A federal appeals court has shot down a rule requiring hobbyists to register their drones. Appeals court judges in Washington, D.C. agreed on Friday with a drone enthusiast’s challenge to a FAA requirement that all hobbyists register their... Read More
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How brands will connect to customers through voicebots

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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have dramatically simplified how humans can interact with brands to complete everyday tasks, from ordering a coffee or pizza to paying a credit card bill, through a simple voice interface. Yet the latest innovations from Amazon and Google support the oldest form of human communication: human-to-human conversation. At the I/O developer conference this week, Google announced that its voice-activated speaker, Google Home, will now support phone calls, and its voice-controlled Assistant on mobile will ... Read More
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ProBeat: Google is betting AI will succeed search

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This year’s I/O developer conference felt a little repetitive. Almost everything announced was an iteration on what Google showed off last year. But there was one theme that was particularly clear, especially on day one: Google is becoming more and more confident with its bet on AI. The consumer version of this is Google Assistant. Last year, Google Assistant was merely introduced, not even launched. This year, th... Read More
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Meet Blair Hanley Frank, VentureBeat’s new staff writer

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We’re thrilled to announce Blair Hanley Frank will join VentureBeat as a staff writer effective May 22, 2017. His areas of coverage will include artificial intelligence, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise technologies. Above: Blair Hanley Frank joins VentureBeat as a staff writer covering AI, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise. Blair comes to VentureBeat from IDG News Service where he served as a U.S. correspondent and provide... Read More
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Google Assistant voice apps arrive on Android and iPhone — here’s what they can do

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Google released its standalone Google Assistant iPhone app on Wednesday and made it possible for both Android and iOS smartphone users to access voice apps made by third-party developers. These changes were two of about a dozen major Google Assistant announcements made this week at I/O, Google’s annual developer conference.... Read More
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AI Weekly: Google shifts from mobile-first to AI-first world

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: “An important shift from a mobile first world to an AI first world,” declared Google CEO Sundar Pichai, summarizing the Google I/O 2017 keynote yesterday. His description of the changes underway at his company apply to nearly every business today. Almost all of Google’s announcements touched on AI in one way or another. From introducing a ... Read More
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Facebook will live stream ESL video game tournaments

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Facebook wants its millions of users to watch the high-stakes world of competitive video gaming. The social networking giant said Thursday that it has partnered with ESL, formerly known as the Electronic Sports League, to live stream video game tournaments, also known as eSports. As part of the deal, Facebook will live stream upcoming ESL contests in which players battle each other in the firs... Read More

6 steps to creating a killer voice app for Alexa and Google Assistant

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As you no doubt have experienced, a new market of conversational devices and services has emerged. From Amazon Alexa and Google Home to Facebook Messenger bot and intelligent assistants, we’re surrounded by conversation. (Between us, when was the last time you checked the weather on a device other than Alexa or Google Home?) While those devices and services are new and extremely dynamic, we can find a few success cases. Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple’s Siri are three worthwhile examples to learn from. Below are some important factors that made these devices ... Read More
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How to control your connected home with Google Assistant

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Whether you’re onboard or not, smart homes are the future. Of course, there are still a few quirks, and some devices are downright ridiculous. (Consider the Grillbot, an automatic grill cleaner, or the Davek Umbrella, with its “Loss Alert” sensor.) But smart technology definitely has its benefits. With a smart garage door opener, you can open and close your garage from your smartphone and monitor its status even when you’re away from home. With a smart lock, you can issue “keys” to gue... Read More
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Our Favorite Camera Bags

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Rather than attempting to test every camera bag currently available, when possible we focused on bags from companies that we know and trust, models that look good enough for everyday carry and can hold a laptop, lunch, and an extra layer in addition to your core kit. For many photographers, that means choosing either the 20-liter Peak Design Everyday Backpack (also available in a larger, 30 L version) or the 15-inch Everyday Messenger, depending on you... Read More
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FCC Votes To Begin Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations

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The Federal Communications Commission has officially begun to undo Obama-era regulations on Internet service providers, often called net neutrality rules. The rules, passed in 2015, had placed cable and telecom companies under the strictest-ever oversight of the agency. In a 2-1 vote along party lines Thursday, the FCC's Republicans voted to propose a new review of the rules, with the goal of loosening the regulations on the industry. As dozens of protesters outside urged the agency to stop the proceeding and keep the strict oversight, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that the current rules represented a "bureaucratic straitjacket" on the industry. "The Internet was not broken in 2015," Pai said, repeating his ... Read More

Can we just call them apps?

