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Alexa is Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant. Developed by the Amazon Lab126, it was popularized by Amazon Echo. Amazon Alexa is capable of music playback, voice interaction, creating to-do lists, setting alarms, playing audiobooks and streaming podcasts. It also provides real-time information about traffic, weather, etc. Alexa uses itself as a home automation hub to control various smart devices. Amazon Alexa uses two languages, English and German, at present. Alexa was released in November 2014 alongside Echo. After the release...
Earlier today at Computex, Microsoft announced that it would open up the Windows Holographic platform to partners and hardware makers to build their own virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality devices. The platform actually powers the HoloLens and enables the device to blend real world objects and people into holographic or virtual surroundings. Additionally, the platform also allows developers to run Universal Windows Apps in virtual environments and also consolidates with the Redmond, Washington company’s cognitive ser...
Nick Lee is a legend among the developer community. Back in 2010, he tricked Apple into believing his creation was just another flashlight application like a hundred others. When it fact, the app contained a hidden code that allowed users to use their iPhone as a 3G modem. Unfortunately, the app was pulled down from iTunes store soon as news of its true nature appeared on the internet. A great story with a sad ending, the kind of story that Nick might someday tell his kids. In fact, it is one of the many great stories he might tell ...
A new version of the Apple Music app for Android rolled out today. The latest Apple Music update gives Android users access to music videos inside of Apple Music, which was previously exclusive to iOS users. Android users can also sign up or upgrade for a family billing plan, which gives access to six members of the family to Apple Music content for $14.99 a month, rather than $9.99 per month/user. Apple has been working on making videos a selling point of Apple Music. It is widely rumored and speculated that Apple is soon to introd...
Notorious fundraiser site CharityBuzz is auctioning off a lunch with Tim Cook and two VIP tickets to an Apple keynote event. All proceeds from the bid will go to Robert F. Kennedy for Justice and Human Rights group, where Cook recently joined the board. The lunch with the Apple CEO will take place at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. The hour-long lunch is valid for one winner and one guest. Meal costs are included, however, the bidder will have to pay for travel and the stay. While CharityBuzz has not let out any s...
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has one item on its wish list - a “secure messaging and transaction platform” for the U.S. military. The messaging platform would make use of standard encryption and security features of apps such as WhatsApp, Ricochet, or Signal, and also use a decentralized Blockchain-like backbone structure that would make it more resilient to cyberattacks and surveillance. According to a notice looking for proposals, which was recently posted online, DARPA aims to have “a secure messaging syst...
FBI director James Comey has dropped a hint at how much money the FBI paid to unlock the San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone. The answer is: “A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure.” Comey said during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum in London, when asked how much of tax-payers money was shelled out into the hacking technique provided by a still-unnamed “outside party”. This implies that the FBI spent more than $1.2 million for a hacking technique to open an iPhone...
Opera Software is rolling out an update to its desktop browser with a free integrated VPN service. The built-in VPN functionality can be accessed by a single click through a toggle in the address bar, making it one of the first mainstream browser makers to offer this. After users turn on the settings menu, they'll be allowed to switch between virtual locations. The browser will show other information like if the IP is exposed and check how much data has gone through its VPN servers. Users do not even need to sign up for an account ...
In an effort to make Android devices more accessible to people who suffer from visual, hearing and motor impairments, Google has launched a new Voice Access App that allows users to control their handset completely via voice commands. Though anybody can presumably be able to use it, it’s designed with specific groups of people in mind, especially to allow people with disabilities who may find it difficult to navigate around a touchscreen take better advantage of core Android functions in a hands-free manner. Currently, it's in beta...
In a surprise move, the company’s Nik Collection of apps, comprising even desktop plug-ins is now completely free, a $150 discount from the collection's normal price and just for a limited amount of time. Henceforth, the collection is not just free for anyone to download at any time but the company has also promised complete refund to every user who has already purchased the collection from the beginning of this year. Nik is the German company behind popular mobile editing app Snapseed and a range of plugins for Adobe Photoshop ...