Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. TechCrunch has received confirmation of the acquistion from sources with knowledge of the deal. The startup makes voice … Read moreApple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

New Google Docs toolkit can automate tasks

Are you tired of having to wade through Google Docs files, or make countless changes to templates every time you want to use them? Google might soon bring relief. It’s officially launching a Google Docs programming interface that lets developers automate many common tasks, whether it’s inserting text, changing the formatting or managing lists. If … Read moreNew Google Docs toolkit can automate tasks

The Raspberry Pi store is much cooler than an Apple Store

The Raspberry Pi Foundation just unveiled a brand new project — an actual store. If you live in Cambridge in the U.K., you can now buy a bunch of sweet Raspberry Pis with which to tinker and develop some cool stuff. The Raspberry Pi has always been about making coding more accessible. And a physical … Read moreThe Raspberry Pi store is much cooler than an Apple Store

The plot to revive Mt. Gox and repay victims’ Bitcoin

It was the Lehman Brothers of blockchain. 850,000 Bitcoin disappeared when cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox imploded in 2014 after a series of hacks. The incident cemented the industry’s reputation as frighteningly insecure. Now a controversial crypto celebrity named Brock Pierce is trying to get the Mt. Gox flameout’s 24,000 victims their money back and build a … Read moreThe plot to revive Mt. Gox and repay victims’ Bitcoin

Firefox will soon mute all autoplaying videos

There are many things worse than autoplaying video and audio on the web. The world is a messy place, after all. But it sure is distracting when you surf to a website and suddenly some video starts playing at full volume. Google’s Chrome browser and Microsoft Edge both offer tools to disable these annoyances and, … Read moreFirefox will soon mute all autoplaying videos

Xbox Live will soon connect players on Android, iOS and Switch

The session will provide a “first look” at the kit. You shouldn’t expect titles to support Xbox Live for a while, even if the software toolbox is complete by the time GDC starts. It’s still a big move, and reflects Microsoft’s shift toward services as part of its gaming strategy. Between its planned game streaming … Read moreXbox Live will soon connect players on Android, iOS and Switch

Twitter cuts off API access to follow/unfollow spam dealers

Notification spam ruins social networks, diluting the real human interaction. Desperate to gain an audience, users pay services to rapidly follow and unfollow tons of people in hopes that some will follow them back. The services can either automate this process or provide tools for users to generate this spam themselves, Earlier this month, a … Read moreTwitter cuts off API access to follow/unfollow spam dealers

Cosmic JS wants to simplify web development so you can focus on content

If you are a web developer, you know how complex many of the traditional web content management systems have been. One of the big problems has been managing the underlying infrastructure for the system. Cosmic JS, a member of the Winter 2019 Y Combinator class, wants to simplify that by taking care of the infrastructure … Read moreCosmic JS wants to simplify web development so you can focus on content

Google’s next I/O conference begins May 7th

If you’re a fan of all things Google, you already have a date to mark on your calendar for 2019. Developer Till Kottmann has ‘cheated‘ Google’s I/O conference puzzle to reveal that this year’s event will take place between May 7th and May 9th at the familiar Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. We’ve since confirmed … Read moreGoogle’s next I/O conference begins May 7th