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Amazon reportedly developing voice-recognition for Alexa

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 09:47

Seattle-based tech giant Amazon is reportedly developing a new feature to allow the voice assistant that powers its Echo line of speakers to distinguish between individual users based on their voices.

The Alexa voice assistant, just like Apple Inc.'s Siri, is capable of interpreting and responding to voice commands such as "What movies are playing tonight?" or "How's the weather?" However, voice-enabled smart speakers lack voice-recognition and thus can't distinguish who is asking for something.

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Google engineer detects big bug leaking info from websites

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 08:57

A bug in a code from content distribution firm Cloudflare potentially leaked information from thousands of websites across the globe, a Google engineer recently announced.

The bug in Cloudflare's code, which has already been fixed, meant that whenever it encountered a website based on poorly-constructed HTML with specific errors in it, it allowed data from other sites using Cloudflare programs to leak onto those sites.

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Google’s autonomous car unit accuses Uber of using stolen technology

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:00

Tech giant Google Inc.'s self-driving car unit Waymo has accused Uber Technologies Inc. of using its stolen intellectual property for its own self-driving vehicles.

Waymo, which spun out of the internet giant's parent company, filed a lawsuit in a federal court in San Francisco on Thursday, claiming that the technology being used by UBER was stolen by one of its former project leaders.

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T-Mobile obtains FCC’s approval for deploying LTE-U technology

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 09:21

Telecommunications giant T-Mobile USA has gained regulatory approval to deploy a new LTE technology over the same 5GHz frequencies that are used by Wi-Fi.

The U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized the company's plan for launching the first LTE-U devices after the company assured the regulator that cellular network use of the 5GHz frequencies will not interfere with existing Wi-Fi networks.

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Snap’s Spectacles available online

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 09:32

Days after releasing a "Roadshow" video to attract potential investors for its IPO, Snap Inc. has announced the online availability of its video-recording sunglasses, called Spectacles.

The social media company, which is best known for its short-lived image and video service Snapchat, has also closed its pop-up store in New York and activated a buy button on its Spectacles. com website.

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Eric Holder to oversee Uber’s review of sexism allegations

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:17

Uber has brought on former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder to oversee an independent review of the alleged sexism allegations made by a former employee of the company, CEO Travis Kalanick announced.

In an email to employees, Kalanick wrote that the company would conduct an independent review of the alleged issue, and Mr. Holder would oversee it.

On Sunday, former employee Susan Fowler, who started working at Uber in Nov. 2015 as a site reliability engineer, wrote in a blog post about her work experience and the accused the company of sexism.

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Samsung to reportedly match Apple’s hefty price rises for upcoming Galaxy phones

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:02

Samsung is going to match Apple Inc.'s planned hefty price increases which will make both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 smartphones to retail for more than $1,000, SamMobile reported.

Citing a database leak, SamMobile revealed that the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will be launched with price tags starting at $950 and $1,050 (after currency conversion), respectively.

Thus, the 2017 models of the popular Samsung smartphones will carry a circa $100 premium over their predecessors Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

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GM reportedly planning to build & test thousands of self-driving cars

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 09:46

American automobile giant General Motors Co. (GM) is reportedly preparing to deploy thousands of self-driving e-cars in test fleets in collaboration with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc., starting next year.

Multiple anonymous sources familiar with GM's plans revealed the automaker has plans to allow Lyft to test thousands of specially equipped versions of its Chevrolet Bolt e-cars in various states in the U. S.

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Snap files updated IPO paperwork with SEC

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 09:32

Snap Inc. on Thursday filed updated paperwork with the U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) detailing its eagerly-awaited initial public offering (IPO).

According to the social media company's SEC filing, it will sell up to 230 million shares with price tag range between $14 and $16 per share. That would generate up to $3.6 billion for the company.

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Facebook to allow businesses to post job openings

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:38

Following years of speculation that Facebook could try to harness its huge audience to take on services like LinkedIn, the social-networking giant has announced that it will soon allow businesses to post job openings and job seekers to hunt for new jobs.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's vice president of ads and business platform, told reporters that the company has created new tools to allow small and midsized businesses to hire the right people through the service.

