Andy Rubin’s Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone

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Andy Rubin’s Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone Essential, the smartphone company helmed by Android co-creator Andy Rubin is trying to sell itself and has cancelled development of its next phone, Bloomberg reports. The report states the Essential has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise them on potentially selling itself. The … Read More

Navigating the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning in low-income countries

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Navigating the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning in low-income countries Aubra Anthony Contributor On a recent work trip, I found myself in a swanky-but-still-hip office of a private tech firm. I was drinking a freshly frothed cappuccino, eyeing a mini-fridge stocked with local beer, and standing amidst a group of hoodie-clad software developers typing away diligently at their … Read More

Family claims their Echo sent a private conversation to a random contact

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Family claims their Echo sent a private conversation to a random contact A Portland family tells KIRO news that their Echo recorded and then sent a private conversation to someone on its list of contacts without telling them. Amazon called it an “extremely rare occurrence.” Portlander Danielle said that she got a call from one of her husband’s employees one … Read More

Amazon Music’s app adds hands-free listening, courtesy of Alexa

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Amazon Music’s app adds hands-free listening, courtesy of Alexa In September, Amazon announced it was adding support for Alexa voice control to its Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. However, it was implemented as a tap-to-talk function – something that didn’t quite mesh with the hands-free voice control experience Alexa is known for. Today, Amazon is addressing that problem … Read More

Ring’s Jamie Siminoff and Clinc’s Jason Mars to join us at Disrupt SF

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Ring’s Jamie Siminoff and Clinc’s Jason Mars to join us at Disrupt SF Disrupt SF is set to be the biggest tech conference that TechCrunch has ever hosted. So it only makes sense that we plan an agenda fit for the occasion. That’s why we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Ring’s Jamie Siminoff will join us on stage for a … Read More

Alexa gets smarter about calendar appointments

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Alexa gets smarter about calendar appointments As digital assistants improve, we’re learning new things to expect from them, but the tasks that a real life assistant may have handled before can still a bit of a challenge to home assistants. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is gaining functionality to help it get smarter about working with your calendar. The new abilities … Read More

Now you can buy a laptop with Alexa preinstalled

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Now you can buy a laptop with Alexa preinstalled It was just matter of time, really. Amazon’s push to get its smart assistant on every piece of hardware imaginable now includes Windows 10 laptops, starting with Acer’s Spin 3 and 5 lines. Both include models sporting Alexa, currently available at retail. Acer looks to be all in with the assistant … Read More

Uber’s chief product officer is out

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Uber’s chief product officer is out Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden, who oversaw Uber Elevate, has left the company, Recode first reported. His last day was yesterday, TechCrunch confirmed. On a day-to-day level, Holden was not that heavily involved. Manik Gupta, for example, is in charge of product, maps and marketplace at the VP level. There was also Uber … Read More

Contentstack doubles down on its headless CMS

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Contentstack doubles down on its headless CMS It’s been about two years since Build.io launched Contentstack, a headless content management system for the enterprise. Contentstack was always a bit of an odd product at Build.io, which mostly focuses on providing integration tools like Flow for large companies (think IFTTT, but for enterprise workflows). Contentstack is pretty successful in its own right, though, … Read More