Every year, Apple airs a new ad in the U.S. for Thanksgiving. Compared to other Apple ads, this is less about showing product features and more like a greeting card. This year is no different — you still see a lot of AirPods. Apple's new ad is called “Sway” and takes place in the streets of Prague. A woman starts playing Sam Smith's “Palace” on her… Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
It's not just parents who have growing concerns about AltSchool, however. Educators also question whether AltSchool is the next best thing in education, or whether instead the for-profit company could hamper the prospects of the children with which it works, and those it might impact down the road. Seemingly, exasperation with AltSchool has been building over the last year. It was then… Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn't use Amazon's Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK — the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. And the best part is that it doesn't send anything to the cloud as it works offline. If you want to understand how a… Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
On December 14, the FCC will vote on whether or not to roll back Obama-era policies protecting a free and open internet. In fact, during yesterday's announcement of the upcoming vote, the FCC neglected to mention the historic 22 million comments on the issue, the majority of which were negative. In response, protests are being held on December 7 at Verizon retail stores across the country. Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The FCC yesterday announced a December 14 vote on “Restoring Internet Freedom,” an order that, far from restoring freedom to the internet, would allow it to be restricted in new and harmful ways. Actually, when you think of it as restoring internet freedom to ISPs and cable companies, it makes a lot more sense. At any rate the Commission has released the text of the order, as promised. Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russian Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you followed. The IRA is a group based in St. Petersburg, Russia with ties to Kremlin. It's… Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Apple has a new paper published in Cornell's arXiv open directory of scientific research, describing a method for using machine learning to translate the raw point cloud data gathered by LiDAR arrays into results that include detection of 3D objects, including bicycles and pedestrians, with no additional sensor data required. The paper is one of the clearest looks yet we've had… Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
When you go through a big life event — say a milestone birthday for a parent or a wedding — there are probably going to be a lot of mini-events that happen before and after the big one. But you might not think to hire a professional photographer for them and stick with a couple phone cameras because it can be tough to find those photographers. So Minted, a company that's… Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Ho hum, Salesforce announced its quarterly earnings yesterday and the news was all good once again with revenue up 25 percent to $2.68 billion. The company has blown through its $10 billion yearly revenue goal and has boldly set one for $20 billion by FY2022. I wouldn't put it passed them. The company also announced some big executive moves. More on that later Salesforce is the anti-IBM. Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Since blockchain technologies appeared people have been trying to figure out how to put traditional assets like currencies, bonds and other financial instruments on to it in a way which has regulatory compliance and is secure. If you could do that you could sell securities in a legitimate way, thus disrupting large swathes of the asset management industry. In case you didn't happen to… Read More [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source