Amazon to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year

Amazon to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year
 Amazon is dominating the voice-controlled speaker market, according to a new forecast from eMarketer out this morning. The maker of the Echo-branded speakers will have 70.6 percent of all voice-enabled speaker users in the U.S. this year – well ahead of Google Home’s 23.8 percent and other, smaller players like Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon, and Mattel, who combined only account for… Read More


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The Nixie Machine II is a mean-looking clock for serious geeks

The Nixie Machine II is a mean-looking clock for serious geeks
 Nixie (“Numeric Indicator eXperimental No. 1”) tubes were displays used for digital readouts before the advent of the LED. Popular with James Bond villains who wanted to rule the world yet whose bomb timers stopped at exactly 007 when Bond figured out what wire to cut (and with scientists), the tubes once graced the highest of the high tech circa 1950. Now, however, they’re… Read More


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Chinese startup Infervision emerges from stealth with an AI tool for diagnosing lung cancer

Chinese startup Infervision emerges from stealth with an AI tool for diagnosing lung cancer
 Roughly 600,000 people in China die from lung cancer every year. The issue is compounded by a lack of quality healthcare in much of the country, which means that cancers often go undetected until it’s too late. Enter Infervision, a Beijing-based company using machine learning and computer vision to help diagnose cancers. Read More


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GE’s small robots could solve big problems inspecting gas turbines

GE’s small robots could solve big problems inspecting gas turbines
GE crawler robot Imagine the difficulty of trying to inspect a working gas turbine. There is not only intense heat, blades are constantly spinning, making getting a camera inside to examine the operating turbine a huge challenge. A team at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York has been working on several small experimental robots designed to solve some of these issues. Traditionally,… Read More


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WhatsApp quietly added encryption to iCloud backups

WhatsApp quietly added encryption to iCloud backups
 WhatsApp has quietly beefed up the security of an iCloud backup feature for users of its messaging service — potentially closing a loophole that could enable otherwise end-to-end encrypted messages to become accessible in a readable form. Read More


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Target begins testing next-day delivery with “Target Restock” service

Target begins testing next-day delivery with “Target Restock” service
 Target announced this morning it’s now testing a next-day home delivery service called Target Restock. The service, which is currently being trialed with Target employees ahead of a customer-facing pilot this summer, is designed to offer an easy way to shop online for household essentials which will arrive the day after you place your order. The move is clearly meant to compete with… Read More


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Former Microsoft design director on shaping Hololens, Xbox and Cortana with inclusive design thinking

Former Microsoft design director on shaping Hololens, Xbox and Cortana with inclusive design thinking
 Kat Holmes is the former principal director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft. In our thirteenth episode, we talk about the definition of inclusive design, take an inside look at her “special ops” design unit, and dive into the best method for deploying human-centered design. Read More


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New technique turns anything into a touch sensor

New technique turns anything into a touch sensor
 Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a new way to turn almost any surface into a touchpad with just a little conductive spray paint. The system, called Electrick, uses a technique called “electric field tomography.”
Created by CMU Ph.D. student Yang Zhang, Electrick uses small electrodes attached to the edges of a painted surface and it can turn wood, plastic… Read More


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Parrot positions its consumer drones for 3d modeling, mapping and agricultural uses

Parrot positions its consumer drones for 3d modeling, mapping and agricultural uses
 Parrot today announced packages for its consumer drones aimed at small businesses. The company has long served the professional market, but this announcement repositions the Bebop and Disco drones as off-the-shelf solutions for 3d modeling, mapping and agricultural uses. After all, drones are most interesting as data capture devices and this move by Parrot reinforces their abilities outside… Read More


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Convexum and Regulus Cyber CEOs to address drone security at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv event

Convexum and Regulus Cyber CEOs to address drone security at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv event
 Israel is full of companies addressing the growing concern of drone security and we’re excited to announce the CEOs of Convexum and Regulus Cyber will speak on the topic at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv Meetup + Pitch-off. Consumer-grade drones are increasingly becoming a security concern as their prices drop and capabilities increase. Governments and private organizations are looking for… Read More


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