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  • Crunch Network

    Technology trends changing the world as we look ahead

    There’s an age old saying that humans tend to overestimate what can be accomplished in one day, but underestimate what can be accomplished in one year. As 2016 comes to a close, it is a good time to zoom out the lens, and get reflective on what has happened this year, and predictive about what we are excited about for the coming 3-5 years. Read More

  • New numbers home in on Vive sales

    New numbers home in on Vive sales

    A brief in 87870 news offers us some interesting news about Vive sales worldwide. Alvin Graylin, China Regional President of VR at HTC, said that the company sold 100,000 units in August, an acceptable if low number for a comparatively expensive consumer electronics product. This month, however, another HTC representative, Cher Wang, said the company sold in excess of 140,000 units, a 40,000… Read More

  • Ozlo AI assistant is the new underdog filling the void left by Viv

    Ozlo AI assistant is the new underdog filling the void left by Viv

    On the heels of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv just a week ago, a new AI assistant has risen into the spotlight and is jockeying to fill the shoes of its now well-known rival. Ozlo, the Greylock- and Jerry Yang-backed independent entrant to the personal assistant race, is launching today on iOS and the web in an effort to give stalwarts like Siri, Alexa and Cortana a run for their… Read More

  • Better ingredients, better companies Crunch Network

    Better ingredients, better companies

    Papa John’s has a catchy motto: “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” This analogy works in technology, as well. As better ingredient technologies arrive on the scene, they open the door for new, iconic companies to be formed that meet our needs in fundamentally better ways. Read More

  • Will the next Siri be empathetic? Crunch Network

    Will the next Siri be empathetic?

    Humans have forever personified their technologies. We engage emotionally, have expectations and establish a trust-based association with our technology. Technologies that are truly important to our well-being and happiness transcend their status as just “stuff.” If we have an emotional bond with our technology, wouldn’t it be smart to design systems that feel empathetic to… Read More

  • Apple finally opens Siri to third-party developers

    Apple finally opens Siri to third-party developers

    As widely expected, Apple is lavishing TLC on its voice assistant, Siri, at this year’s WWDC. The company has just announced it will be letting developers bake Siri’s voice functionality into their apps — so users will be able to tap into third party services just by saying ‘Hey Siri…’. Read More

  • Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology Crunch Network

    Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

    It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. While there are undoubtedly many technological breakthroughs that can’t be reduced to linguistic and conceptual changes, it’s surprising how often apparent innovations depend on shifts in terminology and discourse. Read More

  • Why do chatbots suck? Crunch Network

    Why do chatbots suck?

    Chatbots have been in the news a lot this year. First there was Tay, Microsoft’s racist love child, who just couldn’t keep herself under control. Then came Facebook with its messenger bots, which, by most accounts, didn’t start well. And now there’s news coming from Viv, which at first glance seems like Siri 2.0. Not surprisingly, it was built by the founder of Siri. Read More