June 27, 2018

Google Calendar gets an ‘Out of Office’ mode

Google Calendar is the latest Google app to get an update focused on improving users’ “digital wellbeing.” The company announced today it’s rolling out a new “Out of Office” feature in Google Calendar, alongside a setting for customizable working hours. The working hours signal to others when you’re unavailable, and allows Google Calendar to automatically […]
June 25, 2018

Elon Musk’s ‘Dota 2’ AI bots are taking on pro teams

The Dota 2 world championship, The International, is fast approaching, and a top team will have a different-looking squad to contend with: a group of artificial intelligence bots. OpenAI, which Elon Musk co-founded, has been taking on top Dota 2 players with the bots since last year, and now it’s gunning for a team of […]
June 21, 2018

Twitter acquires anti-abuse technology provider Smyte

Twitter this morning announced it has agreed to buy San Francisco-based technology company Smyte, which describes itself as “trust and safety as a service.” Founded in 2014 by former Google and Instagram engineers, Smyte offers tools to stop online abuse, harassment, and spam, and protect user accounts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this […]
June 18, 2018

Researchers Develop Tech That Lets Surveillance Cameras Text to Say Hello 

Researchers at Purdue University have found a new way to get surveillance cameras to “talk” to the people they see. The system is called PHADE, which stands for “private human addressing,” and it enables cameras to send messages to people’s devices when they’ve entered a specific area without collecting their personal data. Instead of using […]
June 13, 2018

AMD and Nvidia, the two biggest manufacturers of graphics chips, are getting a new competitor — Intel

Thomson Reuters Intel will release its own line of graphics chips in 2020.  They’ll be designed for enterprise and consumer applications. Intel’s GPUs will compete with those from AMD and Nvidia, which could lead to more competition in the GPU business.   Intel is getting more serious about the graphics chip business, where it currently […]