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Baidu unveils home robots and smart speaker

Baidu today unveiled its first two home robots and smart speaker powered with DuerOS, its  conversational AI technology similar to Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana. The three new devices, part of the new Raven series, made their debut onstage today at the Baidu World conference in Beijing. More than 100 appliances like smartphones, televisions, refrigerators, […]

In Small Talk, you chit-chat your way through the end of the world

Even if the world’s going to end, the party must go on. In Small Talk, you wander around a shindig and chat with fellow revelers. Outside the windows, meteors streak across the sky. But rather than break down in an existential crisis, you instead engage in fleeting conversations, chit-chatting with people about their first loves, childhoods, […]

Heartland Tech Weekly: In the age of automation, smaller cities need to collaborate

Last week, I wrote about a new organization called the Center on Rural Innovation and its efforts to create a scalable model for rural economic development. Founder Matt Dunne believes that in order to compete with larger population centers, rural communities must find a way to work with one another to gain access to the resources they […]

Lucasfilm and LittleBits’s Droidathon teaches kids about science

Disney’s Lucasfilm opened the doors of its campus in the Presidio in San Francisco to hold a Droidathon, a contest aimed at publicizing science, technology, engineering, the art, and math (STEAM) education for children. Facebook, ILM, ILMxLab, Google, Fitbit and Instagram volunteered engineers to make droids based on the electronics kits from LittleBits, which has a […]

Star Wars: Battlefront II fan outrage shakes Wall Street’s confidence

Electronic Arts’ stock price has climbed steadily since 2012 as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were winding down, but some Wall Street analysts are not sure about the publisher’s latest big release and the public reaction to it. Fans are angry at what they perceive as mechanics that enable people who pay extra money […]

Twitter warns some accounts may lose verification

Twitter is facing extensive pressure across multiple fronts, including a growing chorus of users upset about the rampant harassment and attacks being levied by trolls.The latest case that has caused the company to do some soul searching involves its verification status it bestows on select accounts. Denoted by a blue checkmark on an account, being […]

Polyarc’s post-E3 mission: Making Moss’s cute VR hero feel real

Polyarc‘s adorable virtual reality adventure Moss stars Quill, an intrepid mouse heroine who fits in the palm of your hand and wields a sword. She embarks on a journey within the pages of a book of fairy tales, and as the Reader, your role is to help her out. You guide her throughout her journey, enabling […]

3 questions marketers must answer before launching a chatbot

GUEST: Bots are gaining lots of attention, thanks to the momentum in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. In fact, according to this Business Insider study, 80 percent of businesses are using, or intend to use, chatbots by 2020. Show More Summary

Chuchel explores the absurd adventures of a ball of dust lusting after a cherry

Sometimes a sentient ball of hair and dust just wants a cherry. That’s the whole point of Chuchel, the latest puzzle and exploration game from Czech indie studio Amanita Design. Its past work includes surreal point-and-click adventures such as the Samorost, Machinarium, and Botanicula. It’s slated for a release in early 2018 for PC, iOS, and […]

Google Docs is down for some, and users are not impressed

The internet is currently expressing outrage over the fact that Google Docs is currently down. According to people on Twitter and also, the popular document software isn’t working as intended, but Google’s G Suite dashboard isn’t indicating any problems. Naturally, people aren’t really pleased by the temporary outage and the complaints range from not […]

Destiny 2 sees up to a 53% performance boost on PC with Nvidia’s latest drivers

Nvidia has launched new drivers for its graphics cards today in preparation for the debut of Star Wars: Battlefront II, but the company has also continued to squeeze better performance out of the PC release of Bungie’s Destiny 2. That online sci-fi shooter is seeing double-digit jumps in framerates on high settings at the 1440p […]

Chatbots can save you from trying to diagnose that cough yourself

GUEST: When a person feels sick, they might start deciding whether it seems serious enough to visit a doctor. However, things like having to get to the doctor’s office, long delays in the waiting room, and the potential difficulty in getting an appointment could discourage that individual from getting prompt treatment. A new AI-powered chatbot called […]

What is wrong with Star Wars: Battlefront II? GamesBeat Decides

Star Wars: Battlefront II comes out this week and a lot of people are already playing it and yelling about it on the internet. Numerous fans don’t like its business model and progression system, and they are letting publisher Electronic Arts know it. On the GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti got […]

Unity and Lionsgate find horror film’s VR ad can get your blood flowing

Unity Technologies and film studio Lionsgate have created a virtual reality advertisement for the launch of the Jigsaw horror film, and an analysis shows that, no surprise, a horror VR experience can really rattle your emotions. Lionsgate created a VR experience to serve as an advertisement for the film, which debuted in late October. It […]

Google gives developers more tools to make better voice apps

Google Assistant received some major upgrades in recent days, and today Google Assistant product manager Brad Abrams announced a series of changes to help developers make voice apps that interact with Google’s AI assistant, including ways to give them more expressive voices and send push notifications, as well as new subcategories for the Assistant’s App Directory. […]

Digital Group Insurance Platform Reaches One Billion in Premium Billed

PRESS RELEASE: RATECentric, a digital software platform for the small group insurance industry, recently announced a milestone of one billion in premium billed. The Premium Billing & Collections platform was developed for exclusive ...

Skype loses Belgian court appeal over failure to share data on messages and calls

(Reuters) — Microsoft’s online communication service Skype lost an appeal in Belgium after it failed to comply with a court request to share data from messages and calls. The case bears similarities to the privacy dispute between the U.S. Justice Department and Microsoft over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers […]

Star Wars: Battlefront II dev on switching to cosmetic loot crates: ‘Nothing is too late’

Electronic Arts employees and Star Wars: Battlefront II devs are answering questions on Reddit today as part of an effort to win back some fans and address concerns after a recent EA comment that defended the upcoming multiplayer shooter’s progression system became the most downvoted in the site’s history. Battlefront 2 comes out November 17 […]

Atomist launches to help developers automate repository creation and code deployment

EXCLUSIVE: A new company emerged from stealth today, aimed at helping developers better automate the work they’re doing. Called Atomist, it’s designed to help developers automatically create source code repositories and then automate the deployment of their code in a way that helps ensure quality while maintaining the velocity of rapid changes. Atomist is supposed to […]

As more jobs are ‘digitized’, tech hubs pull further ahead

When city or state leaders talk about increasing their community’s share of “tech jobs,” they’re often referring to developers or engineers. But that doesn’t begin to account for the variety of jobs that require tech skills in today’s digital economy. A new report out today from the Brookings Institution examines the increasing “digitalization” of jobs […]

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