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May 18, 2016 10:36 PM Here's how Google Home could be Amazon Echo's worst nightmare

Google jumped into the smart assistant game today with its new Google Home device: an answer to Amazon's Echo and the rise of personal-assistant things that sit in your kitchen and listen to everything you do. Amazon had a breakout hit with Echo, and Google has shamelessly copied the concept with its new pear-shaped Home speaker. Of course, nothing about 30

May 18, 2016 4:49 PM The future of computing will be ambient and invisible

Well, okay, they won’t completely disappear, but they will take on a new form that makes them very difficult to distinguish from everyday objects all around us. This transformation is part of a bigger, longer term trend that some have dubbed “ambient” computing. The idea is that computing capability will end up being embedded in devices ranging from speakers 32

May 17, 2016 6:40 PM How 1500+ Organizations Are Using Public Information Across Every Sector and Continent

Open data - free, publicly available data - is being leveraged by 1500+ organizations in 87 countries across all sectors of the economy. When you look up the weather forecast, use an app to plan your commute, or check an online ratings site to find a local doctor, you're using open data. Open data - free public data, typically provided by governments 21

May 17, 2016 5:11 PM Conservative congressional candidate accidentally reveals porn habits

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The speed of technological changes in modern political campaigning appears to have zoomed right by a conservative congressional candidate in Virginia. Mike Webb, who is running as an independent after losing the Republican primary in the 8th District in eastern Virginia, posted an attack against his opponent on Facebook on Monday afternoon 35 26

May 17, 2016 9:01 AM Donald Trump Borrows From Bernie Sanders’s Playbook to Woo Democrats

But Mr. Trump, who has also made attacks on illegal immigrants central to his campaign while vowing to protect Social Security and Medicare, is plainly going to run as more of a Sanders-style populist than as a conservative. And this approach suggests that the 2016 campaign will not be decided in the increasingly diverse states that represent the face of a changing 73

May 16, 2016 9:24 AM Is Sanders 2016 Becoming Nader 2000?

How Bernie could cost Hillary the election. Bernie Sanders, for all his talk of revolution, never wanted to be Ralph Nader. He has a long history of keeping the Democratic Party at arms length, but he also has a long history of rejecting spoiler bids. Since 1992, he has always endorsed the Democratic presidential nomine, snubbing Nader’s four left-wing 33

May 16, 2016 3:40 AM Obama celebrates with Rutgers

President Obama on Sunday exhorted graduates of Rutgers University to reject cynicism and become politically active, and he took critical aim at some Republican ideas that have gained currency this election season, such as building a wall along the Mexican border. “The world is more connected than ever before, and it’s becoming more connected every day. Building 60

May 15, 2016 11:17 PM Full text of President Obama's speech at Rutgers commencement

Below is the full text of President Barack Obama's address at Rutgers University's 250th commencement, according to the White House. THE PRESIDENT: Hello Rutgers! (Applause.) R-U rah-rah! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you, President Barchi, for that introduction. Let me congratulate my extraordinarily 48

May 15, 2016 9:36 PM Obama Swipes at Trump, but Doesn’t Name Him, in Speech at Rutgers

WASHINGTON — President Obama took several sharp swipes at Donald J. Trump on Sunday during a commencement address that could be the beginning of a forceful effort to help elect a Democratic successor as president. Addressing Rutgers University’s class of 2016 at the school’s 250th anniversary commencement, Mr. Obama never mentioned Mr. Trump by name. But his target 29

May 15, 2016 12:39 PM On more than one issue, GOP’s Trump sounds like a Democrat

NEW YORK — As he tries to charm Republicans still skeptical of his presidential candidacy, Donald Trump has a challenge: On several key issues, he sounds an awful lot like a Democrat. And on some points of policy, such as trade and national defense, the billionaire businessman could even find himself running to the left of Hillary Clinton, his likely 29