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    Dropcam’s slow slide into Nest — and therefore Google — begins

    Dropcam users are being asked to create Nest accounts — regardless of whether or not they own a Nest product — so they can use “new features and improvements” to their cameras. The Verge reports that the new accounts will be used to support some of the integrations Nest promised when it acquired Dropcam for around $555 million in cash June 2014. It will also ensure that Dropcam customers have agreed to Nest’s updated terms…
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    Should consumers be worried their televisions are spying on them?

    Samsung has warned consumers that its smart televisions send information to third parties. Because people can ask the televisions to do something with their voices, much like Apple’s Siri or Google Now, information pertaining to “spoken words” is among this shared dataset. This sparked a controversy in which the Daily Beast’s Shane Harris warned against talking about felonies in front of a smart television set and Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Parker Higgins compared Samsung’s privacy policy to (what else?)…
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    Google Now learns even more about your likes, habits, and activities

    Google has taken another step towards knowing everything about its users. The company announced today that Google Now, the virtual assistant software that promises to provide information before a consumer even knows she needs it, will now be able to collect and present relevant data from some 40 third-party applications. Here’s one example, from the blog post announcing the platform’s expansion, of how this ability to showcase information from other apps might work for consumers: In the morning, catch up on news of…
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    Microsoft announces its own personal assistant years after everyone stopped caring

    Microsoft today announced that Cortana, a digital assistant named after an artificial intelligence from the “Halo” series, will ship with its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. It will first be available as a beta in the United States and will later expand to China and Europe. Cortana can search the Web, perform simple tasks, and answer your questions whenever it has an Internet connection. It will also monitor your Web searches and frequently-visited locations in an effort to present information…
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    Predictions from abroad: Tablet photography and voice dictation are coming in a big way

    After three weeks of traveling through New Zealand I’ve come to an unexpected conclusion: tablet photography is here to stay. Moreover, I’m not convinced that’s a bad thing. Blasphemy, I know. It’s one of several things that stood out among the mobile usage patterns I observed while spending extended time away from the US. (Another being that we’re in for an explosion in the use of voice dictation and virtual assistants. I’ll get to that in a moment.) Time and…
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    Google: World domination starts today

    Right off the bat in Google’s conference call to discuss earnings Thursday, CEO Larry Page had this to say: “People tend to overestimate the impact of technology in the short-term, yet underestimate the scale of change longer term.” Substitute “Google” for “technology” in that sentence – which may in fact be the subtext Page was going for – and it still rings true. Every quarter, analysts ask Page for updates on some of the company’s more ambitious projects like…
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    Aviate is a context-aware homescreen replacement meant to bring Android into the future

    The old Web was built on the assumption that people wanted to quickly and easily find information. Companies fought to build the best search engines, changed their websites to get a better ranking on whichever engine won, and purchased ads just in case their efforts didn’t work as well as intended. Finding something on the Internet was like hunting for a suicidal animal praying for its hide to be punctured by as many arrows as possible. The new Web is…
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    AppMesh gets $3M from CRM veterans to play David to Salesforce’s Goliath

    It’s easy to look at the CRM market and conclude that Salesforce has won, so why bother competing. But two former employees of the SaaS giant, Leo Tenenblat and Tom Tobin, say nothing could be further from the truth. The pair founded AppMesh in early 2012 and launched a mobile-first CRM system that aims to put the needs of end users before those of enterprise managers and CIOs. Today, the company received a major vote of confidence coming in…
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    You are your daybook: Tempo AI raises $10 million to build a smarter calendar

    Calendar apps are treasure troves of personal information. They know that your birthday is on Monday, your dentist’s appointment is on Tuesday, and your bi-annual lunch with your mother-in-law is on Wednesday. And, if you’re patient enough to deal with cludgy interfaces and disparate services that don’t communicate well with each other, you might be able to access some of that information yourself. Maybe. Dealing with many existing calendar applications is a bit like dealing with email: There’s too much…
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    Any.do announces Cal, a proudly not-so-smart calendar app

    In an age of “smart” everything – phone, TV, scale, watch, fridge – here’s an idea that’s refreshingly contrarian: build an app that’s not so smart. Not dumb. Just one that doesn’t try to be smart enough to do everything for a user. That’s the idea behind Cal, a new calendar app announced today by the startup Any.do. The big draw of the app is a nice-looking, fluid interface, which automatically changes according to where you are in your…
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    Weotta can deliver your ultimate local recommendations, if you’ll let it

    It can be creepy to realize how well machines can know us and predicts our wants and needs. But at the same time, it’s part of the magical future that we were all promised. As we share more and more data about ourselves and machine learning and predictive analytics continue to improve this omnipotent guardian angel effect will only increase. Today, Weotta is launching what it calls the first take-me-out app to include intention-mapping. In other words, the app…
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    The race to a “smart” television is over. Xbox won

    Microsoft’s vision for television’s future looks a lot like the future of personal computers. The company today revealed the Xbox One, a combination Windows device, videogame console, and set-top box meant to inject Xbox — and Microsoft — into everything you might use a television for, whether it’s watching a football game, video-conferencing with family, playing games, or browsing the Web. Xbox One effectively creates what might be called the first genuinely “smart” television. You’ll be able to talk…
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    Don’t confuse Google’s ubiquity for openness

    No one has embraced “open” and cross-platform technologies the way Google has — or at least that’s what the company would like for you to think. The company develops some of its best products for iOS, despite competing with Apple’s operating system with Android. It develops new services, like the Google Play game services or Hangouts, and makes them immediately available outside of it’s own ecosystem. And, of course, it is able to maintain its “open” image despite becoming…
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    The future of search: Answer, converse, anticipate

    Answer. Converse. Anticipate. Those are the verbs that Google believes will lead to “the end of search as we know it.” Google doesn’t want search to be restricted to a sparse landing page and a specific query. It wants search to become something as ubiquitous as oxygen and as powerful as devices that previously existed only in science fiction. “Like many of you, I was captivated by ‘Star Trek.’ I dreamt of building that computer one day,” said Google’s Amit…
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    Google Now on iOS is neither Google nor Now

    By now you’ve probably heard that Google has brought Google Now, its virtual assistant, to iOS. And it’s true — Google has brought Google Now’s most-obvious feature, the information-packed Cards that tell users about the weather, traffic, flight information, and a whole slew of other categories, to the iPhone and iPad. But this isn’t the Google Now that’s been shipping on Android devices for the last year. It’s a less-functional imitation of itself that, despite all that it…
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    Sherpa takes on Google Now and other personal assistants. Here’s what’s different

    Here’s yet another personal assistant app in a space that is becoming fast crowded — and where others have died before. Empowered by the idea that mobile will make everything different, there are some notables: Google Now, Tempo, Grokr, and of course Siri. Add one more to the mix: Sherpa, an iOS app that launch today in closed beta. It also announced $1.1 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, InterWest Partners, and angels. It’s…

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