Google pulls YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show in a tech face-off

Boston Herald

In a statement, Amazon said, "As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. The Echo Show had displayed YouTube videos without integral features, from video recommendations to channel subscriptions. Amazon only started selling the Echo Show in June, which comes with a touchscreen and responds by voice command. "YouTube is one of the big video services that they had in addition to their own.

Girl with 3D-printed robotic hand to throw first pitch at World Series game


A seven-year-old Las Vegas girl will throw out the first pitch in game four of the upcoming World Series. Hailey Dawson was born with Poland syndrome and is missing three fingers on her right hand. At the time, Dawson couldn't find any companies that could fit Hailey with a robotic hand for a reasonable cost. Over more than a year, the UNLV engineering students and faculty worked to develop a variety of robotic 3-D printed hands for then-five-year-old Hailey.

Girl with robotic hand will throw out first pitch during World Series

Los Angeles Times

Hailey Dawson is 7 years old and has already thrown out the first pitch before many Major League Baseball games. By using a robotic hand made with a 3-D printer, she has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch for several MLB teams, including the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Oakland A's, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers. The Las Vegas native first threw out a ceremonial pitch before a UNLV game in 2014, then set her sights on doing so at major league stadiums. More than 20 of the league's teams, including the Dodgers and Angels, reached out to Dawson through that tweet.

7-year-old with 3D-printed hand could soon throw first pitch at every MLB stadium


In fact, after using teaching herself how to hold and throw a baseball, she wants to use her 3D-printed hand to throw the first pitch at every single stadium in the National Baseball League. Bleacher Report posted a video on Twitter telling Dawson's story with the caption: "7-year-old Hailey Dawson wants to throw out the first pitch at every MLB ballpark with her 3-D printed hand." It wasn't even just MLB teams, even minor league clubs and college teams asked for Dawson's info. Please DM us Hailey's info.

Apple & The Rock TEAM UP!

FOX News

Known as "The Rock x Siri Dominate The Day," the ad sees Johnson call up a Lyft car, fly a plane to Rome, appear at a fashion show and more, all using the iPhone 7. In June, it announced Siri would be part of its new HomePod speaker, slated for release later this year. As part of iOS 11, Apple is adding more functionality to Siri as well, including translating languages and finding news articles on Apple News to topics you searched for on Safari, Apple's mobile web browser. By calling it a movie (and later reversing himself), Johnson may have revealed more about Apple's plans for original content, according to analysts.

Press Association wins Google grant to run news service written by computers

The Guardian

Robots will help a national news agency to create up to 30,000 local news stories a month, with the help of human journalists and funded by a Google grant. The national news agency, which supplies copy to news outlets in the UK and Ireland, has teamed up with data-driven news start-up Urbs Media for the project, which aims to create "a stream of compelling local stories for hundreds of media outlets". PA and Urbs Media will set up Radar – Reporters And Data And Robots – to produce thousands of stories each month. It is recruiting a team of five journalists to spot stories, create templates for them and edit the data-driven content.

Apple's Making Its Own GPU to Control Its Own Destiny


For years, a company called Imagination Technologies gave Apple the tech behind your iPhone's Retina-ready graphics and eye-popping image processing. From here on out, according to an Imagination Technologies release, Apple will design its own underlying technology for GPUs. The reason is simple: They're officially too important to entrust to someone else. Losing such a major customer has cratered Imagination Technologies stock; about half the company's annual revenue came from Apple. But that doesn't mean Apple's sudden yen for graphics independence should come as a surprise.

Samsung Galaxy S8 review

FOX News

Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S8 phone at a glitzy event in Lincoln Center, New York, Wednesday, with the tech giant eager to draw a line under last year's Note 7 fiasco. DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile communications business, kicked off Wednesday's event by explaining that the company has "humbly" learned from its mistakes. "This is how new doors are opened," he added. Koh moved quickly to introduce the new Galaxy S8 and S8 phones, adding that the devices are "inspired by dreams of a world where you are always connected to the people you care about." I took a look at the S8 and S8 after the event.

Siri's Not Even the Best iPhone Assistant Anymore


Amazon's shopping app, already a top destination, now becomes a Trojan Horse for Amazon's most promising product in years. That puts iPhone and iPad owners just two taps away--one to open the Amazon app, the next to activate the microphone--from a voice assistant that doesn't just rival Siri, but surpasses it in significant ways. Amazon's shopping app, already a top destination, now becomes a Trojan Horse for Amazon's most promising product in years. "Getting on smartphones has always been the biggest roadblock to Alexa becoming really useful as a personal assistant, because a personal assistant that can't leave the house isn't much good when you're out and about," says Jan Dawson, founder of Jackdaw Research.

Alexa, clean my house!

FOX News

Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot announced updates for the iRobot HOME App on both iOS and Android to continue integrating its line of Roomba-connected vacuums to the smart home, integrating Amazon Alexa and its voice control into the app. In addition to adding voice control, the HOME App is getting new Clean Map reports that provide details about cleaning performance, including what part of the floor is the dirtiest, how much space was cleaned, time taken and more. Inside the iRobot HOME App, customers can start, stop and pause a cleaning job, using just their voice. The Alexa skill for Roomba vacuums will be available in the second quarter of 2017 to U.S. customers and is compatible with all connected Roomba vacuums, including the 900 series.