Pat launches private beta to help AI understand what you say

Abstract watercolour painted speech bubbles in yellow orange pink blue and green. How many times have you wanted to throw your phone out the window of your car because Siri couldn’t understand the most basic phrases? Call Cheryl, no Vyshakh. Siri calls Cheryl anyway. Then a 20-minute argument develops with a series of “Hey Siri” commands followed by a string of unwanted Google searches and maybe even an iTunes song. I personally gave Siri a British accent… Read More

Microsoft announces professional degree program to fill the skills gap

microsoft Microsoft wants more data scientists in the job market. But some young people need to acquire their knowledge starting completely anew, while mid-career professionals need to build on their previous experience. To plug the skills gap for both categories, Microsoft launched a series of classes in data science through edX.org, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard… Read More

Facebook’s News Feed changes are kind of scary

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On this week’s episode of MashTalk, Lance, Pete and I talk about the changes happening with the Facebook News Feed (05:00) and how they will impact regular users, brands and news publishers. 

We then shift gears to talk about a slew of Amazon announcements – including the return of Prime Day (20:30) and the ultra-discounted Android phones Amazon is subsidizing with special offers on the lock screen (27:30). We also have a few thoughts about Android Nougat (34:30), the official name for Android N.

Moving on, we tackle some Windows 10 news (37:00), including the release date for Windows 10 Anniversary edition and the ultra-annoying, truly terrible way Microsoft attempted to force users to upgrade to Windows 10.  Read more...

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The battle for the post-digital world

small i/o logo Marketing in a post-digital world was a major theme of the 2016 Forrester Research Marketing Forum. At the event, analyst Carl Doty defined the post-digital world as one in which digital is embedded in our daily lives. In that context, he described the evolution of marketing: pre-digital marketing meant using mass media in a one-to-many approach; digital marketing was about data-driven,… Read More

How consolidations will play out in the transportation, food and entertainment industries

togetherclay There has been no shortage of thoughtful articles exploring a bubble in technology. I would argue that the world has already been transformed, and there is no bubble in the purest sense. Instead of massive flameouts that leave everyone burned, I think we are going to see a wave of beneficial consolidation and rationalization in industries that appropriately have seen exceptional venture… Read More

Apple looks to Google’s Cloud Platform as it diversifies its infrastructure

google data center Rumors are flying today that Apple is moving part of its cloud business from AWS to Google’s Cloud Platform. We did some asking around and yes, it does appear that Apple has made some moves to diversify its iCloud storage, tapping Google for some of that business. This is another huge win for Google and a — at the very least perceived — loss of ground for AWS, which… Read More

13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

weekly roundup USE This week we went hands-on with a few awesome gadgets, including the Fitbit Blaze and the Meta 2 AR headset, Slack introduced voice calling, and one of Google’s self-driving cars got into a minor accident. These are the stories to catch you up this week. Read More

Report: SoundCloud Secures $35M In Debt Funding

soundcloud-money SoundCloud has raised 300 million Swedish krona (the equivalent of around $35 million USD) in debt funding with Tennenbaum Capital Partners, according to Swedish news site Digital. The report also indicates that SoundCloud has an option to borrow another 600 million Swedish krona (~ $70 million USD) through convertible bonds. Tennenbaum Capital Partners is an American firm that specializes in… Read More

Google And Amazon Talk About Managing Drone Traffic At CES

prime-air_04 Figuring out how to manage drone traffic over the United States to allow for drone delivery services and other drone-based service is going to be critical if Amazon and Google ever want to deliver packages to the backyards of their customers. Earlier this week, Amazon’s VP of Global Public Policy Paul Misener and Dave Vos, Google’s lead of Project Wing, as well as… Read More

CrunchWeek: YouTube Green, Earningspalooza, And #Jacklash

crunchweek-4-3 Matt: Hey, let’s talk about earnings on CrunchWeek. Megan: Drew: Can you please say that on the show, Megan? ——————– Welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, TechCrunch’s weekly roundup show where we talk the biggest things in tech. This week we’re chatting about YouTube Red, Alphabet and Amazon earnings and Twitter Flight,… Read More
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