Author Archives: Adam Westlake


Apple looking to make significant Siri improvements, hints hiring spree

Apple looking to make significant Siri improvements, hints hiring spree

Apple's HomePod smart speaker released earlier this year with impressive audio quality and Apple Music integration, but there's no denying that the tech powering the device, Siri, still lags behind virtual assistant rivals like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. While Siri handles music playback requests with ease, it still struggles with general knowledge questions that the others have no problem with. It seems Apple is in a hurry to address this shortcoming, however, as indicated by a big increase in Siri-related hiring.

Continue Reading

Where’s Waldo? invades Googles Maps for April Fools’ Day

Where’s Waldo? invades Googles Maps for April Fools’ Day

Today is the day that most internet users know to be wary of what they see and read: the dreaded April Fools' Day. Fortunately Google is back again this year with another of its creative, harmless gags, this time centered on Google Maps. None other than Waldo of the classic Where's Waldo puzzle books has come to the mapping service, inviting users to play a mini game right in the mobile app or desktop browser.

Continue Reading

Uber kills UberRush package delivery service

Uber kills UberRush package delivery service

These days, Uber is most recognized for its ride-sharing service and self-driving car ambitions. But the company continues to operate several other services, such as the delivery-focused UberEats. On the chopping block, however, is UberRush, the company's on-demand, same-day package delivery service that was available in the New York City area, San Francisco, and Chicago.

Continue Reading

PUBG debuts new Event Mode, with new map coming next week

PUBG debuts new Event Mode, with new map coming next week

While the spotlight has shifted in recent weeks from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to Fortnite, the former is looking to win back some of the battle royal attention with some new updates and content. The first, released on Friday, is a special, limited time game mode that revolves around a new flare gun, while next week will see the first gameplay on PUBG's newest map, Codename: Savage.

Continue Reading

Google AI to calculate NCAA Final Four team performance during live games

Google AI to calculate NCAA Final Four team performance during live games

Google has revealed that it's going to be putting its data science technology to use during the season's biggest sporting event: the NCAA Final Four games. The Google Cloud division will be using AI and machine learning to calculate the teams' performances, however the twist is that the tech will be crunching its numbers based on the first half of the game as it's played, generating predictions during halftime.

Continue Reading

Galaxy S8, Note 8 get GIF support for Always On Display

Galaxy S8, Note 8 get GIF support for Always On Display

Samsung's flagship smartphones have included the Always On Display (AOD) feature for several years now, giving users a way to glance at essential information like notifications, battery level, and the time, by keeping these details constantly displayed even when the device is asleep. Since then, the feature has become more customizable in terms of color and clock style, and even allowing a photo to be shown. But now there's support for the internet's favorite media format: the GIF.

Continue Reading

Twitch lays off two dozen staff as part of team adjustments

Twitch lays off two dozen staff as part of team adjustments

One might think Twitch is at the top of its game right now with all its recent success, including the record-breaking Fortnite broadcast with Ninja and Drake — not to mention the popularity of the game itself on the service — and this year's debut of the Overwatch League, which continues to bring in viewers each week. Unfortunately, the Amazon-owned company has still resorted to layoffs, letting roughly 25 people go this week as part of a "team adjustments" effort.

Continue Reading

New Overwatch feature lets you avoid poor teammates

New Overwatch feature lets you avoid poor teammates

One of the best things about Overwatch is how frequently developer Blizzard updates the game not just with new characters and maps, but with enhanced features and bug fixes as well. Not even a week after the debut of the game's newest character, Brigitte, Blizzard has unveiled a new addition to the player reporting tools, one where players can choose to block having someone else as a teammate in future matches.

Continue Reading

Mondaine reveals second hybrid smartwatch with call, message notifications

Mondaine reveals second hybrid smartwatch with call, message notifications

Smartwatch fans might not recognize the name Mondaine, but back in 2015 the Swiss watch maker released a minimalist wearable called the Helvetica 1. The hybrid timepiece paired analog dials with a few smartwatch features that mostly included activity and sleep tracking. While its simple, clean design was attractive, the Helvetica 1 quickly lost ground to more advanced smartwatches. Now Mondaine is back with the Helvetica Regular, which aims to catch up to 2018 with a few more critical features, while maintaining its simplicity.

Continue Reading

Nintendo patents trading cards powered by Amiibo tech

Nintendo patents trading cards powered by Amiibo tech

Nintendo seems to have slowed its release of Amiibo figures — the small, NFC-powered toys that can unlock digital content in games when placed near the Nintendo Switch or 3DS — in recent years, but a newly discovered patent hints that the gaming could be applying the tech to new play mechanics. Specifically, Nintendo has filed a patent for a trading card game that uses Amiibo's NFC features.

Continue Reading

NBA starts testing 99-cent option for fourth quarter live streams

NBA starts testing 99-cent option for fourth quarter live streams

NBA fans have a number of options when it comes to streaming basketball games live, however they tend to be geared towards season-long coverage that includes every team in the league, which makes things like the League Pass a bit pricy. Fortunately it seems NBA digital might soon rollout an option for fans who just want to see the final moments of an important game for their favorite team: the ability to watch just the fourth quarter live for only $0.99.

Continue Reading

Facebook on Android collected call and text message data for years [UPDATE]

Facebook on Android collected call and text message data for years [UPDATE]

In the wake of the latest Facebook scandal, specifically its user data being collected and mis-used by Cambridge Analytica, it's been discovered that the social network's Android app was able to harvest an alarming amount of call and text message data from users without their explicit knowledge. This took place over several years, even before Facebook's apps offered to track call and text history, thanks to an exploit in one of Android's older permissions APIs.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next