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Stephen Hawking Auditions Celebrities to Provide His New Voice: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick & Michael Caine

Stephen Hawking’s computer-synthesized voice is distinctive. You know it when you hear it. But, after so many years, it’s time for a change. That’s the premise of this short comic bit, created for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. Above, watch A-list celebrities–everyone from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Liam Neeson, to Anna Kendrick and Bill Gates–audition to […]

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Twitter’s live streaming app Periscope gets an analytics dashboard
(image) Trying to figure out this whole live video broadcasting thing? Good news! Periscope, the Twitter-owned live broadcasting app, picked up a new trick this morning: a shiny new analytics dashboard. It’s not the most groundbreaking thing in the world, but it makes sense. Making successful live video on the Internet — particularly one that doesn’t involve video games or naked… Read More(image)
App Annie: Android to top iOS in app store revenue this year
(image) Apple will lose its lead over Android in terms of revenue generated by mobile apps this year, according to a new report from App Annie, out today. However, the firm’s estimate is based on including third-party Android app stores in its forecast, not just Google Play. When the Apple App Store is pitted against Google Play alone, Apple is expected to maintain its lead through 2021, the… Read More(image)
Introducing the Startup Spotlight at TC Disrupt NY
(image) TechCrunch Disrupt NY is around the corner, and with it we’re introducing a brand new content type for the main stage. You’re probably familiar with our fireside chats — last year we spoke one-on-one with USV’s Fred Wilson, Uber’s David Plouffe, Facebook’s Stan Chudnovsky, Soledad O’Brien, Carmelo Anthony and Jessica Alba. We also host panels, like… Read More(image)
BuzzFeed could be going public in 2018
(image) Media company BuzzFeed is trying to do the impossible by creating a new public media company today. According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and Axios, the company is working on an initial public offering for 2018. BuzzFeed has already raised hundreds of millions from VC firms and NBCUniversal. And if you’ve raised a ton of money in order to grow rapidly, you don’t have… Read More(image)
Samsung adds a controller to the Gear VR, will bundle both with Galaxy S8 pre-orders
(image) Samsung wasn’t going to get out of today’s Unpacked event without an update on the VR front. The company has long had the best low-cost VR headset (courtesy of a partnership with Oculus), and the package is getting a bit better with the addition of a controller to the mix. And as a show of good will (in case anyone was wary of jumping back in with the company after last… Read More(image)
Facebook tries a second News Feed headed by a rocket ship icon
(image) Facebook’s launch of Stories may be the social network’s big news of the week, but some Facebook users have spotted another addition, and are thoroughly confused. A “rocket ship” icon has popped up in the app of select users worldwide, adjacent to the News Feed button. Its appearance is prompting a lot of users to wonder, “what on earth is this thing?”… Read More(image)
SpaceX will try to make history with its first reused rocket launch this week
(image) SpaceX is set to launch its next Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, March 30 for SES-10, a mission for a private communications satellite company. This is different from every Falcon 9 launch that has preceded it, because the rocket SpaceX is using has already flown once before – on April 8 last year, when it was the first of the company’s rockets to nail a landing at sea on a floating… Read More(image)
Facebook opens up 360-degree live streaming to all
(image) Facebook just made live streaming 360-degree video relatively easy, provided you have the equipment to capture the content. Users of devices like the new 2017 model Gear 360 just announced at the S8 smartphone launch, or the Insta360 Nano (for iPhone) and Air (for Android), or a host of higher-end models designed for pros, you can go live and broadcast an immersive feed for your audience.… Read More(image)
The Martix Voice is an Alexa for your Raspberry Pi
(image) Matrix Labs just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for what amounts to a AI voice recognition system for the Raspberry Pi which allows you, a mere mortal, to make your own Alexa in your basement. Created by Rodolfo Saccoman and Brian Sanchez their first board, the Creator, fits right on top of a standard RaspPi and gives you an 8 microphone array, a temperature sensor,… Read More(image)
Everything you need to know about Congress’ decision to expose your data to internet providers
(image) A joint resolution has just been passed by both houses of Congress and all but signed by the President, reversing the Broadband Privacy Rule, a piece of regulation from the FCC that made some inconvenient changes to the ways internet providers can collect and sell the data they collect on consumers. But what exactly can they do now that they couldn’t last week? Read More(image)
Raise.me grabs $12 million to fix how colleges provide financial aid
(image) Raise.me, a service that gives colleges and universities (including my alma mater, Oberlin) an ability to award “micro-scholarships” for academic and extracurricular achievements throughout high school — rather than doling out lump-sum awards after a student applies to their school — has attracted $12 million in new venture capital financing to expand the service… Read More(image)
Oculus updates Home on Gear VR with 3x faster load times, new Explore tab and web browser
(image) To accompany the launch of the latest Gear VR, the Oculus team has rebuilt Home from the ground-up for mobile. The latest version is three times faster. If things feel a lot more like the experience on the Rift, it’s because Oculus has taken advantage of the new design’s speediness to double the resolution of Home. The jump is one from SD to HD and works miracles when it comes to… Read More(image)
Samsung’s DeX proves the dream of shoving a small computer into a larger one isn’t dead
(image) Since the dawn of machines, mankind has dreamed of shoving one small computer into a larger one. The vision resurfaced last week in the form of a strange Apple patent  for a laptop-style device that slotted in an iPhone in place of the trackpad. Of course, Apple patents all sorts of crazy stuff. That’s just a thing that Apple does. The actual possibilities of such a device coming to… Read More(image)
Prolific Authors Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut Also Had TV Shows: Discover The Ray Bradbury Theater and Welcome to the Monkey House

