Friday, April 28, 2017

Would you leave your Amazon Echo or Google Home for an Apple smart speaker? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 82) - CNET

Apple's working on an Echo-like smart speaker of its own. Apple is testing its autonomous vehicle platform, and it also wants in on peer-to-peer payments with Apple Pay.
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Crunch Report | Elon Musk’s Tunnel Vision Gets Rendered

Elon Musk shows off a video about his tunnel boring company, The Boring Company, a self-driving Apple test vehicle is spotted in the wild and Cloudera and Carvana each price their IPO at $15; one does well, the other not so much. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Military social network wants you to hire a vet for your next tech opening

 Veteran-focused social platform Sandboxx wants to pair its community members with experts who can ease their transition back into the workforce — and hopefully even land them a job. Global firm Betts Recruiting will join the self-described “military media and technology company” to empower vets to seek careers in the tech industry and to demonstrate their unique value to… Read More

City of Portland may subpoena Uber for details on Greyball program

 The Rose City isn’t happy with Uber… again. After the company failed to turn over details on its deeply sketchy “Greyball” software by Portland’s deadline, the city may seek to compel Uber to hand it over with a subpoena. Those intentions, reported by the Oregonian, were articulated by Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the city’s Bureau… Read More

The TV Story Part 2

Controversy continues as we look at the development of electronic televisions. Was Philo T. Farnsworth the real inventor of the TV?

You can thank KFC for inspiring Mortal Kombat's Reptile - CNET

During NetherRealm Creative Director Ed Boon's Injustice 2 tour, we talk about Easter eggs in his games and the moment he knew it would never be the same.
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Former NSA director explains why the spy agency will end a controversial surveillance technique

 Earlier today, the NSA announced its intentions to limit a surveillance technique that had a nasty side effect of sweeping up communications to and from Americans. In a rare unprompted press statement, the NSA explained explained that it would halt “any upstream internet communications that are solely ‘about’ a foreign intelligence target,” restricting its… Read More

Amazon is shutting down its “Underground Actually Free” program that gives away free Android apps

 Late on Friday, Amazon announced it will be shutting down its “Underground Actually Free” program which offers customers free versions of Android apps that would typically cost money, including those that relied on in-app purchases but were otherwise free downloads. Though it promised long-term support when it debuted back in August 2015, Amazon today says the “Actually… Read More

Jack Dorsey just spent $9.5M buying more Twitter stock

 Jack Dorsey is at it again — after purchasing $7 million in Twitter stock back in February, the Twitter CEO bought another $9.5 million today. After making his purchase, Dorsey posted the news on Facebook Twitter, sparking a one percent gain in the company’s after share price in after-hours trading. According to an SEC filing, Dorsey purchased 574,002 shares of Twitter stock… Read More

Someone scraped 40,000 Tinder selfies to make a facial dataset for AI experiments

 Tinder users have many motives for uploading their likeness to the dating app. But contributing a facial biometric to a downloadable dataset for training convolutional neural networks probably wasn’t top of their list when they signed up to swipe. Read More