December 9, 2017

How Far Could an Amazon Partnership Take Garmin?

Garmin and Amazon teamed up on voice-enabled device

Mobile navigation systems maker Garmin (GRMN) has tied up with (AMZN) to launch a new smart speaker device aimed at the automotive market. Garmin's Speak will be integrated with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant.


November 10, 2017

V-commerce: The $57 Trillion Reason AI Is Now Permeating Every Single Consumer Device

Every single consumer device that matters is now a trojan horse for the rapid introduction of AI assistants into our lives.

Think iPhone, Echo, Pixel, Chromebook, Pixel Buds with Google in your ear. Smart homes, smart cars, smart glasses, and speakers. And all of them with a voice, enabling v-commerce. Or, voice-powered commerce.

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October 20, 2017

Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade

With a good software-driven product, the hardware is almost inconsequential. After the unboxing and the setup, it just sort of fades into the scenery. That was always the case with Amazon's original Echo, but even as Alexa continues to do all of the hard work, the grandaddy of smart speakers was in dire need of an update. 


July 10, 2017

Video Marketing Tips and Tricks from 26 Experts

Video marketing is taking the world by storm, thanks in part to the rapid rise of Facebook Live, Instagram Video, Snapchat, and, of course, the ever-popular YouTube. With more people consuming video content than ever before — for everything from sheer entertainment to education and researching products and companies to inform buying decisions — it's no surprise that marketers are turning to video to reach new audiences and engage customers.


July 9, 2017

The 7 Best Office Music Playlists for Productivity

Not long after I first started at HubSpot, I was welcomed with a fresh pair of orange, noise-canceling headphones. At the time, I had no clue that these headphones would carry me through many long work days and some of the deepest, darkest levels of writer's block.


July 4, 2017

Unlock your PC with your Samsung phone's fingerprint reader

Have a recent Samsung phone and a Windows 10 PC? Life's about to get a bit easier. Samsung has updated its Flow appto let you use the fingerprint reader on Galaxy devices running Android Marshmallow or newer (such as the S6, S7 and S8) to log into any Windows 10 PC using Hello, not just Samsung's own Galaxy TabPro S. If you regularly keep your phone on-hand, you won't have to enter your password every time you sit down at your computer.


May 29, 2017

Watch a music producer make minimal techno with fidget spinners

Andrew Huang is a YouTuber and music producer who creates beats and samples from everyday objects like water bottles and drones. And because everyone can't stop talking about fidget spinners, it was only a matter of time before Huang decided to make music with them.

May 12, 2017

Microsoft's Project Emma is a wearable that helps with Parkinson's tremors

Microsoft has created a watch that the company says can help people with Parkinson's disease write more clearly. The Emma Watch sends vibrations to the brain that help control hand tremors. Microsoft unveiled the watch during its Build conference. It's only a prototype for now, but it could represent a hopeful step forward in using wearable technology to help those with specific conditions.

April 9, 2017

Facebook and Google reveal how they plan to fight fake news

Facebook and Google have had a significant role in the spread of fake news, facing plenty of criticism last year after the US presidential election since fake news is believed to have had a huge impact on the result. Neither Facebook nor Google actively contributed to disseminating fake news. Seemingly motivated by financial or political gain, some people and organizations took advantage of the way Facebook and Google work and used the services to spread fake news. But both companies have promised to fight the phenomenon, separately announcing measures meant to combat that viral lies that are told online.

April 1, 2017

As millennials 'Venmo' each other money, banks fight back with their own mobile apps

Odds are, you've at least heard of Venmo, but there's also a good chance you haven't used the mobile app or anything else like it to send money to family or friends. 

March 31, 2017

Can Amazon's Alexa Be Your Friend?

In 1966, Joseph Weizenbaum sat in MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a room crowded less by people than hulking frames of computer hardware. 

March 25, 2017

Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said.  The accident, the latest involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies experimenting with autonomous vehicles, caused no serious injuries, Uber said.

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A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’s not a magic bullet

Earlier this week, the Senate voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users' internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it prevents the FCC from reinstating similar rules in the future. This is great for broadband companies, but if you're one of these companies' users, what are you supposed to do?

February 11, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 4K Display, Bezels Rounds, No Home Button and More

Samsung is all set to introduce its much-anticipated phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The previous model, The Note 7 has brought about real cerebral pains for Samsung. Presently ceased, fans are anticipating the Note 8, which has not been dropped by Samsung yet.

January 23, 2017

Google Voice just got its first major update in five years

Google has announced a total revamp of its popular but neglected Google Voice communications service. After largely abandoning its apps for years, the company has released an all-new interface and several new features.

January 20, 2017

THE APP MONETIZATION REPORT: How developers can navigate the engagement crisis and tap into the $102 billion app opportunity

App developers long considered the "pay once and play" model — in which users pay up front an app and aren't prompted to make in-app purchases — the best way to generate revenue. But as more "free-to-download" apps entered the market, users increasingly opted for these experiences. These apps offer microtransactions for in-app goods and services, and in-app ads.

Google's former search boss Amit Singhal joins Uber

Google's former search chief, Amit Singhal, is back out of retirement after a year and joining Uber as its new SVP of engineering.

January 19, 2017

How to make any home smart RIGHT NOW, on a budget

Now that smartphones are in our pockets 24-7, we are closer than ever to a fully-automated smart homes without the unsettling plot twist of the eponymous movie. Maybe your pre-war ranch home doesn't have the wiring or power for a full smart home remodel, but with a few tools, here are a few products you can buy today to make your home much more intelligent by 2018.

January 15, 2017

Don't let your router be a gateway for cycbercriminals

Many of us give little thought to our routers, but they are very important to our digital lives — and if you are reading this online, you are using one.

January 12, 2017

Smartwatch & Wearables Research: Forecasts, trends, market, use cases

When they first broke onto the scene, smartwatches were touted as the next generation of devices set to transform consumers' lives. And brands, service providers, and the healthcare segment were ready to capitalize on their "always on" nature, which promised to provide greater insight into consumer habits. But while the market initially grew rapidly, it has begun to cool off, as consumers become impatient with the technology's lack of distinct capabilities, such as LTE connectivity and device-specific apps.


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