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Google is planning to add Bluetooth to a new Chromecast dongle

Sharp-eyed Google watchers have noticed a rather interesting development over at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US – specifically that Google has registered a new Chromecast device with Bluetooth support. Now before you start dreaming about using Bluetooth headphones with your Chromecast or maybe beaming audio in the other direction, we don’t know anything about this new dongle yet. It’s not particularly clear what Google is planning with this Bluetooth support, and it’s made no official announcement yet.…

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Reddit hopes to relaunch cryptocurrency payments – and not just Bitcoin, either

Nan Palmero Reddit is hoping to reinstate cryptocurrency as an option for payment in the near future. Following the removal of Bitcoin as a payment option for Reddit Gold, in an interview with Cheddar on Thursday, Reddit chief technology officer (CTO) Chris Slowe indicated that this may not be permanent. Bitcoin was removed from the platform in March. The reason for removal of virtual coins as a payment option was placed at the feet of Coinbase, which discontinued its Merchant…

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How to watch Bellew vs Haye: live stream the big fight online from anywhere

It’s fight night! Forget the childish barbed comments and press conference scuffles, it’s time for serious business. It’s Bellew vs Haye 2: it’s the rematch of the year and this time it’s personal. Grudge matches like this don’t come around every Saturday night. An all UK rematch that has the entire boxing world’s attention. Over a year after the original epic fight where Bellew caused a major upset by knocking out Haye in the the 11th round, it’s time for…

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Automated kiosks are the future of retail, restaurants … even roach coaches

If, like me, you spend your idle minutes browsing the pages of venerable pizza-related trade publications for the latest saucy gossip, you may have come across the story of a South Florida pizza entrepreneur who recently kitted out his food truck with an automated kiosk. While doing research prior to buying the truck at the heart of Luv Pizzas, Bob Stephens learned customers tend to spend an unnecessarily long time at the window while making orders. When Stephens walked into…

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How to watch the Golovkin v Martirosyan fight: live stream the boxing online from anywhere

The Golovkin vs Martirosyan fight hasn’t even begun yet and there has already been a ton of drama in the run up to the bout. And you can live stream the whole thing from the comfort of your favorite device. Gennady Golovkin was set to have a big money rematch with Mexican boxer Saul Alvarez, but the latter failed a drug test and was banned from competing so the late replacement of Vanes ‘Nightmare’ Martirosyan has stepped up to the ring…

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Technology teams deserve good UX, too

User experience (UX) is the hot topic these days, and there has been plenty of discussion about making customers or other end-users of software as happy as possible. Often overlooked, however, is the UX that technology staff members are receiving — which often leaves something to be desired. After all, technology types don’t need to apply UX to themselves, right? Photo: Joe McKendrick This was the gist of a talk given by Amy Nguyen, infrastructure engineer with Stripe, who points…

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Apple admits iOS 11.3 bricks microphones on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models

This isn’t good news: Apple has acknowledged that iOS 11.3 and later versions have the potential to disable the microphone on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. If you’ve been struggling to make yourself heard on phone calls, now you know why. The issue can lead to a grayed-out speaker icon in the Phone app, or difficulties making yourself heard during phone calls or FaceTime chats. That’s according to an internal support document distributed to stores stocking Apple…

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Alibaba’s fourth quarter cloud revenue puts it on $2.8 billion annual run rate

Alibaba’s annual cloud revenue has topped $2.1 billion for its fiscal year as fourth quarter sales were up 103 percent. The company reported its fourth quarter results on Friday and the e-commerce giant fared well. The cloud business for Alibaba, a leading infrastructure as a service player in China, delivered fourth quarter cloud computing revenue of $699 million, or a nearly $2.8 billion annual run rate. Alibaba noted that its fourth quarter cloud sales got a boost by customer additions…

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Bing: search engines have a responsibility to get people out of their bubbles

Unless we specifically disable them, trackers are constantly watching us move around the web, building up a picture of our interests and biases. Then, algorithms reflect these opinions back at us, presenting us with news, articles and answers that support what we already think. We’re more likely to click things that fit our existing thoughts and interests – but wouldn’t objectivity be better? Jordi Ribas, corporate vice president of AI products at Bing, thinks so Ribas manages Microsoft’s search engine from…

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Can humans get a handle on AI?

Humanizing AI communication: What’s needed to make IoT devices sound better There was an interesting blend in the audience at O’Reilly’s AI conference that just wrapped up in New York. Beyond the usual crowd of unicorns, a.k.a. data scientists, there was a sufficiently sized management crowd to fill the room at the executive sessions. With AI all over the media and popular entertainment, you’d have to be living under a rock to not be familiar with the topic of AI,…

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