Technology News

  • Google’s simple new app lets you draw white lines
    by Lucas Matney on March 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Today, a bunch of app developers showed off their latest AR apps for Google’s augmented reality platform, but Google didn’t stay too still either. The team at Google released what could be one of its simplest apps ever, it’s called an “experiment,” and with good reason, it’s literally just an app for drawing white lines. […]

  • IBM’s smart assistant is called…Watson Assistant
    by Brian Heater on March 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    You saw this one coming, right? This week at its Think 2018 Conference in Las Vegas, IBM showed off its own take on the growing smart assistant category, aimed firmly at enterprise applications. Naturally, the company’s using the Watson name for the offering, and tacking on “Assistant” for good measure. Unlike Alexa, Siri and Google’s […]

  • Cambridge Analytica: Facebook boss summoned over data claims
    on March 20, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    MPs want Mark Zuckerberg to address concerns that Cambridge Analytica gathered users' data without permission. […]

  • Andy Rubin and Robert Full will be speaking at TC Sessions: Robotics May 11 at UC Berkeley
    by Brian Heater on March 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    We’re gearing up to bring you the second TC Sessions: Robotics on May 11 at the UC Berkeley campus. We’ve got a great show on-tap, with some of the premier names in the robotics/AI/automation world, from research to startups to big companies. As we noted last week, we’ll be joined by Berkley professor Pieter Abbeel […]

  • Netlify wants to make it easier for web developers to use AWS Lambda event triggers
    by Ron Miller on March 20, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Netlify has a vision of changing the way we develop websites, making it simpler to connect the front-end design to backend services execution. Today, the company announced another step in that vision when it introduced AWS Lambda functions on Netlify. The company aims to reduce much of the complexity associated with web development. You design […]

  • Google bought Manhattan’s Chelsea Market building for $2.4 billion
    by Brian Heater on March 20, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Google has just confirmed its long-rumored purchase of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market building for $2.4 billion — all in all not a bad price, given that a one-bedroom on the West Side is going for around $2.3 billon these days (granted, that’s a rough estimate from someone who lives in Queens). It’s a prime bit of […]

  • Salesforce is reportedly in talks to acquire Mulesoft and the stock is going nuts
    by Matthew Lynley on March 20, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    After previously investing in Mulesoft, it looks like Salesforce may finish off the deal and is in advanced talks to acquire the data management software provider altogether, according to a report from Reuters this morning. Mulesoft works with companies to bring together different sources of data like varying APIs. That’s important for companies that have data […]

  • Wayfair’s Android app now lets you shop for furniture using augmented reality
    by Sarah Perez on March 20, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    AR-enabled shopping is expanding again today. This time, online furniture retailer Wayfair is introducing an augmented reality feature in its mobile app for Android that will allow customers to visualize furniture in their own home ahead of purchase, just by holding up their smartphone. The feature, called “View in Room 3D,” was previously available on […]

  • 8bitdo’s wireless adapter adds flexibility to Xbox, PlayStation and Switch controllers
    by Darrell Etherington on March 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Game controller compatibility is a labyrinthine nightmare most of the time: Some controllers work with some platforms some of the time, but it’s very hard to keep track of how and when. 8bitdo’s latest accessory adds some simplicity to the mix, enabling use of Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch controllers with Switch, Windows […]

  • Lyft hires ex-Googler as VP of talent and inclusion
    by Megan Rose Dickey on March 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Lyft has brought on Nilka Thomas to join the company as its new vice president of talent and inclusion . At Lyft, Thomas will be tasked with overseeing recruiting, inclusion, diversity and employee relations. Most importantly, in my eyes, is that Thomas will “Ensure that inclusion and diversity efforts are seamlessly integrated from the earliest […]