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Apps are everywhere. Everywhere. Everywhere you look, you’ll find apps. It wasn’t always that way. On Windows, apps were “programs.” On a Mac, they were “applications.” When Microsoft took up the term, following Apple’s App Store — THE App Store — Apple fans cried foul: They should be “progs,” they said, because Windows has programs, they said, and Mac has applications. On gaming consoles, apps were once games, or discs, or cartridges. Music used to be CDs, or tapes, or vinyl. Cameras used to be cameras, but now they’re apps. Everything is an app. Social networks are camera... Read More
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Amazon’s new bestseller list tracks what people are actually reading

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Microsoft beats Google and Amazon to announce first African data centers, kicking off in 2018

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Microsoft has announced a milestone moment for its cloud aspirations with the news that it’s launching its very first data centers in Africa. Arriving in 2018, Microsoft will operate its range of cloud services — including Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 — from data centers located in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The one overarching benefit of offering a local data center infrastructure is lower latency — customers in the region should experience much faster cloud services, as the data has less distance to travel between a customer’s premises and the data center. Microsoft has been slowly transitioning into becoming a cloud company, and its ... Read More
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Aporeto raises $11.2 million to help build a more secure cloud

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Following a week dominated by headlines about ransomware that locked down hundreds of thousands of computers, Aporeto scored an $11.2 million Series A round to help it build security natively into the cloud. New cloud architectures like microservices deploy apps in modular, self-contained units that work differently from traditional technologies. Aporeto’s security relies on the new models, protecting the individual app rather than secur... Read More
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Amazon is opening a drone research center in France to boost its Prime Air service

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In an effort to accelerate development of drone delivery service, Amazon today announced it was investing in a new research and development center that will be located in a Paris suburb. The fledgling drone service is known as Prime Air, and the new Prime Air Development Center will be based in Clichy, France. The new center will be home to about a dozen software developers, who will initially focus on creating a system for traffic management. “This team of talented engineers will be instrumental in developing the world’s safest and most sophisticated traffic management software for autonomous drones,” said Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global innovation policy and communications, in a statement.... Read More
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Amazon expands Prime Reading book service beyond the U.S. and into the U.K.

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Amazon is expanding its Prime Reading service to Prime subscribers in the U.K., the first market since the feature’s initial launch in the U.S. last September. With Prime Reading, those already subscribing to Amazon’s annual Prime plan can now access a range of reading material — including books, comics, and magazines — on their Kindle, Kindle Fire, and Kindle mobile apps. Around a thousand titles will be available at any give time, though... Read More
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I/O 2017: Everything coming to Google Assistant

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Today was hands-down the biggest day in updates and changes to Google Assistant since the intelligent assistant was announced a year ago. Here are the Assistant updates on the way that we’ve spotted thus far at I/O, from free Google Home phone calls and a standalone Google Assistant iPhone app to an App Directory and payments for Google Assistant voice apps. Google Assistant now on 100 million devices That number is likely to rise as Google Assistant becomes available later on Android phones in Portuguese, Japanese, German, and French. In addition to being available on Pixel sma... Read More
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Saying ‘OK Google’ is awful, but Google may be open to changing it

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7 roles chatbots could play in media and entertainment

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One of the more fun assertions you hear tossed around nowadays is “Chatbots will kill apps, websites, and basically everything else, too” — except, it seems, email. Having been in the marketing business for a couple of decades now, I read and listen to these convictions with a compassionate smile. As an example of why I’m a little mor... Read More
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Hicks Nurseries and Smile Farms grow together

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Spring is in full swing at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, Long Island. This past March, Hicks hosted their 27th Annual Flower and Garden Show as a charity event for a great cause, Smile Farms. The proceeds from the event will help Smile Farms build more greenhouse facilities. Smile Farms started 15 years ago when Jim McCann, Founder and CEO of 1-800-flowers.com, and Chris McCann, President of 1-800-flowers.com, built a greenhouse to give disabled adults the opportunity of employment. The McCanns’ brother, Kevin, lived in a group home that was having difficulty finding jobs for their residents. “The organization really surrounds itself around Kevin,” said Monica Martinez, Development and Community Relations Manager at Sm... Read More
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The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2017

