Facebook’s M Is an Intelligent Virtual Assistant Inside Messenger with Real-World Abilities

Facebook's M Is an Intelligent Virtual Assistant Inside Messenger with Real-World Abilities

Facebook’s ambition to convert its Messenger app into a fully independent platform has been an open secret for some time. Quite how the social giant planned to turn instant messaging into something more than a basic communication was unclear. Now, all is revealed: M is an artificially intelligent chatbot, backed by a small army of… [Read More]

LucasFilm Is Making Virtual Reality Movies You Can Explore

LucasFilm Is Making Virtual Reality Movies That You Can Explore

Star Wars is a franchise that sells itself to cinema-goers. LucasFilm, the production company behind the modern movies in the series, could just continue to churn out titles with a similar flavor, and the fans would come. But that is not this studio’s style. Within its technology division, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), there is… [Read More]

Rapper Ludacris Flashes Diamond-Encrusted Apple Watch (And It’s Cheaper Than Apple Watch Edition)

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When Apple unveiled the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, trend-hoppers couldn’t wait to shell out for a token of tech elitism. But rapper Ludacris upped the ante on jealousy-baiting wrist accessories on Sunday night, when he appeared at the Teen Choice Awards flaunting a custom model with a diamond-encrusted display. We endured a tidal wave of… [Read More]

New Parent Company Alphabet is Google’s Bet on Small Startup Culture

New Parent Company Alphabet is Google's Bet on Small Startup Culture

This week, Google made a surprising and bold move. The company that once pledged to “do one thing well” — namely, help us search the web — but which has pursued a multitude of interests ever since, is now the subsidiary of a new parent company named Alphabet. In a lengthy letter, Google co-founder Larry… [Read More]