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Every week we talk about Alexa, and this week’s story is about Amazon showing Alexa off at the annual Toy Fair in New York City. I went there three years ago to explore tech in toys and didn’t find much. It seems that things haven’t changed much. The Alexa implementations aren’t that exciting. We also […]

At a time when net neutrality seems to be coming to an end, one of its biggest proponents, John Perry Barlow, has died on Feb. 7 at 70. Here, those who knew his work best reflect on how the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital-rights activist who co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, helped shape the way […]

The big news this week is in machine learning chips. ARM announced a new architecture for machine learning called Trillium, and said it would license an object detection design and one that could handle some basic training at the edge. Amazon, too, is building a chip for its edge devices and machine learning will certainly […]

While Apple Inc.’s new HomePod speaker won praise for its audio quality, some users reported the device discolors wood surfaces. Customers posted photos online of wood furniture showing a pale ring from the HomePod’s silicone base. Websites Pocket-Lint and Wirecutter reported the issue earlier. A similar test by Bloomberg News didn’t leave rings. Other surfaces […]

Software developers got a hearty slap on the back at the beginning of the year when US News & World Report named the tech role the “best job” of 2018. Not that they needed the ego boost. Last year, PayScale and CNNMoney put software developers at the top of their own “best jobs in America” […]

Robotics firm Boston Dynamics is showing off its latest creation: A robotic dog that can open doors. In a video posted by Boston Dynamics, the company’s SpotMini robot is seen struggling to get past a locked door — until another SpotMini shows up with a special arm that opens the door. The second robot then […]

Amazon has already shown that it can rattle the retail, grocery and health insurance industries, and now it is doing the same in the delivery business. The online retailer is reportedly planning a new service to pick up packages from businesses and deliver them to consumers. The service, called “Shipping With Amazon,” is expected to […]

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Uber is settling a lawsuit filed by Google’s autonomous car unit alleging that the ride-hailing service ripped off self-driving car technology. Both sides in the case issued statements confirming the settlement Friday morning in the midst of a federal court trial in the case. Google’s Waymo unit says Uber agreed to take […]

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have had a rough start to 2018—but they’re not disappearing anytime soon, says Shark Tank investor and cybersecurity expert Robert Herjavec. “To me, it’s the wave of the future,” he told MONEY recently. “Fast forward 25 years from now, there will be some form of a cryptocurrency that we will pay […]

Fans of the 2018 Winter Olympics will have another option to watch the Games live: through Snapchat. A new live video feature —fittingly called Live — will allow NBC Sports to stream two- to six-minute long segments from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, directly through the app, Snap announced this week. Users can […]

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