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April 10, 2019

KeyMe raises $50 million for AI-powered kiosks that duplicate keys in seconds

Key duplication service KeyMe has raised $50 million in fuding from NYC-based asset manager BlackRock, bringing its total funding north of $150 million.

April 10, 2019

New IBM technique cuts AI speech recognition training time from a week to 11 hours

In a research paper, IBM detailed an AI technique that cuts down automatic speech recognition model training time from a week to roughly 11 hours.

April 10, 2019

Google hikes YouTube TV price from $40 to $50

Google’s upping the price of YouTube TV, its cross-platform premium streaming television service, from $40 per month to $50 per month.

April 10, 2019

Google’s new AI tools scan documents, take phone calls, and search for products

At Google Cloud Next 2019, Google launched Document Understanding AI and Contact Center AI in beta, plus Vision Product Search in general availability.

April 10, 2019

Google debuts Cloud Data Fusion, connected sheets in BigQuery, and Data Catalog

Google today debuted a slew of new features aimed at analytics workloads, including Cloud Data Fusion, connected sheets in BigQuery, and Data Catalog.

April 10, 2019

Google announces Cloud SQL for Microsoft SQL Server

At Cloud Next 2019, Google announced Cloud SQL for Microsoft SQL Server, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud multi-region replication, and SQL for PostgreSQL version 11.

April 10, 2019

Google debuts new Cloud Storage archive class for long-term data retention

Google introduced a new archive class designed for long-term data retention, as well as Cloud Firestore improvements and more.

April 10, 2019

Atlassian announces new features for OpsGenie, Confluence, AgileCraft, and more

Today at its Summit Las Vegas conference, Atlassian announced a host of new features heading to products across its portfolio.

April 10, 2019

You can now use your Android phone as a 2FA security key for Google accounts

Android phones can now double as a Fast Identity Online (FIDO) security key for signing into personal and work Google accounts.

April 10, 2019

G Suite gets Google Assistant integration for calendars, native Microsoft Office editing

Google is integrating the Google Assistant with G Suite. It’s also rolling out discoverability-focused features like Drive metadata and Cloud Search.

April 10, 2019

RedSeal raises more than $60 million for its cybersecurity tools

Cybersecurity provider RedSeal has attracted a substantial equity investment from Symphony Technology Group (STG), it announced.

April 10, 2019

Apple reportedly plans macOS Music and Podcasts apps to replace iTunes

ITunes appears to be on the way out in the foreseeable if not immediate future, as new Music and Podcast app icons have been spotted for the Mac.

April 8, 2019

Google Brain’s AI predicts code from your previous edits

Researchers at Google Brain have devised a machine learning system that predicts future code edits based on edit histories.

April 8, 2019

Microsoft launches first Chromium Edge builds for Windows 10

Microsoft released the first Edge builds based on Google’s Chromium open source project: Canary (updated daily) and Developer builds (updated weekly).

April 8, 2019

Alexa scientists teach AI language models new tongues with transfer learning

In a paper, scientists at Amazon’s Alexa division describe a transfer learning method that makes it easier to add support for new languages to AI systems.

April 8, 2019

Deep Lens raises $14 million to improve clinical trial recruitment with AI

Deep Lens, a Columbus, Ohio-based startup developing a precision medicine software suite, has raised $14 million in funding.

April 8, 2019

Bitglass raises $70 million to monitor and secure employee devices

Bitglass, a Campbell, California-based startup developing a cloud service that helps to protect corporate data, has raised $70 million in fresh capital.

April 8, 2019

Grab seeks another $2 billion for expansion across Southeast Asia

Grab is looking to raise another $2 billion this year to ramp up expansion, just weeks after announcing over $4.5 billion of funding.

