No one knows how Google Duplex will work with eavesdropping laws

No one knows how Google Duplex will work with eavesdropping laws

In Google’s demonstration of its new AI assistant Duplex this week, the voice assistant calls a hair salon to book an appointment, carrying on a human-seeming conversation, with the receptionist at the other end seemingly unaware that she is speaking to an AI. Robots don’t literally have ears, and in order to “hear” and analyze…

Google And Amazon Raise The Volume On Conversational Commerce

Google And Amazon Raise The Volume On Conversational Commerce

The retail revolution will not just take place online. It will be carried out by an army of chattering, human-like voice assistants busily buying stuff. Here’s how Google and Amazon have upped the game for a world to come that will be dominated by Conversatio…

2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR: This GT wants to play

2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR: This GT wants to play

The new DB11 marked the formal beginning of the reinvention of Aston Martin, a shift away from cars with just enough character to cover their various foibles and into a future of genuinely great machines that drive as well as they look. And, indeed, it does. The V8 flavor of the DB11 came next, and…

Microsoft lets you gift digital PC games now, but the Xbox experience still sucks on computers

Microsoft lets you gift digital PC games now, but the Xbox experience still sucks on computers

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Why Snapchat’s re-redesign will fail and how to fix it

Why Snapchat’s re-redesign will fail and how to fix it

Snap screwed it all up jumbling messages and Stories, banishing creators to Discover and wrecking auto-advance. Prideful of his gut instincts, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel refused to listen to the awful user reviews and declining usage. Now a YouGov study shows a 73 percent drop in user sentiment toward Snapchat, the app’s user count shrank…

Bethesda Continues Teasing A Pre-E3 Announcement After Rage 2

Bethesda Continues Teasing A Pre-E3 Announcement After Rage 2

Update 3: The latest teaser image is here, and this one’s a bit more on-the-nose than the others. It doesn’t have the same pink paint as the earlier ones, but it does show what looks to be a character from Rage standing in line to enter a building with Anarchy Tours on the door. The…

Microsoft’s obsession with Windows is ending, and I couldn’t be happier

Microsoft’s obsession with Windows is ending, and I couldn’t be happier

A little over two and a half hours into Microsoft’s Build conference this week in Seattle, I tuned out the live coding session, taking place on stage in a downtown convention center crammed with 6,000 software developers, and started playing a game in my head. It was sort of like Where’s Waldo. Except I was…

Color Pop and Other New Features Are Rolling Out for Google Photos

Color Pop and Other New Features Are Rolling Out for Google Photos

Image Credit: 9to5Google New features that were announced for Google Photos are rolling out now for Android devices. Version 3.20 of Google Photos includes Color Pop and other new features that were announced at Google I/O. Users who want to get access to the update immediately can download mirrored APK files on their devices. During…

Google sells the future, powered by your personal data

Google sells the future, powered by your personal data

“We may analyze [email] content to customize search results, better detect spam and malware,” he added, later noting Google has customized search in this way since 2012. How Google collects data from Gmail users and what it uses that data for has been a particularly sensitive topic. In June 2017, Google said it would stop…

New ‘Your Phone’ feature in Windows 10 further links your smartphone and PC

New ‘Your Phone’ feature in Windows 10 further links your smartphone and PC

Microsoft has today announced at Build 2018 a brand new feature coming soon to Windows 10 called “Your Phone” that’s designed to help further tie your Android or iOS smartphone to your PC. Unlike current implementations of phone integration, Your Phone is a window into your smartphone, right from your PC for instant access to…