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Microsoft's Satya Nadella: 6 Must-Have AI Design Principles
News  |  6/30/2016
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote an essay published in Slate in which he emphasized AI should not be feared but embraced. He outlined six principles and goals AI research must follow.
Amazon's Discounted Smartphone Stunt: Don't Fall For It
Commentary  |  6/30/2016
Amazon will knock $50 off the price of select phones in exchange for viewing ads on the lock screen. Don't do it. You'll be better off paying the extra cash.
10 Hot Smartphones To Consider Now
Slideshows  |  6/30/2016
Although smartphone sales have been on the decline recently, there is no shortage of options. Here are 10 hot models worth a look.
Google Reportedly Building Internet Speed Test Into Search
News  |  6/29/2016
Google wants to give its users the ability test their internet speed right from the search application. In order to do this, the company is partnering with M-Lab to make it a reality.
VW To Pay $14.7 Billion InEmissions-Cheating Software Settlement
News  |  6/29/2016
Volkswagen agrees to dole out up to $14.7 billion to settle allegations that it knowingly sold customers vehicles that were equipped with software to cheat on emissions tests.
Google Maps, Earth Apps Get Major Quality Upgrades
News  |  6/28/2016
The indispensable Google Maps and its highly addictive cousin, Google Earth, are getting major quality updates thanks to Landsat 8 satellite imagery.
HP's Chromebook 11 G5 Offers Touchscreen, Android Apps
Commentary  |  6/28/2016
The Chromebook 11 G5 starts at $189, offers an optional touchscreen, and will run Android apps when it goes on sale later this year.
Google Project Bloks Looks To Push Code Literacy For Kids
News  |  6/28/2016
A research project being developed by Google and others strives to teach computational thinking.
Robots, AI Won't Destroy Jobs, Yet
News  |  6/27/2016
Cognitive systems will only eliminate a small portion of jobs in the near future, according to Forrester. But the impact will still be significant.
Drivers Prefer Autonomous Cars That Don't Kill Them
News  |  6/25/2016
A new study shows that most people prefer that self-driving cars be programmed to save the most people in the event of an accident, even if it kills the driver. Unless they are the drivers.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community
News  |  6/25/2016
UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
YouTube Mobile Live Streaming Launch Targets Facebook
Commentary  |  6/24/2016
Google-owned YouTube plans to bring live streaming to its mobile app, a direct attack on recent moves made by Facebook.
8 Free iOS, Android Apps For Job Hunters
Slideshows  |  6/24/2016
Your smartphone could be the key to your next employment opportunity. Here are 8 iPhone and Android apps that give you the tools to seek, explore, and apply for new jobs.
9 Tools To Help You Build A Better Bot
Slideshows  |  6/23/2016
AI-fueled automation is all the rage in customer service, but a bot gone wrong can do your business more harm than good. We spotlight the better bot platforms presently available to help keep your automation ambitions in line with what your customers really want.
BMW Adapts i3 Batteries For Home Energy Storage
News  |  6/22/2016
The stationary energy storage system deploys BMW's i3 vehicle batteries to help power a house after their first life in cars is over. Tesla Motors offers similar batter conversion technology.
iPhone 7 Release May Shake Up Apple's Upgrade Cycle
Commentary  |  6/22/2016
The iPhone 7 will closely resemble the iPhone 6s, as Apple pushes major changes to its core product out to 2017, breaking the company's traditional two-year upgrade cycle, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
FAA's Commercial Drone Rule Opens Business Opportunities
Commentary  |  6/22/2016
The FAA's new drone rule, which takes effect in August, means any number of commercial uses are now possible. That is, once a business owner finds a certified drone pilot.
LinkedIn Ranks Best Companies At Attracting, Retaining Talent
News  |  6/21/2016
Which companies are the best at attracting and retaining talent? In the US, the Top 10 are all technology companies, according to a new list of "Top Attractors" from LinkedIn, based on the careers social network site's internal research.
Solar Impulse 2 Embarks On Atlantic Crossing
News  |  6/21/2016
The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, has taken off to cross the Atlantic in four days, in one of the most hazardous legs of its trip around the world.
10 CIO Career Trends That May Surprise You
Slideshows  |  6/21/2016
The CIO role is fundamentally changing as the position increasingly calls for being a combination of a technology strategist, revenue generator, and business leader. Here are 10 trends that illustrate this transformation.
9 Fun Tools For Teaching Kids To Code
Slideshows  |  6/20/2016
Young people should learn to code. Young people should also have fun. Here are nine systems, programs, and websites that will help you help them do both.
Solar Impulse 2: 11 Images From Its Awe-Inspiring Journey
Slideshows  |  6/19/2016
If Solar Impulse 2 successfully completes its planned journey through Europe and back to the Middle East, it will have accomplished something previously believed impossible: heavier-than-air flight fueled only by the power gleaned from the sun's rays.
Microsoft Targets Legal Marijuana Industry With Azure Offering
News  |  6/18/2016
Microsoft will partner with cannabis tech startup KIND Financial to develop software for tracking the legal growth and sale of marijuana.
Plume Delivers WiFi Via Cloud
News  |  6/18/2016
Instead of a single router, Plume says it can provide better WiFi connectivity with a handful of small, cloud-coordinated radios.
IBM's Watson Powering Olli, A 3D-Printed Self-Driving Bus
News  |  6/17/2016
Olli is more than just a 3D-printed self-driving vehicle. By leveraging IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform, the bus can foster a more interactive journey with riders.
