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Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his Apple Inc iPhone. “I couldn’t Continue Reading →
Microsoft
Back in June, Microsoft gave Windows Phone’s personal assistant the ability to make predictions on World Cup games. It started off as a fun little novelty — the AI inside your phone is making a guess! — but it quickly became a lot more than that: the assistant, Cortana, was actually predicting the outcomes correctly. Continue Reading →
USB Plug
It’s been just two months since researcher Karsten Nohl demonstrated an attack he called BadUSB to a standing-room-only crowd at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, showing that it’s possible to corrupt any USB device with insidious, undetectable malware. Given the severity of that security problem—and the lack of any easy patch—Nohl has Continue Reading →
Google
After losing WhatsApp to Facebook in a multibillion dollar acquisition bid, Google is planning to launch its own mobile messaging app which the search giant is likely to test in India and other emerging markets. Last month, Google sent top product manager Nikhyl Singhal to India to do a recce of the messaging app ecosystem Continue Reading →
Facebook
Facebook already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention. Soon, it could also know the state of your health. On the heels of fellow Silicon Valley technology companies Apple and Google, Facebook is plotting its first steps into the fertile field of healthcare, said three people familiar with Continue Reading →
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
So, how did Thom Yorke’s latest music-distribution venture go? Pretty well, it seems. The Radiohead-frontman’s second solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, achieved over a million downloads in six days via BitTorrent Bundle, according to the peer-to-peer network’s blog. Exactly how the numbers break down is a bit nebulous, though. BitTorrent says that those million downloads Continue Reading →
AT&T recently sweetened its low-cost internet and TV package by throwing in Amazon Prime for free. Aimed at cord-cutters looking to avoid an expensive monthly TV bill, AT&T’s “skinny” bundle packages broadband internet, some basic TV channels and HBO for about $40 per month. But AT&T recently upped the ante by tossing in the complete Continue Reading →