Author: Lulu Chang

Ossic X 3D headphones won’t ship, as company shuts its doors

While plenty of headphones offer surround sound, they don’t really emulate 3D space around you. For example, as soon as you move your head, the sound moves with you, instead of staying relative as it would in an actual space. The Ossic X claimed to be …

Microsoft acquires conversational A.I. technology firm Semantic

Microsoft is betting big on artificial intelligence. In a blog post published Sunday, May 20, the Redmond, Washington-based technology giant announced the acquisition of Semantic Machines, a company focused on building conversational A.I. “Their work u…

Apple removes apps with CallKit framework from the app store in China

Peogeo/123RFIt’s been nearly a year since Apple began removing all VPN apps from the App Store in China, and now, the iEmpire is bringing down the hammer on another type of app. Following the enforcement of new regulation from the Chinese Ministry of I…

Google Duplex sounds human when it, um, calls to book appointments

Dan Baker/Digital TrendsFor some people, the reason for choosing one hair salon over another is based solely on its ability to book an appointment online. At the Google I/O  developer conference, Sundar Pichai, the company’s CEO, explained how its Goog…

Tesla loses senior software engineer to Lyft’s self-driving team

In yet another blow to Tesla, one of the company’s senior engineers has left to join Lyft’s self-driving team. Electrek reports that Sameer Qureshi had been with Tesla since 2014. More recently, he was “responsible for the entire Autopilot software s…

Google Home goes around the world — at least, to 7 more countries

Google Home is continuing its trip around the world. The smart speaker and its smaller sibling, the Home Mini, will be made available in seven new countries in 2018, a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. Folks in Spain, Mexico, South Korea, the Nethe…