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Amazon made a special version of Alexa for hotels with Echo speakers in their rooms

Tuesday  15:51,   19 june 2018
msn

Amazon is today introducing Alexa for Hospitality, a special version of the company’s voice assistant that will be distributed on an invitation basis to hotels, vacation rental spaces, and other locations starting today. The Alexa[...]

Facebook can use AI to open your eyes in blinking selfies

Tuesday  15:51,   19 june 2018
msn

Facebook will do whatever it takes to encourage you to share more content. In a research paper published this week, a pair of Facebook engineers describe a new method that uses machine learning to retouch closed eyes in photos. The method[...]

Apple fined $6.8M in Australia after Error 53 controversy

Tuesday  15:51,   19 june 2018
cnet

One undercover investigation and a year of court proceedings later, Australia takes an AU$9 million bite out of Apple.The Federal Court of Australia announced Monday its order for Apple to pay AU$9 million (around US $6.8 million converted) for[...]

Beijing Wants to Remake the Internet

Tuesday  15:50,   19 june 2018
msn

It’s never been a worse time to be a Chinese telecom company in America. This evening, the Senate is set to vote on whether to restore a ban on U.S. company sales to prominent Chinese telecom player ZTE, a penalty for its illegal shipments to Iran[...]

Microsoft is finally launching its new Xbox Avatar Editor

Tuesday  15:50,   19 june 2018
engadget

Microsoft has been whetting Xbox users' appetites with the promise of new, customizable avatars since last year, and after several delays, they're finally becoming available. Xbox Insiders can get a taste of the Avatar Editor app starting[...]

Here's what Apple's doing to get you excited about AR

Tuesday  11:21,   19 june 2018
cnet

Apple's AR updates in iOS 12 are paving the way for where headsets could go next.Then there's Apple. As CNET reported in April, Apple is working on a powerful headset capable of both AR and VR. Whether that version is a "what if" prototype or[...]

Google adds more handy tools to its data-monitoring app

Tuesday  11:21,   19 june 2018
engadget

Google launched its data-tracking app Datally for Android last year, giving users more insight into how and where they're using their phone plan data as well as more control over that usage. Most of us probably have a few unused apps[...]

Elon Musk emails employees about 'extensive and damaging sabotage' by employee

Tuesday  11:21,   19 june 2018
cnbc

According to correspondence attained by CNBC, a fire at Tesla's Fremont, California plant interrupted vehicle production there on Sunday night.Now, CNBC has learned that Musk also sent an e-mail to all employees at Tesla late on Sunday night[...]

Mars Is About to Be the Closest it's Been to Earth in 15 Years. Here’s How and When to See it

Tuesday  10:56,   19 june 2018
time

July is set to be a good month for stargazers, as Mars will get closer to Earth than it has been in 15 years, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. The event, known as Mars Close Approach, is thanks to Mars’ and Earth’s orbits around the[...]

Android Messages will let you send texts from your computer starting today

Tuesday  10:55,   19 june 2018
msn

Google is beginning to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those that have been received on their Android smartphone. To get started, the Android Messages[...]

Samsung targets 100 percent renewable energy use by 2020

Friday  15:58,   15 june 2018
engadget

Samsung has announced plans to power its US, Europe and China operations entirely by renewable energy sources within two years. It's an ambitious but achievable goal, no doubt spurred by the environmental credentials its rivals already[...]

Microsoft is bringing its SwiftKey keyboard to Windows 10

Friday  15:58,   15 june 2018
msn

Microsoft is planning to bring its SwiftKey keyboard to Windows 10 later this year. The software giant has started testing SwiftKey in its public beta program for Windows 10 testers. The keyboard includes autocorrections and predictions[...]

Best Android phones 2018: smartphones from Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, and more

Friday  15:57,   15 june 2018
t3

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, and you don't want an iPhone, you've got a wealth of premium handsets to pick from – Google's mobile OS has been adopted by dozens of manufacturers, which means plenty of variety in terms [...]

Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V2 adds an Intel processor and rear camera

Friday  11:06,   15 june 2018
engadget

Samsung announced today that its Chromebook Plus V2 will be available later this month and it features some upgrades to the 2017 model. First, Samsung has swapped the ARM processor included in the original Chromebook Plus for a faster Intel Celeron [...]

Instagram won’t alert people if you screenshot their stories

Friday  11:06,   15 june 2018
msn

Instagram confirmed to BuzzFeed News today that it’s no longer testing a feature that would have let people see when someone took a screenshot of their story. The company said in February that it was testing this feature and that some users [...]