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Sonos acquires AI startup

Published on 11/21/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Announced in a press release, Snips’s technology will help the audio brand bring better voice recognition to their speakers. With this, the speakers wouldn’t rely on third-party smart assistants, though Sonos won’t necessarily be coming out with their own.

SpaceX starship has trouble in test

Published on 11/21/2019 @ 8 AM EST

During a pressure test in Texas, the top of SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 blew off. Elon Musk says the tests for the prototype rocket are a “manufacturing pathfinder,” referring to the fact that other rockets are already in production.

Twitter starts tests for scheduling

Published on 11/21/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Revealed in a tweet, users may soon be able to schedule tweets, selecting an exact day and time for it to go live. Twitter says it’s an experiment, for now, urging users involved to share their experiences.

Sony launches AI initiative

Published on 11/20/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Announced in a press release, Sony AI is an organization that will “advance fundamental research and development of AI.” The flagship products will be in the areas of gaming, imaging & sensing, and gastronomy. The organization already has offices in Japan, Europe, and the US.

Kickstarter launches tool for budgeting

Published on 11/20/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Called Project Budget, campaign creators on Kickstarter will be able to share a visual chart of their intended use for their budget. By using a pie chart, backers and potential backers are able to instantly visualize how the funded money will be used for the campaign. It also helps creators understand how much money they need to raise to cover everything from R&D through to delivery.

Amazon outlines police leeway for Ring footage

Published on 11/20/2019 @ 8 AM EST

In a letter to Senator Edward Markey, Amazon says police can ask users for Ring video content from the past 45 days and for clips up to 12 hours. They are prohibited from requesting batches of videos. At the moment, police departments can use the Amazon Neighbor Portal to make their requests.