Author Archives: Adam Clark Estes

This Is How Miserable IBM Voice Recognition Probably Was in the ’80s

In the age of Siri, we take for granted how far speech recognition technology has come. But a quick glance back at 1986, when IBM introduced its voice recognition software, shows that we’ve travelled light years since the earliest version of this game-changing software. And it’s even more fun in satire form.

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The Best and Worst of Google I/O 2017 (So Far…)

Another Google I/O keynote has happened and, again, we have mixed feelings about what we saw. Apparently, the search giant is shifting from being mobile-first to being AI-first. What does that mean? Who the hell knows.Read more… Continue reading

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All the Cool New Stuff Google Home Can Do

Google just announced new updates to Assistant and Google Home. The smart speaker leans on Assistant to offer voice controls and artificially intelligent, well, assistance. But until now, the gadget hasn’t really been able to do that much. Thanks to some updates, however, that might change very soon.

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We Crashed a Few Drones to Find the Best Folding Drone

It’s drone season! It’s gorgeous out there and the world is full of beautiful scenes that need recording with a drone that buzzes through the air like a cloud of angry bees. Whether you’re an aspiring aerial photographer or a thrill-seeking life-caster, there have never been more options on the market for excellent…

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Trump Reportedly Shared Highly Classified Info With Russian Officials at the White House

This won’t come as a surprise, but Trump fucked up again. Last week, the day after the president fired James Comey, the tangerine nightmare that is now the leader of the free world met with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Then he reportedly revealed some highly classified information, putting not only our…

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Elon Musk’s Latest Tunnel Test Feels Like Going Into Hyperspace

The more I learn about Elon Musk’s Boring Project—a batshit idea to build a tunnel that sends cars at breakneck speeds under Los Angeles—the more I want to take a ride. The twisted genius just posted video of a test sled zooming through a test tunnel. Holy shit, it’s like going into hyperspeed, and I want to ride! And…

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Melissa McCarthy Is Riding the Sean Spicer Podium Outside of CNN Right Now

On Friday morning, a few excited CNN staffers started tweeting some silly photos. Melissa McCarthy, costumed as Sean Spicer, was riding her motorized White House lectern around the street in front of the network’s offices. Why? We’ll give you one guess.

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That Viral Porn Star Shark Bite Video Is Totally Fake

Shark experts are very upset with porn star Molly Cavalli. Last week, she appeared in a video produced by the live sex site CamSoda in which she claims a shark bit her foot. Based on every piece of confirmable evidence, however, it looks like the video… Continue reading

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Did Amazon Rip Off the Echo Show From a Startup It Invested in?

A couple hours after Amazon announced the new Echo Show, a touchscreen communication device powered by the company’s AI voice assistant Alexa, I got an email from a PR firm representing a company called Nucleus. The subject was salacious: “Amazon is out for blood – the Echo Show is proof.” I almost never reply to…

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Amazon Just Announced the Touchscreen Echo Nobody Asked For

Hold onto your butts, ladies and gents, because Amazon just announced a new grandmaster Echo gadget. It’s called the Echo Show. It’s got a touchscreen. It costs $230. And it’s even creepier than its siblings.

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The Creepiest App of the Week Award Goes to Gymder, the ‘Instagram/Tinder for Athletes’

Let’s make a statement: Gyms are not appropriate places to find dates.

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Lost Irish Beach Mysteriously Reappears After 33 Years

Weather’s a bitch. Back in 1984, a vicious storm stripped the sand off of a picturesque beach in northwest Ireland. And then, around Easter, a freak tide brought it all back. Locals seem thrilled.

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North Korea Thinks the CIA Hired a Lumberjack to Assassinate Kim Jong Un With Nano Weapons?

The North Korean government is famous for coming up with some peculiar theories. But have you heard the one about how the CIA and South Korea’s intelligence agency paid a “lumberjack” $20,000 to kill Kim Jong Un and his cronies with “radioactive” and “nano poisonous” substances? It’s a doozy.

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Silicon Valley Can’t Stop Puking Money All Over Soylent

Soylent, a substance, is about to be everywhere. A team of queasy venture capitalists just invested $50 million into the company. This, despite the fact that Soylent is perhaps best known for lying about its ingredients and giving people fits of relent… Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About This Week’s Massive Phishing Worm

Over a million Gmail users got hit by a phishing worm on Wednesday afternoon, sending the security world into a cacophony of screams and laughter. Screams, because the attack looked like it came from Google itself. Laughter, because the attack looked l… Continue reading

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A Dangerously Convincing Google Docs Phishing Scam Is Spreading Like Crazy

Oh God, a hacker’s on the loose with a new (but familiar) Google Docs phishing scam, and journalists (among many others) are in the crosshairs.

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Wow, Brad Pitt Is Paranoid as Fuck

Brad Pitt’s had a rough few months. His soon-to-be ex-wife kicked him out of the house, amidst allegations that he was drinking and smoking too much weed. Pitt ended up sleeping on a friend’s floor, where apparently, hackers got involved.

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Elon Musk Wants to Turn the LA Underground Into a Giant Slot Car Race

Who’s the craziest ultra-rich, would-be supervillain in the whole wide world? It’s Elon. Elon Musk.

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Even If You’re Sick of Julian Assange, Go See This New WikiLeaks Documentary

Risk should be a boring movie. Sure, it’s the latest documentary from Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras, but it’s also about WikiLeaks. Haven’t we all had enough of Julian Assange and his cadre of world-warping weirdos? The thing is, you’ve never seen Assange like this. You’ve never seen him up close and ugly. And…

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DJI Mysteriously Turned Vast Swaths of Iraq and Syria Into Drone No-Fly Zones

DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has a problem. ISIS, the terrorist organization, has been turning off-the-shelf drones into flying bombs and making headlines in the process. So what’s DJI doing about this? The company very quietly created no-fly zones over large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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