Building your own chatbot is a lot easier than you'd expect

Building your own chatbot is a lot easier than you'd expect
Three of the undisputed kings of technology — Microsoft, Facebook and Google — all bet big on bots in 2016. It's too early to say whether or not that was a good move, but we can all agree that bots haven't gathered mainstream adoption yet. If you'r…
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Catch the highlights of Senator Cory Booker's speech at SXSW 2017

Catch the highlights of Senator Cory Booker's speech at SXSW 2017
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is known for being an inspirational speaker, and he brought his game face to SXSW 2017. As one of the opening speakers for the show, he spent an hour answering questions and talking about what keeps him motivated and endles…
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After Math: Keep pace in the space race

After Math: Keep pace in the space race
It's been a productive week for those of us trying to get the hell off this crazy planet. NASA showed off a radiation-proof flight vest for interplanetary astronauts while Blue Origin debuted its latest rocket engine and previewed its upcoming New Gl…
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Adidas is working on new, 'open' digital fitness products

Adidas is working on new, 'open' digital fitness products
The acquisition of Runtastic gave Adidas a major boost in its fitness tech efforts, and it didn't hurt that the $238 million purchase came with over 100 million users attached. Since 2015, the year it bought the popular app, Adidas has focused on mak…
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Ben Heck's next three builds are meant to be shipping products

Ben Heck's next three builds are meant to be shipping products

You asked for bigger, better, longer-term builds, so the team is going to design three things that can be brought to market or to a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter. First up: Logic Bomb, a refactoring of the Hackmanji board game. How can it be…
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'The Mummy' in VR was shallow, but the seats were not

'The Mummy' in VR was shallow, but the seats were not
VR seat company Positron teamed up with Universal at SXSW this year to showcase a "Zero Gravity VR Experience" tied in with the studio's The Mummy reboot.

While it fell (way) short of simulating weightlessness, it was nonetheless a nice way to watch…
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New York sets aside $5 million for its tech training fund

New York sets aside million for its tech training fund
New York's authorities want the state's residents to benefit from its ongoing transformation into a high-tech locale. Their new Tech Training Fund could be the key to make that happen. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the Empire State is s…
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NASA offers first look at planet-rich Trappist-1 star system

NASA offers first look at planet-rich Trappist-1 star system
NASA was quick to offer conceptual images of Trappist-1 and its abundance of Earth-sized planets. But what does the star system look like, really? At last, now we know… sort of. As part of a raw data release, NASA has offered a simple, 11-by-11…
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Android 'Taste Test' helps you make a personalized home screen

Android 'Taste Test' helps you make a personalized home screen
If you're an Android fan, there's a good chance you already know how to customize your home screen with launchers, icon packs and widgets. But what about everyday users? That's where Google wants to help. It just launched a #myAndroid Taste Test that…
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