Microsoft’s future is built on Google’s code

Asked for comment on Microsoft’s upcoming dual-screen, Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone, here’s what we got from a Google spokesperson: “We are excited to welcome Microsoft to the Android ecosystem. We look forward to working together to bring the best of both companies to users.” Translation: “We won.” Ever since Microsoft slunk out of the smartphone market, we’ve been waiting to see what the company’s mobile strategy under CEO Satya Nadella would be. The answer for…

"Microsoft’s future is built on Google’s code"

Why Flexport built a slick Slack SaaS for shipping

“Make their metrics your metrics” is one of Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen’s mantras. Sometimes that means building free software for your clients. It can be frustrating aligning your fates with a fellow business if they operate on email, phone and fax like much of the freight-forwarding industry that gets pallets of goods across the world from factories to retailer’s floors. So today, the new Flexport Platform launches, allowing brand clients, their factories and their Flexport…

"Why Flexport built a slick Slack SaaS for shipping"

Why Flexport built a slick Slack SaaS for shipping

“Make their metrics your metrics” is one of Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen’s mantras. Sometimes that means building free software for your clients. It can be frustrating aligning your fates with a fellow business if they operate on email, phone and fax like much of the freight-forwarding industry that gets pallets of goods across the world from factories to retailer’s floors. So today, the new Flexport Platform launches, allowing brand clients, their factories and their Flexport…

"Why Flexport built a slick Slack SaaS for shipping"

How WSDG and Gimlet built world-class podcast recording studios

Picture a professional recording studio. What do you see? Perhaps a band rocking out in an acoustically treated room, or a vocalist singing softly into an expensive microphone. Artists and engineers will spend thousands to build or use studios that provide the acoustics and consistency they need to do their jobs. But in recent years, a different kind of recording studio has emerged: the podcast studio. Consider the case of Gimlet, a podcast network known…

"How WSDG and Gimlet built world-class podcast recording studios"

A Japanese hotel has built a lifesize flight simulator into one of its rooms

It can be tough getting to sleep sometimes. Some people like to have a window open to keep the room cool, while others use the sound of white noise to drown out outside distractions. One Japanese hotel has a slightly different idea about what will help its patrons sleep: a full-sized flight simulator installed in one of its rooms based on a Boeing 737-800 cockpit. In fairness to the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, it sounds…

"A Japanese hotel has built a lifesize flight simulator into one of its rooms"

MIT built a neural network to understand pizza

A group of MIT researchers recently developed an AI model that takes a list of instructions and generates a finished product. The future implications for the fields of construction and domestic robotics are huge, but the team decided to start with something we all need right now: pizza. PizzaGAN, the newest neural network from the geniuses at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is a generative adversarial network that creates images of pizza…

"MIT built a neural network to understand pizza"