Even gorillas need dating apps to find love


If a lonely Valentine’s Day has you doubting the power of dating apps, get ready to believe again. 

Calaya and Baraka met just three years ago thanks to a matching algorithm. Since then, the two strangers went from potential dates, to lovers, and finally, to expectant parents — of a baby gorilla.

Baraka and Calaya are western lowland gorillas, residents of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Their, erm, fruitful partnership, only got underway thanks to a dating algorithm, made specially for gorillas.

As reported in the New Yorker on Monday, the Smithsonian’s “Gorilla Matchmaking” program is responsible for the union of Baraka and Calaya. The Smithsonian brought Calaya to meet Baraka back in February 2015 (quite the Valentine’s Day present), thanks to a match determined by a genetic and personality algorithmic compatibility ranking. The initial “Gorilla Matchmaking” technology was designed as part of the Gorilla Species Survival Plan back in the ’80s, and they’ve continued to refine the algorithm to promote gorilla breeding and species health ever since.  Read more…

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Some T-Mobile users find their voicemail transcribed on Google's Phone app

Some T-Mobile users are finding written transcriptions of their voicemail messages produced by Google. These are showing up in the Google Phone app in the visual voicemail tab. One T-Mobile subscriber received a message from Google in his visual voicemail tab. The message read, “See and listen to your messages, without having to call voicemail. Transcripts of your voicemail are provided by Google’s free transcription service.”

It does appear that this feature is just beginning to rollout to T-Mobile subscribers. A few customers of the nation’s third largest carrier who have received the …

YouTube's new Intelligence Desk will help it find inappropriate videos before they go viral

Google’s streaming video site YouTube is creating what it calls an “Intelligence Desk” to help it spot inappropriate and controversial videos early, before they become a problem for advertisers. The desk will rely on third party consultants, social media sites, user feedback and Google data to help find videos that are too controversial for YouTube’s advertisers and subscriber base. These videos will be eliminated before ads are attached to them..

YouTube has run into some problems recently by allowing videos posted by extremists to contain ads from big corporations. This made it appear …

Travelers, Google will now track airline pricing and find you flight and hotel deals

Whether you travel often, or just every now and then, Google has announced some new features for its suite of travel related websites and apps that can help you save money. Using machine learning and statistical analysis, Google Flights will tell you whether flights from your location to a target destination are available at lower than normal prices. The information will also tell you how much cheaper these new prices are.

When you’re looking for lodging, Google Search results will include a notification if a holiday, conference or trade show is making it harder to find an unbooked room. …

PinDrive: find where you parked in Augmented Reality

With Apple’s ARKit only recently becoming public, we are just now seeing what kinds of apps developers can make when given the powerful Augmented Reality API. Augmented Reality is, of course, the feature, which lets you use the phone’s camera and screen to put virtual items in the “real world”, observed through the viewfinder.

Among all the new software, we have games, virtual rulers, constellation viewers, furniture purchasing assistants, and lots more. This new app here — it’s a parking assistant that will help you find your parked car!

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You can now use “Find my phone” voice command with Google Home

Google Home is one of the most popular speakers on the market offers quite a few Google Home skills. Starting this week, Google Home owners will be able to use one more voice command: “Find my phone.”

Google enabled the new voice command earlier today, so Home users should be able to test it very soon. “Where’s my phone” or “find/ring my phone” are the commands one must use in order for Google Home to pin their smartphones.

But the new feature is a little bit more complex than that, as Google Home can also turn up the volume on the smartphone, which means …

Twitter Lite app is made for countries where connectivity costs a fortune or is hard to find

Twitter is testing a new “lite” version of its Android app. This is an app version of a mobile web site it launched earlier this year called, quite appropriately, Twitter Lite. It requires less mobile data to work. The idea is to allow mobile users to employ Twitter in emerging markets where data is expensive or hard to find. The app has been added to the Google Play Store, but only in the Philippines where mobile data is expensive and slow.

Identical to the mobile web version of Twitter Lite, the app is an “experiment” according to Twitter, and the company is considering bringing the app …

The gold iPhone X might be extremely hard to find at launch, according to analyst

Tomorrow, September 12, Apple will (likely) announce three
brand new iPhone models, probably including an iPhone X – the company’s very
first handset to sport an OLED display. Apple fans (and maybe not only) are certainly excited about
this iPhone X, especially since it’s supposed to be the only one among the new
models to have thin bezels around its display. Unfortunately, just as
previously reported, it looks like the iPhone X will be hard to find at launch.


According to well-informed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, less
than 10,000 iPhone X units are being produced daily. Obviously, this …

Google adds new badges to Image Search on Android to help you find the right info

Yay, Google is making the search app on Android devices even better, the company announced today. If you’re an avid searcher for pictures of food, fantastic destination places or just beautiful people, the latest Google Image Search update is going to help you find the right images.

The bottom line is you’ll now have relevant badges at your disposal, which will point out what else you can find with just a single tap. All the new badges added today will allow Android users to find images where next steps and more in-depth information is available.

Now, how will that work? You’ll notice …

We bet you can't find all the crafty cats hiding in these photos


Cats are the masters of hide-and-seek.

Whether they’re stalking through the undergrowth or sliding beneath carelessly placed piles of clothes, those whiskery queens of disguise know how to disappear when they want to.

On Sunday night, Twitter Moments rounded up 16 gloriously puzzling “spot the cat” photos. Some are fairly obvious, others take a moment or two, and a few are fiendishly difficult.

See how many cats you can find.

Spot the cat. We’re going to stay up all nightpic.twitter.com/tfTHbCDYLW

— cat (@irnbrudreaming) June 8, 2017 Read more…

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