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Microsoft Hits a Speech Recognition Milestone – Motley Fool

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

One of the biggest problems facing voice assistants like Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Echo, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Siri, and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Cortana is their struggles with conversational speech recognition. It’s one thing to slowly speak into your phone, device, or computer to ask something simple. Speaking conversationally as you normally do and having your artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant help is something entirely different. Microsoft has been one of the companies…

Spark email app now works with Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, and Apple’s Reminders app – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Software company Readdle announced today that it’s adding new third-party integrations to the Spark email app. Version 1.4 of Spark for macOS and Spark 1.9 on iOS will now work directly with Things, Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, Asana, and even Apple’s own Reminders app. Each service integration has gotten its own custom design from Readdle, which looks much more dynamic than the typical Share Sheet dialog box that often serves as…

FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees’ W-2 forms — scams that can put workers’ Social Security numbers and other crucial information in the hands of thieves. The government said 200 businesses, public schools, universities, Native American governments and nonprofits were victimized by these scams during this year’s tax filing season, resulting in the theft of several hundred thousand employees’ data. That’s…

The Great Tech Panic: The Internet Is the Uncanniest Valley – WIRED

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Of course, every metaphor carries its own baggage. For example, maybe bitcoin is “money.” Money surfaces all the emotional chaos surrounding credit, debt, thrift, riches, banks, bankruptcy. Or maybe bitcoin is a weapon, or cult esoterica. Maybe it’s the dark internet or benign nonsense. With any of those hypotheses comes a set of associations, aversions, even attractions. At the same time, metaphors are poor things that never adequately illuminate the…

Microsoft announces Age of Empires IV – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

It’s been a while, Age of Empires. More than a decade after Age of Empires III was released, publisher Microsoft Studios has announced that Age of Empires IV is in development and coming to PC. There’s no release window for the game; just the launch trailer above, filled with concept art of historical battles. But even that will be enough to get fans of the series excited. The first Age…

HP’s first Omen X gaming laptop includes easy access to upgrade parts – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

HP returned to the gaming world earlier this year with a new line of Omen products. While we’ve seen HP produce some cheaper gaming laptops and a high-end glowing desktop cube so far, we’ve been waiting for a high-end Omen laptop for enthusiasts. At Gamescom today, HP is launching the Omen X laptop, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a high-end gaming laptop. HP has opted for a…