Lulu Chang

Lulu Chang

Fascinated by the effects of technology on human interaction, Lulu believes that if her parents can use your new app, service, or gadget, it's worth her attention. To help bring her mother and father into the 21st century, reach out via Twitter or email with your best products and services.
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Smart Home

Hola, Alexa! Amazon Echo is on its way to both Spain and Italy

Smart speakers are taking over the world one country at a time. The Amazon Echo will soon be made available in Spain and Italy, and around the same time, Sonos and Bose will offer up their own Alexa-enabled devices.
Smart Home

No doorman to receive your delivery? With Hub by Amazon, that is not a problem

Meet Hub by Amazon, a container that allows for the storage of packages so that they're not just strewn about a lobby, or worse yet, potentially stolen. Really, the Hubs look just like traditional Amazon lockers.
Emerging Tech

Google’s A.I. tools can predict death risks more accurately than hospitals

Google is beating hospitals at their own game -- at least when it comes to death risk assessment. Google’s Medical Brain team has begun training its A.I. system to evaluate the risk of death among hospital patients.
Smart Home

Fix upcoming for Google Home, Chromecast bug that can tattle on your location

Security researcher Craig Young from the firm Tripwire discovered a bug that allows both the Google Home and the Google Chromecast TV stick to share user location, which needless to say is less than ideal.
Smart Home

Vivint smart home products are now all voice-enabled with Google Assistant

Your smart home is becoming increasingly talkative. On Tuesday, June 19, Vivint announced a new partnership that makes all of its smart home devices voice-enabled by way of Google Assistant.
Emerging Tech

While we worry about the Opportunity rover, Curiosity is taking (great) selfies

A massive dust storm that is about the size of our continent has shrouded Mars and covered Opportunity for the last seven days. Not only is much of the planet in the dark, but so too is Earth about Opportunity's whereabouts.
Gaming

The World Health Organization labels gaming disorder as a mental condition

Gaming disorder is characterized by "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior," or more simply, an addiction to gaming. The World Health Organization has officially recognized the disorder as a mental condition.
Computing

A.I. can now learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube, researchers claim

Stephen McAleer has managed to create an algorithm that can solve the Rubik's Cube sans human help. It depends upon a process known as "autodidactic iteration" and it could have huge implications for the future.
Mobile

Google Maps on Android no longer lets you book Uber rides

Early last year, Google announced that Google Maps would allow customers to book rides straight from the Maps app. Now, however, it seems as though that feature has been removed. It's unclear why it happened.
Business

Microsoft takes on Google in the classroom with Flipgrid acquisition

Microsoft is looking to solidify its position in classrooms, and has recently acquired Flipgrid, the video discussion platform currently utilized by more than 20 million teachers and students across the United States and beyond.
Emerging Tech

Volvo has designed a self-docking system for yachts

We're already working on self-parking cars, so why not take things a step further and investigate self-parking boats? Volvo -- an expert on both land and water -- has now designed a self-docking yacht.
Outdoors

Get NFC payments, blood oxygen readings, and GPS from Garmin’s Fenix 5 Plus

The Fenix 5 GPS multisport watch was a major win for Garmin, and now, the Kansas company is releasing the latest iteration of its smart wearable. On June 18, Garmin introduced the Fenix 5 Plus series.