Can you believe it’s May? Neither can we. In fact, we’re not really sure where April went, but until we figure out that timewarp, here are some top tech stories you might have missed. (Really behind on your tech news? No problem, you can catch up on some other April stories here!)
Amazon is looking to really stick it to the retail apparel industry by exploring the possibility of selling custom-fit clothing on their site. Each piece would be made to fit the precise measurements of customers (no word yet on how returns would work in this whole arrangement). It seems the internet giant is pretty intent on seeing this project through, with reports claiming it’s considered acquiring clothing manufacturers to further expand its retail conquest.
Twitter is hopping on the livestream bandwagon, recently revealing plans to introduce livestream video content 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After a bit of a rough patch plagued with slow growth and rumors of its inevitable demise, Twitter seems to be bouncing back, gaining 9 million users in the first three months of the year. Some of its livestream additions will include the NFL, Bloomberg Media, The Verge, Buzzfeed and more.
Microsoft launched its new Windows 10 S operating system and, with it, a new laptop: the Surface Laptop. Microsoft promises the computer will have a battery life of 14.5 hours (wow!) and run faster than the i7 MacBook Pro. This product launched as part of Microsoft’s larger effort to improve the quality of technology available to students. Corporate Vice President of Devices, Panos Panay, said “We talk to a lot of [students]… they’re asking for a laptop, they’re asking for a Surface laptop…So we built a laptop, and it’s beautiful.” Obviously, he’s very unbiased.
Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that Facebook will be hiring 3,000 new people to vet the millions of reports it receives every week flagging inappropriate content, in addition to the 4,500 staff members already dedicated to doing so. While we’re grateful Facebook recognizes its responsibility in preventing the dissemination of this kind of content, we’re a little surprised the boost hasn’t come sooner. The world is a dark place, Zuck, didn’t anyone tell you?
Bitfusion, a software program designed to manage deep learning and Graphics Processing Unit (GPUs), raised $5 million in Series A funding. The company plans to use this money to focus on Bitfusion Flex, a new platform for building and managing AI projects. Flex hopes to give developers a space to manage the lifecycle of an AI application from training to testing and eventually deployment. We’re hoping that list includes destruction, too, just in case AI takes a turn for the worse.
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