Apps & Software

Apple’s Siri may have kicked-off the voice-enabled personal assistant trend, but it’s Amazon’s Alexa that is winning the game. A week ago, Amazon announced it was releasing the Alexa Appkit, in hopes that hobbyist and legit developers will integrate the chatty voice technology behind the Echo into their own software and devices. The world’s largest e-tailer has opened up its technology out for free. "By adding Alexa to your device, your users can request and receive information in the same way they would from an Amazon Echo," re...
Ever wondered what it's like to have a wearable display that doesn't spell out privacy concerns? Introducing Vufine, a camera-free versatile display, similar to Google Glass, that one can easily wear and get access to great display quality on the go. This new toy in town can be mounted on any wearable glass with the help of its magnetic dock. It comes with a 720p display. It can be attached to any smartphone or tablet to be used as a second display. For camera, Vufine also works as a viewfinder, for example if you need to capture a...
Google Tone is most likely not what you think. It has zero to do with music, for one, or for doling out in any way to which we’re used to. Okay, it’s pretty much based on sound, but not sound that we as being can hear. There are no locations, digital handshakes, or encryption keys involved here. Ironically, network security is amusingly naked, on the other hand, blocking out wire tappers is as easy as pie. There are no locations, computerized handshakes, or encryption keys. Google Tone is a Chrome browser extension that is confined...
Global warming and climate change is an especially troublesome issue to envision. The perils it causes – can appear to be sufficiently distant to be shrouded in a cloudy impalpability, which prompts lack of care. Moreover, it’s human nature to not react to issues unless they’re right there in the face. Therefore, California’s Marin County government is introducing new device - OWL that will permits its residents to look into the future, to see definitely what it will look like when ocean level rises lands on their doorstep. The rev...
It’s a tough life being an internet police, online moderator that is. Spending cold, dewy mornings to insomniac nights in rotas of hourly shifts staring at the computer that soothingly chimes as more and more comments appear in the thread. Being genned up on private conversations, tiffs, suicide-related posts, spamming, harassment, hate speech, commercial solicitations, threats, and even the dark, inane side of online networking. What happens on the dark side is something you’ll never see, but occasionally catch a rare glimpse of it w...
Facebook owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp has updated its web interface that was launched earlier this year in January, to include a handful of new features that enable increased control over your chats and group conversations that take place on your browser. WhatsApp on Web, the browser version, that allowed users to carry out WhatsApp chats via a desktop or laptop had major setbacks and was pretty-much simplistic. The newly added features will help users use more options, such as editing their profile photo and status mes...
The frenzied, pop-culture jamboree ‘San Diego Comic Con’ in downtown San Diego has literally evolved over the years into a stupendous spectacle of comic books, film, television, video games, products and now virtual reality - but only this time taking you into the action-packed, epic-fantasy world of Azeroth. At the preview night for Comic Con 2015, and Legendary Pictures virtual reality made a debut by announcing a virtual reality tryst with Google. People sweating in lines to see a couple of film clips and stars got a rare glimps...
On July 5, 2015 an anti-surveillance crusader blazoned a ginormous, 400 gigabyte chunk on Bit Torrent of internal documents from the mysterious Italian surveillance firm Hacking Team on the company’s official Twitter feed. Five days after suffering the massive attack, the security firm is still scrimmaging to cap the damage and figure out how exactly the perpetrators racked up the data breach. The anonymous hacker hijacked HT’s official Twitter account and continued to post screenshots of email communications, client lists – includ...
Marijuana legalization is inevitable. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have liberalized marijuana laws already. While Colorado and Washington state are taking a more traditional approach by establishing ‘regulated markets’, Washington, D.C. is condemning it with a new system “grow and give”. It means that ‘potrepreneurs’ hoping to cash in on the reefer rush, have to rely on ‘gift economy’ where they’re allowed to grow Mary Jane, smoke it, and give it away – but, not cash in on it. Heck, growing pot is tricky, if you...
Breathe in Data, Breathe out Poetry? This is the future of poetry. Data as the birthing ground for grand, extravagant, allegorical verses written by robots. Yes, it is. Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science will be holding three Turing Tests in Creativity that will benchmark the "humanness" of machine-generated verse, writing and, DJ sets. The competition will be held all through the next academic year and will be open to contestants around the globe. The competition hinges on British computer pioneer and cod...
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