This post and podcast include spoilers for “Game of Thrones.” Remember how it felt six weeks ago, right before “Game of Thrones” returned for its final season? The excitement? The anticipation? That was so, so long ago. Darrell Etherington, the original co-host of the Original Content podcast, joins us once again to wrap up our […]
Where does the Earth’s atmosphere stop and space begin? It is tempting to take the approach Justice Potter Stewart did for pornography when judging a 1964 obscenity case and say “I know it when I see it.” That’s not good enough for scientists, though. The Kármán line is what the …read more
About a decade ago, the only way the average hacker was getting their hands on a desktop 3D printer was by building it themselves from a kit. Even then, to keep costs down, many of these kits were made out of laser cut wood. For a few years, wooden printers …read more
Google Assistant is now available on the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, meaning youve now got a second choice besides Alexa for handling your voice commands. If Assistant is already controlling your smart home gadgets or if you merely think its better at responding to questions than Alexa its probably worth switching over.
Even if you dont own a Sonos speaker with a built-in mic like the One or Beam, you can still control the companys other speakers if you have a Google Home speaker somewhere in the house. The setup process is very similar in both cases.
Well start off under the assumption that your Sonos speakers are already up and running.
Set up Google Assistant on the Sonos One or Sonos Beam
To make a convincing deepfake an AI-generated fake of a video or audio clip you usually need a neural model thats trained with a lot of reference material. Generally, the larger your dataset of photos, video, or sound, the more eerily accurate the result will be. But now, researchers at Samsungs AI Center have devised a method to train a model to animate with an extremely limited dataset: just a single photo, and the results are surprisingly good.
The researchers are able to achieve this effect, (as spotted by Motherboard) by training its algorithm on landmark facial features (the general shape of the face, eyes, mouth shape, and more) scraped from a public repository of 7,000 images of celebrities gathered from YouTube.
Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and a bunch of other cool things, is acquiring a small startup called Prospress. Among other things, Prospress has developed WooCommerce Subscriptions, a recurring payment solution specifically designed for WooCommerce. Given that physical and digital subscriptions are taking over the e-commerce world, it makes sense that Automattic […]
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Indiegogo hires Reddits Andy Yang as new CEO CEO David Mandelbrot is stepping down, and according to sources close to the […]
Unprotected left hand turns are tough for robots and humans alike. The compounding variables of crossing in front of oncoming traffic make it one of the toughest maneuverers in driving. It’s one of the toughest challenges for self-driving platforms — even more so as drivers often look for non-verbal cues from other drivers to when […]
Eight Microsoft interns have developed a new language learning tool that uses the smartphone camera to help adults improve their English literacy by learning the words for the things around them. The app, Read My World, lets you take a picture with your phone to learn from a library of over 1,500 words. The photo […]
Sir Patrick Stewart is back: CBS has just released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming series Star Trek: Picard, set to premiere later this year on the CBS All Access streaming service.
Its a short teaser, but it sets the stage for the series, which appears to focus on an older Jean-Luc Picard. Based on the trailer, it seems that Picard has retired from serving as an admiral in Starfleet to run his familys vineyards in France, before hes presumably called back into action.
The series unlike the rebooted J.J. Abrams films, which occur in a parallel timeline is set in Star Treks main timeline, and will pick up with Picard years after his final canon appearance in 2002s Star Trek: Nemesis.
Starting today, you can now order food directly from Google Search, Google Maps, or Google Assistant. The functionality works using partnerships with existing delivery companies like DoorDash, Postmates, and ChowNow, and means you can order from any of them without having to downloading an additional app, or even visiting their website.
In Google Search and Google Maps, the functionality works via a new Order Online button that will appear when you search for a supported restaurant. From here, you can pick between pickup and delivery, and select which service you want to order your food through. If the restaurant supports it, your ordering selections are all made entirely through Googles interface and Google Pay.
Its understandable if it took people a while to come around to the idea of a live-action adaptation of Disneys Aladdin directed by Guy Ritchie. The Howard Ashman and Alan Menken musical numbers in 1992s Aladdin are iconic. They seem even more so after the death of the films original Genie, Robin Williams, who brought a memorable, highly personal performance style to Prince Ali and Friend Like Me. So the idea that Ritchie who specializes in fast-paced crime dramedies, and has never directed a musical was going to come in and grasp the nuances of staging songs in a way worthy of the original vision was questionable at best.
But when you strip all the music away, Aladdin is at its heart a film about two men, a heist, and a big…
Memorial Day is May 27th, a day of remembrance in the US. Though, like most holidays on the calendar, its also a day when a load of retailers lower prices, making it a good opportunity to tick a few boxes off of your wishlist (or someone elses). And, aside from Amazon Prime Day 2019, which is expected to happen in mid-July, this might be your best chance to save on some tech products until Labor Day or Black Friday comes around later in the year.
Most of these sales have different start and end times (and many deals havent started yet, so stay tuned). Well be updating this post with new deals as they begin, crossing out inactive deals along the way.
Calling all code whisperers, rock-star programmers and code poets. If you want to compete in the TechCrunch Hackathon at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 on October 2-4, do not wait. Were limiting the hackathon to only 800 participants, and half of those spots are already gone, baby, gone. Dont miss your chance for glory, cash and prizes. […]
What Are Pipelines?
Bitbucket Pipelines allow developers to configure continuous delivery (in the cloud) of source files to test/production servers. These pipelines are configured to connect to the production server using YAML scripts.