Apple just created, and killed, a generation of AR businesses

June 20, 2017

Two weeks ago, Apple introduced ARKit, its solution for placing 3D objects realistically into a real place. Basically, augmented reality. And it just so happens that the Holy Grail of the home decor and architecture game has been, for years, being able to place decor and furniture inside a customers actual space. Over the past decade, as mobile has taken off, that dream has been transferred from the desktop web…


Spektral raises $2.8 million for development of AI-powered green screen technology

June 10, 2017

The augmented reality acquisition space is hot Facebook, Snap, Apple and others are throwing money at teams and technologies that promise to increase user engagement. Spektral, a Danish startup, is the latest venture-backed visual effects company setting its sights on the massive space. Spektral is announcing a $2.8 million round today from Litecap and Amp Ventures to continue development of its machine learning-powered, real-time, green screen technology. Spektral, unlike 99…


Apple hints its handed over metadata on UK terror suspects

June 7, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed the company has been co-operating with the UK government in handing over metadata in the wake of a series of terror attacks in the country which he described as horrendous. Cook was speaking in an interview with Bloomberg following the first day of Apples WWDC developer event yesterday. Responding to a question about Apples stance over privacy and security in the face of ongoing…


Apples Watch can detect an abnormal heart rhythm with 97% accuracy, UCSF study says

May 12, 2017

According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram tested the deep neural network it had built against 51 in-hospital cardioversions (a procedure that restores the hearts normal rhythm) and says it achieved a 97 percent accuracy in the neural networks ability to find irregular heart activity. So far this is just a study built on a preliminary algorithm but it holds promise in trying to identify and prevent…


Apple offers feedback on Californias proposed driverless testing rule changes

April 29, 2017

Apple has offered feedback to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) concerning its proposed new rule changes regarding autonomous vehicle testing on state roads. The formal feedback provided by Apple is relatively short and to the point, contained in a letter submitted to the DMV and embedded below, signed by Apple Director of Product Integrity Steve Kenner (who also


No, the 5th Ave Apple Stores glass cube isnt going anywhere (permanently)

April 20, 2017

If you saw the same reports I did a bit earlier today you were likely shocked to hearthat Apple would be removing its iconic glass cube entrance way over the top of its 5th Ave retail store in NYC. The reports came via building permits that were likely tipped to sites like Macrumorsby Apple watchers. The permits call for the full removal of the glass cubical structure at the Apple…