Amazon predictably cancels Echo Spot orders after they were listed for free

July 31, 2018 Editor 0

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Or a free Echo Spot. Amazon has cancelled the orders of customers after the white version of the smart speaker was temporarily listed on its website for zero dollars, down from the regular price of $129. SEE ALSO: Someone taught Amazon’s Alexa sign language As TechCrunch notes, the black version of the device was listed for $99, a deal comparative to its usual asking price. But of course, you can’t beat a […]

Uber’s self-driving truck program is done

July 31, 2018 Editor 0

Uber’s self-driving truck program feels like it just took off, but after a court trial and several major leadership changes, it’s been a long road to a dead-end announced Monday.  Back in 2016, Uber acquired Otto — former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski’s self-driving truck startup — and Uber’s self-driving truck program was born. Then Levandowski was sued for taking trade secrets from Google and bringing them to Uber in the acquisition. That was mainly about the LiDAR (Light Detection and […]

WhatsApp has finally encrypted group video calling for everyone

July 30, 2018 Editor 0

WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that brings its features up to par with other major messaging apps: group video calls. The app is now starting to add group video calling to its iOS and Android app, the company announced Monday. SEE ALSO: Another effort in the fight against fake news: WhatsApp tries to stop messages from going viral WhatsApp has supported video calling since 2016, but calls were, until now, limited to two participants. With the latest change, […]

Twitter asks researchers to help make site less toxic

July 30, 2018 Editor 0

Twitter just began the hardest part of its cleanup effort. The company announced Monday that it had selected academic partners who will help study “healthy conversation” as part of its ongoing effort to make Twitter less toxic.  SEE ALSO: The biggest winners and losers after Twitter’s massive purge The researchers will tackle some of Twitter’s toughest problems. One group, led by Leiden University political science professor Dr. Rebekah Tromble, will study echo chambers, “uncivil discourse,” and intolerance. The goal, according […]

AI can predict your personality simply by scanning your eyes

July 30, 2018 Editor 0

Eyes really do tell a story. Using machine learning, earlier this year scientists discovered a connection between people’s personalities and their eye movements. They then deployed artificial intelligence to track and analyze the eye movements of 42 students. They announced the results last week. Of course, the scientists found a correlation, because why wouldn’t AI figure out how predictable humans are? The new technology can detect four of the “Big Five” basic personality traits: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, and neuroticism. It […]

Lyft and Uber duke it out with competing subscription plans

July 30, 2018 Editor 0

Lyft released a new monthly subscription plan on Monday for routes you take often, like home to the office or from the gym.  The “personal plan” is now available after the ride-hailing company had tested its all-access plan and other variations starting late last year. The all-access plan, which offers a set number of rides for a discounted up-front price, is still available. SEE ALSO: Lyft makes it easier to get a ride on a military base The new plan […]

China set to leapfrog US in the AI race

July 30, 2018 Editor 0

China’s progress towards its goal of becoming the world’s leader in AI by the year 2025 remains unchecked. While its efforts still lag behind the US, thanks to the likes of Google and Microsoft, there’s an alarming amount of research indicating the gap is shrinking. It’s only been a year since TNW reported China’s announcement it was shifting its national strategy to claim the artificial intelligence crown. In that time China has advanced its agenda to a startling degree, at […]

Get 62% off these 10-foot long lightning charging cables

July 30, 2018 Editor 0

We’ve covered a ton of charging cables in the past, each of them boasting a feature that proves to be very useful to smartphone power users — indestructibility, lightning speed charging and data transfer, and multiple built-in connections. Heck, there’s even a wire that glows in the dark. But while these offerings are great, there’s one common drawback to all these chargers: they are short. SEE ALSO: This is probably what Apple’s upcoming iPhones will look like Look, we’re sure […]

YouTube’s dark theme is finally rolling out to Android devices

July 30, 2018 Editor 0

Well, this took a while.  YouTube has finally given Android users a “dark mode” option, four months after the same feature rolled out on iOS devices.  SEE ALSO: This YouTuber’s ASMR Rickroll was 8 months in the making The setting to enable the dark mode, according to 9to5Google, can be found under Settings > General > Dark theme.  YouTube for iOS gets Dark Theme, coming to Android soon [Update: Being tested on Android] https://t.co/sbVfl0jtGk pic.twitter.com/FYQqYguVBu — FoneArena Mobile (@FoneArena) July […]