Apple regularly acquires artificial intelligence startups to build up Siri’s capabilities, but its latest purchase might make Siri more conversational. According to Bloomberg, Apple just bought Voysis, an AI startup that makes it easier to use a voice assistant to buy stuff in shopping apps.
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Trying to evacuate your home before a hurricane hits is hard enough. Now imagine doing it against the backdrop of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.
Because it’s still unclear if and when countries across the world will manage to get on top of the covid-19 pandemic, there is no way of knowing when it will once again be safe for the public to return to everyday life and pile into movie theatres. This has led to Disney pushing back the release dates of a number of its big-budget movies that were meant to premiere this spring, like Mulan and Black Widow, as well as make some other drastic movie release decisions.
The covid-19 museum closures have made abundantly clear that accession committees and the web’s corporate overlords don’t have much love for net art. While museums spent the past decade and hundreds of millions of dollars colonising the earth and sky to make space for hoards of painting and sculpture, the web’s billboard-plastered renovations have threatened to steamroll it into oblivion. (Nowhere is this more obvious than Google’s Arts & Culture, an online repository for work from 2,000 museums and collections, whose media include “vitreous enamel,” but not “video”–much less “HTML” or “gifs.”)
Just before Halloween last year, we learned that Evil Dead’s Sam Raimi was finally planning on directing a new horror feature. While we wait impatiently for that to arrive, there’s another Raimi project coming much sooner: Quibi anthology series 50 States of Fright, which just shared its first spooky trailer.
This week, the U.S. government approved the first blood test in the country that will look for the antibodies produced by the body to fight the novel coronavirus. Such a test can reveal whether someone is actively infected by the virus, as well as whether they were previously infected but recovered. While these tests are very much needed to better understand the scale of the outbreak, they have a few major limitations.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the island getaway we all need. My island paradise is covered in coconut trees, red tulips, and peacock butterflies. It’s perfect… a little too perfect, perhaps. The game presents a glamorous tale of island life when the reality is much more complex.
Compared to the audio quality of digital files and CDs, analogue cassette tape was kind of awful. And as YouTube’s Kris Slyka discovered, it’s an even worse medium for recording and playing back video, but quality issues don’t make Slyka’s clever hack of an old cassette recorder any less impressive.
Smart water bottles and tracking hydration with apps feel kind of pointless—like expensive Instagram influencer fodder. The bottles I’ve tried out in the past were way more trouble than they were worth because the last thing I want to do is charge a bottle that sends me notifications to drink more water. Not to mention that I probably have to wash the thing by hand because of electronic components and calibrate it so it can accurately track how many sips I’m taking at a given moment. So, needless to say, I was pretty sceptical about the LifeFuels bottle too.
It’s been a while since I pulled out my Big Atlas of Places That Aren’t So Much Real and looked to see what sorts of cars they built, but for some reason I can’t put my finger on, I was reminded of the Korvid Republic’s long battle with the Grouse Grippe epidemic, and the strange sorts of cars they ended up building as a result. I know it seems silly to rehash the Korvid Republic’s story to most of you, but, if you will, indulge me.
One of the overarching complaints that the Star Wars prequels always put into question was how the average citizen of the galaxy could so quickly believe that the Jedi could turn on the Republic. This week’s Clone Wars episode shows us just how easy it was for people to do so, and how Ahsoka might be coming around to that idea too.