Josh Ong of The Next Web reports, “IO, a virtual assistant that you chat with to get local recommendations, has launched its beta in New York City. Up to 100 TNW readers interested in testing the app can sign up here from their mobile devices. Since it uses a natural language processing and conversation engine, IO has reached the point where it needs real-world users in order to train its algorithms. The company is hoping to launch publicly by the end of the year.Currently, IO is focused on providing restaurant recommendations, but the service will eventually extend to other verticals. The app pulls in data from Yelp, The New York Times, The Infatuation, New York Magazine, Eater, Urban Spoon, Foursquare, Time Out and Tripadvisor.” Read more
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Menchie Mendoza of TechTimes recently wrote, “Affectionately described as a ‘Pandora for places,’ Zofari’s acquisition seemed to have attracted less attention when the deal was announced last week. Zofari uses natural language processing, machine learning, and third party data to collect information that matches up the user with places which the user may find interesting. The financial terms of the acquisition have not been revealed. On Zofari’s official site, the company confirmed that four of its employees are joining Yahoo. They are identified as Oliver Su, Shahzad Aziz, Jason Kobilka and Nate Weinstein. ‘After meeting some of the amazing folks on the Yahoo Search team and hearing about their vision, the decision for our team to join Yahoo was an easy one,’ said in the announcement. ‘We can’t talk about what we’re working on yet, but needless to say we are very, very excited’.” Read more
Mark Langshaw of Digital Spy reports, “Google has acquired the company behind Emu, a messaging app that doubles as a personal assistant. The existing application, which was for iPhone only, will be pulled from the App Store later this month.’As of August 25, 2014, we’ll be shutting down the Emu app. It will no longer be available in the App Store, and existing users won’t be able to send, receive, or download messages. We know it’s an inconvenience, and we regret that,’ said the firm in a statement. Emu uses intelligent learning and natural language processing to present the user with relevant information in real-time, and can be integrated with other services.” Read more
Megan Geuss of Ars Technica reports, “At a Wednesday press conference in Seattle, Amazon announced a service that would go along with its newly debuted Fire Phone. Called Firefly, this new technology is packaged in an app that can identify up to 100 million objects. For the most part, this feature will integrate with the Amazon marketplace, allowing you to take photos of products and buy them from Amazon, but the technology used to make it run will also be available to developers in an SDK available now… Using Firefly, a button on the side of the Fire Phone will instruct the camera to recognize a phone number, a book, a DVD, a URL, a QR code, and more. Additionally, Firefly will be able to listen for music (like Shazam) and identify a song that’s playing in the ambient noise around you.” Read more
Ginger Launches ‘Ginger Page’ on iPhone, Android and PCs, Offering Users a Better Way to Write English at Home, at the Office or On the Go
TEL AVIV, Israel, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — TEL AVIV, Israel, June 17, 2014 — Ginger Software announced today that Ginger Page, its new English writing enhancement app, is now available for download on several platforms, including iPhone, Android phones, tablets and Kindle. Additionally, Ginger Page will be available for download on PCs as well as an extension for leading browsers.
Ginger Page is a comprehensive English writing application that provides all the tools needed to compose high-quality English text everywhere one might write. Read more
Parmy Olson of Forbes recently reported, “SwiftKey has just made a gutsy move. The popular Android keyboard app has dropped the $3.99 price tag that’s driven its revenue over the last few years and is going free from here on out. It’s the kind of make-or-break decision that could help it scale up in fast-growing developing markets, and in SwiftKey’s case, also help it in going head-to-head with similar, free technology that Apple will soon offer to iPhone users. ‘We’re focused not only on reaching more users with our powerful technology, but on building great content and features to engage them,’ said the company’s CEO Jon Reynolds in an official statement.” Read more
Jessica Leber of Co.Exist recently wrote, “Since opening in 2003, New York City’s pioneering 311 center for non-emergency questions and complaints has become a massive operation, handling an average of around 60,000 questions a day via phone, text message, website, and mobile app. That’s added up to more than 180 million queries to date, processed by the hundreds of real, live humans that staff a call center in Manhattan 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Yet it all seems rather antiquated at a time when a quick query to Siri or Google can almost instantly provide answers in other realms of life.” Read more
REDWOOD CITY, CA — (Marketwired) — 03/13/14 — People can now search, swipe and tap on the iPad to find delicious dishes from the kitchen or the couch — all personalized to their taste. Yummly, (http://www.yummly.com), the leading digital kitchen platform, today announced that its popular free recipe app is now available for the iPad.
The Yummly iPad app has the best features from the acclaimed iPhone app, but with a beautiful user interface that is built from the ground up for the larger real estate of the iPad, including:
Olivia Solon of Wired reports, “State is a communications platform app for iOS (and soon Android) that aggregates the opinions of people around the world to draw out insights about topics ranging from politics and business to entertainment and sports. The ambition is to create an ‘opinion network’ where anyone, anywhere can express an opinion about anything. The application aggregates those opinions to get a sense of what the world thinks of those topics. State was launched by a company called Equal Media, set up by brothers Alex and Mark Asseily in 2011. Alex has previously had success with consumer electronics company Jawbone, which he founded in 2006. The app launched in closed alpha in May 2013 with around 10,000 users, but it’s now open to everyone.” Read more
Rob LeFebvre of Cult of Mac reports, “55 percent of Hinge users are looking to find a relationship, according to internal user surveys by the app developer. 35 percent want to find good dates. Only 5 percent admit to just wanting a hookup. That’s a huge contrast from other apps like OK Cupid or Tinder, said Hinge developer Justin McLeod, who spoke to Cult of Mac over Skype. His goal, he said, was to create a much better dating app, one that was just as easy to join as Tinder, but with more quality results. It seems to be working, as the app is growing by 10 percent every week.” Read more
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