Technology

Quartz's Updated App Will Feature AR in Stories
September 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Of all the emerging technologies that Apple has its eyes on, CEO Tim Cook has seemed particularly excited about augmented reality. Before long, many people will “have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you,” Cook predicted at a tech conference last year. Developers…

USA Today Network Unveils Special VR Project on Border Wall
September 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

The USA Today Network has unveiled an ambitious project to document the border wall with Mexico. It collaborated with local newsrooms in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to produce a mix of virtual reality experiences, aerial and 360 videos, interactive maps, documentary reports, photos, podcasts and articles. The project, called “The Wall,” was created…

Following Its Success With Slack, Harvard Business Review Expands Bot Strategy
September 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Harvard Business Review last week launched their new bot on Facebook Messenger, building on their success with a similar bot on Slack. The aim is to increase the number people having regular, frequent interactions with HBR to ultimately have them subscribe and/or up loyalty. “Our focus has been on how we increase the number of…

Google, Apple Leave Publishers in the Dark on Ad & Cookie Blocking Browser Updates
September 21, 2017 at 10:54 am

Today, if you wanted an ad blocker to be operational on whichever browser you most often use to surf the web, you would need to go through the somewhat arduous process of actually turning it on. For many of us, that process would involve a fair bit of downloading and Googling, and perhaps a little…

WAN-IFRA Says That "Reluctance to Innovate" Is a Top Concern for News Execs
September 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

 “What is the single most important risk to your news organizations’ future success?” The top answer, according to a new WAN-IFRA report that surveyed 235 news executives and other managers working in media across 68 countries, was “reluctance to innovate,” followed by concerns over finding new revenue streams and a sustainable business model. (Only 5…

How Will Universal User ID Impact Publishers' Programmatic Advertising?
September 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Back in May, MediaMath, Acxiom/LiveRamp, Index Exchange, Live Intent, and a few other prominent, non-Google/non-Facebook, ad technology players made an eye-opening statement by announcing their intention to create a “Coalition for Open IDs.” Their goal is to create a single universal ID that connects someone’s identity across all devices and participating providers. Not much has…

The Washington Post’s Robot Reporter Has Published 850 Articles in the Past Year
September 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

It’s been a year since The Washington Post started using its homegrown artificial intelligence technology, Heliograf, to spit out around 300 short reports and alerts on the Rio Olympics. Since then, it’s used Heliograf to cover congressional and gubernatorial races on Election Day and D.C.-area high school football games, producing stories like this one and tweets…

iPhone X’s New Neural Engine Exemplifies Apple’s Approach to AI
September 13, 2017 at 9:22 am

Apple’s new iPhone X is billed as “the future of the smartphone,” with new facial recognition and augmented reality features presented as the credentials to back up this claim. But these features wouldn’t be half as slick without a little bit of hidden futurism tucked away in the phone’s new A11 Bionic chip: Apple’s new…

How to Win at Voice-Assisted Search
September 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Voice-assisted search came onto the mass market in 2011 with the initial release of Siri. Since then, there have been ongoing