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July 22nd, 2024
Dyson have announced a new set of headphones, this time without the face maskDyson have announced a new set of headphones, this time without the face mask

It's time to take a trip down tech memory lane. Remember the Dyson Zone? Back in 2022, while the world was still in the throes of the pandemic, Dyson, the company known for vacuum technology, decided to announce a set of fairly chunky ANC headphones with a twist: they also doubled up as a mobile air-purification device. 

They were a wild idea conceived in an even wilder time. The reviews weren’t bad, and the memes were plenty. Now that the world’s affairs have settled, albeit not by a whole lot, Dyson has returned to the drawing board and released a new version of the Zone. This time called the OnTrac

Unlike the Zone headphones before them, the OnTrac isn’t connected to a wrap-around air-purification system that makes you look like you’re straight out of the second installment of Dune. Instead, the company put all their effort into the audio side. 

The OnTrac is aimed squarely at audiophiles. It comes with a nice set of cushy sound cannons for extended listening, ANC (active noise cancellation) that can reduce up to 40 decibels of external noise, and a whopping 55-hour battery life. On first pass, they are also noticeably slimmer than their predecessors, which isn’t a huge feat considering the Zone was a chunky offering. 

There are also some welcome customization options. You can swap out both the cushions and outer caps for different color combinations depending on your vibe. Currently, the OnTrac comes with four color options, but according to Dyson, more are on the way very soon.

If you want to get your hands on a pair, you will have to wait. They aren’t shipping yet, and there isn’t a concrete timeline for them either. However, when they do go on sale, they will start at $500, with room to increase when it comes to accessories.

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July 19th, 2024
This AI startup lets you dictate your work to your computer This AI startup lets you dictate your work to your computer

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a number of startups trying to push AI further by making sure it’s context-aware. Sarah from the Product Hunt team recently covered Pieces Copilot+ in our dev tools newsletter, which captures context across everything developers are working on to boost productivity. 

Now, TalkTastic wants to tackle the same problem but for a larger set of users. It’s a context-aware AI-powered keyboard app that automatically transcribes your speech and refines and rewrites what you’re saying based on the context of your screen. It works across all of your MacOS apps that use your keyboard, such as Slack, Teams, and everything in between.

Say you’re about to reply to an investor email. Rather than typing it out, you can hit the microphone button and start dictating your copy. From there, TalkTastic will write your email while fixing any vocal tics, adjusting for tone, and correcting any spelling of names, all based on what’s currently on your screen. Then, if you hop over to Slack and DM your coworker, TalkTastic will automatically adjust it for that scenario. 

According to the team, TalkTastic combines the capabilities of Apple Dictation, on-device Whisper, ChatGPT, Claude, and Google Gemini into one powerful, easy-to-use package” and 

It’s not the Founder and CEO, Matt Mireles’s first rodeo in the voice scene either. He previously founded a Google Ventures-backed startup that focused on video transcription powered by speech, which was later acquired. 

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July 18th, 2024
This case turns your Apple Watch into an iPodThis case turns your Apple Watch into an iPod

A few days ago, when unpacking, I stumbled upon my old iPod classic. I immediately felt nostalgia when I remembered the days of bopping along to Linkin Park through those tinny, white earbuds that came as default. 

If you’re not as lucky as me, you can always pick up a second—or third-hand iPod classic on the internet, but if you don’t want to do that, there is another way—kind of. TinyPod is a case that lets you hold and use your Apple Watch like you would an iPod. It comes with a cutout for both the screen and back sensor, and if you upgrade to the $79 version, you even get a scroll wheel, which controls the digital crown. 

TinyPod isn’t just a case for reliving days gone by, though. It’s designed to make your Apple Watch a more capable companion to your phone. Say you’re going on a run and don't want to drag around your iPhone 15 Pro Max. Chuck your cellular Apple Watch into the TinyPod case, and you’ve got a compact phone that you can control with a scroll wheel. 

It doesn’t try to replace your phone, and that’s kind of where the appeal comes from. Recently, we’ve seen a number of products (usually AI-powered launches) striving to become your main device, but they are often underpowered, too costly, or not smart enough. TinyPod’s ‘if you can't beat em, join em’ approach is a more accessible way to cut down on phone usage whilst retaining most of the smart features you might need. 

