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GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp
Seems Alexa’s made her way into everything these days. Between Amazon’s own Echo offerings and an ever growing array of third-party participation, the steady home automation takeover of the company’s AI assistant appears to be going about as well as could be expected. Between Alexa connected washin...
Belgium’s Doctoranytime raises €1M
It looks like the demise of food delivery startup Take Eat Easy is going to produce a number of interesting new startups, not least in its home country of Belgium. Read More
SnapLogic snaps up another $40 million
SnapLogic solves a big problem for companies. It helps them connect legacy data sources to the cloud or to an in-house data lake. Today, it announced a $40 million round, almost exactly a year after announcing a $37.5 million round. The round was led by European private equity firm Vitruvian Partne...
Hands-on with VR Sports Challenge, the Oculus Touch version of Wii Sports
When the Wii launched, no one knew what motion controllers were or why we even needed them. So to get people excited about the new input method, Nintendo released Wii Sports as a free game to anyone who bought the Wii. The game came with Boxing, Bowling, Golf, Tennis and Baseball – all mini games d...
Airbnb plummets, Facebook ranks top in tech on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work 2017
Facebook has risen to the top spot among tech companies on the annual Glassdoor Best Places to Work U.S. rankings. That seems fitting for the company in a year when it is taking on Slack, Microsoft-owned Yammer, and other workplace collaboration platforms with its own Facebook Workplace. Facebook’s...
The 20 startups shown off at HTC’s Vive X accelerator demo day
Today, HTC hosted a demo day event in San Francisco highlighting 20 of the startups that have made their way through the company’s Vive X virtual reality accelerator program. Vive X is dedicated to accelerating the virtual reality industry as a whole, something that is undoubtedly useful to HTC as ...
Trump fires a member of his transition team for tweeting fake news
So-called fake news has real consequences, and everyone in the U.S. keeps learning that the hard way. Not just executives at social networks like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. Or disgruntled and brilliant Weather Channel meteorologists. Driven by misinformation masquerading as news, in the latest t...
Reddit overhauls upvote algorithm to thwart cheaters and show the site’s true scale
Reddit has just completed a major redo of its scoring algorithm aimed at cracking down on bots and vote brigades while also showing just how big the site has gotten. Read More
You should probably still avoid toys that talk with your kids
If you were thinking of getting your kid a little doll or robot that they can talk to — and, critically, that responds — you should probably hold off for a few years. A complaint to the FTC filed by consumer watchdog groups highlights ongoing privacy and security concerns with this creepy class of ...
Martian adds Alexa to its hybrid smartwatch
If you’ve already gone through all of the trouble to stick a microphone and speaker on your hybrid smartwatch, you might as well make the most of the thing. Martian’s taking advantage of the opportunity with the addition of Amazon Alexa functionality to its mVoice wearable. Honestly, as silly as it...
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Syria's bloodshed far from over
The recent activity in Aleppo, which has seen Syrian government forces retake control of large parts of the city, confirms that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria. Only a widely accepted political settlement can end the fighting and stitch the country back together.
Samsung faces rare grilling in S. Korea
A huge political scandal has forced the typically elusive leaders of South Korea's biggest family-run conglomerates to face an extraordinary public grilling by lawmakers.
Trump: Cancel order for new Air Force One
Donald Trump wants to cancel a government order for a new Air Force One.
France PM announces presidential bid
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he will run as the Socialist Party's candidate in presidential elections next year.
EU negotiator: Time is short to complete Brexit deal
The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned Britain on Tuesday it may only have 18 months to strike an exit deal from the bloc.
Angela Merkel calls for full-face veil ban in Germany
German chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ban on full-face veils in the country, during a speech at her party's conference on Tuesday.
Can world's oldest bank survive Italy's upheaval?
Photo shows the world we once knew
The five world leaders stand close together, all firmly at the helm of their respective nations, which together could lay claim to leading the free world.
US to return land to Japan it's controlled since World War II
The US military this month will return to Japan's government more than 9,800 acres of land it has held since World War II, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Tuesday.
Aleppo's Bana Alabed is OK and tweeting from hell again
Bana Alabed, the 7-year-old bearing witness to the siege of eastern Aleppo with a flurry of posts, is back on Twitter after her account appeared to have been deleted.