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You can now call people and businesses with your Google Home

Remember back in May, when Google announced plans to let people make free phone calls through the Google Home? That feature is rolling out starting today (alas, only for folks in US/Canada). Say something like Ok Google, call the nearest sandwich shop and it‘ll connect the dots and help you get your grub. Or, if you give Google Home access to your contacts, you can say Read More

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Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 agenda

General admission tickets are now available. We would love to see you at the show. ICOs and cryptocurrency are rapidly changing venture capital and we are bringing some of the top minds and companies to the stage to talk about how it all affects startups. Naval Ravikant and Vitalik Buterin will chat about Ethereum‘s quest to balance decentralization and usability the right way. This is Read More

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Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app

Pinterest is adding a new feature today that allows users to pinch a photo to zoom in and out on various Pins, matching a feature that‘s available on a lot of other services like Instagram. Pinterest is trying to be a central hub of high-quality photos and videos centered around ideas and products, but this still more or less exemplifies that the ability to manipulate photos within the Read More

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Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with new collaboration features

G Suite, Google‘s set of online productivity tools, is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Most of these updates focus around collaboration, but the service is also getting support for Google Cloud Search and the company is adding new templates and add-ons from partners like LegalZoom, Docusign, LucidChart and others. Back in Read More

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Another ‘Game of Thrones‘ episode leaked early via a partner

HBO‘s international partners and affiliates should be extra careful going forward: For the second time in a little over two weeks, one of them was responsible for the early leak of an episode before its official airing. Episode 6, which is set for its broadcast premiere this Sunday, August 20, hit torrent sites after it was aired accidentally by HBO Nordic and HBO Espaa. HBO said a Read More

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ESPN‘s Apple TV app now lets you watch four games at once

ESPN today rolled out a new version of its Apple TV app that introduces the ability to watch four live simultaneous streams which can be displayed on the screen at the same time. The feature takes advantage of Apple TV‘s multicasting support - something that a few other apps have already introduced, including most recently, ABC News. MLB At Bat had alsorolled out a split Read More

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Messaging app Line adds livestreaming for group chats

In the latest update to its messaging app, Line has added a livestreaming feature which can be used in group or multi-person chats of up to 200 people, called Chat Live. Read More

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Amazon expands program that pays Alexa developers for top-performing voice apps

Amazon today announced a new program that gives developers a way to earn money for their Alexa skills - the voice apps that run on smart speakers like the Echo, and other Alexa-powered devices. According to the company, developers will be compensated for top-performing and engaging voice apps across over a half-dozen categories, including games, which were previously Read More

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Microsoft launches Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service

Microsoft announced a new product in its Azure line-up in preview today that will make it easier for developers to build event-based applications. The Azure Event Grid makes events (like uploading a picture or video, clicking a button, updating a database, etc.) first-class Azure objects. Event Grid complements Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft‘s existing serverless offerings. Read More

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45 million people send birthday wishes on Facebook each day

Roughly 1 in 30 Facebook users tells someone Happy Birthday each day, showing Facebook‘s first major emergent behavior is still going strong. Now Facebook is equipping the 45 million people sending birthday wishes each day with some new features. Now instead of just posting a soulless HBD or Happy Birthday! on someone‘s wall with no personal message, Read More

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Microsoft‘s autonomous gliders seek out thermal updrafts to stay aloft

Microsoft wants to build autonomous tech for aircraft that require little to no power to fly. It just completed tests in the Nevada desert of gliders equipped with self-guidance systems that help them track regions of rising hot air and predict their movement, with the aim of staying up in the air for as long as possible. These tests showed that Microsoft‘s system for riding the wind holds Read More

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Ground Control launches with CAA to bring entertainment‘s biggest stars to Alexa, Siri, and Google

Ever since he first started listening to KISS on his 2XL robot tape player, former AOL executive Mike Macadaan, knew that voice commands would be the future for computer interactions. That obsession stuck with Macadaan through his long years as a technology executive focused on user interfaces and then again as a co-founder of the Santa Monica-based venture studio, Science. With the emergence Read More

