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  • The hiring game Crunch Network

    The hiring game

    With nearly 8 million Americans unemployed and looking for work while nearly 6 million jobs remain unfilled, it’s fair to say that technology has not disrupted the labor market in a good way. Read More

  • Google starts highlighting fact-checks in News

    Google starts highlighting fact-checks in News

    Today Google added a new “fact-check” tag to its popular Google News service. The site aggregates popular timely news from multiple sources and has traditionally grouped them with tags like “opinion,” “local source” and “highly cited.” Now readers can see highlighted fact-checks right next to trending stories. The company cites the growing… Read More

  • The creator of Atari has launched a new VR company called Modal VR

    The creator of Atari has launched a new VR company called Modal VR

    So Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, is launching a new virtual reality company called Modal VR, along with Jason Crawford (who invented the Modal tech and serves as the company’s chief executive) and that’s super cool. But (more importantly to me) I played human Pong in virtual reality at the Machinima studios using Modal’s gear and that was… Read More

  • Google’s Project Fi gets a group plan

    Google’s Project Fi gets a group plan

    Project Fi, Google’s wireless service, is getting a group plan today. While most cell services let you choose a “family plan,” which typically entails the ability to include additional lines at a discount, Fi didn’t yet offer this option. Like you would expect from Fi, it’s all pretty straightforward — but don’t expect to get a massive… Read More

  • Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality Crunch Network

    Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality

    The desire for virtual reality is no new revelation. Since the renaissance artists have played with panoramas, depth, and other tools of perception to create illusions that are virtually or “almost” real. 21st-century virtual reality (with “virtual” now meaning software-rendered) is also a well-trod idea within the still nascent history of computing technology. VR has… Read More

  • Google shuts down Panoramio

    Google shuts down Panoramio

    Panoramio, the location-centric photo sharing service Google acquired in 2007, will show its last image on November 4. For the longest time, Google used Panoramio to augment its Google Maps and Google Earth services with crowdsourced imagery. Now that the company has integrated photo uploads into the Google Maps mobile apps and launched its Local Guides program, Panoramio clearly isn’t… Read More

  • Launching a “Google for sound”, Deepgram raises $1.8 million

    Launching a “Google for sound”, Deepgram raises $1.8 million

    Deepgram co-founders, 20-year-old wunderkind Noah Shutty and his University of Michigan lab supervisor Scott Stephenson, definitely have faith in sound. The two left behind promising research in particle physics, researching the creation of Dark Matter in the bowels of underground Chinese bunkers, to develop what they call a “Google for sound”. Much as the Google search engine… Read More

  • Google lands in hot water after backtracking on earlier Allo privacy promise

    Google lands in hot water after backtracking on earlier Allo privacy promise

    When Google first announced Allo, its newest chat app, there was some controversy around why the service didn’t use end-to-end encryption by default and only in its Incognito mode. The reason for this, Google has always said, was that it needed access to your messages in order to offer services like the Google Assistant and smart replies, all of which depend on knowing what you are… Read More

  • Allo brings Google’s smarts to messaging

    Allo brings Google’s smarts to messaging

    Google first announced Allo and Duo, its new messaging and video chat apps, at its I/O developer conference earlier this year. Duo launched about a month ago and today it’s Allo’s turn. With Allo, Google is combining everything it has learned from its previous messaging products with the company’s machine learning smarts. Indeed, Allo marks the first time you’ll be… Read More

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon will let you clean and care for your Pokémon

    Pokémon Sun and Moon will let you clean and care for your Pokémon

    The new Pokémon Sun and Moon games are still a couple of months away, with a release date set for November 18, but the news keeps trickling out about its new Pokémon and features. The new Pokémon revealed today include version specific creatures for each of the two games, and new evolutions that differ in Sun and Moon as well. Plus, a new in-game feature lets you show your Pokémon a… Read More