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Amazon accused of poor working conditions at supplier factory

Monday  15:31,   11 june 2018
cnet

The factory is owned by Foxconn, which also makes Apple’s iPhones.Workers putting together Echo speakers and Kindles among other Amazon products are subjected to work over 100 hours of overtime every month in exchange for low pay at the firm's[...]

Uber could teach its AI to know when you're drunk

Monday  15:31,   11 june 2018
engadget

Problematic transportation outfit Uber is thinking about a way to use your phone to determine if you've been drinking. A patent application was uncovered by CNN, entitled "Predicting user state using machine learning," which outlines[...]

Apple introduces the A.I. phone

Monday  11:15,   11 june 2018
techcrunch

At Apple's WWDC 2018 - an event some said would be boring this year with its software-only focus and lack of new MacBooks and iPads - the company announced what may be its most important operating system update to date, with the introduction of[...]

Working out with your Apple Watch is about to get even better

Monday  11:15,   11 june 2018
cnet

The five new fitness features coming to the Apple Watch in WatchOS 5.Here are the key fitness upgrades coming with WatchOS 5 in the[...]

Google Adding More Languages To Google Home AI Assistant

Monday  11:15,   11 june 2018
ibtimes

Google is reportedly in the process of providing its Google Home speaker’s AI with support for up to 30 languages.Google is planning to bring support for more languages to its Google Assistant AI, so that its Google Home speaker could appeal to more [...]

Facebook alerts 14M to privacy bug that changed status composer to public

Friday  15:45,   08 june 2018
techcrunch

Facebook has another privacy screwup on its hands. Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan wrote to TechCrunch in a statement: “We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their[...]

Earth-Sized Rocky Exoplanets, Super-Earths Discovered

Friday  15:45,   08 june 2018
ibtimes

The distant exoplanets were identified in the data gathered by the K2 mission of NASA’s Kepler satellite. Essentially, due to their orbits, the planets kept blocking the light from their respective stars from time to time, creating transits which[...]

Apple warns suppliers of lower parts orders for new iPhones: Nikkei

Friday  15:45,   08 june 2018
reuters

Apple Inc has asked its parts suppliers to manufacture about 20 percent fewer components for iPhones in the second half of 2018, the Nikkei on Friday reported, sending the iPhone maker's stock down 2 percent.Apple expects total shipments of[...]

Speech recognition triggers fun AR stickers in Panda's video app

Friday  15:44,   08 june 2018
techcrunch

Panda has built the next silly social feature Snapchat and Instagram will want to steal. Panda is surprising and delightful. It's also a bit janky, created by a five person team with under $1 million in funding. Building a video chat app[...]

Instagram adds ability to re-share story posts from friends

Friday  15:44,   08 june 2018
cnet

Limited to stories you're mentioned in.If a friend tags you in their story, you'll get a notification in your direct message thread with them. Since Thursday's update -- for 24 hours -- you'll be able to tap and see their story as a sticker,[...]

Instagram plans to launch Snapchat Discover-style video hub

Friday  11:15,   08 june 2018
techcrunch

Instagram is preparing to unveil a home for longer-form video -- a YouTube competitor and its take on Snapchat Discover. The public shouldn't expect Netflix Originals or HBO-level quality. This is not "InstaGame Of Thrones".  Instead,[...]

Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars

Friday  11:15,   08 june 2018
nationalgeographic

Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.This engineering marvel, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, has revolutionized our understanding of the red planet. And thanks to the intrepid[...]

Facebook makes it easier to find and support game streamers

Friday  11:15,   08 june 2018
engadget

Facebook hasn't been shy about its plans to challenge game streaming services like Twitch, Mixer and YouTube Gaming, and it's taking that effort to its next logical step. At the same time, Facebook is giving new streamers more[...]

Google bars uses of its artificial intelligence tech in weapons

Friday  11:15,   08 june 2018
reuters

<p>Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or unreasonable surveillance efforts under new standards for its business decisions in the nascent field, the Alphabet Inc unit said on Thursday.</p>The[...]

Essential rolls out Android P Beta, despite sale rumors

Thursday  15:15,   07 june 2018
engadget

Bloomberg recently reported that Andy Rubin's Essential is in a big enough trouble that the Android founder is considering giving it up for sale . The company didn't confirm if there's truth to that, but it doesn't look like it's letting any[...]