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LIVE: Apple's biggest conference of the year

It's Apple's biggest conference of the year, and thousands of developers have flocked to see Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives reveal Apple's software roadmap, including iOS 12, MacOS 10.14, WatchOS 5 for the Apple Watch, and tvOS 12 for the Apple TV.

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Jun 02, 2018

Why Siri sucks

Siri has been around for almost 7 years, but it still kind of sucks. Personal assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa are constantly improving. Here’s what’s wrong with Siri and some simple things Apple can do to make it a lot better.

By Grant Eizikowitz, Steve Kovach
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Jun 15, 2018

UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain "excessive monopoly power"

DeepMind’s foray into digital health services continues to raise concerns. The latest worries are voiced by a panel of external reviewers appointed by the Google-owned AI company to report on its operations after its initial data-sharing arrangements with the UK’s National Health Servic…

By Natasha Lomas
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Jun 15, 2018

Crown, a new app from Tinder's parent company, turns dating into a game

If you’re already resentful of online dating culture and how it turned finding companionship into a game, you may not be quite ready for this: Crown, a new dating app that actually turns getting matches into a game. Crown is the latest project to launch from Match Group, the operator of a num…

By Sarah Perez
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Jun 15, 2018

Teaching computers to plan for the future

As humans, we’ve gotten pretty good at shaping the world around us. We can choose the molecular design of our fruits and vegetables, travel faster and further and stave off life threatening diseases with personalized medical care. However, what continues to elude our molding grasp is the airy notio…

By Sarah Wells
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Jun 15, 2018

Machines learn language better by using a deep understanding of words

Computer systems are getting quite good at understanding what people say, but they also have some major weak spots. Among them is the fact that they have trouble with words that have multiple or complex meanings. A new system called ELMo adds this critical context to words, producing better underst…

By Devin Coldewey
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Jun 15, 2018

Apple and Oprah sign a multi-year partnership on original content

Apple announced today a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey to produce programs for the tech company’s upcoming video streaming service. Apple didn’t provide any specific details as to what sort of projects Winfrey would be involved in, but there will be more than one it s…

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With its new in-car operating system, BMW slowly breaks with tradition

When you spend time with a lot of BMW folks, as I did during a trip to Germany earlier this month, you’ll regularly hear the word “heritage.” Maybe that’s no surprise, given that the company is now well over 100 years old. But in a time of rapid transformation that’s h…

By Frederic Lardinois
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Jun 15, 2018

Showcase your country or state’s startups at Startup Alley

Disrupt SF is just a few months away (September 5-7 at Moscone Center West) and we’re looking for delegations of international startup groups, government innovation centers, incubators and accelerators to organize a country, state or regional pavilion in Startup Alley. Are you ready to step on a wo…

By Emma Comeau