9 Gadgets Geeky Dads Will Love
Slideshows  |  6/17/2016
If picking out the perfect Father's Day gift has you stumped, there's still time to scoop up a handy tech tool or two. It's hard to go wrong with a new gadget, especially when there's one for every type of interest and hobby your dad might have.
Google Launches AI, Machine Learning Research Center
News  |  6/16/2016
With Google CEO Sundar Pichai sharply focused on AI, machine learning and their potentials, the search giant is opening a dedicated machine learning research center in Europe.
Amazon Echo Gains Local NBC News Reports
Commentary  |  6/16/2016
NBCUniversal has added its regional news networks to Alexa-powered devices, allowing Amazon Echo owners to listen to local news.
10 Most-Loved Tech CEOs
Slideshows  |  6/16/2016
Glassdoor recently published its list of highest-rated CEOs. Half of the top 20 CEOs featured hail from the tech industry. Who are they, and what sets them apart?
Business Continuity Can't Rely On Twitter
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
When you need to tell the IT team how to respond in an emergency, you need something more powerful than Twitter. Exactly how much more do you need?
WWDC 2016: What We Didn't Get
Commentary  |  6/15/2016
Apple's WWDC keynote highlighted dozens of new features headed to iPhones, Macs, and other gear, but the company didn't cover everything on our wish list.
Raspberry Pi Maker Sells For $877.7 Million
Commentary  |  6/14/2016
Premier Farnell PLC has agreed to be purchased by Daetwyler Holding AG, a Swiss supplier of electronic components, for $877.7 million.
AI, Machine Learning Drive Autonomous Vehicle Development
News  |  6/14/2016
The applications for artificial intelligence and machine learning in self-driving vehicles range from infotainment systems to advanced driver assistance systems, according to new report from IHS.
Google Apps Gains Springboard For Search
News  |  6/14/2016
Google for Work customers can look forward to finding content and sharing it more efficiently with Springboard and a revised version of Sites.
Tesla Denies Model S Suspension Problems
News  |  6/10/2016
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking for information from Tesla concerning suspension problems with the Model S, and about nondisclosure agreements for customers. The company says it has nothing to hide.
Apple, Google App Store Changes Could Pay Off For Devs
News  |  6/10/2016
Ahead of the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has revealed plans to introduce search ads and expand subscription support for apps in its App Store, while Google is testing its own subscription changes.
Google Fiber Aims To Deliver Home Internet Service Wirelessly
News  |  6/9/2016
As Alphabet looks to bring internet service to more homes, its Google Fiber unit is experimenting with wireless delivery -- a means that could cost substantially less than laying cable.
Google's Larry Page Investing Millions In Flying Cars
News  |  6/9/2016
Once relegated to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, flying cars may be zipping across the horizon sooner than we thought. Behind some of their innovations is Google cofounder Larry Page and millions of his own money.
9 Fun Embedded Projects, No Raspberry Pi Required
Slideshows  |  6/7/2016
Not every embedded computing project requires the power of a Raspberry Pi. Here are nine based on much simpler platforms that still give you outstanding results.
Mark Zuckerberg's LinkedIn, Other Social Media Accounts Hacked
News  |  6/6/2016
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may be like a lot of us internet users when it comes to online security -- too lazy to create unique passwords for each account. The result is that his LinkedIn and other social media accounts were hacked over the weekend.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones: Music To Business Travelers' Ears
Commentary  |  6/6/2016
Bose has long pitched its active noise-cancellation headphones as the ideal travel companion, but they were always tied down with wires. The new QuietComfort 35 adds Bluetooth to the equation.
WWDC: Apple's Opportunity To Open Up To Keep Up
Commentary  |  6/6/2016
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off next week. While the company will likely introduce new products, what it really needs is a new attitude.
Microsoft HoloLens Getting Outlook Mail, Calendar Apps
News  |  6/4/2016
Early adopters of HoloLens will be able to check their email and calendars using new augmented reality apps for Outlook.
Google Developing Panic Button To Kill Rogue AI
News  |  6/4/2016
As Google develops artificial intelligence that has smarter-than-human capabilities, it's teamed up with Oxford University researchers to create a panic button to interrupt a potentially rogue AI agent.
Google's Self-Driving Car Can Now Honk Its Own Horn
News  |  6/3/2016
Google is testing out the horn on its self-driving car prototypes to make others more aware of its presence or to annoy other drivers -- beep, beep, beep, beep, yeah!
Samsung's Gear Fit2, IconX Wearables Target Fitness Buffs
Commentary  |  6/3/2016
Samsung's latest wearables include a fitness band and completely wireless earbuds. Both items can track your workout, play music, and manage notifications.
Elon Musk: Tesla Model 3 Owners Will Have To Pay For Charging
News  |  6/2/2016
Tesla cofounder Elon Musk said that giving the same free access to its network of Supercharger stations for Model 3 owners that Model S and Model X owners enjoy would be cost-prohibitive for the company.
Google's Magenta Project: Can Machines Be Musicians?
Commentary  |  6/2/2016
Through a project called Magenta, Google's machine learning researchers hope to understand whether computer-generated music can qualify as art.
Microsoft Windows Holographic OS Will Open To Developers
News  |  6/1/2016
Microsoft plans to open its Windows Holographic operating system to run on mixed-reality devices designed and built by outside manufacturers.
Echo, Alexa Are Only For Starters, Bezos Says
Commentary  |  6/1/2016
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dishes on the millions of hours of work the company has put into creating the Echo and its AI assistant Alexa, and explains what's to come.
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