July 18, 2018

The billionaire ‘Giving Pledge’ signed by Bill Gates and Elon Musk could soon be worth up to $600 billion

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images At least 175 people committed to donating a majority of their fortunes through the Giving Pledge, which could be worth as much as $600 billion by 2022, according to a Wealth-X report. The pledge has drawn some criticism because it allows donors to name their own charities in their wills. Education was the […]
July 13, 2018

The best VPN service

By Mark Smirniotis This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full VPN guide here. We spent more than 130 hours over four months researching 32 VPN services, testing 12, interviewing the leadership of five, and […]
July 11, 2018

Facebook sets a new task for AI: guide a virtual tourist around New York

How do you teach computers to understand language — not just transcribe human speech, but actually comprehend what someone is saying? It’s one of the grand challenges of AI, and we still don’t really know the best way to tackle the problem. Facebook’s AI research lab, FAIR, has one idea: teach AIs to understand language […]
July 9, 2018

Preparing for Spear Phishing Attacks

Spear phishing is a major threat to any business. Did you know that 90 percent of cyberattacks on businesses come through phishing emails? In fact, spear phishing attacks have become so complex that they have the opportunity to trick even the savviest user. Is your team prepared to recognize the lure? To be prepared, you […]
July 9, 2018

This app reads Wikipedia to teach you about the cities you’re driving through

If you’re a fellow Wiki-addict who loves obscure local trivia, there’s now an app that’ll read it to you. Developed by Malte Ubl, the tech lead for Google’s AMP project, the app detects a user’s geolocation and matches it with relevant Wikipedia articles. The app then reads the articles out loud, kind of a smart […]