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Frame raises $16 million to bring your desktop to the cloud

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Frame raised $16 million to help build out a cloud-based platform that hosts desktop workspaces capable of handling data-intensive applications. Microsoft Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, and In-Q-Tel participated in the round, along with previous investor CNTP. Companies like VMWare pioneered desktop virtualization, hosting a desktop operating system in a data center and paving the way for ubiquitous cloud-based services. But the experience was not always as smooth for users as applications run on a high-powered desktop, especially for intensive tasks like video editing. Newer platforms like Frame’s are trying to fix that. Frame built from scratch a platform t... Read More
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The machine is learning

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Everybody just wants the Star Trek computer. We all know how it works: an ambient AI that's available everywhere, knows nearly everything, and is responsive to our personal needs and desires. It’s always listening, yet it respects our privacy. It's a computer you don't need to think about because no matter how you interact with it — voice, typing, or touch — it just does what you want. That's exactly what Google is trying to build. It's just that, like Star Trek, the future is barely hinted at by our current reality. All of the updates to the ... Read More
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Google Home adds free phone calls and visual search

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A series of new changes are coming to Google Home on Google Assistant, from payments for voice apps, to proactive notifications, and hands-free phone calls. “You can call any landline or mobile phone in the U.S. or Canada completely free and it’s all done in a hands-free way,” said Google Home VP Rishi Chandra. Phone calls for Google Assistant will roll out to all existing Google Home devices in the coming months, Chandra said. The news was announced today at I/O, Google’s annual developer conference. Google actions were made available for Android and iPhone smartphones today, following an announcement by the company that 100 million devices currently support the assistant competing with Bixby, Cortan... Read More
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The big picture

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Google’s Home speaker can now make phone calls

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Google Rattles the Tech World With a New AI Chip for All

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In a move that could shift the course of multiple technology markets, Google will soon launch a cloud computing service that provides exclusive access to a new kind of artificial-intelligence chip designed by its own engineers.CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the new chip and service this morning in Silicon Valley during his keynote at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference. This new processor is a unique creation designed to both train and execute deep neural networks—machine learning systems behind the rapid evolution of everything from ... Read More
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Target reimagines itself and Wall Street likes what it sees

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Target’s first-quarter profits jumped almost 8 percent as attempts to turn its business around appear to be gaining some traction. Comparable-store sales fell for the fourth consecutive quarter, but the decline was nowhere near as bad as expected and online sales surged 22 percent. While growing online sales and rising profits pushed shares up more than 8 percent before the opening bell Wednesday, CEO Brian Cornell still needs to find a way to thrive in the face of intense pressure Amazon.com and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Facing those challenges, Target plans to spend $7 billion over the next three years, more than three times its typical capital expenditure, to remodel more than a third of its 1,800 stores, speed up its expan... Read More
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SAP Cloud now compatible with AWS, Google and Azure

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SAP has announced that the Cloud Foundry-based SAP Cloud Platform is now compatible with the three foremost cloud providers: Amazon, Google and Microsoft. With this announcement, SAP has positioned itself as the first end-to-end digital enterprise platform to allow customers to choose between the major infrastructure-as-a-service providers. SAP will provide full multi-cloud support for the cloud platform, and all cloud actions can be controlled by the client through a simple, unified command center. Customers may select infrastructure powered by SAP, or by Amazon Web Services. Microsoft Azure ... Read More

Andy Rubin, Crispr, and Amazon Star at Wired Business Conference 2017

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Amazon refreshes Fire tablets and adds new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

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The Best Way To Transmit Satellite Data? In Trucks. Really

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An unmarked white semi-truck rests on orange steel plates—Rent Me, they proclaim—protecting the soft ground outside a glass-fronted office building in Westminster, Colorado. Inside the cargo container, locked up in refrigerated drives, is a photo album of Earth. Over 17 years, a company called DigitalGlobe has painstakingly collected those images from its high-resolution satellite network. And on this May morning, it’s set to ship those precious 100 petabytes to Amazon and its cloud-based Web Services.This Ford-era solution—which the Everything Store People call a “Snowmobile”—is a new service from Amazon, and this is its first real road trip. And while the concept might seem outlandish, an 18-wheeler is act... Read More
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Amazon lights a Fire to get Alexa inside your pocket

