AI experts from Apple, Microsoft, VMware and more to give GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit tech talks

Carlos Guestrin, senior director of AI and machine learning, Apple (Apple Photo) This is a pivotal time for artificial intelligence technology. More and more cloud services will make use of AI and machine learning tech over the next several years, yet the general public is starting to think a little harder about how and where this powerful technology can and should be used. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to have some of the best thinkers and operators in artificial intelligence coming to Bellevue, Wash., next week for the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit, back for the second year at the Meydenbauer Center on June 27. Big tech companies have been plowing… Read More

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Facebook Live update brings polling and trivia features

Facebook today announced it’s rolling out several updates to its live video service, including game shows, polls, subscriptions, and other ways of snagging audience attention. The two major updates to Live with Faceboook are polling and gamification, both of which make videos more interactive. Polling is just what it sounds like: video hosts ask viewers to vote and give their opinion on a variety of different topics. It’s available for both live and on-demand video. The first Facebook show to put this into action is Help Us Get Married, which tasked viewers with voting on different wedding options. Gamification basically turns… This story continues at The Next Web Or just… Read More

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With Microsoft deal pending, GitHub launches new educational package for computer science students

(GitHub Image) GitHub, the software development platform that recently agreed to be acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion, is expanding its services for schools, universities and educational institutions with the launch of GitHub Education, a new free service for schools that bundles together several GitHub services into a single package. Microsoft’s GitHub gamble: Tech giant ready to spend years winning over critics of $7.5B deal As part of the 28 million people who use the online code repository to collaborate on coding projects or develop apps for their companies, several schools also use GitHub products like the Student Developer Pack and GitHub Classroom to help teach students how to work… Read More

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Owl Insights raises cash for mental health treatment software platform

Owl Insights President and CEO Eric Meier. (Owl Insights Photo) Portland, Ore., company Owl Insights has raised just shy of $1.5 million in new funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, which is incorporated under the name Mental Health Data Services, makes software that supports mental health treatment in a variety of settings. GeekWire has reached out to Owl Insights for more information on the funding and will update this post when we hear back. The company’s technology platform was conceived at the University of Washington, according to its website, and SEC filings show it was originally headquartered in Kirkland, Wash. Owl Insights is… Read More

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Amazon’s ‘Hub’ apartment delivery lockers now available to 500K residents across U.S.

An Amazon Hub package delivery locker in an apartment building in San Francisco. (Trinity Place Photo) Amazon continues to roll out its “Hub” apartment delivery lockers, announcing today that the service is now available to more than 500,000 residents across the U.S. The company launched the initiative last year, giving apartment residents another way to receive their Amazon.com orders. It’s similar to Amazon’s existing Lockers, which launched seven years ago, as an alternative to receiving packages from Amazon at home or work. One difference with “Hub” is that it accepts packages not just from Amazon but from any sender, shipped via any carrier — a strategy that could make Amazon… Read More

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How Digital Sight Will Change The Smart Home Forever

In a remarkably short period we’ve become accustomed to phones and gadgets that interpret and react to our voices. Google Home’s voice match can even go as far as to recognizing different people, shifting preferences between entire accounts based on who it perceives it is hearing. With the speed at which this technology has iterated, it’s strange to even imagine that in 2011 Popular Science and others were bearish on it having truly ubiquitous success. Yet, now, nearly every big tech company worth its weight in silicon has launched a voice-controlled device, or integrated voice tech deeply into one of… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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