Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings and cuss, kinda

April 29, 2017

… Developers in the U.S., UK, and Germany will have soon have the five new SSML tags at their disposal to make Alexa’s voice more natural when users engage her for their skills. Whispers will make Alexa speak softer, while expletive beeps will give her the chance to curse without offending your grandma. The sub tag will let the AI say something other than what’s written in the code, and the emphasis and prosody tags will make Alexa’s voice more natural, changing the volume, …


This couple met through a dating app for marijuana users

April 20, 2017

(CNN)It wasn’t just a swipe to the right that brought these two kindred spirits together — it was a mutual love for cannabis. One year ago, Chloe Lebbate and Dakota Shyface were single marijuana users in their 20s, living in Las Vegas and looking for “something.” But love, friendship and connections evaded them on mainstream social networks like Tinder and Match, they said, because the sites failed to weed out people who disapproved of their marijuana use. “I …


Vending machines dispensing clean needles are coming to Las Vegas

April 15, 2017

Chelsi Cheatom, the program manager at Trac-B Exchange, demonstrates how the vending machines will work at a recent news conference.Image: southern nevada health district Las Vegas is about to set up vending machines to dispense clean needles, free of charge. The machines will be designed to make equipment more readily available for intravenous drug users, who can pass various infections to each other if they use the same needles. The project will make Vegas the first place in the country to …


This smart bra can help calm you down when you’re stressed

April 12, 2017

… and unusual for a tech company to bet on an undergarment, even if it’s one worn for athletic purposes. Most importantly, its sleek enough to be worn by users deterred by clunky wristbands and clip-on devices, like Wu herself. “It’s just not in my style to be wearing those silicon wristbands,” she said. How it works All of the bra’s electronics are centralized in a small, stone-looking device, which Vitali Wear calls a “gem.” You can pop the gem out …


An app that wants to help you make friends, not friends with benefits

April 9, 2017

… Image: me3 The app is free, and available for iOS and Android. Theyre launching initially in New York City, but will expand as soon as they reach sign-up thresholds of 500 users in other areas. Solving the age-old problem of loneliness is a big ask from any app, but at the very least Me3 can give you the option of saying “table for three” instead of “table for one” or worse, another night alone on the couch with takeout. WATCH: This inventor built a real-life …


‘My fertility app made me too stressed to conceive’ – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… “When it comes to fertility tracking, the current options require women to make it almost a part-time job to track their fertility,” she says. Image copyright Alexander Crispin Image caption The Natural Cycles fertility app has been shown to be as effective as some other contraceptives But the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) advises users to treat fertility apps with a degree of caution. “There are probably many examples of new tech …


Male contraception just took another big step forward. Thank goodness.

April 6, 2017

… what happened when the gel was flushed out. The research team did the reversal procedure on seven rabbits (each of whom had been sperm-free for 14 months). They found that sperm returned quickly to their semen. SEE ALSO: New app lets users get STD test through mobile device The sperms concentration and motility (essentially their ability to swim well) returned to the same levels they had been before the gel was inserted. These are two important markers of fertility. An evaluation of the vasa …