Software

  • DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

    DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

    Like all great programmers I get most of my code from StackOverflow questions. Can’t figure out how to add authentication to Flask? Easy. Want to shut down sendmail? Boom. Now, thanks to all the code on the Internet, a robot can be as smart as a $180,000 coder. The system, called DeepCoder, basically searches a corpus of code to build a project that works to spec. It’s been used… Read More

  • Microsoft launches Skype Lite Android app for India and other emerging markets

    Microsoft launches Skype Lite Android app for India and other emerging markets

    Microsoft has retooled Skype, the messaging service synonymous with business users, for people living in emerging markets. Today, at its Future Decoded event in India, Microsoft took the wraps off Skype Lite. The service is an Android app that mains the core video and voice calling functionalities, but is optimized for those on limited internet connections such as 2G data. It… Read More

  • The Daily Show’s MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain is political commentary at its geekiest

    The Daily Show’s MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain is political commentary at its geekiest

    Whether you agree or disagree with his policies, one thing is certain: making someone’s Tweets look like they were written by a third-grader is really funny. The folks at the Daily Show proved this with their Chrome/Firefox plugin MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain. The extension is pretty simple: any Trump Tweet is automatically turned from a measured, well-crafted response to a pressing… Read More

  • Microsoft open sources a simulator for training drones, self-driving cars and more

    Microsoft open sources a simulator for training drones, self-driving cars and more

    Microsoft has made available a beta version of an advanced virtual world for training autonomous drones, as well as other gadgets that move on their own. The software, which is available on GitHub, recreates conditions like shadows, reflections and other potentially confusing real-world conditions in a highly detailed, highly realistic virtual environment – without the risk of the… Read More

  • You can now use Signal for encrypted video calls

    You can now use Signal for encrypted video calls

    Open Whisper Systems, creator of encrypted communication platform Signal, released an update today as an open beta to enable encrypted video calling. The app previously offered fully end-to-end encrypted chat and voice calling, but the addition of video will make it even easier to convey information without compromising security. The update also promises to improve the existing, somewhat… Read More

  • TheBlindGuide acquires UPenn startup ThirdEye, bringing computer vision to the visually impaired

    TheBlindGuide acquires UPenn startup ThirdEye, bringing computer vision to the visually impaired

    There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a college hackathon. Amidst the free t-shirts and apps to help you find parties on campus always lie a few hidden gems for those with the patience to hunt. ThirdEye, one of those gems forged out of PennApps, UPenn’s hackathon, is being acquired today by TheBlindGuide for an undisclosed sum. Started by three current Penn… Read More

  • Amazon hints at Prime sales in latest filing

    Amazon hints at Prime sales in latest filing

    Amazon Prime has driven growth for the e-commerce company for years now. But Amazon has traditionally been cagey about disclosing too many details regarding the popular service. In a 10-K filing summarizing performance throughout 2016, the business did something that drew the attention of Wall Street analysts. It designated a category entitled “retail subscription services”… Read More

  • Yahoo supercharges TensorFlow with Apache Spark

    Yahoo supercharges TensorFlow with Apache Spark

    Yahoo, model Apache Spark citizen and developer of CaffeOnSpark, which made it easier for developers building deep learning models in Caffe to scale with parallel processing, is open sourcing a new project called TensorFlowOnSpark. The pairing of Spark and TensorFlow should make the deep learning framework more attractive to developers who are creating models that need to run on large… Read More

  • What happens when you dump the App Store?

    What happens when you dump the App Store?

