Mac users can download macOS ‘High Sierra’ now at Apple’s App Store

Apple’s newest update to macOS is now available. While it’s not chock-full of fancy new features, there are a few updates worth mentioning. The first is to Photos, which looks stunning. The Apple-specific photo editor now pays more attention to, you know, editing, through a couple of key additions: the color dropper and a curves palette for pro-level fine adjustments. It also has smarter AI, a “Compare” feature to check edits side-by-side with the original, and more realistic filters. It’s not an overhaul, but the added functionality should keep you from needing a better photo editor for most edits. Safari is… This story continues at The Next Web Or just… Read More

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Stack Overflow uses Microsoft AI tech to create a chat bot that assists software developers

A demonstration of Stack Overflow’s new chatbot, built using Microsoft’s AI technology. (GeekWire screenshot) Software developers stuck with a thorny programming problem now have a new option when browsing Stack Overflow: a chatbot built using Microsoft’s artificial intelligence technology. Introduced during a session at Microsoft Ignite Monday morning, the chatbot lets developers ask questions about programming technology on Stack Overflow, a popular resource for developers looking for a little help. It was a joint project between Stack Overflow and Microsoft, and it relies on a few different aspects of Microsoft Cognitive Services and Microsoft Bot Framework, Stack Overflow said in a blog post. Stack Overflow already uses artificial intelligence to… Read More

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High in the trees inside Amazon’s Spheres, a unique meeting space called the ‘nest’ takes shape

The seasons outside may be showing signs of change in Seattle, but inside the Amazon Spheres, it’s growing season, and the plants and trees inside the unique structures are reaching for the sky like the glass office towers which loom overhead. A new series of images on the Spheres’ official Instagram account shows off a cool looking meeting space called the “nest,” which is inside the 7th Avenue glass dome, perched next to Rubi, a 55-foot-tall Ficus rubiginosa which is the biggest specimen in the project. Click through the gallery to view the giant, bird-nest-like wooden structure: Because the Spheres are intended as a gathering and working space for Amazon… Read More

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Report: Steve Bannon attempted to plant a mole at Facebook

Former White House strategist and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon apparently wanted to plant a mole in Facebook via DC job posting, according to Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed obtained emails between Bannon and Chris Gacek — of the Family Research Council — that discussed a job opening at Facebook. The email, from Gacek, read: LinkedIn sent me a notice about some job openings. This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo with INTEL about the job application process over at FB. The application was for a DC-based job in Facebook’s WhatsApp… This story continues at The Next Web Or… Read More

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It’s news to Joe Biden: Former VP’s curated briefing offers articles via Amazon’s Alexa and elsewhere

Former Vice President Joe Biden. (Biden’s Briefing Photo) There’s something comforting about a familiar voice sharing the news — it’s what has always made television news anchors feel like a part of the family. Could former Vice President Joe Biden be one of those voices? “Biden’s Briefing” is a new curated podcast effort coming to Amazon Alexa-activated devices, among others, that will feature Biden introducing news stories on a range of topics from news partners such as Bloomberg, Vice, BuzzFeed, HuffPost, MSNBC, Politico and more. In an introduction to one such briefing on Monday morning, Biden said each edition will “feature articles, essays and posts that made an impression on… Read More

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Fitbit’s Ionic smarwatch and Flyer headphones launch on October 1

Fitbit’s new smartwatch finally has an official release date: October 1, or this Sunday. The company also announced the Flyer, it’s new headphones, will go on sale the same day. We said we enjoyed the device in our review, but it’s more of a smart fitness tracker than a bonafide smartwatch. Though Fitbit is seeking to expand its app community, the company’s smartwatch features amount to controlling Music, playing Pandora, and using a Starbucks gift card. On the other hand, it’s packed with fitness features, including GPS, a workout assistant, a new and improved heart rate sensor, an oxygen sensor,… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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