• Google unleashes deep learning tech on language with Neural Machine Translation

    Google unleashes deep learning tech on language with Neural Machine Translation

    Translating from one language to another is hard, and creating a system that does it automatically is a major challenge, partly because there are just so many words, phrases and rules to deal with. Fortunately, neural networks eat big, complicated data sets for breakfast. Google has been working on a machine learning translation technique for years, and today is its official debut. Read More

  • Occipital launches $500 dev kit to turn your iPhone into a room-scale tracked VR headset

    Occipital launches $500 dev kit to turn your iPhone into a room-scale tracked VR headset

    For iOS or Mac users interested in VR, there isn’t a lot you can do right now without migrating to the dark sides of Android or Windows. Occipital is aiming to get people on the iOS platform access to some more cool VR opportunities. Today, the company opened up a $500 development kit today that brings room-scale motion tracking to iOS (as well as Android) smartphones, Upload… Read More

  • IBM releases DataWorks to give enterprise data a home and a brain

    IBM releases DataWorks to give enterprise data a home and a brain

    While the gears of research are turning fast developing new methods of machine intelligence, another, perhaps more impactful, trend is brewing in the field. Open source frameworks like Apache Spark are hitting their stride at the ideal time to put data analytics in the hands of the business development analyst without forgetting about the needs of the data scientist. IBM’s new… Read More

  • Honeywell’s new HomeKit and Alexa compatible smart thermostat runs $149

    Honeywell’s new HomeKit and Alexa compatible smart thermostat runs $149

    Honeywell’s been doing its thing for well over a century now, with its thermostatic roots stretching back even further to the 19th century days of coal heating. The company’s connected thermostat history, meanwhile dates roughly back to 2013, with the simply named WiFi Smart Thermostat, released following a bit of a patent dustup with Nest. Announced today, Honeywell’s… Read More

  • Airbnb revamps its app with new tools for hosts, improved messaging

    Airbnb revamps its app with new tools for hosts, improved messaging

    Airbnb may not be ready to unveil its new travel services app, Airbnb Trips, just yet, but in the meantime the company is giving its flagship application a big makeover. The upcoming version of the main Airbnb app will introduce a number of new features for hosts, including things like message templates for quicker replies and a calendar that lets them easily see who’s staying when… Read More

  • SolarCity accused of misappropriating solar company Cogenra’s trade secrets

    SolarCity accused of misappropriating solar company Cogenra’s trade secrets

    Solar company Cogenra is suing Elon Musk’s SolarCity over the use of shingling technology the company alleges SolarCity took from Cogenra and used to create a world-record breaking solar panel. Cogenra says it shared its “most precious and confidential trade secrets, manufacturing processes, and other intellectual property with Silevo and SolarCity” between 2010 and… Read More

  • Avoid the startup graveyard Crunch Network

    Avoid the startup graveyard

    The startup world moves at breakneck speed — what’s hot one minute is old news the next, and it can feel like the rules of the game change every day. For successful startups, rapid growth often attracts the attention of incubators and accelerators. However, there are other options. Namely, partnering with tech “titans” — bigger tech companies that used to be… Read More

  • Facebook At Work is launching next month

    Facebook At Work is launching next month

    Facebook is ready to make work as addictive as socializing. The company plans to launch its enterprise communication and collaboration network Facebook At Work in the next few weeks on a per seat pricing model, The Information (paywall) first reported and a source close to Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch. Facebook believes it can keep individual employees engaged with the product, so… Read More

  • SpaceX shows off its Interplanetary Transport System in new video

    SpaceX shows off its Interplanetary Transport System in new video

    SpaceX has released a new video showing a CG concept of its Interplanetary Transport System, the rocket and spacecraft combo it plans to use to colonize Mars. The video depicts a reusable rocket that can get the interplanetary spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit, and a craft that uses solar sails to coast on its way to a Mars entry. The booster returns to Earth after separating from the… Read More

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