Some Facebook uses are getting this awesome WhatsApp feature right now

FACEBOOK has begun blurring the lines between the social media platform and its WhatsApp messaging service by pulling in this controversial new feature. By LUKE EDWARDS Facebook has added a new feature to the social media platform that now allows users to share information across to WhatsApp. Facebook owns the messaging service WhatsApp and has reportedly […]

Google to showcase AI advances at its big conference

  By RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER   Google is likely to again put artificial intelligence in the spotlight at its annual developers conference Thursday. The company’s digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, could gain new abilities to handle tasks such as making restaurant reservations without human hand-holding. Google may also unveil updates to […]

Amazon patents ‘voice-sniffing’ algorithms

Amazon says it does not eavesdrop on customers’ conversations to target advertising at them, after it emerged it had patented “voice-sniffing” tech. The patent describes listening to conversations and building a profile of customers’ likes and dislikes. Reports speculated that Amazon would deploy the technology in its voice-activated Echo speakers. But Amazon said it did […]

Instagram rolls out Focus portrait mode for videos and photos

Josh Constine   Instagram  is one-upping Apple with a portrait mode feature that runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video, not just photos. Last month TechCrunch reported about a Focus feature buried in Instagram’s code which began publicly testing a week later. Now Instagram is rolling out Focus, which blurs the background while keeping someone’s face […]

President Obama ‘made the best decisions he could’ about Russia, former advisor Valerie Jarrett says

On Recode Decode, Jarrett says tech companies should work with the government to safeguard democracy. By Eric Johnson As a senior White House advisor for all eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, Valerie Jarrett says Obama used to ask his staff, “When are you going to bring me the easy decisions?” “And we’d go, ‘Oh no, we […]

Facebook is reportedly delaying the launch of its smart speaker because of the disastrous Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook won’t preview its Portal smart speaker at its F8 developer conference in May — partly because of public outrage over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Business Insider first reported on Portal’s existence last August. The smart speaker will feature a large touchscreen, voice calling, and a digital assistant, rivalling speakers such as the Amazon Echo […]