Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Google Home can now make calls and it won’t cost you a dime

Google has just pushed an update to its Home smart speaker that lets you make calls to any phone number in the US and Canada for free. As with its other features, you can place a call with your voice: just say, “Hey Google, Call Abhimanyu,” or whoever else you’ve been dying to talk to, and it’ll do your bidding instantly over Wi-Fi. It’ll recognize your voice to load your own contacts, so when you ask it to “Call Dad,” it’ll phone your father and not someone else’s. Plus, you can also ask Home to ring businesses by name, even…

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How entrepreneurs can build a website for the modern economy

The most exciting time in any company’s life cycle is a period of strong, sustained growth. While winning is rewarding, sometimes what got you there is what will keep you from getting to the next level. When many startup founders are riding the crest of a wave, they’re most susceptible to the temptation that they’ve figured it all out. Although it seems counterintuitive, the risk is real: success today can sow the seeds of future tomorrow. However, only 10 percent of the Fortune 500 from 50 years ago are on the list today. We know the stories of Circuit City,…

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Blurry Apple ‘leak’ shows 60-inch OLED TV could be on the way

Rumors have been floating around about a 4k Apple TV for ages now, but maybe those rumors are a bit more literal than anticipated. A ‘leak’ on Chinese social network Weibo purports to show an actual Apple television unit, not just a set top box. I say leak in quotes because there’s nothing to suggest it’s a real product so far. Those who’ve been following along know that Apple has been rumored to be working on a TV panel for many years, but the company apparently canceled those plans back in 2014. The Weibo leak suggests the company hasn’t abandoned…

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Stop trying to ‘go offline’ and learn to set priorities instead

One thing the news media doesn’t shy away from is telling you about how your technology use is out of control. Your kids are getting too much screen time. We’re costing businesses billions wasting company time on YouTube and Facebook. Experts say the reason your relationships are so screwed up is because you spend too much time checking emails and not enough time checking-in with people. So isn’t the answer to just calm-it-the-hell-down? Starting right now let’s all just stop looking at screens when we’re with family, at work, or on vacation. And, for extra measure, we’ll also just take…

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You can now ask Google Maps questions with new Q&A feature

Google today announced it was adding a Q&A feature to Google Maps and Search for Android users. When you look at a Maps page for the business or landmark, you will have the option to see questions others have asked of the business, as well as ask your own. You’ll be notified when someone else — or the owner of the page itself — answers any of your questions. The questions will be part of the page, so when you find the page on Maps or when you search for it, you’ll see it. You can upvote helpful questions, which will appear…

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Barack Obama’s Charlottesville tweet is now the most-liked in history

A tweet sent by former US President Barack Obama last week just became the most-liked in Twitter’s history. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017 The tweet was made in response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left three people dead. It shows a picture of Obama greeting several children of different ethnicities, along with a quote (the first in a series of three) from Nelson Mandela’s biography. At the time of writing, it’s received over 3.4…

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Zen Protocol is the next step for cryptocurrency smart-contracts

Zen Protocol (ZP) came out of stealth mode earlier this month to present an alternative to Ethereum. ZP is a platform designed to make moving Bitcoin and other assets with smart-contracts easier, more efficient, and friendlier to noobs where it matters: in their wallets. It’s integrated with Bitcoin and supports multiple assets. It was built from the ground up to do more than simply manipulate Bitcoin, though. ZP’s website describes it as a blockchain for finance. We chatted up the creator of ZP, Adam Perlow, to find out what made it different than popular cryptocurrency smart-contract platform Ethereum: When we…

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