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Facebook’s fastText library is now optimized for mobile

This morning Facebook's AI Research (FAIR) lab released an update to fastText, its super-speedy open-source text classification library. When it was initially released, fastText shipped with pre-train

Microsoft strives to give computers common sense with Concept Graph

Today, Microsoft Research is publicly releasing its effort to tackle just one of the problems plaguing natural language understanding — knowledge. The company believes that background knowledge is

Wrio’s roomier keyboard app launches on Android, iOS

There have been many attempts to update keyboards for the digital era and speed up typing by rethinking the antique Qwerty layout. Problem is you're going up against muscle memory, and resistance to c

Walmart Simple Text Could Be Walmart’s Version Of Magic

One of the very cool things about hackathons is that you learn what type of technology that people are really using. We’re all wondering what the hot “trends” are going to be at one

Watch iOS 8’s Latest Beta Transcribe Voice To Text In Near-Real Time

Apple's iOS 8 beta 4 just hit the interwebs today, and among the new features found therein, there's a cool new visualization of the iOS dictation feature (seen in the MacRumors video above) that show

Tawkers Launches An App For Publishing Your Texts

New York-based startup Tawkers has launched a new iPhone app that lets users publish their texts to its platform and creates a public forum for text-based conversations from your cell phone. Let&#8217

Mobento Debuts Search Service That Finds The Spoken Words In Videos

<a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2006/08/28/lycos-targets-video-search-with-blinkx-partnership/">Flashback to 2006</a>, but we're trying to solve the challenge of searching and indexing the audio

You Must Remember This: Colossal Cave Adventure

I was just watching the documentary GET LAMP, a movie about text adventure games. As gripping as that sounds, I wondered if I could find the first text adventure game in the world online. In mere mome

Timberland to pay $7 million to settle SMS spam lawsuit

Timberland, makers of boots and outdoor wear, and GSI Commerce, the e-commerce company behind the online presence of Timberland and many other companies, might just owe you some money. After a heap of

Using captchas to digitize old, damaged books

Those dumb captchas may actually serve a purpose now. A gentleman by the name of Luis von Ahn at Carnegie Mellon University (Biggs went there!) has devised a system whereby software-unreadable words a

Bendable shelf handles RSS feeds and text messages

In what’s sure to be recognized as one of the greatest inventions of 2008 (by me, at least), here’s a shelf that can be bent every which way, thanks to the miracle of “elastomer&#822

Amazon launches SMS store

Need something immediately? Want to check on a price? Text your search term to 262966 (“AMAZON”) and Amazon will hunt down a few items from its online store. Reply and Amazon will call you

CrunchArcade: Get Lamp: An upcoming text adventure documentary

After watching King of Kong a few weeks ago I’m really enjoying this gaming movie trend. This new film by documentarian Jason Scott is all about text adventure games and the people who made and

T-Mobile to offer unlimited voice/text plan for $100

This is starting to get a little silly. Once reports of Verizon Wireless’ unlimited voice plan hit the Web last week, all the other carriers have followed suit issuing their own releases for unl

Apple Is Done With AppleWorks

Good riddance! Apple today finally pulled the plug on the outdated office suite known as AppleWorks. I remember getting my first Mac, a G3 iBook, and having to deal with this craptastic software. Terr

Fujitsu Develops Unique Camera Phone Technology

I fail to see how this is a fantastic breakthrough in technology, but to each his own. Fujitsu has been working on technology where secret messages can be stored in print and read by a camera phone. I