39 million Americans now own a smart speaker, report claims

One in six Americans now own a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from NPR and Edison Research – a figure that’s up 128 percent from January, 2017. Amazon’s Echo speakers are still in the lead, the report says,

Why Breeding Pedigree Dogs Is Just Eugenics By Another Name

Eugenics is the now-defunct (and creepy!) practice of breeding supposedly superior humans to achieve genetic improvements while sterilizing undesirables. Sound familiar? It's the exact same thing we now do to dogs and it's responsible for a range of health and behavioral issues in them. — Ed.

Confessions Of A US Navy Blue Angel

They are one of the most iconic performance groups in existence, amazing millions yearly. Their shows feature seemingly super-human levels of precision. Now, one of them is going to tell you what it's like to don the blue flight suit as part of the elite of the elite,

Google’s Work Insights helps businesses better understand how they work

At an event in Tokyo, Google today announced the launch of Work Insights, a new tool that gives businesses more insights into how their employees use the company’s G Suite productivity tools and how teams collaborate using those tools. In addition,

Google launches new AI initiatives in Japan

It’s no surprise that Google used its Cloud Next 2018 event in Tokyo today — one of a number of international Cloud Next events that follow its flagship San Francisco conference — to announce a couple of new initiatives that specifically focus on the Japanese market.

TaskRabbit kicks off Canadian expansion

TaskRabbit is kicking off its Canadian expansion in the greater Toronto area before rolling out in Vancouver in October and Montreal sometime in 2019.

An Intel drone fell on my head during a light show

It didn’t hurt. I thought someone dropped a small cardboard box on my head. It felt sharp and light. I was sitting on the floor, along the back of the crowd and then an Intel Shooting Star Mini drone dropped on my head. Audi put on a massive show to reveal its first EV, the […]

Committed to privacy, Snips founder wants to take on Alexa and Google, with blockchain

The story could be a harbinger of things to come when voice becomes more and more ubiquitous. After all, Amazon announced the launch of Alexa for Hospitality, its Alexa system for hotels, in June. News stories like this simply reinforce the idea that voice control is seeping into our daily lives.

Call for smart home devices to bake in privacy safeguards for kids

A new research report has raised concerns about how in-home smart devices such as AI virtual voice assistants, smart appliances, and security and monitoring technologies could be gathering and sharing children’s data.

The Punkt MP02 inches closer to what a minimalist phone ought to be

There's an empty space in my heart for a minimalist phone with only the most basic functions. Bad for my heart, but good for a handful of companies putting out devices aiming to fill it. Punkt's latest, the MP02, goes a little ways to making the device I desire, but it isn't quite there yet.

Forget the Alexa-powered toasters at CES, these innovations will really shape 2018

This year, as CES rolls out troves of new Alexa-enabled toasters, mirrors, and even shower heads, the gathering has become just another symbol of Silicon Valley’s disconnect with the needs of everyday people. Read More

IBM may be prepping for massive changes at Global Technology Services group

IBM has been a company adrift for the last several years with 22 straight quarters of declining revenue. Against that backdrop, The Register published an article yesterday suggesting there could be massive changes afoot for the company’s Global Technology Services group.

Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica begins testing in San Francisco

Waymo is bringing its self-driving cars back to San Francisco streets for testing. TechCrunch has obtained pictures of the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous test vehicle on SF city roads,

Digital Display Startup Enplug Raises $2.5 Million Seed Round

Digital signage is increasingly being used by businesses as a way to promote new products, engage with customers, and serve up ads. Los Angeles-based Enplug thinks it has a better way to do digital displays,

先進國家不看好,三星 Tizen 手機將投放到俄羅斯與印度

三星原本對 Tizen 寄予厚望,希望能成為入門智慧手機產品線的新勢力,而好一段時間過去, Tizen 目前仍被使用在嵌入式系統的應用為主,例如第二代的 Samsung Gear II 智慧穿戴設備以及幾款相機,但三星一直未放棄 Tizen 手機的發展。

Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

rtoz writes: A MIT spinout company aims to end the landfilling of plastic with a cost-effective system that breaks down nonrecycled plastics into oil, while reusing some of the gas it produces to operate. To convert the plastics into oil, this new system first shreds them.

23 Clever Interactions With Beautiful Wall Art

Street art is often big and beautiful. It's the perfect way to add some color to an otherwise dull wall, and also an ideal spot to take a creative portraitFor our latest Mashable Photo Challenge, we asked readers to photograph real-life interactions with wall art along streetsCan Ahtam,

拿什么拯救?微软Win 9三大新功能抢先预览

威锋网 9 月 16 日报道,昨天微软已经宣布,将于 9 月 30 日在旧金山召开一场“Windows 发布会”,并且已经向媒体发出邀请函。


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American Muslims raise $150,000 for families of San Bernardino victims

A wide-ranging coalition of American Muslims have raised more than $150,000 for victims' families following the Dec. 2 shooting attack in San Bernardino, California.The money was raised on LaunchGood,

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