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Amazon lights a Fire to get Alexa inside your pocket - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddS... Read More
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Long live the laptop. Long live the Apple-Microsoft rivalry

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There may yet be life in the laptop market. A few weeks after Microsoft launched its long-promised, fully fledged Surface Laptop, Apple is reportedly planning to refresh its Macbook lineup. Apple’s anticipated announcement followed last fall’s update of the Macbook Pro, which left many enthusiasts underwhelmed. Apple will upgrade the Macbook Pro and the 12-inch Macbook with faster processors, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources. In par... Read More
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India’s outsourcing industry must adapt quickly to survive

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The Indian outsourcing industry is being hit hard as markets stagnate and U.S. visa restrictions erode profits. “Carnage in Indian IT,” one headline called it. India’s IT industry generated almost $150 billion in revenue last year but is facing an existential crisis largely of its own making because it became complacent and overconfident even as technologies and markets changed. It can survive only if it exits the business that has brought it success and reinvents itself. India’s outsourcing boomed during the Y2K crisis of the late ’90s because t... Read More
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Long Before ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware, Decades Of Cyber ‘Wake-Up Calls’

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Enlarge this image In this photo dated Aug. 23, 2010, Iranian technicians work at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, where Iran had confirmed several personal laptops infected by Stuxnet malware. ... Read More
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Coming soon: Amazon Echo push notifications

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Amazon Alexa-enabled device like the Echo will soon be able to deliver  news, weather, or health-related alerts with notifications from their Echo smart speaker. The move would make Alexa the first among companies like Google and Microsoft whose tHurd party voice apps can proactively send notifications. Announced in a blog post this morning, Washington Post, Life 360, Just Eat, and AccuWeather will be among the first four skills with the ability to share alerts. Users will be required to opt-in to receive alerts. “When available, users will be able to opt-in to notifications per skill using the Amazon Alexa App and will be alerted when there’s new information to retrieve by a chime and a pulsi... Read More
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Amazon’s Echo will soon get notifications from Alexa skills

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Adelyn Zhou, voice ads, and the current state of chatbots – VB Engage

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This week, Travis and Stewart have the opportunity to interview Adelyn Zhou of Topbots. We find out the latest in AI, how smaller businesses can get involved (it isn’t just for Fortune 500 types), what’s going on with chatbots, and whether she prefers Decepticons or Autobots. We also discuss the latest news (including some AI startups, of course), debate why it is now OK for Amazon Echo to get voice ads, and compare and contrast our experiences at both CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin and Martech 2017 in San Francisco. And don’t forget: You can win a Huawei MediaPad M3 tablet in our fantastic giveaway, details of which you can find at t... Read More

Google launches Cloud Spanner globally distributed relational database service out of beta

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Google today announced that Cloud Spanner, the company’s globally distributed relational database service, is now generally available. The company is promising enterprise database features, including ANSI 2011 SQL support, ACID transactions, 99.999 percent availability, and strong consistency — all without compromising latency. Cloud Spanner first launched in beta just three months ago. The service is an implementation of the Spanner software that Google documented in a 2012 ... Read More
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The tech sector is leaving the rest of the US economy in its dust

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The first 4K TVs running Amazon’s software and Alexa launch today for under $500

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No. 216: Top craft brews, Buffalo bots and you can’t imagine what you coulda made with Amazon

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It’s May 16: A happy Tuesday, everybody and welcome new readers including Nora, Raul and Zak. Happy to have you all aboard. Nikola Tesla filed a patent on this day in 1900 covering “The art of transmitting electrical energy through the natural mediums.” Spaghetti-Os made their debut in 1965. But first, this: Thirty-nine-year-old Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as the president of France on Sunday, becoming the youngest leader in the country’s “modern” history, which dates back to 1848 and the previous youngest president, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, the 40-year-old nephew of the man from Elba. (Limited by the constitution to one term, Louis later staged a coup d... Read More
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How is Amazon’s 2013 tablet still the best one it ever released?

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