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T-Mobile posts better-than-expected results

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 09:07

T-Mobile's aggressive pricing has emphatically punched a hole in rivals Verizon and AT&T, which have little choice but to fight fire with fire to retain existing customers and attract new ones.

In a tightly-competitive market like the U. S., telecommunication services providers have to slash their prices even if their margins and ARPUs have to take a hit. T-Mobile's newest stats and guidance indicate that it continues to inflict pain on rivals.

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Mediterranean diet with olive oil enhances HDL function: study

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:31

A new research has suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet supplemented with virgin olive oil or mixed nuts helps a lot in enhancing the function of HDL cholesterol, which is informally called "good cholesterol".

HDL stands for high-density lipoproteins that are one of the five key groups of lipoproteins in the body. Lipoproteins can be described as complex particles composed of various proteins that transport all fat molecules around the body inside the water outside cells.

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‘Verizon Unlimited’ to offer unlimited data, talking & texting

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 08:19

Marking growing competition in the wireless space, telecommunications giant Verizon Inc. on Sunday announced an unlimited LTE data plan called "Verizon Unlimited," which will take effect on Feb. 13, 2017.

Verizon Unlimited will start at $80 per month for a single/individual line with unlimited data, talking and texting. Users will have to agree to AutoPay and paper-free billing. For families, the new unlimited plan is available for $45 per line for a total of four lines ($180 in total).

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Ford bets $1bn on autonomous car start-up

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:56

In a bid to win the high-stakes talent war in the budding self-driving car industry, auto giant Ford has decided to bet $1 billion through a majority investment in a start-up company called Argo AI.

Announcing the deal, the American auto giant said that a group of company employees along with its virtual driver system (autonomous vehicles) will join forces with the talent and expertise of Argo AI's founders and their strong experience in robotics.

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Twitter still struggling to attract new users

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:34

Twitter Inc.'s role as a megaphone for the U. S. president and numerous celebrities has failed to attract ordinary people to the social-networking platform, the company's latest earnings report and dismal forecast indicated.

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer of Twitter, acknowledged that the company might not be meeting everyone's growth expectations, and admitted that they needed to do more to convince people.

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Tesla’s primary focus continue to be on Model 3

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 08:22

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla is still working on an electric semi truck, but stressed that the company's primary focus for this year will continue to be on the Model 3.

With the electric semi truck dubbed "Tesla Semii," Tesla wants to appeal to a larger audience. If the company successfully manages to place an electric semi truck in the cargo industry, then the costs of shipping can be significantly decreased globally.

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A quick look at Lenovo’s ThinkPad P71 laptop

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:39

Multinational technology giant Lenovo's recently unveiled ThinkPad P71 laptop boasts to have some really unique features that allow it to outshine rival machines in the increasingly crowded market.

The 7.5-pound Lenovo ThinkPad P71 laptop is a superfast machine that can flawlessly work with HTC's Vive and the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headsets.

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Evony puts commercial at the Super Bowl

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:21

Evony, an online city-building game that is widely known for placing half-naked women into its web adverts, recently put a commercial during the National Football League's finals to attract more gamers.

The free-to-play game's controversial ads, showing female cleavage, can often be seen in Facebook sidebars. Moving from placing women's half-naked images to get the attention of players to place a commercial during the NFL's finals surprised many.

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Google Now Launcher reportedly to be pulled from Play Store

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 09:07

The Google Now Launcher, which offers Android users a simple, stock home screen, will be pulled from the Google Play Store in first quarter of 2017, according to Android Police.

Available since 2014, Google Now Launcher app has been a good option for those who have a skinned handset and want something looking like Google's Android. After installing the app, the users get a home screen with the company's predictive Google Now cards integrated in it.

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Snap files IPO documents with Securities & Exchange Commission

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:34

Snap Inc., the parent firm behind the messaging app Snapchat, has filed its documents for an initial public offering (IPO) of stock with the U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).

While the company didn't reveal how much it plans to ask for through its IPO, some reports have pegged the amount in the range of between $20 billion and $25 billion.

Snap Inc. reportedly filed the documents in 20166, but used a Jobs Act provision that allows firms with less than $1 billion in annual revenue to conceal their IPO plans from the public.

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