According to the makers, TinyPod will start shipping sometime this summer. It comes in three different sizes and sells for either $29 for the lite version without the scroll wheel or $79 for the standard version. 

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July 17th, 2024
This new audio app wants to help you stay connected with your loved ones

Audio-first social apps are still a genre that founders and builders worldwide are trying to crack. Remember Clubhouse, the serendipitous voice-only group chat app that took off during the pandemic? More recently, Naval launched Airchat, a kind of audio-first Twitter-style experience, and now we have Roads Audio.

Roads Audio is an entirely bootstrapped take on an audio, social app. It aims to help you foster deeper connections with friends and family, even if you’re busy. It’s designed with busy professionals and creatives in mind who might not have the time to catch up on the fly. 

It’s kind of like an asynchronous podcast app. It enables private, podcast-like group chats between you and a group of friends you want to be included.

The founder, Dave Failskie, came up with the idea when he and a few friends tried recording a podcast. He says, “Roads Audio began when some friends and I tried to start a podcast. Since we were living in different parts of the world, we would record 10-15-minute stories and upload them to a shared Google Drive.”

So, how does it work? When you first launch the app, you will be prompted to set up your first channel (the app’s name for groups). You can add a title, description, and a channel photo. You can then add your friends, family, and coworkers just by sharing the channel link. From there, you can make your first recording, which will live within the channel for people to listen to. 

Users can also contribute to each other's recordings by creating a “road.” A road is like a break in the conversation, similar to real life. As you’re listening, you can add your own thoughts mid-conversation. Other users will then encounter your note while listening to the root note. 

If you’re interested in trying it out, Roads Audio is free to download, and the maker is eager to hear people’s feedback on the launch page. 

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July 16th, 2024
This fully bootstrapped web app wants to make it easier and faster to edit your videosThis fully bootstrapped web app wants to make it easier and faster to edit your videos

Though it might seem like it in today’s AI-driven world, not all tech moves at breakneck speed. Some continue to cling to the past. Video editing software continues to stick with decade old norms despite content creation evolving so much. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?

Well, the founders of Moonshine are hedging a bet that it is broken, and they might have the fix. Moonshine is a web-based video editor that aims to make video editing more human. It takes some of the usual norms like content timelines and media retrieval and flips them on their head. 

When you first open the app, you’ll immediately notice the timeline is switched around. Moonshine uses a vertical timeline instead of the usual horizontal timeline to better put your content front and center. This helps with finer edits, like cutting a clip by a few frames. 

Once you’re ready to start, you might wonder where all your clips are. Moonshine swaps the usual drag-and-drop media bin for a text-based one. You can find clips based on visuals, actions, and dialogue. You can start a story with, say, “skateboarding at night,” and Moonshine will automatically pull in all the relevant clips. If you need more, you can simply tap on a clip, and it will widen its net to find clips with different angles, people, etc, 

Moonshine is fully bootstrapped by two makers, Ganesh Pimpale and Harsha Gundala who through their own experiences with video creation decided to see if they could offer something better than the industry standard. If you want to give it shot, it’s currently available to use for free during the beta period.

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July 15th, 2024
Test and debug your APIs faster with this tool

If you're a seasoned developer, you know the importance of testing your code, especially if you're gearing up to launch a product to potentially millions of people. It's a time-consuming process that, in Abhishek Saikia's experience, doesn't always instill confidence.

After years of building, testing, and releasing products to massive audiences, Abhishek and his co-founder Sourabh Gawande decided to collaborate and explore ways to make the testing process more intuitive. The result is KushoAI.

Kusho is an AI agent explicitly designed for API testing. It helps developers automatically find bugs in their APIs before they deploy them. Drop in an API spec, and Kusho will generate an exhaustive set of tests based on real-world scenarios to identify any issues that could break your code in production.

From there, you can run each test individually if you want to go through everything with a fine-tooth comb or bundle them up and run them simultaneously. Kusho will then use AI to generate detailed assertions for each scenario so you can test the accuracy and reliability of your APIs.

Like other developer-orientated AI apps, Kusho uses a variety of services entwined together to create something bigger than the sum of its parts. Groq is one of them. It is an alternative to OpenAI, which Kusho founders described as a "blazingly fast large language model for code generation."

