June 27, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Google Calendar gets an ‘Out of Office’ mode

Google Calendar is the latest Google app to get an update focused on improving users’ “digital wellbeing.” The company announced today it’s rolling out a new “Out of Office” feature in Google Calendar, alongside a setting for customizable working hours. The working hours signal to others when you’re unavailable, and allows Google Calendar to automatically […]

June 25, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Elon Musk’s ‘Dota 2’ AI bots are taking on pro teams

The Dota 2 world championship, The International, is fast approaching, and a top team will have a different-looking squad to contend with: a group of artificial intelligence bots. OpenAI, which Elon Musk co-founded, has been taking on top Dota 2 players with the bots since last year, and now it’s gunning for a team of […]

June 21, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Twitter acquires anti-abuse technology provider Smyte

Twitter this morning announced it has agreed to buy San Francisco-based technology company Smyte, which describes itself as “trust and safety as a service.” Founded in 2014 by former Google and Instagram engineers, Smyte offers tools to stop online abuse, harassment, and spam, and protect user accounts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this […]

June 18, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Researchers Develop Tech That Lets Surveillance Cameras Text to Say Hello 

Researchers at Purdue University have found a new way to get surveillance cameras to “talk” to the people they see. The system is called PHADE, which stands for “private human addressing,” and it enables cameras to send messages to people’s devices when they’ve entered a specific area without collecting their personal data.Instead of using an […]

June 13, 2018 | Seth Mayland

AMD and Nvidia, the two biggest manufacturers of graphics chips, are getting a new competitor — Intel

Thomson Reuters Intel will release its own line of graphics chips in 2020.  They’ll be designed for enterprise and consumer applications. Intel’s GPUs will compete with those from AMD and Nvidia, which could lead to more competition in the GPU business.   Intel is getting more serious about the graphics chip business, where it currently […]

June 11, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Net neutrality is dead — what now?

As of June 11th, the legal protections against content discrimination on the internet are gone. As far as the FCC is concerned, net neutrality is dead. The policy’s fate was sealed back in December 2017, when FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order was approved in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Pai’s order, […]

June 8, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Does Your Workplace Have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy?

We are in the business of making sure you are prepared for whatever today’s ever-changing technol-ogy environment will throw your way. One of the biggest current trends is Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD. BYOD is exactly what it sounds like — your employees using their own devices in the work-place. As this practice becomes […]

June 7, 2018 | Seth Mayland

Everything You Need to Know About the Plan to Kill Internet Passwords

GIF Passwords just don’t work all that well for our modern-day websites and web apps: They’re insecure, they’re hard to remember, and they’re a lot of hassle to manage for only the basic account protection that they provide. Now Chrome and Firefox are leading the charge to kill off passwords on the web for good.This […]

June 5, 2018 | Seth Mayland

MyHeritage breach leaks millions of account details 

Over 92 million account details from genealogy and DNA testing service MyHeritage were found on a private server, according to a release made by the company on Monday. According to the release, the breach occurred on October 26th, 2017, and the data discovered includes users who signed up for the service on or before that […]

June 1, 2018 | Seth Mayland

A top VC is teaming up with the co-founder of Coinbase to launch an investment fund that’s all about cryptocurrency

Sequoia Capital Sequoia partner Matt Huang is leaving the venture capital firm in June to launch a new fund focused on cryptocurrency. Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of the $1.6 billion cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, is co-launching the fund. Sequoia partner Matt Huang is teaming up with Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam to launch a brand new fund, focused entirely on […]