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Casey Newton / The Verge:
How a co-founder of a startup called Luka built an AI chatbot, trained on past messages, for texting with her deceased friend   —  When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence  —  When the engineers had at last finished their work, Eugenia Kuyda opened a console on her laptop and began to type.
Oct 8, 2016, 1:50 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How Snap's Spectacles work: 115-degree lens shoots circular videos up to 30 seconds long that are wirelessly transferred to the app, lights indicate recording   —  Your questions answered  —  The company formerly known as Snapchat surprised the world last night by unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product.
Sep 24, 2016, 3:55 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snap Inc., formerly Snapchat, unveils Spectacles, glasses that record up to 10 seconds of video at a time with a tap of a button, to be sold this fall for $130   —  Snap decisions  —  Snapchat's first hardware product is coming to the market sooner than anyone expected.
Sep 24, 2016, 12:25 AMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges $3B over 10 years to cure and manage diseases, starting with $600M fund for Biohub research center at UCSF   —  Starting with a $600 million “Biohub”  —  The philanthropic initiative founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan …
Sep 21, 2016, 3:35 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google Photos gets in-app sharing and expands on auto-generated montage videos with “concept movies” that have a theme based on content   —  Getting emotional  —  Since the day it launched, one of Google Photos' more compelling features has been its automatically generated montage videos.
Sep 19, 2016, 2:28 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter no longer counts photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets against the 140-character tweet limit   —  Beyond 140 characters  —  Tweets are holding steady at 140 characters, but a variety of additions to your tweets will no longer count against that limit..As The Verge reported last week …
Sep 19, 2016, 1:35 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google launches Trips, a free Android and iOS app that serves as trip planner and travel guide, with custom itineraries as well as flight, hotel info, more   —  Going places  —  Google today announced Trips, a new app that serves as a trip planner and travel guide for anyone who is exploring a new place.
Sep 19, 2016, 12:22 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Microsoft Outlook's mobile app updates with some Sunrise-inspired features and design tweaks including event icons, map integration, “interesting calendars”   —  When it acquired calendar app Sunrise, Microsoft promised that its features would eventually come to Outlook.
Sep 13, 2016, 3:15 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snapchat releases a new web tool for making custom geofilters   —  Snapchat has let you create custom geofilters for events since February, but until now you've needed image editing software to make one.  Today the company rolled out a tool for creating on-demand geofilters on the web …
Aug 30, 2016, 1:55 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest and will continue to operate as an independent app   —  It will continue to operate as an independent app  —  Instapaper, a pioneering app for saving articles to read later, has been acquired — again.  The app, which was created by developer Marco Arment …
Aug 23, 2016, 1:07 PMIn context

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