April 7, 2019

To stop copycats, Snapchat shares itself

Evan Spiegel has finally found a way to fight back against Mark Zuckerberg’s army of clones. For 2.5 years, Snapchat foolishly tried to take the high road versus Facebook, with Spiegel claiming “Our values are hard to copy”. That inaction allowed Zuckerberg to accrue over 1 billion daily Stories users across Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook […]

April 5, 2019

VSCO sues PicsArt over photo filters that were allegedly reverse engineered

Photo-editing app-maker VSCO has filed a lawsuit against competitor PicsArt. The suit focuses on 19 PicsArt filters that were supposedly “reverse engineered from VSCO’s filters,” with VSCO alleging it has become a legal issue involving false advertising and violations of the app’s terms of service. “VSCO has invested significant time and resources in developing its presets […]

April 4, 2019

Snapchat launches Mario Party-style multiplayer games platform

Snap is unlocking a new revenue stream while giving you something to do in between chats and Stories. Today Snapchat debuts its Snap Games platform that lets you play real-time, multiplayer games while texting and talking with your friends. The platform is based off Snap’s secret late-2017 acquisition of PrettyGreat, an Australian game studio with […]

April 4, 2019

Snapchat will power Stories & ads in other apps

Snapchat’s found an answer to the revenue problem stemming from its halted growth: it will show its ads in other apps with the launch of Snapchat Ad Kit and the Snapchat Audience Network. And rather than watching as other apps spin up their own knock-off versions of its camera and Stories, it will let apps […]

April 4, 2019

Microsoft brings Visual Studio Code to Linux as a Snap

Microsoft made Visual Studio Code available for Linux as a Snap, supporting the containerized software package and seamless auto-updates for Linux users.

April 4, 2019

Snapchat launches Scan, its AR utility platform

Point and shoot? No, point and interact. Snapchat can now help with your homework. The app’s camera is becoming the foundation of an augmented reality developer platform known as “Scan”. Snap today announced partnerships with Photomath to add the ability to solve math problems, and Giphy for detecting objects which then spawn related GIFs on […]

April 4, 2019

WhatsApp’s Business app comes to the iPhone

More than a year after WhatsApp officially introduced its app for business customers to its first markets, the previously Android-only WhatsApp Business app is today launching on the iPhone. According to the Facebook-owned company, WhatsApp Business has been adopted by millions of businesses worldwide since its debut, but one of its customers’ most frequent requests […]

April 4, 2019

10 ways Siri should become a better assistant in 2019

Apple’s digital assistant Siri has struggled for years, but it took a step forward in 2018 with Siri Shortcuts. Here’s what needs to improve in 2019.

April 4, 2019

A fintech VC explains how to go from big idea to big money (VB Live)

Find out the difference between fintech startups that fail and the ones that disrupt entire industries in this VB Live event.

April 4, 2019

Tesla woos Wall Street and drivers with autonomous vehicle fanfare

After a poor Q1 performance, Tesla is going all out to show Wall Street, and drivers, how advanced its self-driving smarts are.

April 4, 2019

Facebook removes user data exposed on Amazon’s servers

Facebook said that it removed public databases containing user data on AWS servers after a cybersecurity firm discovered millions of exposed records.

April 3, 2019

Advances in business technology put SMBs ahead of the pack (VB Live)

Learn about the technology for SMBs to manage prospects and customer relationships, accelerate business workflows, and exceed customer expectations.

April 3, 2019

Google launches Android Q Beta 2 with multitasking Bubbles, foldables emulator, and zoomable microphones

Google today launched Android Q Beta 2 for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and the official Android Emulator.

April 1, 2019

Automattic launches Happy Tools, distributed workforce products that cost $5 per user

Automattic, best known for WordPress.com, has launched a productivity suite called Happy Tools aimed at the distributed workforce.

