Apple patent suggests multiuser support for Siri in HomePod

Google Home, Google’s eponymous smart speaker, supports multiple users. So do the devices in Amazon’s Echo lineup. And if a newly granted patent application is anything to go by, Apple’s HomePod might be next. AppleInsider today spotted an Apple patent –“User profiling for voice input processing” — publishe…Read More

AdSwerve acquires Seattle-based Analytics Pros for $24M, creating Google marketing powerhouse

Analytics Pros CEO Vicki O’Meara Seattle startup Analytics Pros has been acquired by Denver-based AdSwerve, creating a combined 120-person marketing and analytics company that expects to generate more than $100 million in gross revenue this year. AdSwerve bills itself as a leading Google Marketing Platform partner, while Analytics Pros calls itself a top Google Analytics[…]

Glacier National Park Is on Fire

Glacier National Park, once home to 150 glaciers, is on fire. The fire was sparked by lightning storms in the middle of the stunning, 1-million-square-acre preserve near Montana’s border with Canada. The fire began on Saturday, according to local newspaper the Daily Inter Lake, in an area toward the north of the park called Howe[…]

With Pentagon cloud contract in the balance, Microsoft’s hybrid-cloud product, Azure Stack, now certified for government use

The Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. (DoD Photo) As the federal government reviews submissions from cloud computing companies for the $10 billion Department of Defense cloud contract, Microsoft announced Monday that Azure Stack is now generally available for government customers. EARLIER: Return of the JEDI: Why the cloud industry is closely[…]

Q&A: tinyBuild CEO Alex Nichiporchik on the ideas that ‘curl up on you and manifest into game design’

Alex Nichiporchik of tinyBuild. (YouTube screen grab) I met Alex Nichiporchik, co-founder and CEO of tinyBuild, in the lobby of the Marriott hotel near the Staples Center in Los Angeles during this year’s E3. As promised, he and his co-worker, tinyBuild’s director of public relations Yulia Vakhrusheva, were easy to spot, because nobody else was[…]

Adshir enables real-time ray tracing on mobile devices

Adshir is announcing that it can demonstrate the holy grail of computer graphics: real-time ray tracing on mobile devices. That means that it can show physically accurate computer animations in real-time on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Ray tracing has been possible in high-end computer-animated movies such as Pixar films, but tho…Read More

Listen up: Digital audiobooks now the ‘fastest growing format’ as tech and titles improve

Audible, a subsidiary of Amazon, highlights its original downloadable audiobooks. (Audible Images) If your idea of a good time reading is to do it with your ears, you’re in good company. Digital audiobooks are outpacing even ebooks in sustained growth. Long gone are the days when listening to Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time[…]

California’s Net Neutrality Bill Is Back from the Dead, with the Help of Its Biggest Detractor

An ambitious net neutrality bill in California that AT&T lobbyists managed to kill earlier this summer is back from the dead. And this time, one of the bill’s biggest detractors is actually co-sponsoring the bill. California state senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat, re-introduced Senate Bill 822 this week, a bill that would establish the most[…]