Google updates its Assistant on smart displays and phones

Earlier this week at its annual hardware event, Google announced a number of new features for its Assistant coming to the new Pixel 3 phones and Google’s own Home Hub smart display. As it turns out, though, Google didn’t pull back the curtain on everything new with the Assistant, so today,

An in-depth look at Windows Phone 8.1’s Cortana: The best of Google Now and Siri combined

We’ve spent some time conversing with Microsoft’s virtual assistant at Build this week – and here are our first impressions of Cortana.Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/04/04/an-in-depth-look-at-windows-phone-81s-cortana-the-best-of-google-now-and-siri-combined/

Insteon confirms update to Hub for Windows app but leaves users waiting

Insteon is a supplier of home automation kits and devices that are conveniently used to control the appliances of a house. Specifically, Insteo provides kits that can be used to monitor the lights in...

Microsoft Band – now that we have it, is it what we wanted?

We’ve been graced with the existence of Microsoft’s Band for 78 days, but after all the updates it has received and the updates around the corner, is it what we wanted from the start? Many Windows Phone fans began to drool over smart watch constructions such as Google’s Android Wear,

Why wearables are shaking up the transportation industry

Field service is predicted to have the most to gain by adopting smartglasses, with Gartner estimating that it could increase profit levels by up to $1bn annually.Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/10/03/why-wearables-are-shaking-up-the-transportation-industry/

Office 2016 hands-on review: better collaboration in an always-connected world

Microsoft Office 2016 has come a long way since the initial Office release in 1990. The massive productivity suite is on its 17th version, and represents the gold standard in software aimed at helping...The post Office 2016 hands-on review:

iOS 9 Review: A Powerful iPad Experience And Many Refinements Make iOS Flow Better

Apple has been relentlessly releasing major iOS updates every year for the past 8 years. And it doesn’t look like the company is going to slow down any time soon as iOS 9 once again brings many improvements both small and large,

​Amazon Echo Review: I Just Spoke to the Future And It Listened

It only took me a few hours to get cozy with my new assistant. "Alexa," I barked at the nine-inch black cylinder on my coffee table, "Shut up." The lights on top of the cylinder went dark; the embarrassing 90s music playing from its speaker cut out. "Alexa, what's the weather?

LG G3 Hands-On: Glorious Hardware, With Software That's Actually Usable

Last year's LG G2 was a marvel of hardware stuffed with miserable software that made the phone a perfect case for ditching bloat and rooting. So I had a feeling that this year's G3 would bring more of the same. Both were better than we expected.Read more...

6 Tips For Getting Started With Google Now

Are you still tracking your own packages, flights, and deliveries while tapping on your mobile device's screen like a caveman? Not when we're done, you won't be. Here are seven simple steps you can take to turn Google Now into your personal digital secretary.Read more...

Something Apple This Way Comes: Everything We're Expecting at WWDC

Hello Apple fanboys and fangirls. Gather round once again, and join us as we take a speculative spelunk into the dark chasm of Cupertino’s software recesses to see what the future holds for Apple. Read more...

Self-driving startup Drive.ai is closing down

Drive.ai, the autonomous vehicle tech startup once valued at $200 million, is shutting down after four years, according to a state regulatory filing. The closure was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. The company is not responding to media inquiries, a PR rep told TechCrunch.

The changing nature of venture capital

The venture industry is likely to consolidate significantly in the next decade as funding confers greater advantage to large venture investors.

Dirty Lemon parent Iris Nova will fund and distribute third-party beverages

Iris Nova, the Coca-Cola-backed startup that creates Dirty Lemon beverages, is announcing plans to spend $100 million over the next three to five years to expand its offerings.

Facebook’s searchable political ads archive is now global

Facebook has announced it’s rolled out a basic layer of political ads transparency globally, more than a year after launching the publicly searchable ads archive in the US.

Facebook may finally let you turn off those annoying notification dots

Sick of those anxiety-inducing red dots constantly appearing on the Groups, Watch, or other tabs in your Facebook app? Well the social network may be easing up a little in its unending war for your attention.

