Google Assistant’s ‘Continued Conversation’ feature is now live

Google I/O was awash with Assistant news, but Duplex mystery aside, Continued Conversation was easily one of the most compelling announcements of the bunch. The feature is an attempt to bring more naturalized conversation to the AI — a kind of holy grail with these sorts of smart assistants.

Continued Conversation is rolling out to Assistant today for users in the U.S. with a Home, Home Mini and Home Max. The optional setting is designed to offer a more natural dialogue, so users don’t have to “Hey Google” Assistant every time they have a request. Google offers the following example in a blog post that just went up,

So next time you wake up and the skies are grey, just ask “Hey Google, what’s the weather today?”… “And what about tomorrow?”… “Can you add a rain jacket to my shopping list”… “And remind me to bring an umbrella tomorrow morning”…“Thank you!”

You’ll need to access the Assistant settings on an associated device read more

Best CMS of 2018

Content plays a major role in the journey of building your online presence and brand. Without it, you’re going to struggle in today’s ruthless business world. In fact, digital marketing is arguably one of the most important areas of commerce, although it’s often neglected.

To maximise your operation’s potential, you need a reliable content management system (CMS). You’ll find plenty of them out there, and they all allow you to create and manage your own content, website and blogs. But some are more effective than others – and that’s where we can help.

With the written word and media, you have a potential way to become a key influencer in your industry, and to connect with your customers on top of offering them quality products. So in this article, we’ll highlight the best systems, which cater for different needs and budgets.

WordPress 

If there’s one CMS most people have heard of, it’s WordPress. The platform read more

Facebook can predict a musician’s movement using only an audio clip

The research, completed in partnership with the University of Washington and Stanford, has just been presented by Facebook at the CVPR (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition) conference. The team wanted to see if natural body dynamics could be predicted from music, and while the base animation is pretty basic and shaky, they’re certainly on their way to achieving that. Next on the agenda will be detailed arm and finger motions.

This is the first time anyone has tried to predict body movement from music alone. It’s an interesting piece of AR research, and it could also have wide-ranging applications for music not only in gaming, but in the real world, too. If you wanted to learn a piece of piano music, for example, you could simply input the audio and then mimic the key movements of the avatar pianist — much more fun than those read more

The Problem With the ‘Rainbow-Washing’ of LGBTQ+ Pride

It happens every June like clockwork: the rainbows come out. (Pun intended.) Suddenly major metropolitan storefronts are filled with multi-colored displays and clothes emblazoned with “Love Is Love” and other slogans of the LGTBQ+ rights movement. It seems as though even your cable provider wants to know you should turn off the TV and get out to celebrate the queer community.

Yes, everyone wants to get in on Pride now. Two decades after companies pulled their ads from the Ellen episode in which Ellen DeGeneres came out as gay, corporations can’t wait to market their goods to queer people. Target has “Love Wins” T-shirts; Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant will tell you Pride facts; Nike has some “Be True” sneakers for you; a couple years back, Burger King even had a “Proud Whopper.” The list goes on and on.

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Inside Atari’s rise and fall

By the first few months of 1982, it had become more common to see electronics stores, toy stores, and discount variety stops selling 2600 games. This was before Electronics Boutique, Software Etc., and later, GameStop. Mostly you bought games at stores that sold other electronic products, like Sears or Consumer Distributors. Toys ’R’ Us was a big seller of 2600 games. To buy one, you had to get a piece of paper from the Atari aisle, bring it to the cashier, pay for it, and then wait at a pickup window behind the cash register lanes.

Everyone had a favorite store in their childhood; here’s a story about one of mine. A popular “destination” in south Brooklyn is Kings Plaza, a giant (for Brooklyn) two-story indoor mall with about 100 stores. My mother and grandmother were avid shoppers there. To get to the mall from our house, it was about a 10-minute car service ride. So once a week or thereabouts, we’d all go. The best part for me was when we went inside via its Avenue U entrance read more

Samsung now has an 8TB SSD thanks to 3D memory tech

The new SSD is built with 16 of Samsung’s 512GB NAND packages, each stacked in 16 layers of 256 gigabit 3-bit V-NAND chips (designed with massive SSDs in mind), to achieve the 8TB density. This is expected to triple the system density in existing server infrastructure, and will allow for an eye-watering 576TB of storage space in 2U rack servers.

The SSD delivers read speeds of 3,100MB/s and write speeds of 2,000MB/s — five and three times the speeds of typical SATA SSDs, respectively — and could enable enterprise server systems to perform more than one million IOPS in a 2U rack space. This all adds up to a significant return on investment for next-gen large-scale data centers — which is set to get even more attractive as Samsung plans to release a 512 gigabit version of the 3-bit read more

La raccolta firme dei parlamentari M5S contro Di Maio

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 date leaked – 36 hours of deals start midday on July 16th

Amazon Prime Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday July 17th with deals starting at midday the day before – Monday 16th. That’s all according to a Prime Day 2018 banner published on the Amazon UK website – presumably in error – and discovered by TechRadar this morning.

The 36 hour period for Prime Day 2018 makes it the longest Prime ‘day’ ever – providing final and clinching proof that Amazon cares not for the mental health or sleep patterns of TechRadar’s deals team. It eclipses last year’s 30-hour period which started the evening before at 9pm and also breaks with Amazon’s recent tradition of running Prime Day on the second Tuesday in July.

Our original prediction for Prime Day 2018 was that it would take place on July 10th and 11th – but those are, of course, the days of the first and second semi-finals at the FIFA World Cup in Russia read more

AT&T launches a low-cost live TV streaming service, WatchTV

AT&T this morning announced the launch of a second TV streaming service, called WatchTV, days after its merger with Time Warner. The lower-cost alternative to AT&T’s DirecTV Now will offer anyone the ability to join WatchTV for only $15 per month, but the service will also be bundled into AT&T wireless plans. This $15 per month price point undercuts newcomer Philo, which in November had introduced the cheapest over-the-top TV service at just $16 per month.

With WatchTV, customers gain access to over 30 live TV channels from top cable networks including A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, CNN, Discovery, Food Network, Hallmark, HGTV, History, IFC, Lifetime, Sundance TV, TBS, TLC, TNT, VICELAND, and several others. (Full list below). Shortly after launch, it will add BET, Comedy Central, MTV2, Nicktoons, Teen Nick, and VH1.

There are also over 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand, along with premium channels and music streaming options as add-ons.

While the new WatchTV service read more