Topic: hackathon

SD Times news digest: Dialogflow’s new beta features, BlackBerry’s Spark Hackathon contest, and Twitter’s new developer requirements

Google announced new beta features to its natural language processing solution Dialogflow. The features are meant to bring new capabilities to customer support and contact centers. Features include Knowledge Connectors, Automatic Spelling Correction, and Phone Gateway integration. Knowledge Connectors are meant for building conversational actions for things like FAQ and knowledge-based answers, the company explained. … continue reading

Tech companies form Global Virtual Reality Association, Bluetooth 5 now available, and 2016 IoT Hackathon winners announced—SD Times news digest: Dec. 8, 2016

Some top technology companies are teaming up in order to expand virtual reality’s reach. Acer/Starbreeze, Facebook Google, HTC, Samsung and Sony have formed the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA). Together, they will work on developing and sharing best practices for the industry. “The GVRA is a necessary first step toward ensuring great VR experiences for … continue reading

Apple acquires AI startup, the DAPRA Cyber Grand Challenge winner, Pokémon GO’s revenue, and Delta’s global computer outage—SD Times news digest: August 8, 2016

According to multiple reports, Apple has acquired artificial intelligence startup Turi for roughly US$200 million. Apple uses AI technology for Siri, but lately the company has been ramping up its efforts in AI, which makes purchasing the Seattle-based company Turi a helpful move, according to Market Watch. Turi aims to help developers and data scientists build intelligent apps … continue reading

Winning hackathon team develops sensors to save the bees

Bee colonies have been on the decline for some time due to environmental pressures, and it’s become a global issue that researchers, farmers, environmentalists, even average citizens are trying to solve. One software development team has joined the fight, and their small device with simple and inexpensive hardware might be one way to bring the … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Hackathon Starter

Hackathons are great for developers who want to collaborate on their software projects, but getting a good project up and running can take some time. Getting everything from picking a programming language down to creating a repository or website for the code and project itself is a lot for one person to handle. Sahat Yalkabov, … continue reading

Video: Microsoft CEO does ice bucket challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge has made its way to Microsoft. Former pro football player Steve Gleason, who is living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), challenged Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to pour a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the ALS awareness campaign. “For my not naked ALS #icebucketchallenge I nominate … continue reading

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