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July 12th, 2024
Clean up your messy audio in seconds with this tool from ElevenLabs

Audio is one of the more overlooked aspects of content creation. You can spend hours setting up the perfect shot, tinkering with the lighting, angles, and bokeh, but all that can be ruined if you don’t consider background noise. Who wants to hear the honks of traffic while watching an interview? 

ElevenLabs, the text-to-speech AI platform that raised $80 million from A16Z, Sequoia, and others, just announced its newest tool, Voice Isolater. This tool can seemingly take even the noisiest videos, remove the background noise, and leave your dialogue sounding crystal clear. 

Say you just recorded a podcast episode for YouTube, but halfway through, a fire engine speeds down the road, blaring its sirens. With the Voice Isolator tool, you can drag and drop that clip into the studio, and your audio gets cleaned up with the press of a button. 

You can see for yourself by watching the demo. During it, a member of the team records audio while a leafblower goes off. With the press of a button, the leafblower is automatically muted, and you can hear the dialogue fairly clearly. 

Alongside the user-facing platform, the team also announced an accompanying API for developers to build their platforms using the Audio Isolation technology. Once implemented, you can integrate the same AI-powered audio clean-up technology into your product.

If you want to give it a shot, it seems pretty easy to implement. In the launch demo, a team member uses Claude and Replit to quickly whip up a mock app that uses the API to clean up any YouTube video’s audio just by pasting the URL.

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July 11th, 2024
This tool raised $22M from YC’s Garry Tan to automate your company’s finances

Managing your company’s finances is one of the hardest parts of being a startup founder. When you boil it down, everything comes back to the bottom line. You need to ensure there's adequate runway to meet any challenges, pay employees, invest in R&D, and pay for equipment. That’s just a start. 

Needless to say, being on top of finances is key, and there are tools to help. Runway Financial is one of them. The team recently raised $22.75 million from Garry Tan and Initialized Capital before CEO Siqi Chen made the platform live to the general public. 

Runway’s platform is marketed as a “modern, user-friendly interface for financial modeling, headcount planning, departmental budgeting, and more.” It can connect to over 650 business tools, including all the platforms you might use for things like accounting, human resources, customer relationship management, etc. 

By doing this it automatically ensures that all of your important documents, such as financial documents, are up to date, so you don’t have to waste time looking for a contract you need to reference.

Unsurprisingly, it comes with a heavy dose of AI. It ships with “Ambient Intelligence,” a suite of AI features that live in the background designed to help teams dig deep into their finances for insights and automate workflows—all without needing to be prompted. 

Alongside some of the more hidden AI features, Runway Financial also ships with a generative AI assistant aptly named ‘Runway Copilot,’ which can help users generate and model any kind of financial scenario. All you have to do is type a prompt, and the copilot will pull in data from the relevant connected tools and use it to generate a business plan and projection. 

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July 10th, 2024
Email finally gets collaborative, like everything else

Did you know that, on average, we email three hours daily? I know. It feels longer to me, too. Email is one of the technologies we use most, but compared to others, it hasn’t innovated at the same pace. Unlike tools for design, development, or writing, email isn’t collaborative.

Say you just received an email about a potential sponsorship and want to discuss it with the rest of your sales team. Right now, you have a few options: you can hop on a call (expensive, annoying, time-consuming). You can paste screenshots into Slack (goodbye, context). Or, you can forward emails (all the emails). Then, the chances of someone accidentally hitting ‘reply all’ with sensitive info rise dramatically. These email bottlenecks slow your team down and are risky, but we’ve lived with them for years. 

That’s why the Superhuman team knuckled down and decided to reimagine what emails would look like if they were made to be collaborative by default. The result is Superhuman 2.0.

Superhuman 2.0 adds a suite of multiplayer features designed to modernize email. Here’s the low down: 

Live view: You can now share a live view of any email with your team, so no more meetings, screenshots, forwarding, or pinging someone’s DMs. As new emails come in, the team will automatically be updated.

Conversation links: You can now drop a link to your email in whatever app your team uses, and they can jump on board and start collaborating. There is no need for everyone to be a Superhuman user, either. 

