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Implant turns brain signals into synthesized speech

People with neurological conditions who lose the ability to speak can still send the brain signals used for speech (such as the lips, jaw and larynx), and UCSF researchers might just use that knowledge to bring voices back. They’ve crafted a brain ma…

Microsoft’s cloud business can’t be stopped

At this point, Microsoft’s quarterly earnings reports sound like a broken record: Its cloud business is practically unstoppable, while its PC and productivity make steady gains. That’s been the case for years, and this past third quarter was no diffe…

Slack is adding email conversations and calendar integrations

In case you don’t already count on Slack for just about every part of your work day, the business communications service is adding a whole bunch of new features that will keep you chatting with your co-workers without having to open new tabs and appl…

Facebook’s FTC fine could cost it between $3 and $5 billion

Although Facebook’s growth has slowed down over the past year, all the controversies it has faced in recent months haven’t had an effect on its bottom line. But that may be changing. Today, during its Q1 2019 earnings report, Facebook reported a tota…

Microsoft knows password-expiration policies are useless

Microsoft admitted today that password-expiration policies are a pointless security measure. Such requirements are "an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value," the company wrote in a blog post on draft security baseline se…

‘Overwatch’ Workshop adds more custom options for heroes and modes

Overwatch fans have long been able to set up custom games (Ana Paintball, anyone?) and now they’re getting a lot more options to flex their creative muscles. A new feature called Workshop, a scripting mode for custom games, is live on the PTR.

What’s coming to Netflix in May: ‘Wine Country’ and Zac Efron as Ted Bundy

April showers bring May flowers, and apparently it also brings a lot of new content to Netflix. The streaming service has packed the month of May with new shows and movies that will keep you entertained on the days you aren’t enjoying the spring weat…

Apple may unveil two new AirPod models by the end of 2019

Apple’s refreshed AirPods might be just the start of a tidal wave of new models. Historically accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple has two new AirPod variants launching sometime between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2…

Bumble will use AI to detect unwanted nudes

Artificial intelligence will soon weed out any NSFW photos a match sends to you on Bumble. The dating app that requires women to make the first contact said it is launching a "private detector" to warn users about lewd images. Bumble…

Amazon Alexa auditors could reportedly access user locations

It emerged earlier this month that thousands of Amazon employees are reviewing some Alexa recordings (which are captured after you’ve said the wake word). The auditors transcribe, annotate and analyze a selection of commands to help improve Alexa. Bu…