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Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

 The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant.
We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered with Johnson Controls to develop a product called GLAS.
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These cool Lenovo AI concept products make us excited about the future

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Google Home. Amazon Echo. Apple HomePod. Lenovo SmartCast+?

The company that brought you the Yoga Book has big plans for an artificially intelligent smart-device future — plans that it will reveal at the June 20 third annual Lenovo Tech World conference in Shanghai. 

The Chinese company has created a host of concept products that it says demonstrate its “vision for the future of AI.”

“We believe an intelligent future makes people’s lives better, and that starts with smart devices,” a spokesperson wrote in a press release. “Cloud enabled devices – such as PCs, tablets, smartphones, smart speakers, smart TV and AR/VR – bring you content, services and experiences in a new way.” Read more…

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Apple is secretly funding a legal battle against a rival

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Suits, countersuits, and everything in between. When Apple and billions of dollars are involved, you know things are going to get messy. 

Well, messy and interesting. Because, in what can only be read as a “don’t mess with us” play from Apple CEO Tim Cook, it turns out that the Cupertino-based behemoth is financially backing the legal defense of four iPhone manufacturers in their battle with Qualcomm — a company that just so happens to own the chip technology that allows iPhones to connect to cell data networks. 

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Facebook launches Groups for Pages, unlocking fan clubs and street teams

 With Facebook’s newest feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors, and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers. Today Facebook globally launched Groups For Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. Facebook first quietly tested the feature in March, but today… Read More

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Socially responsible investing is getting easier with help from Betterment

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Socially responsible investing is popular, and Betterment is finally getting in on the action. 

The roboadvisor is adding a socially responsible investment portfolio for Betterment customers, providing users with a way to easily direct money to companies that have broader goals than just turning profit.

Betterment users rely on the company’s roboadvisor technology to manage their savings automatically. The roboadvisor acts like a traditional financial advisor and chooses which stocks and bonds to invest in for the best financial performance based on a variety of factors dictated by users.

Like in most diversified portfolios, though, that sometimes puts customers’ savings behind companies whose ethics they might not agree with, whether because of labor practices, social policies or ties to fossil fuels.  Read more…

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Google introduces the feed, a news stream of your evolving interests

 More than four years after the launch of Google Now, the company has fully dissolved its AI assistant into the DNA of many of its core product offerings. Nowhere is this impact more evident than in search, where Google has significantly shaken up its philosophy on what a term like “search” even means when you know so much about users and their interests. Today, Google is delivering… Read More

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Remotely hacking ships shouldn’t be this easy, and yet …

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The Internet of Things has shown us time and time again that nothing connected to the internet is safe from hackers, and yet we’ve mostly written off security-camera fueled botnets as someone else’s problem. 

But what if the thing in question happens to be a boat loaded with weapons?

A group of cybersecurity researchers is having a field day online with the discovery that the configuration of certain ships’ satellite antenna systems leaves them wide open to attack — and the possible consequences are startling. Read more…

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Apple is working on a way to let you covertly call 911 in an emergency

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Calls to emergency services could become just a fingerprint away, thanks to Apple’s latest innovation.

A patent application from Apple published Tuesday, according to CNBC, described technology that would trigger a 911 call in a way that is designed to hide your actions from attackers. 

This “panic command,” when activated, would provide your location to first responders. It could also livestream audio or video from the phone.

The current means of phoning 911 are “readily apparent to someone watching,” explains the author of the patent application. With this new technology, a user could appear to comply with an attacker’s request to unlock his or her phone, but actually covertly call 911. Read more…

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A security researcher just revealed a huge Myspace security flaw. (And yes you should care.)

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Tom, u up? MySpace — you know that game-changing social media platform that you created and sold — appears to have some serious security issues, dude. 

Security researcher Leigh-Anne Galloway shared a blog post on Monday detailing a huge security flaw she spotted on Myspace’s account recovery page back in April. 

“In April this year whilst roaming the plains of the wild world web, I stumbled across an old Myspace account of mine,” Galloway explains in the post. “Attempting to gain access and delete the account I discovered a business process so flawed it deserves its own place in history.” Read more…

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Desktop Metal gets $115 million in funding to deliver metal 3D printing for manufacturing

 Desktop Metal has already earned a number of fans with its 3D printed metal technology — Lowe’s, Caterpillar and BMW were all among its earliest clients. As first noted by CNBC, the Massachusetts-based startup is also getting some healthy monetary support, adding $115 million of venture funds to its coffers this week. The Series D features a number of high profile names, including… Read More