April 1, 2019

New Alarm Clock App Is Betting You Won’t Be Able to Sleep Through the Sound of a Puking Dog

Neural adaptation is our brain’s ability to gradually ignore sounds, smells, and other stimuli we’re routinely exposed to. It’s what allows people who live in crowded urban settings to tune out all the noise at night and sleep, and then continue sleepi…

April 1, 2019

Tinder hires Ravi Mehta to fill chief product officer position

Tinder today announced it has hired Facebook vet Ravi Mehta as its new chief product officer, as the company continues to shift Tinder’s focus to the younger demographic still enjoying the “single lifestyle.” Mehta’s background includes more than 20 years in the industry, including time at Facebook, TripAdvisor and Microsoft. Most recently, Mehta had served […]

April 1, 2019

Helios’ WIZT uses AR to locate household items and business inventory

Using augmented reality tags to locate real objects may seem obvious, but it could be useful to track business or home items — at the right price.

April 1, 2019

Alexa researchers develop 2-mic speech recognition system that beats a 7-mic array

Researchers at Amazon’s Alexa division have developed a technique that improves the speech recognition performance of systems on hardware with fewer mics.

April 1, 2019

Productiv raises $8 million to help companies track SaaS app engagement

Productiv, a SaaS-tracking startup founded by former Google Analytics lead Jody Shapiro, today emerged from stealth with $8 million in funding.

April 1, 2019

Android security: 0.04% of downloads on Google Play in 2018 were ‘potentially harmful apps’

Google’s Android, now 10 years old, has not been a stranger to security issues over the years. But with the mobile operating system now installed on over 2 billion devices globally, Google has been taking an increasingly firmer grip on trying to bring the problem under control. Now, the company has published its lengthy annual update […]

April 1, 2019

Gmail upgrades Smart Compose feature, adds ability to schedule an email

Google has been gradually adding and, more quietly, removing features from Gmail over the past few weeks. That momentum continued on Monday when Google announced some extensions to the popular email ciient’s Smart Compose feature.
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April 1, 2019

MIT CSAIL’s machine learning algorithm helps predict patterns in large data streams

Researchers at MIT CSAIL have devised a machine learning algorithm that’s highly adept at predicting patterns in large data streams.

April 1, 2019

All of Google’s jokes for April Fools’ Day 2019

Here are all of Google’s April Fools jokes for 2019, spanning the simple blog post or video to the elaborate gag or new feature.

March 31, 2019

Global video streaming market is largely controlled by the usual suspects

Here’s a look at the players that dominate the video streaming market, the regions where they operate, and how they are trying to win customers.

March 30, 2019

Facebook wants to restrict certain users from broadcasting live

In a blog post penned by COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook said it would explore restrictions on certain users’ ability to broadcast live video.

March 30, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg actually calls for regulation of content, elections, privacy

It’s been a busy day for Facebook exec op-eds. Earlier this morning, Sheryl Sandberg broke the site’s silence around the Christchurch massacre, and now Mark Zuckerberg is calling on governments and other bodies to increase regulation around the sorts of data Facebook traffics in. He’s hoping to get out in front of heavy-handed regulation and […]

March 29, 2019

Restaurant management platform Toast raises $250 million at $2.7 billion valuation

Boston-based POS company Toast today announced a $250 million series E round of funding led by TCV and Tiger Global Management.

March 29, 2019

Google: Play Protect cut harmful Android app installs by 20% in 2018

In Google’s latest Android Security & Privacy Year in Review, it reports that Google Play Protect cut harmful Android app installs by 20 percent in 2018.

March 29, 2019

ProBeat: Microsoft needs to make the case for Cortana — or leave her to Halo

Microsoft has no clear use case for its AI assistant Cortana. The company either needs to figure one out, or send her back to the Halo universe.

March 29, 2019

Lyft was valued at $24.3 billion in its IPO, and raised more than it planned

Lyft was valued at $24.3 billion in the first initial public offering (IPO) of a ride-hailing startup on Thursday, raising more than it had set off to do.

March 28, 2019

Outlook’s new AI features help you plan for meetings

Microsoft Outlook’s new AI-driven features recommend meeting times and places and collate content relevant to upcoming and past meetings in one place.

March 28, 2019

Amazon’s Alexa for Business Blueprints lets employees make custom voice apps

Amazon’s new Alexa for Business Blueprints feature lets employees submit organizational apps for approval by an IT manager.