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Amazon is reportedly trying to turn Alexa into a real-time translator

March 1, 2018 Alex 0

Alexa may soon act more like Google Assistant. Amazon is reportedly attempting to turn its smart assistant into a translator that would go beyond just words and phrases, which it already handles, according to Yahoo Finance. The publication says that Alexa would not only translate phrases but incorporate local culture into its responses. Yahoo Finance writes:

“Asking the virtual assistant, ‘Alexa, what do I say to the father of the bride at a wedding in Japan?’ would solicit a different response and tone from Alexa than if you asked the assistant ‘What do I say to the master of ceremonies at a wedding in Japan?’ The understanding being that remarks you make to the father of the bride would be more formal and reverential than to the…

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Caterina Fake on turning down VC roles a decade ago: “I just kind of didn’t fit in”

March 1, 2018 Alex 0

Ten years ago, not long after Yahoo had acquired Flickr, its cofounder, Caterina Fake, bounded up and down Sand Hill Road taking meetings with venture firms that were interested in hiring her. She knew most of them. In fact, she already knew a lot of investors at that point. Flickr was created out of a photo-sharing feature for another product that Fake and cofounder Stewart Butterfield had… Read More

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Microsoft’s new Soundscape iOS app is designed to help the visually impaired navigate cities

March 1, 2018 Alex 0

Microsoft has a new app out today called Soundscape that uses 3D audio technology to help map out landmarks and points of interest through audio cues.

The company has been working on using 3D soundscapes of audio for navigation as early as 2014 when the company first began experimenting with a bone conduction headset and smartphone system. The Soundscape app is built off of that research, packaging it into a form that works with an ordinary smartphone and any pair of stereo headphones.

Users can set audio beacons at specific destinations and places, and the app will provide 3D audio cues (which can be perceived directionally) to help improve their “ambient awareness” as they travel there. Users will then be able to incorporate that…

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Dropbox partners with Google to add G Suite integrations for Docs, Sheets, and Slides

March 1, 2018 Alex 0

Dropbox announced a partnership with Google today that is designed to help G Suite users make better use of the cloud collaboration company’s toolset by letting users open and edit G Suite files directly from Dropbox folders on the hard drive and on the web. The news comes just as Dropbox announced plans for an initial public offering after 10 years as one of the leading cloud storage and file management companies in Silicon Valley.

As part of the new Google partnership, which mirrors one Dropbox formed with Microsoft a few years back, users will be able to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files directly within Dropbox’s interface. That should be helpful for the more than 50 percent of Dropbox customers who also…

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Your nose isn’t really as big as it looks in selfies

March 1, 2018 Alex 0

Your nose isn’t actually as big as it looks in selfies, says facial plastic surgeon Boris Paskhover. So maybe hold off on that nose job — at least, until you’ve seen a decent portrait photo of yourself.

Last year, more than half of plastic surgeons were approached by patients who wanted to look better in selfies, according to a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. But selfies don’t actually reflect what people look like in the flesh, says Paskhover, who works at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “They take out their phone and they say, ‘Look at this picture, look how big my nose looks,’” he says. “I went out to prove why selfies don’t look like the real person, why they’re distorted.”

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Dropbox to add native G Suite integration in new partnership with Google

March 1, 2018 Alex 0

It’s been an eventful week for Dropbox coming off its announcement last Friday that it was finally going public, but that doesn’t mean the business stops. The company announced plans to partner with Google today to bring native G Suite integration to Dropbox storage. The fact is that more than 50 percent of Dropbox users have a G Suite account — which includes GMail along… Read More

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The dinner that destroyed Gawker

March 1, 2018 Alex 0

This is an excerpt from Ryan Holiday’s new book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, available now. Peter Thiel’s vague idea to do something about Gawker, the site that had outed him as gay in 2007, was concretized into conspiracy on April 6, 2011. It began unremarkably, when Thiel traveled to Germany to speak at a conference and had dinner with… Read More