There has always been good television. Even Kurt Vonnegut, wittiest of curmudgeons, had to agree in 1991 when he was interviewed in The Cable Guide for his own contribution to the medium, an adaptation of his book of stories, Welcome to the Monkey House on Showtime. Vonnegut did not like television, and compared it to thalidomide. […]

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Live from Samsung’s Galaxy S8 press conference
(image) Today’s the main event for Samsung. It’s been well over a year since the company unveiled its last flagship and, well, a lot has happened to the company in the interim. After several months of recalls and some bizarre executive scandals, this is the moment where the company needs to dust itself off and show the world what helped make is such a smartphone powerhouse in the first… Read More(image)
Garmin announces a new watch just for runners and those who think they are runners
(image) Garmin is back again with the Forerunner 935, a runner-specific sport watch with GPS, heart rate, and compatibility with the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod that offers further information about your speed, gait, and how often you double over in absolute agony as your unexercised organs scream from inside their fleshy fastnesses. The 935 also helps manage training with the TrainingPeaks app and… Read More(image)
Europe’s justice ministers unsure on whether to push for decrypt law
(image) European justice and home affairs ministers are putting their heads together to try to decide on a collective response to Internet companies’ use of strong encryption. And, ultimately, whether to push for legislation requiring backdoors in end-to-end encryption to afford the region’s law enforcement agencies access to user data on-demand. Read More(image)
Udemy cofounder Eren Bali just raised $6.5 million for his newest startup
(image) It’s no secret that communications between patients and their doctors and pharmacists is anything but seamless. The same is true for communications between doctors and the labs and insurance companies with which they work. Carbon Health, a 1.5-year-old, San Francisco-based startup, is aiming to create a two-sided marketplace that makes it easier for everyone involved to know… Read More(image)
GE invests $2 million in Alchemist Accelerator to back industrial IoT startups
(image) Alchemist Accelerator has raised $2 million from GE Digital to start a new program for industrial IoT startups. Stanford lecturer Timothy Chou, formerly President of Oracle On Demand, will chair Alchemist’s new IIoT accelerator along with GE Digital’s West Coast group. In the past, enterprise hardware and software startups were seen as capital intensive, with the challenge of… Read More(image)
Mercedes-Benz speeds up the launch timeline for 10 new electric vehicles
(image) Mercedes-Benz had already committed to launch 10 new electric vehicle models within the next decade, but now it’s looking to launch them by 2022, which is at least three years earlier than it had previously discussed. Mercedes sees the shift to electric as a more urgent one than it anticipated, and wants to lead, rather than follow as the industry makes this shift. Bloomberg reports… Read More(image)
So what exactly is a bot?
(image) As we see the ecosystem continue to develop, bots are increasingly showcasing a wide variety of features from chat to menus, to buttons and visual interfaces. Some bots now almost look like full fledged apps with a variety of feature rich options. So it begs the question… what exactly is a “bot”? At the beginning, bots were simply chatbots, a robot you could interact with… Read More(image)
Tesla’s 8.1 software update brings Autopilot 2.0 cars up to speed
(image) Tesla is releasing new 8.1 software out to vehicles, which includes updates to Autopilot for hardware that supports version 2.0 of the advanced driver assistance features. These late model cars are getting features that bring it basically up to parity with the original, first generation software, Electrek reports, which means a speed limit bump for Autosteer, a beta introduction of the… Read More(image)
The new algorithms enabling Facebook’s data fixation
(image) A billion and a half photos find their way onto Facebook every single day and the company is racing to understand them and their moving counterparts with the hope of increasing engagement. And while machine learning is undoubtedly the map to the treasure, Facebook and it’s competitors are still trying to work out how to deal with the spoils once they find them. Facebook AI Similarity… Read More(image)
Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one | Michael Botticelli
Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness. In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders.(image)
Samsung’s Bixby lays the groundwork for the company’s smart home play
(image) The Galaxy S8’s main selling point still isn’t fully formed. Announced the week leading up to today’s main event, Bixby is as much a key building block for the company moving forward as is the shiny new piece of a flagship phone. The company is finally ready to make its play for the smart home, and the new messenger is going to be a key component. Read More(image)
Valerian’s new trailer shows what a city spanning 1,000 planets looks like
(image) A thousand planets. One mission to save them all. Watch the new #Valerian trailer and like this Tweet to explore more. In theaters July 21 pic.twitter.com/dUau9Hz697 — Valerian Movie (@ValerianMovie) March 29, 2017 Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets promises stylish, sci-fi action with the kind of whimsy and fun you can’t find an ounce of across all… Read More(image)
Xbox One gets Beam streaming, a new guide and more starting today
(image) Xbox One is getting an update starting today, echoing some of the major changes coming to Windows in its forthcoming Creators Update. The big new additions include streaming via Microsoft’s own Twitch competitor Beam, as well as a brand new Xbox user experience made up of a new design for Guide, improvements to Home and more. The new features are designed around encouraging gamers to… Read More(image)
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