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Artificial intelligence and racism

Apr 16, 2:00AM

AI-racism AI is here — although Microsoft’s blunder with Tay, the “teenaged girl AI” embodied by a Twitter account who “turned racist” shows that we obviously still have a long ways to go. The pace of advancement, mixed with our general lack of knowledge in the realm of artificial intelligence, has spurred many to chime in on the emerging topic of AI and ethics.… Read More

Game Review: Chameleon Run

Apr 16, 1:49AM

c-run-thumb Chameleon Run launched a little over a week ago and has been heavily promoted by Apple. Admittedly, I love this game and I am not the only one. Chameleon Run is an auto-runner where you fly through the air bouncing off platforms, see-saws and slides to make your way to the end of each level. It costs roughly $2 on both iOS and Android and there is no free version. Yet, it’s on the paid… Read More

Jony Ive designs one-off iPad Pro and accessories for charity auction

Apr 16, 12:11AM

00_apple-inc Want some serious bragging rights in the tech community? Why? Inquire within yourself whether this craving for attention is healthy, and if you still want those rights, consider bidding on this one-of-a-kind iPad Pro and accessories designed by Jony Ive. It’s for a good cause, or at least you can tell yourself that. Read More

Apple doesn't consider government intrusion a primary iPhone security threat, yet

Apr 15, 10:31PM

CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 21:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Apple headquarters on March 21, 2016 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to update its iPhone and iPad lines, and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Despite Apple’s highly publicized sparring match with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, security engineers pushed back against the idea of Apple as an opponent to the government in a meeting with reporters. Senior Apple engineers feel that government intrusion is not their primary threat model when designing iPhone security and said… Read More

Apple tells NY judge FBI has 'utterly failed' to prove it needs help unlocking iPhones

Apr 15, 10:22PM

apple-vs-fbi-logo-seal Apple has strong words for the Justice Department. The simple fact that the feds unlocked a phone without any help shows that they didn’t need it in the first place, Apple asserts: “The government has utterly failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that Apple’s assistance in this case is necessary.” Read More

Live video viewing up 86% over last year in MLB's At Bat app, thanks to addition of multitasking

Apr 15, 10:12PM

mlb-at-bat When Apple introduced multitasking in iOS 9, MLB was one of the new feature’s early adopters in its At Bat application for iPad. Today, the organization is releasing some new numbers on what impact the introduction of split-screen viewing and picture-in-picture has on engagement and video viewing minutes in its application. In short? The news is good. Very, very good indeed. The… Read More

CRISPR creates a way out of regulation for GMO food

Apr 15, 10:03PM

9987513376_0c4d7100ff_k Genetically modified crops are in the midst of a metamorphosis thanks to new gene-editing technology. The latest example is a white button mushroom genetically edited using CRISPR, or the ability to snip out and rearrange parts of an organism’s DNA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it won’t regulate the mushroom because it doesn’t pose a possible threat like GMO… Read More

RebelMouse's new Discovery tool helps publishers find the right people to promote their stories

Apr 15, 8:46PM

rebelmouse Social media startup RebelMouse has created a new tool for publishers — Rebel Discovery, which helps those publishers identify the social media accounts that they should be sharing stories with for maximum impact. Founder and CEO Paul Berry said that when you publish a story, there are probably many Facebook Pages or Twitter accounts that would be happy to post a link — not… Read More

This tattoo-like display is made possible by a new ultra-thin protective 'E-skin'

Apr 15, 8:01PM

F1.large It sounds like something out of Star Trek: a patch thinner than a band-aid that you slap on your arm and, within moments, it lights up with heart rate, blood sugar, and so on — then peels off a few days later. That’s the goal of work by researchers at the University of Tokyo. Read More

ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

Apr 15, 7:26PM

A teacher builds a "Class Story" using ClassDojo. ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school. Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the school day, means parents are apprised of what their kids are experiencing and how… Read More

