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For Amazon, better skills mean bigger ad revenue

Engadget

Amazon is improving its Alexa voice assistant with each new update, enabling more natural conversation patterns and upgrading the system's ability to understand complex or vague questions. All of this is great for people who are sick of screaming, "ALEXA," and repeating commands a dozen different ways before the device actually does what it's supposed to. However, these upgrades are also good for advertisers -- and, by association, Amazon. Amazon hasn't laid out a clear, public plan for Alexa-enabled ads, but the company showed off the future of voice-assisted product placement during its event on Thursday. Head of all things Alexa, David Limp, explained that Amazon's voice assistant sometimes doesn't have the answer itself, but one of its skills (connected apps) might.


Facebook Dating testing in Colombia

Daily Mail

Dating apps and online websites are plagued with fraudulent profiles, known as'catfishes'. 'Catfishing' originated as a term for the process of luring people into false relationships, however, it has also come to encompass people giving out false information about themselves more generally. These profiles often use images of another person to allow users to pretend to be someone else in order to get a date, or scam money from a lonelyheart. This is probably the most valuable tool for catching out a catfish and can be done via Google. To kickstart the process, people need only right-click the photos that are arousing their suspcions, copy the URL and paste it into images.google.com.


Red Dead Redemption 2 online: Rockstar finally announces details and release date of multiplayer features

The Independent

Rockstar has unveiled details of the online multiplayer version of Red Dead Redemption 2, ahead of the game's release next month. The game will offer an entirely new and extra version of the Wild West-themed game, which players will be able to explore on their own or with friends. It follows the huge success of GTA Online, which is part of and came soon after the release of GTA 5. The multiplayer aspect of that game continues to flourish today, with developers Rockstar releasing regular updates and growing its world. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Facebook's Dating feature aims to prevent harassment and dick pics

Engadget

Where will you meet your next bae? If Facebook has anything to do with it, it'll be through its new dating feature, which it's now testing in Colombia. Announced back in May at the F8 developer's conference, Facebook wants to help its 200 million single users find more meaningful, deeper connections – and given its monopoly in online social interactions, it's pretty well-placed to do that. Online dating is hardly anything new, though, so what sets Facebook's dating feature apart from all the rest? Well, Facebook obviously has access to mountains of data on you that other dating sites don't.


Facebook Dating wants to be the anti-Tinder

Mashable

Facebook is likely the last company you think about when you hear the words "dating app." But now the social network is beginning the (very slow) rollout of Facebook Dating, its first foray into online dating. The service, which will be part of the main Facebook app rather than its own standalone app, is making its public debut this week. For Facebook, which has spent the better part of the last year encouraging users to make sure their time on the social network is "well spent" with more updates from friends and family, dating is the latest test of whether or not the company can add value to users' personal lives. It also comes at a time when skepticism and privacy concerns are at an all-time high.


Facebook Dating Is Rolling Out. Here's How It Differs From Tinder

WIRED

Facebook begins publicly testing its online-dating product, called Dating, in Colombia today. The service was first announced at the annual F8 conference in May this year, and will likely be available in other locations in the future. For now, users aged 18 and older in Colombia will be able to create dating profiles and, once those reach a critical mass, find some matches. WIRED got to preview an early version of the service, and it looks promising--especially for users looking for meaningful long-term relationships rather than hookups. In other words, you can expect to find exactly zero swiping.



Latest Tech Trends of 2018 Taking Over SMEs

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Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road. The impact of technology on enterprises, large or small, is inescapable. Research shows what common-sense dictates - adopting critical technologies is one of the foremost factors propelling businesses forward, especially when easily available low-cost, high-speed internet with affordable smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices has changed the way India does business. No wonder that organisations across the world, including India, are going all out to embrace the latest innovations in technology. When it comes to SMEs, however, the story is starkly different.


The weird and wonderful life of Elon Musk

BBC News

Elon Musk is one of the world's most prominent business figures. His latest headline-grabber is the announcement of the first paying passenger his SpaceX venture plans to fly around the Moon. There are also his extraordinary pioneering achievements include creating online payment platform PayPal, running electric car maker Tesla, as well as SpaceX. His innovative and wide-ranging interests include solar energy and artificial intelligence, and he has promised the Hyperloop, a super-high speed magnetic train travel, in an underground tube and he has designs on Mars. But this year, things seem to have turned sour for the tech entrepreneur.


The best dating sites for women looking to make a connection

Mashable

The online world can be rough for women, but navigating online dating is its own type of intimidating. However, as the world increasingly moves onto the internet, online dating has long been the new norm. Finding the right dating site can be a challenge. Every woman has different wants when it comes to finding a match. Some are looking for a fun time, some are looking for their next long term relationship.