Google Fixes 2 Annoying Quirks in Its Voice Assistant
 “Today, when people want to talk to any digital assistant, they’re thinking about two things: what do I want to get done, and how should I phrase my command in order to get that done,” Subramanya says. “I think that’s very unnatural. There’s a huge cognitive burden when people... Read more
Gartner says low-code, RPA, and AI driving growth in ‘hyperautomation’
Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Research firm Gartner estimates the market for hyperautomation-enabling technologies will reach $596 billion in 2022, up nearly 24% from the $481.6 billion in 2020. Gartner is expecting significant growth in the market for technology that... Read more
Ransomware crooks threaten to ID informants if cops don’t pay up
Getty Images Ransomware operators have delivered a stunning ultimatum to Washington, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department: pay them $50 million or they’ll leak the identities of confidential informants to street gangs. Babuk, as the group calls itself, said on Monday that it had obtained 250GB of sensitive data after hacking... Read more
Watch Samsung’s April Unpacked 2021 event here today
Samsung will host its third Unpacked event this year. Samsung Samsung is hosting yet another Unpacked event on Wednesday, its third so far in 2021. It’s not yet clear what the company will unveil at the virtual event, though rumors from earlier this year said Samsung plans to announce new Galaxy... Read more
Help! Should I Be More Ambitious?
Dear OOO, I like my job, mostly. The people are nice, the work is interesting, the pay is good, and I have a lot of flexibility. I’ve been here a long time, though, and sometimes I wonder: Am I an unambitious weirdo if I don’t try to level up?... Read more
AMD bets on strong demand for chips as revenue soars 93%
Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. (Reuters) — Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) raised its annual revenue forecast on Tuesday, betting on strong demand for its chips used in data centers and personal computers as its chief executive said she was confident... Read more
iPhone 12 in purple hands-on: Should you buy it or wait for iPhone 13?
The iPhone 12 got a fresh new purple at Apple’s Spring Loaded event. Apple Apple released a new color for the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini, and it’s purple. It goes on sale Friday, but I got my hands on an iPhone 12 with 256GB of storage in purple.... Read more
Remember When You Could See Inside a Gaming Console?
Not long after Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays, he granted his only interview about the matter to an American reporter. The reporter’s first question: “Is the invisible visible?” A lot of kids around the world started asking a version of that question in 1998, when Nintendo released the “atomic purple”... Read more
Microsoft beats Q3 revenue expectations, spurred by strong cloud sales
Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. (Reuters) — Microsoft on Tuesday met analysts’ quarterly sales expectations and beat profit estimates, but its shares fell slightly as investors hoped for an even stronger performance after a year-long rally to a massive market... Read more
Champions League: PSG vs. Man City start time, how to watch in the US, UK and Australia
Despite Barcelona’s woes, Lionel Messi is still having an incredible season. Javier Montano/DeFodi Images/Getty Images Now we’ve recovered from the madness that was the European Super League, we can concentrate on what actually matters: Football. The Champions League 2020/2021 is rapidly approaching its conclusion and there are now only... Read more