    In what amounts to one of the purest and most interesting experiments in assessing value of Mac OS’s App Store the founder of Rogue Amoeba posted a description of what happened when he pulled his app Piezo. The result? More revenue as a whole without much damage to sales. The impetus for the move came Apple pulled the Dash app off of the App Store. In the 100 day period since the move… Read More

  • Amazon’s Rekognition learns to guess your age

    Amazon’s Rekognition learns to guess your age

    You know how old you are. You know how old your friends think you are. Heck, you even know how old Microsoft thinks you are. But at the end of the day, does anyone other than Amazon really matter? Until now, the only way for you to know how old Amazon thought you were was to look at products recommended to you. I apparently spent too much time researching sci-fi short stories yesterday… Read More

  • Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

    Trump2Cash lets you invest automatically whenever the president mentions a publicly-traded company

    With the rise of algorithmic stock trading it’s gotten harder and harder for humans to actually trade strategically. However, now that Trump’s chaotic twitter feed can make or break a company with a single mention, you can easily trade against positive or negative sentiment and make a little money in the process! An app, called Trump2Cash, is partially tongue in cheek but quite… Read More

  • Shopify CEO attempts to defend continued hosting of Breitbart’s online store

    Shopify CEO attempts to defend continued hosting of Breitbart’s online store

    Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke penned an open letter in response to the ongoing barrage of communication being received by himself and other Shopify employees about their continued decision to host the online store of Breitbart, the right-wing publication which regularly publishes racist and sexist headlines and content. Lütke’s argument generally rests on a “free speech”… Read More

  • Udacity open sources its self-driving car simulator for anyone to use

    Udacity open sources its self-driving car simulator for anyone to use

    Self-driving cars require self-driving car software, and Udacity’s helping to feed that need with its nanodegree program in the field. Now, the online education company is also making available its self-driving car simulator via open source license, allowing anyone with a working knowledge of Unity to gab the assets, load its preexisting scenes and create their own tracks for virtual… Read More

  • Logitech now offers the easiest way to get Amazon’s Alexa in your car

    Logitech now offers the easiest way to get Amazon’s Alexa in your car

    Some car makers are experimenting with putting Alexa in their vehicles, making it possible for drivers to access Amazon’s voice assistance while driving, but Logitech has a new feature that makes it possible to get in-car Alexa access without waiting for infotainment system integration. The new Logitech collaboration with Amazon’s Alexa service adds Alexa voice control to the suite… Read More

  • Watch how Portal would work in the real world thanks to Microsoft HoloLens

    Watch how Portal would work in the real world thanks to Microsoft HoloLens

    Valve’s Portal series is one of the more beloved in PC gaming, thanks to its debut of unique puzzle mechanics to inject some fresh life in the tired first-person action genre. The game looks even more interesting when you’re using its unique mechanics overlaid on the real world, with virtual objects interacting seamlessly with concrete things like tables, walls and… Read More

  • Amazon fumbles earnings amidst high expectations

    Amazon fumbles earnings amidst high expectations

    Mixed faces in Seattle today as Amazon delivered its Q4 2016 earnings. The e-commerce company reported lower than expected revenue of $43.74 with better than expected earnings per share of $1.54. Expectations had been high in the run up to the release. Wall Street consensus was that Amazon would deliver revenue of $44.68 billion with $1.35 earnings per share. In the immediate moments… Read More

  • Facebook’s AI unlocks the ability to search photos by what’s in them

    Facebook’s AI unlocks the ability to search photos by what’s in them

    Initially used to improve the experience for visually impaired members of the Facebook community, the company’s Lumos computer vision platform is now powering image content search for all users. This means you can now search for images on Facebook with key words that describe the contents of a photo, rather than being limited by tags and captions. To accomplish the task, Facebook… Read More

  • Instagram testing multi-photo album posts

    Instagram testing multi-photo album posts

    Sometimes when you’re looking at your Instagram selects and you can’t quite decide between a few options, or when you want to post something from your trip but also don’t want to overwhelm your followers with a bunch of different pictures in a row, you feel keenly the absence of the ability to post a gallery as a single update. Especially if you’ve seen ads that feature… Read More

  • Snapchat’s next Lenses could identify and add to landscapes as well as faces

    Snapchat’s next Lenses could identify and add to landscapes as well as faces

    Snap, Inc. is working on an updated version of its in-app Snapchat lenses that would be able to recognize landscapes as well as faces, according to The Information, and intelligently overlay augmented reality animations and objects overtop of scenes captured through your camera. This is different from its existing smart Lenses, which can add features like snowfall to scenes, because it… Read More

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