Huawei unveils its own mobile VR headset

Apr 15, 6:05PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 12.29.04 PM Another handset maker is getting into the headset game. Huawei announced its entry into the world of mobile virtual reality today with multiple versions of a Gear VR-like headset simply called “Huawei VR” Engadget reports. Huawei unveiled Huawei VR at a Shanghai launch event for the P9 and P9 Plus smartphones today. The headset is almost entirely a clone of the Gear VR in that… Read More

Google's Chrome Web Store will boot apps and extensions violating new user data guidelines

Apr 15, 5:54PM

Chrome lapel pin Google is cleaning up its Chrome Web Store – the marketplace where you can browse for extensions and apps for its Chrome web browser. The company says it’s making changes to browser’s User Data Policy, which will now require developers to be more transparent about how they handle customer data, and which will require user consent when data is collected, among other… Read More

David Plouffe to talk at Disrupt NY about his move from the White House to Uber strategic adviser

Apr 15, 5:30PM

6264343875_b198f8e9a9_o What do Barack Obama and Uber have in common? The answer is David Plouffe. In 2008, Plouffe was Barack Obama’s campaign manager. He then became a White House adviser. As Washington and Silicon Valley are getting closer, Plouffe joined Uber in 2014 as Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, later settling into Uber’s Chief Advisor and a Member of the Board of Directors. And… Read More

Uber and Lyft drivers need to obtain business licenses in order to drive in SF

Apr 15, 5:06PM

Lyft_Pink_Mustache If you’re a driver for Lyft and/or Uber, and drive in San Francisco seven or more days a year, the city requires you to obtain a business license, the SF Chronicle reported today. “We have serious concerns with the City’s plan to collect and display Lyft drivers’ personal information in a publicly available database,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to… Read More

Apple partners with WWF to launch week-long Earth Day initiative, Apps for Earth

Apr 15, 4:58PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 12.56.02 PM Apple is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund to raise money for the conservation organization through in-app purchases. Already started, the initiative will last until April 24, during which time users will have access to exclusive in-app content created specifically for the campaign by 24 different app developers, with 27 total apps in the collection. All of the proceeds from the purchase… Read More

Superspin research project aims to drive more energy efficient computing

Apr 15, 4:09PM

google-servers-datacenter Scientists at Cambridge University are working on combining two fields of solid state physics research, spintronics and superconductors, in order to develop what they hope could become the foundation for the next generation of datacenter technology — perhaps within the next decade. Read More

Hulu's smarter, more personalized Watchlist rolls out to all users

Apr 15, 4:00PM

Watchlist Hulu’s revamped “Watchlist,” the section on its service that helps users track their favorite shows, is now exiting beta and being rolled out to all users, the company announced this morning. Along with the launch, Hulu is also introducing several new features based on what it learned during the testing period, including suggested actions, alerts for new shows, and a new… Read More

China is now #2 in iOS revenue, behind the U.S.

Apr 15, 3:40PM

china-ios-malware Earlier this year, app store analytics firm App Annie predicted that China could overtake both the U.S. and Japan in terms of revenue generated from iOS applications as soon as this year. The year isn’t yet half over, but that prediction appears to be on its way to coming true: China has just moved past Japan to take the number two position for iOS revenue – up from third place… Read More

GV leads $40M Series B in Quartet, its first investment in a mental healthcare startup

Apr 15, 3:34PM

c-run Quartet Health, a company that wants to close the gap between physical and mental healthcare, has raised a $40 million Series B led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Existing investors Oak HC/FT Partners, F-Prime Capital Partners, and Polaris Partners also returned for the round. Read More

13 TechCrunch stories you don't want to miss this week

Apr 15, 3:30PM

mark zuckerberg f8 It was a futuristic week in tech as Facebook laid out its 10 year plan at F8, SpaceX landed a rocket on a drone ship in the middle of the ocean, and another $100M was pledged to send spacecraft to Alpha Centauri. These are tech’s biggest headlines of the week. Read More

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