Photo credit: Pixabay. Think of it as a Slack for bots. A hangout where an ecommerce shopping bot could chat with hundreds of merchant bots to figure out where to get the cheapest iPhone 7, and even negotiate its price. Or a group of bots could play a game of poker in minutes to earn points or money for their owners. A brand could have multiple bots working together to respond to a customer query. That’s Interbot, a fortnight-old channel where bots can talk to one another and collaborate. Soon...
(PARIS) — Hundreds of demonstrators in France marched on Sunday to protest far-right National Front leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, saying that basic freedoms would disappear if she were elected. Some protesters threw firebombs at police during the march from suburban Aubervilliers to a Paris neighborhood where Le Pen is scheduled to hold a rally on Monday. Officers responded with tear gas during the small skirmishes. Fernanda Marrucchelli said Le Pen’s anti-immigra...
Certainly, there are a few crazy paint jobs offered by BMW in their product catalog turning a car like the BMW M4 into a true eye-catcher. With Fire Orange II you get that same level of craziness, packed with one of the cleanest looking paint jobs out there. This particular Fire Orange II BMW E82 M4 comes courtesy of European Auto Source. While some owners decide to go crazy with the visual updates, this owner decided to keep it on the down low. Well, if you can call a build, featuring the Fire...
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Donald Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists during his presidential campaign angered Heidi Sainz, whose family is from Mexico and who has close friends who are immigrants. She was also upset that she couldn’t do anything about it at the ballot box because she was a year shy of being able to vote. Sainz favors a bill in the California Legislature that would lower the voting age to 17, which she thinks would give a voice to more pe...
(ISTANBUL) — Turkish voters were deciding in a historic referendum Sunday whether to approve constitutional changes that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. If the “yes” vote prevails, the 18 constitutional changes will replace Turkey’s parliamentary system of government with a presidential one, abolishing the office of the prime minister and granting sweeping executive powers to the president. Erdogan and his supporters say the “Tur...
Amidst the Italian motocross fans the MXGP of Trentino started today with MXGP and MX2 Qualifying Races, plus the Races 1 of the second round of the Women’s Motocross World Championship and first round of the European Championship 250cc. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli gave the country’s MXGP fans exactly what they wanted to see, an Italian in pole position while in MX2 class it was the new face of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen who will have f...
Thousands of Hungarians rallied in Budapest on Saturday against what they said were attempts by the rightwing government to silence critical voices, in the latest mass protest triggered by a new university law. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which has been in power since 2010, has faced big protests in the past two weeks after it passed legislation that targets a top international university founded in Budapest by billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros. Orban said...
Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant lets users search the web for answers via voice. A new Harman Karman device is expected to bring Cortana into more homes soon. MicrosoftSkift Take: These are the digital trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends. For all of our weekend roundups, go here. >>W...
The Lost City of Z, released this weekend, is a historical adventure depicting the true plundering journey of British explorer Percy Fawcett to find a mysterious “city of gold” in the Amazon in the 1920s. Colonialism forms the backdrop to the movie, directed by James Gray and starring Charlie Hunnam as Fawcett,  Sienna Miller as his wife Nina and Tom Holland as his son Jack. But it’s the search for the lost civilization of El Dorado that comprises the main event in The Lost ...
Why do we use the word Easter to describe the spring’s eggiest holiday? There’s more than one theory, but the most interesting intertwines with the tale of a monk known as the Venerable Bede. A learned man in literature and astrology, Bede worked to improve souls in 7th-century England. The scholar also did a lot of writing, and while he covered topics from spelling to science, he spilled a lot of ink on the question of which day was the right one to celebrate Easter — a cont...
A group of hackers called the Shadow Brokers has just released a new dump of data from the National Security Agency. This is plausibly the most extensive and important release of secret national security information to date. It's likely to prove awkward for the U.S. government, not only revealing top-secret information but also damaging the government's relationships with U.S. allies and with big information technology firms. That is probably the motivation behind the leak: The ...
Arkansas has plans to execute seven death row inmates in fewer than two weeks this month. But two drug makers are trying to make sure their products play no part in the process, which has been compared to an “assembly line” of capital punishment. Fresenius Kabi USA and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corp. filed a “friend of the court” brief Thursday supporting an ongoing lawsuit by the inmates slated for execution. Click here to subscribe to Brainstorm Health Daily, our brand ...
adidas is teaming up with the Manchester-based graphic designer, Dan Freebairn, on an exclusive series of sneaker prints. Freebairn is the creative mastermind behind Kickposters who churns out delectable prints, posters and cell phone cases, as well as T-shirts of every hyped-up shoe you can imagine -- ahem, YEEZY BOOSTs. The collaborative offering consists of adidas NMD OG, Gazelle as well as EQT artwork. The collectible prints are currently only available to European customers, but expect a gl...
For years, diesel has been the fuel of choice for most European car buyers. Its low cost, high fuel-economy and low emissions made it the darling of the Western European world. However, that’s beginning to change, as lawmakers and customers push for more environmentally-friendly means of transport. Electric and plug-in hybrid cars are becoming the new darling, slowly but surely, but the problem is that this new shift in popularity could crush a lot of the auto industry and hurt customers i...
The Europa League quarter-final between Lyon and Beşiktaş was delayed 45 minutes as fights broke out in the stands and fans flooded the field seeking safety before the scheduled kickoff. Fans attacked each other with belts and poles and police used tear gas. You know, regular soccer match stuff.
Warning: spoilers for The Lost City of Z follow. Since he disappeared in the Brazilian jungle in 1925, the British explorer Percy Fawcett has inspired plays, comic books, Hollywood movies and even an Indiana Jones novel. Eighty years later, Fawcett’s search for a lost ancient city which he dubbed “Z” inspired the journalist David Grann to follow in his footsteps. Grann recounted the story of Fawcett’s life, in parallel with his own journey to learn about it, first in th...
After years of wrangling for constitutional reform to consolidate his political power, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may finally get his wish. On Sunday, Turkey will vote on a referendum that seeks to formally switch the governing system from a parliamentary to presidential regime. Nearly all in Turkey agree the current constitution, drafted by the military in 1982, needs to be updated. However, the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) previous use of cons...
CHANDIGARH: A day after Amarinder Singh refused to meet Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan because of the latter's sympathies for the Khalistan movement, a US-based NGO Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) has said it will not allow the Punjab chief minister to visit America, Canada, UK or any of the European Union countries from now on. But Capt Amarinder Singh has stuck to his stand in the face of criticism by opposition parties in Punjab which lashed out at his 'Khalistan sympathiser&#...
On April 17, Arkansas is scheduled to execute seven men over a period of 11 days. If carried out, that will be the most executions performed in such a short time since the modern death-penalty era began in 1976. The reason: Arkansas’ supply of the controversial drug it is using for executions, midazolam, is set to expire April 30. Midazolam is medically used as an anti-anxiety sedative, not an anesthetic. Experts have concerns about the drug’s ability to render a person ...
United had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. UnitedSkift Take: Technology-driven innovation has done wonders for airline industry stock prices. But is that innovation also doing wonders for passengers? Right now the answer seems to be no. — Jeremy KressmannWhat’s left to be said at this point about United Airlines’ horrific passenger “re-accommodating” situation from last week? Putting aside the company’s misguided thinking about everything from custom...