Week-in-Review: Alexa’s indefinite memory and NASA’s otherworldly plans for GPS

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Week-in-Review: Alexa’s indefinite memory and NASA’s otherworldly plans for GPS Hello, weekenders. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about the cult of … Read More

Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste

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Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste China’s war on garbage is as digitally savvy as the country itself. Think QR codes attached to trash bags that allow a municipal government to trace exactly where its trash comes from. On July 1, the world’s most populated city Shanghai began a compulsory garbage sorting … Read More

An optimistic view of deepfakes

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An optimistic view of deepfakes Sunny Dhillon Contributor More posts by this contributor Digital influencers and the dollars that follow them Security tokens will be coming soon to an exchange near you Deepfakes are having a moment. Their dangers are becoming more known and understood. The media is rife with articles detailing the speed at which the technology has grown … Read More

Amazon snags Taylor Swift to headline its Prime Day 2019 concert

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Amazon snags Taylor Swift to headline its Prime Day 2019 concert Amazon is going big on this year’s Prime Day. In addition to expanding its popular sales event to two days instead of one, the retailer is also planning to host a Prime Day Concert headlined by Taylor Swift, exclusively for Prime members. The concert streams worldwide on July 10, … Read More

Amazon Prime Day 2019 expands to become a 48-hour sale on July 15-16

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 expands to become a 48-hour sale on July 15-16 Amazon is preparing for its longest Prime Day ever. The company announced today it will host a 48-hour Prime Day sales event this year, starting at midnight on Monday, July 15 and extending for two full days. The Amazon sales holiday — its own version of a … Read More

Focals by North Review: The future is (almost) here

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Focals by North Review: The future is (almost) here The concept of an IRL heads-up display has been a part of science fiction since basically the beginning. Big players have tried their hand at it with less than stellar results — most notably Google with Glass, and more recently Intel’s Vaunt. But North may have cracked the nut on smart … Read More

Amazon’s IMDb Freedive rebrands to IMDb TV, adds new content and plans European expansion

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Amazon’s IMDb Freedive rebrands to IMDb TV, adds new content and plans European expansion Amazon-owned free streaming service, IMDb Freedive, is getting a new name, more content and is soon expanding to Europe, the company announced this morning. Originally launched in January, the service will now be known as IMDb TV — a name that’s a bit more catchy, but … Read More

Amazon Alexa team uses machine learning to better handle regional language differences

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Amazon Alexa team uses machine learning to better handle regional language differences Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant faces a massive challenge: Operating not only as a multi-lingual product, but also ensuring that all regional variants of languages it supports are well understood by Alexa, too. To help accomplish that, Alexa has been retrained entirely for every variant needed – a time- … Read More

Amazon will soon make having a chat with Alexa feel more natural

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Amazon will soon make having a chat with Alexa feel more natural At its re:Mars conference, Amazon today announced that it is working on making interacting with its Alexa personal assistant more natural by enabling more fluid conversations that can move from topic to topic — and without having to constantly say ‘Alexa.’ At re:Mars, the company showed a brief … Read More

Amazon will use AI to help you shop for clothes with StyleSnap

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Amazon will use AI to help you shop for clothes with StyleSnap On its face, Amazon’s first Re:MARS conference is all about far out, world changing ideas, but the company is still very much a retailer at heart. Fitting then, that one of the first big announcements from this morning’s event is all about using artificial intelligence to help people … Read More