Commenting: You know those comments that folks can add in other team apps? Superhuman has that now, too. Tag in teammates to get questions answered and unblock progress directly where the work is happening.

Superhuman’s big goal is to help you rapidly unblock progress by including your team where the work happens. If you want to give it a shot, Superhuman is giving the Product Hunt community two months free until July 31st. 

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July 9th, 2024
This new AI chatbot is aiming to be the most human-like option yet

The AI chatbot space is getting pretty crowded. What started with just ChatGPT in 2022 has exploded to include competitors from Google, Meta, Anthropic, and more. That’s good for us, the consumers. More competition means hopefully more innovation. 

Now, another AI company wants to take a shot at knocking the likes of ChatGPT and Gemini off their respective pedestals. Kyutai, a French AI company founded by billionaire Xavier Niel, just launched Moshi, a new chatbot that, according to the company, can understand and relate to humans better than anything on the market. 

It’s designed for hyper-human-like conversations. What sets it apart from ChatGPT is twofold. First, the announcement specifically references voice mode as the main way of interacting with the bot. This comes only two weeks after OpenAI had to delay the launch of its own voice mode for optimization. Second, Moshi ships with various accents (hooray, Irish!), seventy different speaking styles, and can even understand the tone of your voice. 

According to Tech Radar, Moshi was built with a pretty extensive fine-tuning process, including training it on over one hundred thousand synthetic dialogues generated to TTS (Text-to-Speech). Kyuti also worked with a professional voice artist to ensure the bot's dialogue sounded natural and engaging. 

The company’s social accounts released a pretty extensive thread showcasing the bot at work. On first pass, it looks pretty darn good at small talk, and it can even handle role-playing. One of the things that really stood out is just how low the latency is. Apparently, it’s the lowest latency option on the market right now. 

If you want to try Moshi, you can visit the site to see the demo after completing a short onboarding process. 

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July 8th, 2024
This website lets you check your data against 3B records to see if you’ve been hacked

Cybercrime is a real and growing threat. According to the World Economic Forum, the global cost of malicious hacking is expected to rise to $23 trillion. To put that into perspective, in 2022, the global cost was estimated to be $8 trillion. A meagre number in comparison to what the future holds. 

I mean, it seems like every other day there’s a new data breach. That’s why an Indie-maker named Jack decided to take things into his own hands. He recently realized he was sitting on over three billion entries of data breaches on the dark net due to his job as an ethical hacker and red teamer and decided to put that data to use for good. 

Do hackers know me?” is a website that lets you query that exact data to see what hackers know about you. The goal is to see yourself through the hacker's eyes so you can quickly rectify any vulnerabilities. 

You can scan the dark net for leaks involving things like your email address, phone number, bank details, social security number, and more. From there, the site will get to work trawling through the three billion records, and if it finds something, it will present you with exactly what was leaked, what site or service it was leaked from, and help you rectify it so that it doesn’t happen again. 

If you’re curious about your data, you can test it out for free by using the email check option. If you want to purchase the pro plan, Jack is running a promotion for today’s launch

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July 5th, 2024
This new tool from the founders of Basecamp makes it easier for anyone to publish a book

Since the internet burst onto the scene, creating and publishing short-form written content has become increasingly easier. People have blogs, newsletters, Twitter threads, and more that make it seamless to publish short content and monetize it. 

With all that content, you might wonder, why not turn it into a web book? I mean, a few well-written essays can be a book. It’s kind of hard. You’d normally have to set up your own website, complete with its own easy-to-navigate HTML structure, or get hacky with an existing CMS. It’s not ideal, and the makers behind Writebook know that. 

Writebook was built by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of Basecamp, Hey, and more. Together, they’ve published several different web-books and it’s through the trials and tribulations of that experience that they decided to make it easier for everyone. 

It’s a simple platform for handling all the nitty-gritty of publishing web-based books. It’s not a service, it’s a downloadable software that you can self-host. Once its set up, you can start crafting your new web book from cover to cover. You can add title and content pages, pictures, walls of text, and whatever else that makes a book a book. 

The simplicity carries over in its setup as well. According to the announcement, once you sign up, the team will email you a single command you can copy and paste into the terminal to get up and running. From there, Writebook takes care of the rest, and no real maintenance is required. It even self-updates. 

