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Microsoft‘s Seeing AI app for the blind now reads handwriting

Artificial intelligence took center stage at Microsofts AI Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday. Aside from announcing AI smarts for a range of software -- from Bing to Office 365 -- the tech titan is also ramping up its Seeing AI app for iOS, which...

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7-Eleven tests app-based deliveries in Dallas

Convenience stores earned their name by stocking food and everyday items in a shop you could easily reach. But what if your local store isnt all that close, or it doesnt carry what youre looking for? If everything goes according to plan, 7-Eleve...

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AT&T‘s power line-mounted internet service is back for more tests

Providing high-speed internet to rural areas is a constant challenge; after all, there isnt a lot of incentive for companies to build infrastructure for a limited number of people. Thats why ATamp;Ts Project AirGig is so interesting. It provides...

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Autonomous helicopter completes Marine resupply simulation

Drones have become a part of the modern battlefield, but what about autonomous full-size aircraft? Aurora Flight Sciences just successfully demonstrated its self-flying setup, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS), enabling an older heli...

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Samsung‘s 2018 Notebook 9 lineup includes MacBook, Surface challengers

Last year Samsungs Notebook 9 laptop kept it simple with a standard thin-and-light design that got the important things right, but didnt sport flashy features like a high-res display or hybrid design. Earlier this year the Pro edition added a foldi...

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DOJ confirms criminal investigation into Uber vs. Waymo

The civil trial between Uber and Waymo over stolen self-driving technology was supposed to start December 4th, but Judge Alsup announced a delay last month. Now he has unsealed the letter (over objections from the US Attorneys Office in San Francisc...

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‘Doctor Who Time Vortex VR‘ is an endless runner with a TARDIS

Fans of our favorite Time Lord can get all timey-wimey with a VR reboot of Doctor Who Time Vortex 360, a web/mobile game that came out this past May. You can steer the TARDIS through various space obstacles, Rez-style, with Cardboard, Daydream, Gear...

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Hyundai plans 38 EVs as it tries to catch up with rivals

Hyundai and its affiliate Kia have revealed ambitious plans to bring as many as 38 green cars to market in the next eight years, with seven models slated for launch in the next five. Most of them will be electric vehicles, senior vice president Lee K...

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Redbox returns to internet video with On Demand service

The last time Redbox tried online video in earnest it... didnt go so well. The companys Redbox Instant was effectively trying to challenge Netflix head-on, which seemed foolhardy even in 2013. After lots of teasing, though, its ready for a comebac...

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Microsoft‘s Cortana can now suggest follow-up tasks

Microsoft may not be the biggest player in the AI assistant space, but it has some tricks that could give it an edge. The software giant has used an AI-themed event to demo Cortanas widening abilities, most notably to chain skills together based...

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Microsoft adds more AI smarts to Office 365

Microsoft has been adding cloud-based artificial intelligence to its popular Office suite for years now. In addition to new AI-focused upgrades to Cortana and Bing, the company also announced several new tools for Word, Excel and Outlook to help you...

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Microsoft unveils improved AI-powered search features for Bing

Microsoft unveiled a handful of new intelligent search features for Bing at an event held in San Francisco today. Powered by AI, the search updates are meant to provide more thorough answers and allow for more conversational or general search queries...

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Attorneys general request last-minute delay for net neutrality vote

The FCCs controversial vote on net neutrality protections is scheduled to take place tomorrow, and as we get down to the wire, opposition to the proposal hasnt slowed. Today, 18 state attorneys general sent a letter to the FCC asking for the commis...

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The Predator is coming to Ubisoft‘s ‘Ghost Recon Wildlands‘

Its been 30 years since Arnold Schwarzeneggers Dutch headed into the jungles of Central America, only to find himself hunted by a stealth alien warrior nicknamed the Predator. Now players of Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisofts open-world tactical shoo...

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Net neutrality is a double-edged sword for small ISPs

I have a love-hate relationship with Title II, Anthony Booth told Engadget. Booth is the president of Portland, Oregon-based ISP Stephouse Networks. His company serves over a thousand people in a 500 square-mile area, many who wouldnt have broadban...

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Bragi‘s AI earbuds will recognize the sounds around you

Bragi is determined to stand out in the increasingly crowded smart earbud space, and it might just have an ace up its sleeve. The startup and its partner Audio Analytic are promising to show off the first context-aware earphones at CES in January -...

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WWE wrestling is coming to Facebook‘s Watch tab in January

We still dont know how many people actually click the Watch tab on Facebook, but that isnt stopping the social network from signing programming deals at a rapid clip. The latest benefactor of Facebooks billion dollar video fund is a bit surprising...

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PepsiCo pre-orders 100 Tesla electric semi trucks

Teslas recently-revealed electric semi truck has taken the shipping world by storm, it seems, with orders for the vehicles coming from Walmart, DHL, Anheuser-Busch, and Canadian grocery chain Loblaws (no relation to Bob). Now PepsiCo tops the list w...

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Facebook found essentially no Russian effort to sway Brexit vote

In October, UK officials asked Facebook to look into the possibility that Russian groups had attempted to sway the Brexit referendum through the site. They were particularly interested in whether ads were purchased by Russia-linked accounts and how m...

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Google Assistant lands on older Android phones

Google Assistant has been available on recent Android phones for a while. However, that still puts it out out of reach of many Android users when a whopping 46.5 percent of active Android users are running a version older than Marshmallow. To help ad...

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Mirai botnet creators plead guilty to charges over 2016 attack

The individuals behind the Mirai botnet that caused nationwide internet outages in October of last year have pleaded guilty to federal charges, ZDNet reports. Paras Jha, Josiah White and Dalton Norman were indicted by a court in Alaska earlier this m...

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 to restore limited HomeKit functionality

Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 for iPhone and iPad following last weeks discovery that HomeKit had a major security vulnerability. The bug, first reported by 9to5Mac, allowed unauthorized users to access connected smart devices like lights, thermosta...

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Target acquisition brings same-day delivery to stores in early 2018

If it wasnt already obvious that Target is nervous about Amazon, it is now. Target has acquired another same-day delivery startup, Shipt, for a cool 550 million. The deal should speed up Targets plans to offer same-day delivery in its stores. I...

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Facebook nabs a trio of shows from Machinima for its Watch tab

The last time Machinima was in the news it was for paying influencers to say nice things about the Xbox One. Now, the company has inked a deal with Facebook for three new shows thatll live on the social networks Watch platform, according to Deadl...

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