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To beat SMS, Facebook Messenger eats SMS

Surround and conquer is Facebook’s new strategy for getting people to switch from SMS to Messenger. You can now read and send old-school text messages from inside Facebook Messenger for Android. With this near-global rollout of the SMS feature, Facebook is touting ease, as you won’t have to jump back and forth between chat interfaces if your […]

To beat SMS, Facebook Messenger eats SMS

Surround and conquer is Facebook’s new strategy for getting people to switch from SMS to Messenger. You can now read and send old-school text messages from inside Facebook Messenger for Android. With this near-global rollout of the SMS feature, Facebook is touting ease, as you won’t have to jump back and forth between chat interfaces if your […]

AI fools humans with fake sound effects

The auditory Turing test has been defeated. When MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab researchers showed videos of a drumstick hitting and brushing through various objects, subjects were fooled into believing that the sounds they heard actually came from the objects and materials on screen. They did not. Instead, a computer programmed to analyze […]

Bits: Why Microsoft Likes LinkedIn

Photo So what does Microsoft get for $26.2 billion? On Monday, the world’s largest software company paid that much for LinkedIn, the world’s premier online job site, reports Nick Wingfield. It is by far the largest acquisition in Microsoft’s history, though not the biggest deal of 2016. That is Shire’s $30 billion purchase of Baxalta, […]

First Words: Just How ‘Smart’ Do You Want Your Blender to Be?

Photo Credit Illustration by Javier Jaén. Blender: trekandshoot, via Dreamstime. In the land rush to digitize the world, the home is the new frontier. Over the past few years, practically every household item within reach has been technologically upgraded and rendered “smart”: toothbrushes, cutlery, baby monitors, refrigerators, thermostats, slow cookers, sprinkler systems, sex toys, even […]

Alibaba Trying to Shore Up Investors’ Confidence

Photo The Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, China. In China, Alibaba operates online sales platforms that connect consumers with mom-and-pop stores, as well as global brands like Burberry and Zara. Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press HONG KONG — The Alibaba Group of China has disappointed investors since its record-breaking American stock listing nearly two years […]

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