With a portfolio including Acorns, Sweetgreen and Ro Health, Torch Capital raises $60M for its first

Jonathan Keidan, the founder of Torch Capital, had already built a portfolio that included Acorns, Compass, Digital Ocean and Sweetgreen, before he raised single dollar for his inaugural venture capital fund, which just closed with $60 million. Keidan,

Only 100 seats left: Apply to hack at the TC Hackathon at Disrupt SF

Hustle up, hackathon fans. The TechCrunch Hackathon at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 on October 2-4 may be more than three months away, but it’s filling up fast. There’s no application deadline. Instead, we’re capping the number of participants at 800 — and we have approximately 100 spots left.

Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person group chats

If you miss the old AOL chat rooms, you’ll love Facebook’s plan to combine Groups and with Messenger without spamming you to death. Starting today,

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year

Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it’s hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20M — a year-on-year increase of 50%. Hitting the first 10M daily searches took the search engine a full seven years,

Walmart is working with Eko to create interactive content

Walmart and Eko announced a partnership this morning to create a joint venture for interactive content called W*E Interactive Ventures. The best example of the interactivity that Eko enables is probably “That Moment When,

分析称微软应淘汰Surface平板电脑

5月20日消息,据国外媒体报道,外界普遍预计微软将于5月20日在纽约举办新产品发布会,发布新款Surface。微软2012年10月首次发布了Surface,迄今为止已经推出了4款Surface——Surface RT和Surface Pro,以及Surface 2和Surface Pro 2。

A 3D Printer for the Rest of Us: New Matter Builds $199 Device

MakerBot arguably put 3D printing on the map, but it could be New Matter that ultimately puts it average people’s handsBacked by Idealab, the startup launched a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday and hopes to deliver an end-to-end 3D printing solution for less than $200 by early 2015.

东哥读书小记 之 《一个广告人的自白》 - 聂微东

掰着指头一算,端午假期确实完成不少事情,过的太尼玛充实鸟:去健身房2小时,且老夫的平板支撑终于能坚持超过1分钟,普大喜奔有木有;给合租的室友买蛋糕过了个生日;去 去哪儿 参加W3ctech的技术交流会;精读《一个广告人的自白》;正在读《卓有成效的管理者》;PS:此书不是光给管理者读的,而且俺目前.

微软限制外部人员访问,逆设置6个月的访问限制期。

微软一份文档显示,将在未来实行一项新的限制政策,限制所有非正式员工(包括供应商在内)在18个月工作期之后实行6个月的禁止期,在禁止期间将无法进入微软的工作大楼,也无法接入微软的主系统,这一政策被视为为了更好保护微软的知识产权与机密。

Shout:让你交换任何东西的实时分类广告应用

Craigslist被称为现代版的报纸分类广告,但撒迦利亚·雷塔诺(Zachariah Reitano)和亨利·斯特恩(HenriStern)希望更进一步,提供一个实时的交换服务,于是Shout应运而生。

China Is Beating the U.S. at Everything, According to Jon Stewart

America, we need to step up our game.Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, who have been protesting since late September, are also cleaning up after themselves and even recycling their trash. Meanwhile,

Climate 101: How global warming is making heat waves and precipitation more extreme

Extreme weather and climate events are one of the most tangible impacts of global warming so far. Such extremes hit close to home, whether you live in the U.S.,Europe, Africa or Asia.

日本公开“向日葵8号”气象卫星首次拍摄图像

10月7日与H2A火箭一起发生升空日本“向日葵8号”气象卫星,其搭载的可见光和红外扫描辐射计“AHI”拥有世界顶尖的观测能力。

14 clever ways to open a beer bottle in a pinch

There's nothing more frustrating than being handed an ice-cold beer with no bottle opener in sight. You make the careless attempt to twist open the bottle and nearly slice your hand open. Talk about relaxing.Fortunately, there are ways to get to the good stuff without the tool.

美利开始大规模试验埃博拉疫苗

美国国家卫生研究院2日宣布,该机构与利比里亚卫生机构合作,已经开始在利比里亚境内大规模试验两种埃博拉疫苗,以评估其安全性和有效性。

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