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Google‘s Lunar Xprize competition tweaks victory deadline, adds prizes

Google‘s Lunar Xprize competition, which seeks to reward privately funded missions to the Moon, is adding some incentive for participants, and tweaking the deadline to give teams a bit more time. Eligibility for the top prize now includes only the caveat that they must complete their mission by March 31, 2018 - gone is the requirement that they launch their Moon landing craft Read More

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Workday acquires the team behind Pattern, a young startup founded by ex-Googlers

The team behind Pattern, a two- year-old, Redwood City, Ca.-based startup, has been quietly acquired by Workday, the financial management and HR software vendor that went public in 2012 as now boasts a market cap of 20.9 billion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pattern CEO Derek Draper, who announced the acquisition to his network on LinkedIn, declined to comment further.As part of Read More

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The most-liked tweet in history says a lot about how the world is doing

The events that unfolded this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia have sparked reactions from all corners of the internet. But one Twitter user, former President Barack Obama, had a response that resonated with millions. Last night, this tweet from Obama became the most-liked tweet on the platform ever, with more than 3 million likes at the time of writing. No one is born hating Read More

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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye in developing self-driving platform

The joint effort by Mobileye, Intel and BMW to develop an autonomous driving platform that can be used by other automakers has a new partner: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). FCA and the group signed a memorandum of understanding to work together, which opens the door for FCA to contribute to the progress the team has already made. Already, BMW, Intel and Mobileye (which Intel subsequently Read More

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Apple said to be spending 1 billion on original content in 2018

Apple‘s ambitions around creating original content seem set to grow: The Wall Street Journal reports that it has a budget of around 1 billion to spend on creating its own programming next year. That‘s a budget that begins to approach those of dedicated content creators like HBO, which spent just around twice that last year on its own shows. Apple‘s first forays into Read More

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SpaceX‘s Dragon capsule successfully attached to ISS

SpaceX‘s latest International Space Station Resupply mission has completed its latest step, with the Dragon capsule launched on Monday loaded with over 6,400 pounds of supplies successfully docked. Dragon met up with the ISS early Wednesday morning, roughly 36 hours after launching from Kennedy Space Center aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon capsule, whose payload includes Read More

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Tencent posts record 2.7B profit as mobile game revenue tops PC for first time

Tencent, Asia‘s highest valued technology company, posted a record quarterly profit of 2.7 billion (18.2 billion RMB) thanks to explosive growth from mobile games. The firm‘s profit in Q2 2017 rocketed 70 percent year-on-yearon the back of the success of Tencent‘s mobile games, particularly smash hit Honour of Kings which claims over 200 million registered users. Honour Read More

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Global cybersecurity spending to grow 7% to 86.4BN in 2017, says Gartner

Analyst Gartner is projecting that worldwide spending on IT security products and services will grow seven per cent, year over year, to reach a total of 86.4 billion in 2017. Read More

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Global cybersecurity sending to grow 7% to 86.4BN in 2017, says Gartner

Analyst Gartner is projecting that worldwide spending on IT security products and services will grow seven per cent, year over year, to reach a total of 86.4 billion in 2017. Read More

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Alipay partners with Yelp to continue its pursuit of Chinese tourist money

Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliated valued at 60 billion, is continuing to follow Chinese tourists and their wallets overseas after it inked a dealwith Yelp in the U.S.. The partnership allows Alipay users and there are over 500 million registered in China to make payment through the service when they use Yelp for restaurant bookings. The launch initially covers Read More

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Uber suspends its service in the Philippines following ban over unregistered drivers

Uber has suspended its services in Philippines for one month after it was suspended by the national regulator. The country‘s Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered a cease and desist against the U.S. ride-hailing firm on Monday over its apparent flouting of a ban on new drivers. The company initially lodged an appeal and continued with its service, but today Read More

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Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one the world‘s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly named Babble English Test powered by Cambridge English. The new test, which will cost39, is meant to assess the reading and listening skills of beginning and intermediate students. Read More

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