Writebook is currently free so if you’ve been itching to gather up all those essays and blog posts and turn them into a book, it might be worth a shot.

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July 4th, 2024
This new retro-styled social app wants to bring the fun back to making friends

Social media is a hard nut to crack as a founder. To go up against titans like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat and carve out a piece of the pie is no easy feat. How many new social apps have we seen wind down just as fast as they pop up? 

That’s why a new social app built by Gen-Z whisperer, investor, and former Product Hunt employee Tiffany Zhong is raising eyebrows. Noplace is an app backed by Alexis Ohanian that aims to bring back the more whimsical days of social media and friend-finding. It opened to the masses this week and immediately shot to the top of the app store charts, clinching the number one spot. 

It’s like old-school MySpace, where users can create colorful and customizable profiles to share anything from mundane status updates to what they’re listening to and their relationship status. It’s designed to appeal to a younger generation and create more community amongst young people. 

It doesn’t have more features than traditional social media—it has fewer, and that’s where I see the appeal. It’s entirely text-based, so there are no photos, videos, or files. It also has no vanity metrics such as likes or reposts. All you have is a number that shows how many responses a post gets. 

Noplace also ditches the algorithms other social apps use to keep us hooked on the endless flow of content. Instead, it uses AI to moderate and curate content between two feeds: one made up of your friend's posts and the other, which is kind of like a global messaging board where you see original posts and ones in response to them. 

Profiles follow the same theme of simplicity. You get a profile picture, a bio section, an add friend button, and your wall — the home for everything you post.

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July 3rd, 2024
This AI tool raised $125M to put a music studio in your pocketThis AI tool raised $125M to put a music studio in your pocket

When I was a teenager, which feels like a lifetime ago, considering I’m turning 30 this month, I was into making my own music. I had FL Studio, a MIDI keyboard, an electric drum kit, and every plugin imaginable. As you can see, I didn’t make it to the big leagues. 

Music production has come a long way since then. Throughout the last fifteen years or so, the industry has gotten some big updates that have made the process a lot easier, none more so than AI. 

Suno, the AI-powered music app that secured $125 million in funding for its text-to-song method of generating entire tracks, has launched its new iOS app. This puts an AI-powered music studio in the pockets of millions in a bid to, according to the team, “build a future where anyone has the ability to make music.”

The new app ships with the same prompt-based interface. If you want to generate a song, type in a description like “indie pop tune with rock vibes describing a summer road trip.” From there, Suno will immediately get to work crafting your next chart-topper. You can now also use your voice to generate music. Hit the mic button and start singing or talking to inspire the AI. 

Alongside that, it ships with new social features almost akin to Spotify. You can quickly share clips of your song and other people’s songs across social media, browse songs generated by others, and curate different playlists. 

Like a lot of AI, it’s not without controversy. The new app launch comes in the shadow of a lawsuit brought by the likes of Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, which allege Suno and Udio (another song generator) engaged in copyright infringement when it comes to generating music. 

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July 2nd, 2024
This new API client wants to help developers collaborate and ship faster

Did you know that the first API was created in the 1940s? British scientists Maurice Wilkes and David Wheeler worked on a software library for an early computer. They stored the subroutines on punched paper tape in a filing cabinet, which we would call API documentation today. 

API development has come a long way since the days of punched paper tape and filing cabinets, but it’s not always a field of roses. Developers frequently encounter challenges in managing the API lifecycle, ensuring integration, maintaining collaboration, and resolving debugging issues. That’s where a tool like ApyHub Fusion comes in. 

It’s marketed as an all-in-one API development client focusing on team collaboration. The interface takes on a familiar, Notion-esque design, built to foster deeper collaboration and make it easier to write great documentation. 

ApyHub Fusion comes with real-time collaboration features right out of the box, like the type you would see in Figma and Google Docs. Everyone — from frontend and backend developers to QA, technical writers, and product managers — can view, discuss, and collaborate on API specs, tests, and documentation in real-time.

According to CEO Samuel Kaluvuri, one of the things that separates ApyHub from other legacy API clients is that each aspect of an API request is modular and composable, including headers, query parameters, form inputs, JSON bodies, and scripts. This gives developers much more flexibility in how APIs are built and how the documentation is written.

