Amazon Alexa Can Now Order An Uber From Your Echo Speaker Or Fire TV

New-Brand-Lockup-Copy It’s been a big week for Amazon’s connected speaker Echo. First the company rolled out a way to order pizza just by asking Echo’s virtual assistant to place an order for you. It then added the much-requested Spotify to the list of supported streaming music services. And today, Amazon has announced integration with on-demand car service, Uber. The feature is being made… Read More

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When Will The Machines Wake Up?

sleepingrobot Machines matter to people. But, they “matter” only because they affect people. It’s widely supposed that today’s machines themselves cannot be “affected” — because they have no feelings, no conscious thought, no sentience. Interestingly enough, it might not always be that way. While biology has held a relatively firm monopoly on… Read More

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Instagram Confirms Test Of Multiple Account Switching On iOS

instagram-iphone Instagram confirmed it’s running a test involving multiple account switching on iOS, following reports on Thursday from users who said they saw the feature go live in their app. The company would not speak to its further plans regarding a public rollout, but the news is promising. Last November, Instagram was testing the feature on Android with members of its Instagram beta test… Read More

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Apple Watch Took Two-Thirds Of Smartwatch Market In 2015, Says Analyst

pebble-time-lg-g-watch-r-apple-watch Apple does not break out sales of its debut wearable, the Apple Watch, so it’s up to analysts to stump up the sales estimates — and the latest to do so, Canalys, reckons the Apple Watch accounted for two-thirds of the smartwatch market in 2015, with more than 12 million units shipped by its count in total — and more than five million of those in the holiday quarter. Read More

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Hamster Pad Helps You Find Cool Slack Communities

output_J9Ai8f Are you a Slovenian web dev? A French iOS programmer? A sad person in need of friends? Get thee to the Hamster Pad. This new site Matt Schlicht and his buddy Adam McKenna aggregates hundreds of Slack communities, from programming-centric rooms to rooms for writers. “Nothing like Hamster Pad exists right now. We have literally taken the Slack API and started to create an entire social… Read More

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Airbnb Handed Over $1.3M In Tourist Taxes To The City Of Paris In Q4 2015

Paris-3 The city of Paris has disclosed that Airbnb handed over nearly €1.2 million in tourist taxes in the last quarter of 2015. The actual figure was €1.169 million euros ($1.310M), generated by 1.4 million overnight stays during this period, according to AFP. Read More

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Keybase Introduces End-To-End Encrypted File Sharing Service

securityicons There’s promising news for individuals and organizations that deal in confidential data. Keybase, the service for sending encrypted messages, has begun to offer a file-sharing feature that is powered by end-to-end encryption, making it considerably more secure than Dropbox or other mainstream file-sharing options/ Read More

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Don’t Miss The TechCrunch Mini-Meetup During Mobile World Congress, Feb. 24!

gaudi's guell park, barcelona We are planning on holding a mini-meetup in Barcelona during MWC, offering you a chance to pitch TC writers as part of a pitch-off. Winners get free tickets to Disrupt New York. But we need your help. We have a venue, but we need more sponsors. Things are still in the planning stage but we will hold the event on Wednesday, February 24 in the evening. Sponsors would be responsible for… Read More

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