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Google’s app for helping kids improve reading skills is now available in 180 countries – The Verge

Google’s app for helping kids improve reading skills is now available in 180 countries...

Google’s Read Along Android app, which helps teach reading skills to elementary school students, is now available in early access in 180 countries, the company announced today. Read Along uses Google’s text-to-speech and speech recognition technology to provide feedback as kids work through the app’s reading prompts and games. The app supports nine languages, including…
NASA is helping Tom Cruise film a movie in space

NASA is helping Tom Cruise film a movie in space

The title is reportedly in the very early stages, with no studio involved and no release window. SpaceX doesn’t expect to offer tourist flights aboard Crew Dragon until the second half of 2021 at the earliest.It’s not shocking that both sides would be eager to work with each other. Cruise is well-known for doing as…
Instagram is helping restaurants by making food pics shoppable – Engadget

Instagram is helping restaurants by making food pics shoppable – Engadget

Restaurants have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Instagram is hoping to help these businesses -- which have had to shift quickly to only supplying take-out and delivery -- by partnering with ordering platform ChowNow. Restaurants can add stickers to Instagram photos and stories, which can either bring users to order forms that…
How AI is helping find a cure for Covid-19

How AI is helping find a cure for Covid-19

Scientists are exploring every possible option for help battling the coronavirus pandemic, and artificial intelligence represents an intriguing avenue. AI has been used to search for new molecules capable of treating Covid-19, to scan through lung CTs for signs of Covid-related pneumonia, and to aid the epidemiologists who tracked the disease’s spread early on. The…
Microsoft is helping Google improve Chrome’s tab management

Microsoft is helping Google improve Chrome’s tab management

Microsoft launched its new Edge Chromium-powered browser earlier this month on both macOS and Windows. The launch marked just over a year after the company announce its plans to work more closely with the Chromium project and Google engineers. The Verge got an exclusive look at Microsoft’s surprise decision to work with Google last year,…
Ikea is helping to redesign simulated Mars habitats – TechCrunch

Ikea is helping to redesign simulated Mars habitats – TechCrunch

Ikea believes its approach to making small spaces more liveable applies even on other planets: The company has been working with an Earth-based research facility that is meant to mimic what a Mars habitat would be like, according to Fast Company. Originally, Ikea sent a designer to the station to seek out inspiration for creating…
Ikea is helping to redesign simulated Mars habitats

Ikea is helping to redesign simulated Mars habitats

Ikea believes its approach to making small spaces more liveable applies even on other planets: The company has been working with an Earth-based research facility that is meant to mimic what a Mars habitat would be like, according to Fast Company. Originally, Ikea sent a designer to the station to seek out inspiration for creating…
Assemble With Care Is Helping Me Handle Myself With Care – Kotaku

Assemble With Care Is Helping Me Handle Myself With Care – Kotaku

Kotaku Game DiaryKotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.In Assemble With Care, a mobile game from the makers of Monument Valley, you play as a woman who’s made a career of restoring old and broken things. It’s a pretty tactile game where you rotate objects to connect wires and…
Google Is Helping Design an Open Source, Ultra-Secure Chip

Google Is Helping Design an Open Source, Ultra-Secure Chip

With hackers deploying sophisticated attacks against operating systems, processors, and even firmware, manufacturers have increasingly turned to a tamper-resistant processor—or part of one—often called a "secure enclave" to stymie all sorts of attacks. They place in that immutable chip the "root of trust" on a device, relying on it to run cryptographic checks every time…
Helping banks refine sales pitches and customer service, Minneapolis-based Total Expert raises $52 million

Helping banks refine sales pitches and customer service, Minneapolis-based Total Expert raises $52 million

It’s no secret that the art of customer service in the modern era is something that banks desperately need help with. One of the reasons why challenger banks have been able to find acceptance, new customers and — well — the ability to challenge existing banking companies is the mistreatment customers receive from their existing…

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A Cloudflare outage is impacting sites everywhere

If you’ve been experiencing “502 Bad Gateway” notices all morning, for better or worse, you’re not alone. Cloudflare has been experiencing some major outages this morning, leaving many sites reeling in its wake. In fact, the company’s System Status page, which collects global incidents, reads like a laundry list of every major city across the…

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