• Setting the AI record straight (for now) Crunch Network

    Setting the AI record straight (for now)

    Artificial intelligence is changing the way we interact with our devices, friends and data. It promises to revolutionize how we work, shop, socialize, date, bank, heal, navigate… how we live. Yet here I am in the engine room of the revolution, getting increasingly frustrated with the prevalent AI conversations and memes. Read More

  • AirPods and the rise of snackable audio

    AirPods and the rise of snackable audio

    In just 30 seconds, you can enjoyably consume a viral video or a few Facebook stories. But until now, the shortest thing you could typically listen to was a three minute song, especially when you factor in the time to get your headphones untangled, on, and playing. Hearing anything shorter was more trouble than it was worth. Yet with wireless earbuds going mainstream thanks to the unveiling… Read More

  • Amazon Echo could soon start talking to you unprompted

    Amazon Echo could soon start talking to you unprompted

    The speaker that speaks might soon speak without you speaking to ask it to speak. Amazon’s Echo is set to get push notifications, according to The Information, which would allow it to give you a heads up about activity from its connected services, so it could, for example, tell you when your connected doorbell rings or pipe up and tell you when a loved one’s flight has… Read More

  • Europe’s top court rules linking can infringe copyright if done for profit

    Europe’s top court rules linking can infringe copyright if done for profit

    Europe’s top court has ruled that knowingly posting links to copyrighted material can be an infringement of rights holders’ rights — even though the copyrighted material in question is being hosted elsewhere. People posting links in a for-profit scenario also have an obligation to have checked they are not infringing copyright, in the court’s view. Read More

  • Here’s Airbnb’s plan to fix its racism and discrimination problem

    Here’s Airbnb’s plan to fix its racism and discrimination problem

    Airbnb has been under fire lately for instances of racism and discrimination exhibited by some hosts on the home-sharing platform. In order to combat that, Airbnb is making several positive changes to the platform and its company policies, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky sent in an email to hosts and guests this morning. This includes guaranteeing short-term bookings for people who have been… Read More

  • Paranoid Fan wants to make sure you’re ready for football this season

    Paranoid Fan wants to make sure you’re ready for football this season

    The 2016 National Football League season is set to kick off tonight. Thousands of fans will be navigating parking, food and bathroom lines, finding their seats and attempting to meet up with friends. It’s not uncommon for fans to spend 30+ minutes not watching the game and instead wandering around the stadium in search of a reasonable beer line. Enter Paranoid Fan. The TechCrunch 1st… Read More

  • Riders can now stream from Pandora in their Uber

    Riders can now stream from Pandora in their Uber

    Uber this morning announced an expanded relationship with Pandora, which will see the music service integrated into the Uber rider mobile application, along with Spotify. Uber customers in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, will now be able to access their Pandora account from the Uber app in order to listen to their own favorite stations and artists while in the vehicle. The… Read More

  • Google will acquire Apigee for $625 million

    Google will acquire Apigee for $625 million

    Google announced today that it intends to purchase Apigee, an API management platform that went public last year, for $625 million or $17.40 a share. The company, which helps customers build digital products with open APIs, has an impressive customer list including Walgreens, AT&T, Bechtel, Burberry, First Data and Live Nation. In a blog post announcing the deal, Diane Greene… Read More

  • Amazon’s Fire HD 8 gets upgraded with better specs and Alexa, for $90

    Amazon’s Fire HD 8 gets upgraded with better specs and Alexa, for $90

    If I were Amazon, I would definitely lead with the whole $90 bit. Granted, there are a few key upgrades to talk about here, but price point has always been a major selling point for Amazon devices (thanks in no small part to the fact that it makes most of its money on content), and it’s pretty tough to argue with a sub-$100 price point. Just under a year after receiving its last… Read More

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