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Twitter doesn’t care that someone is building a bot army in Southeast Asia

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Facebook’s lack of attention to how third parties are using its service to reach users ended up with CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking questions from Congressional committees. With that in mind, you’d think that others in the social media space might be more attentive than usual to potentially malicious actors on their platforms. Twitter, however, is turning the other way and insisting all is normal in Southeast Asia, despite the emergence of thousands [...]

Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficiently

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

A former streaming industry exec and an AI specialist walk into a bar, they leave starting an AI company for the music industry. That’s not exactly how Singapore-based startup Musiio was formed, but it’s close enough and the outcome is the same. Co-founders Hazel Savage, formerly of Pandora and Shazam, and Swedish data scientist Aron Pettersson connected at Entrepreneur First in Singapore. The program began in London as a way to [...]

Google changes its messaging strategy again: Goodbye to Allo, double down on RCS

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Google’s long-and-winding road to figuring out messaging is taking yet another change of direction after the company called time on Allo, its newest chat app launch, in order to double down on its vision to enable an enhanced version of SMS. The company told The Verge that it is “pausing” work on Allo, which was only launched as recently as September 2016, in order to put its resources into the adoption RCS [...]

Don’t just stir; Stircle

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can’t really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with the Stircle, a little platform that spins your drink around to mix it. Now, of course this is ridiculous. And [...]

Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the ongoing privacy crisis — but that’s a post for another time. Today, we’re talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signals wirelessly without killing their little batteries. A new technique makes beaming video out more than 99 percent more efficient, possibly making batteries unnecessary altogether. Cameras found in smart [...]

Report: Smartphone usage set to overtake time spent watching TV in China

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

2018 is the year that smartphone usage eclipses time spent watching TV in China and it’s all down to the growth of digital video platforms, according to a new report from eMarketer. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this had already happened in China, which happens to be the world’s largest smartphone market, but eMarketer forecasts that the momentous moment is about to arrive. According to the report, the average adult [...]