Tag: ProBeat

ProBeat: This Google Assistant Ride video is what CES should be all about

Tuning into CES remotely is just not the same, or so I’m told. Nothing can compete with being one of the 180,000 attendees jostling to see what tech will bring this year and beyond. So I cannot offer you an overview of what CES 2019 was all about (see Dean’s […]

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ProBeat: Twitter’s biggest mistake was giving Donald Trump a pass

Twitter’s stock took a hit yesterday after news resurfaced that Fox News had not tweeted for three weeks. The publication stopped tweeting after activists posted news host Tucker Carlson’s home address on Twitter, which reportedly did not remove it in a timely fashion. Also yesterday, an alt-right activist handcuffed herself […]

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ProBeat: We can’t get over how human Google Duplex sounds

Watch the above video. Then watch it again, but close your eyes. Listen carefully to the voice making a restaurant reservation. Duplex — Google’s artificially intelligent chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone — has started rolling out to a “small group” of Google Pixel phone owners in […]

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ProBeat: Amazon’s HQ2 was a perfect bait and switch

In September 2017, Amazon kicked off a frenzy from local governments with its announcement that North America would be blessed with a “second headquarters” (HQ2). City officials across the country have been bending over backward to please Amazon in the hopes of bringing the promised 50,000 jobs to their district. […]

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ProBeat: Don’t get FOMO over AI

Companies of all shapes and sizes descended on Mill Valley, California this week to discuss and learn from each other about using artificial intelligence at VentureBeat’s inaugural Transform 2018 conference. Everyone had a story to tell, pitches to make, and insights to share. While the general consensus was positive — […]

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ProBeat: Facebook and Twitter are right to prioritize fixing their platforms over satisfying Wall Street

Facebook and Twitter experienced double-digit stock declines this week after reporting earnings that Wall Street didn’t like. Here’s a headline that summarizes what’s happening with both companies: “Facebook/Twitter prioritize fixing platform over user growth, shares plunge.” Wall Street is punishing Facebook and Twitter for taking steps to improve their respective services. This is exactly why […]

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ProBeat: Google’s Fuchsia OS is an experiment, until it’s not

Every few months we hear a little bit more about Google’s not-so-secret Fuchsia operating system. The project is open-source, and first became publicly available on GitHub in August 2016. Google didn’t bother announcing Fuchsia, but it has talked about the project a few times. After all, it is being developed in the open, although its […]

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ProBeat: I hope Twitter has many more purges planned

Twitter is finally doing some solid cleanup work and, surprise, surprise, everyone from Russian bots to Wall Street is pissed. The social network has made many asinine mistakes over the years, but removing locked accounts from your follower count is not one of them. I’m thrilled Twitter is doing this, and frankly, I hope it’s […]

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ProBeat: Windows 10 dropping Sets (again) is for the best

Microsoft has lately been releasing Windows 10 builds on a weekly cadence. Because of a bug last week, however, this week’s build brought more than the average number of improvements (and bugs). And yet, the highlight of this build was not what was added, but what was removed: Sets. Sets, which isn’t necessarily the feature’s […]

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ProBeat: Instagram’s 1 billion users make Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition look brilliant

Instagram this week launched IGTV, a standalone video app for Instagram users. So Facebook is still pushing to compete with YouTube; that’s cool. But I was more interested in the other news announced at the event in San Francisco: Instagram now has over 1 billion monthly active users. Let’s put that figure into perspective — […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft finally admits the Office ribbon is overkill

Microsoft this week unveiled a redesign of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook “rolling out gradually over the next few months” to its more than a billion monthly Office users. The company broke down the user experience changes into three groups: simplified ribbon, new colors/icons, and search. As you can see, I want to focus […]

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ProBeat: Facebook is an expert at not asking for your permission

The latest Facebook privacy scandal, a bug that set the sharing setting of 14 million users’ status updates to public, hit just one day after Facebook confirmed the last hubbub, namely that it has data-sharing deals with Chinese companies. Cambridge Analytica feels like years ago. Unfortunately for everyone, Facebook’s approach continues to be reactionary. Or, […]

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