Alexa developers get 8 free voices to use in skills, courtesy of Amazon Polly

Now Alexa’s voice apps don’t have to sound like Alexa. Amazon today is offering a way for developers to give their voice apps a unique character with the launch of eight free voices to use in skills, courtesy of the Amazon Polly service. The voices are only available in U.S. English,

Disney‘s John Snoddy will talk imagineering augmented worlds at TC Sessions: AR/VR in LA this week

At our one-day TC Sessions: AR/VR event in LA on October 18, we’ll be joined by Walt Disney Imagineering’s R&D Studio Executive Jon Snoddy.

TravelPerk grabs $44M to take its pain-free SaaS for business travel global

Only six months ago Barcelona-based TravelPerk bagged a $21M Series B, off the back of strong momentum for a software as a service platform designed to take a Slack-like chunk out of the administrative tedium of arranging and expensing work trips.

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has died at age 65

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen passed away this afternoon in Seattle at age 65, owing to complications relating to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Vulcan, the privately held company that Allen founded in 1986, three years after leaving Microsoft,

Twilio acquires email API platform SendGrid for $2 billion in stock

Twilio, the ubiquitous communications platform, today announced its plan to acquire the API-centric email platform SendGrid for about $2 billion in an all-stock transaction. That’s Twilio’s largest acquisition to date,

Disney-backed Jaunt lays off ‘significant’ number of employees as it moves away from VR

One of the top-funded VR content startups with backers including Disney and GV (Google Ventures) is laying off a “significant portion” of its employees as it pivots away from virtual reality. In a blog post titled “The Future of Jaunt is AR,

Donald Daters, a dating app for Trump supporters, leaked its users’ data

A new dating app for Trump supporters that wants to “make America date again” has leaked its entire database of users — on the day of its launch. The app, called “Donald Daters,” is aimed at “American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends,

This robot uses lasers to “listen” to its environment

A new technology from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will add sound and vibration awareness to create truly context-aware computing. The system, called Ubicoustics, adds additional bits of context to smart device interaction,

Circle raises $110 million (or 13,300 BTC)

Cryptocurrency startup Circle has raised a $110 million funding round, which values the company near $3 billion. Cryptocurrency mining company Bitmain is leading the round. Existing investors IDG Capital, Breyer Capital, General Catalyst, Accel,

Gear for getting better at your side gig

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. In this day and age, either you have a side gig or you know someone who does.

To make Stories global, Facebook adds Archive and audio posts

Facebook’s future rests on convincing the developing world to adopt Stories. But just because the slideshow format will soon surpass feed sharing doesn’t mean people use them the same way everywhere. So late last year,

爱默里大学不小心格式化所有Windows电脑

爱默里大学使用的微软系统中心配置管理器(SCCM)不小心对学校管理的所有Windows电脑重新分区、格式化和安装Windows 7。事故发生在5月14日,受影响的机器包括笔记本、台式机甚至服务器。

实测表明:Xbox One可借助外置硬盘提升游戏加载速度

本月的Xbox One软件更新,为该机带来了连接外置驱动的功能。之后,诸多玩家便兴致高昂地开始了针对不同类型的存储设备的测试,以便找到工作速度最快的那个。

Monetote:2014年Q2苹果Mac用户人均网购花费228美元

使用苹果电脑的用户平均网购订单消费228美元,使用Windows电脑的用户则在网上消费了187美元。苹果用户最爱网购,花钱也最潇洒。这个结论其实不那么令人惊讶。

悄悄地,互联网付费时代已经到来

最近越来越注意到,互联网的付费时代已经到来,而免费互联网时代正在消亡,人人付费使用互联网服务即将成为一种潮流。 […]

周边也能赚大钱 任天堂Amiibo手办销量创纪录

1月16日,任天堂做游戏也卖玩具,现在它俨然成为一家玩具制造商。任天堂今天宣布其内置 NFC 芯片的 Amiibo 手办的销量几乎是 Wii U 超级大乱斗的两倍,而后者已经售出 130 万份。

这些设计师正在为微软勾勒未来(三)

微软身为一家全球性的跨国企业,其背后的设计团队也同样多样化。我们曾给大家介绍了Cortana的设计师Kat H […]

投资黄金的单边收益或许还不如这个丹麦玩具来的高

大伙儿昨天的股票跌惨了吧。上证指数盘中暴跌 9%,最终收跌 8.49%,几乎抹掉了今年以来的所有涨幅。全球股市也是一片愁云惨淡,美国三大股指期货平均跌幅超 5%,触发熔断机制。

北美地区福利:iPhone用户换购Galaxy旗舰可得$100商城礼券

鉴于iPhone 6s所传递的销售压力,三星近日在北美市场启动了新一轮促销计划,任何新购买Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge Plus/Note 5四款旗舰机型的月付费用户可获得总价值最高可达$120的补贴。

Microsoft Garage updates apps, expands to new markets and platforms

Microsoft Garage is likely one of the edgier groups at Microsoft, full of self-described “hackers, makers, artists, tinkerers, musicians, inventors.” This internal community works on projects outside of normal channels and has produced some...The post Microsoft Garage updates apps,

产品经理的四种类型:如何雇佣适合你公司的员工

This post originally appeared on Axioms.io. 上图的不同角色的产品经 ...

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