Microsoft Created a Twitter Bot to Learn From Users. It Quickly Became a Racist Jerk.

Damien Meyer | AFP | Getty Images Microsoft set out to learn about “conversational understanding” by creating a bot designed to have automated discussions with Twitterusers, mimicking the language they use. What could go wrong? If you guessed, “It will probably become really racist,” you’ve clearly spent time on the Internet. Less than 24 hours … Read more

Apple is gunning for PC users, but Microsoft has little to fear

When Apple introduced a smaller iPad Pro on Monday, vice president Phil Schiller didn’t mince words when he discussed which customers Apple is targeting with the product, along with its 12-inch sibling. “When [users of old PCs] see the features and performance and capabilities of a product like the iPad Pro, designed for the modern … Read more

Skype is making its web app more like the desktop version with a few new ways to reach non-Skype users. With Skype for Web, users can now place voice calls to any mobile phone or landline through the new “Call phones” section. Of course, this requires some Skype credit or a Skype Unlimited World subscription, … Read more

5 things you need to know about the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement

The Privacy Shield agreement is intended to guarantee the personal information of European Union citizens the same privacy protection when processed in the U.S. as it would receive at home. Where these guarantees are not available, the information must stay in the EU. Privacy Shield replaces the earlier Safe Harbor agreement, which was torn up … Read more