New Office 365 Features Help Build a Better Research Paper

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a slew of cloud-powered intelligent services in Office 365 apps that aim to assist research and writing efforts. Researcher lets users access the Bing Knowledge Graph to find and incorporate sources and content for research papers without leaving Word. Editor uses machine learning and national language processing, combined with input from…


Blogosphere Chews on Android Nougat

Google last week revealed the official name of its next mobile operating system: “Android Nougat.” The OS previously went only by “Android N,” and Google invited the blogosphere to fill in the blanks. The choice sparked some derision, particularly among those who had preferred “Nutella.” “What is nougat anyway?” asked John Jackson, a research VP…


Music Industry Boos Google’s Antipiracy Performance

Google on Wednesday released an update of its online antipiracy efforts. YouTube has generated more than US$2 billion to content copyright holders by monetizing user-uploaded content through its Content ID rights management system, Google said, adding that more than 90 percent of all Content ID claims result in monetization. YouTube also paid out more than…


The Internet of Medical Things, Part 2: Devices and Apps

Concerns have been multiplying in the United States over the creaks of a medical infrastructure that’s bearing the weight of an aging population. Current and upcoming members of the over-65 club are helping to drive a new age in healthcare, in which devices connect patients with caregivers, things get even smarter, and machines get even…


Google Opens Faster Big Data Pipe Between US and Japan

Google on Wednesday unveiled its latest investment in long-haul undersea fiber optic cabling. Dubbed the “Faster Cable System,” it is the highest-capacity undersea cable built to date, providing 60-Tbps (terabits per second) bandwidth between the United States and Japan. It is about 10 million times faster than an average cable modem, Google noted. Google is…


What would happen to Earth if all humans disappeared?

What would happen to our planet if all humans suddenly vanished is not a new question. But it’s still a fun thought exercise that gets you thinking about how much of our infrastructure and lifestyle relies on constant maintenance. Oh, and how quickly our dogs would forget how to sit when they got hungry. Mind…


5 things you can do to make your iPhone faster

Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are two of the fastest smartphones in the world. In fact, in real-world speed tests there’s no phone that can beat them. Last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are no slouches either, of course, and the iPhone SE and iPhone 5s are speedy little phones as…


Microsoft to Add Beam’s Live-Streaming Skills to Xbox

Microsoft last week announced a deal to acquire live-streaming startup Beam. It plans to use Beam’s interactive technology to enhance the Xbox Live experience. Beam, which was the winner of Techcrunch Disrupt earlier this year, has attracted a number of top investors, including Techstars, Courtside Ventures and Ore Ventures. The deal is designed to help…


Uber Revs Engine in Self-Driving Race

Uber on Thursday announced plans to begin testing semi-autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh later this month. Its first partially self-driving Volvo XC90 vehicles will be assigned at random to customers who use the company’s app, according to a Bloomberg report. Each of the prototype cars will have an actual human on board to act as copilot…


Why Your Brand Should Be On Snapchat Right Now

Once upon a time, Snapchat was just a hangout for the tween crowd trying to avoid the prying eyes of parents on Facebook. Now it’s one of the most popular social networks in the world, boasting over 200 million users. A whopping 71 percent of Snapchat users are 18-24 year olds and experts say the company…


Google Reports Web Traffic Encryption Progress

Google this week launched a section of its transparency report to track the progress of efforts to encrypt the Web, by both the company and third-party sites estimated to account for about 25 percent of Web traffic. The report will be updated weekly with information about progress the company has made toward implementing HTTPS by…


iPhone 7: Everything we know so far

In just a few short days, Apple is going to take the wraps off of its first brand new iPhone of the year. It won’t be the iPhone 7. In fact, it won’t be all that “brand new” either. Instead, the iPhone SE is expected to essentially be an iPhone 6 with a 4-inch screen…