Amazon's Fire TV adds more Alexa-powered video and search features

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Amazon has announced plans to roll out an update to its Fire TV media player in the coming weeks that will include enhanced Alexa functionality

Among the new features is the ability to directly interact with some of the device’s biggest name content apps, including HBO Go, Hulu, Showtime and Starz

For example, you’ll now be able to simply say “launch Hulu” to get the Hulu app to start. Those commands extend to being able to verbally order film and television content from the aforementioned content channels and browse YouTube 4K Ultra HD content Read more…

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4 myths that will change how you define bullying

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Bullying is an abuse of power that makes someone feel small. It can happen at school, on the playground and online. Sometimes it draws an audience of onlookers who may or may not stand up for the victim. 

Bullying was once considered an acceptable, even appropriate, part of growing up. Now education and prevention campaigns urge young people to call out intentionally abusive behavior and insist that adults intervene to protect victims. 

Yet, no matter how much we talk about and better understand bullying, myths and misconceptions still make it harder for young people to identify that behavior in their own lives and experiences.  Read more…

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Pilot earbuds are like a real life, language-translating babel fish

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The world has thousands of languages, each with their own unique structures and rules. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy universe, this galactic-scale conundrum is solved with a babel fish, a fish you stick in your ear that eats other people’s brainwaves and excretes a translation into your mind.

We don’t have a mythical fish like this on Earth though, so Waverly Labs made their own version of it: the Pilot.

The Pilot is the world’s first language-translating earpiece. It works in pairs, meaning you wear one earpiece and the person you’re speaking with wears the other. From there, your speech will be translated almost immediately to the other wearer’s language, which they’ll hear in their earpiece. Read more…

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Homes near Google co-founder Larry Page and Steve Jobs' widow aren't selling like they used to

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A custom-built home in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley had its price cut by $500,000 last week after sitting on the market since the end of March — a move that would’ve been almost unfathomable a year ago and a signal that frenzied demand has peaked.

The six-bedroom, five-bath house in Palo Alto — located blocks from Stanford University and the homes of Google co-founder Larry Page and Steve Jobs’s widow, Laurene Powell Jobs — is now listed for $7.5 million. It joins a growing inventory of high-end homes in the area that are taking longer to sell.

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How Facebook's intimate VR film shows the power of what's to come

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NEW YORK — I’m standing in Grand Central Station just a few feet from the iconic brass clock tower in the terminal’s main concourse. I step aside to let a young girl take a selfie and later watch a couple send their daughter off to college. To my right, I can see the Apple Store in the distance.

There’s no denying the power of people-watching at train stations, especially when hellos and goodbyes offer a genuine window into the lives of those around you.

But in this case, I’m not physically there. instead, I’m about 30 blocks south at Facebook’s New York office, watching the company’s first original piece of content shot with its new professional-grade Facebook Surround 360 camera. The short film, a live-action virtual reality experience called Here and Now, transports you to busy Grand Central to watch a series of vignettes play out before your eyes. The fully produced and choreographed video made its debut on Facebook today, just one month after the camera was announced on stage at the F8 developers conferenceRead more…

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