Alongside that, it also comes with slash commands to easily bring up different functions and an AI assistant that, according to the team, can save engineering teams up to 60% of the time that would be spent on building. It’s also keyboard-first, so you can ditch the mouse and scroll wheel and fly around your docs with the stroke of a key. 

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July 1st, 2024
Guidde makes onboarding and documentation easier

I once had a boss who onboarded me by sending me WhatsApp messages with screenshots of her emails and docs. I did not last long at that job. That was no way to work — what if I wanted to pull up the directions later? How could I bookmark that? Why did I have to zoom into my screen to read it and how could I copy and paste stuff? 

My boss was an extreme, but I’ll give her this: There wasn’t really a great way of documenting instructions at the time. Creating a long document would have taken her time she didn’t have. 

If Guidde was around then, I would have sent her a link to it. Guidde lets you create engaging documentation instantly (think how-to guides, training, and support docs), complete with narration, voiceover, screenshots and more. It takes all of the work out of doing a storyline. 

Let’s say I was onboarding a new newsletter writer, and showing them how to input content into our CMS — something I actually tested with Guidde. After installing the browser extension, I clicked the button to start the capture of a new video and named it “How to create a newsletter.” Similar to Loom, Guidde starts recording, but the GPT-powered AI is taking note of my actions. I click buttons, fill the fields I need to fill, and click done. 

Ta-da. Guidde produced a video/storyboard and all the steps are divided out, with headlines and descriptions. I can edit and tweak the ones I want (few needed it), add AI-generated voiceover, edit the visuals like I would a slide deck, brand it, and so on. Then I can share it or embed it in a knowledge base. 

Guidde is free to use – you can pay to upgrade if you need more videos or things like the brand kit. So send this over to your boss like mine, or just start using it and amaze them with how much you can do. 

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June 28th, 2024
Intercom’s latest AI launch aims to free up more time to focus on the important stuffIntercom’s latest AI launch aims to free up more time to focus on the important stuff

What a week it has been for launches. We’ve seen big announcements from the likes of Anthropic, Figma, Superhuman, and Notion and the week’s not over just yet. 

Intercom, the company behind the support widget that pops up on sites all over the web, hopped on the shipping train and announced two new features designed to help you and your team save time and serve your users more efficiently. Let’s dive in. 

A new Copilot: Arguably, the biggest announcement comes from Intercom opening their Copilot, Fin AI, to the general public after a few months of closed beta. Fin AI is the company’s flagship AI tool. It exists to act as an AI assistant for every support agent you might have. 

When a user asks a question, Fin will pull relevant information from different sources and format it into a potential answer. From there, you can choose to accept that as an answer and send it on to the user. The goal is to free up employee time to better focus on things that matter the most, like forging a deeper relationship with users. 

Knowledge Hub:If you’re going to employ an AI agent for support queries, you will need somewhere to pull information from. In Intercom’s world, that place is the Knowledge Hub. Unlike other AI assistants, Fin’s information is curated by your team rather than the internet, which can lead to hallucinations.

With the knowledge hub, you can centralize, manage, control, and optimize all the information that powers AI, agents, and self-serve support in one place.

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June 27th, 2024
Here’s everything announced at Figma’s Config conferenceHere’s everything announced at Figma’s Config conference

It’s that time of year again when designers worldwide flock to an event center in San Francisco. I’m talking about Config, the annual event where the darling design platform Figma shows off what it’s been working on. 

Unsurprisingly, AI is still the star of the show, but the company also announced some other updates, including a Google Slides competitor and a new, refreshed look for the platform. 

Let’s start with the design overhaul. According to the announcement, it’s been redesigned from the ground up to “focus the canvas less on our UI and more on your work.” Users will notice a new toolbar, new navigation, rounded corners across the UI, and some 200+ refreshed icons. 

Moving on from the redesign, the team also announced Figma Slides, probably one of its most practical features yet. As the name suggests, Figma Slides is a Google Slides-style presentation feature. There are a few Figma-orientated features built to delight designers, like tweaking your deck designs in real time instead of jumping between a slide and its corresponding frame. 

You’ll also be able to present that app prototype you spent hours perfecting right from your deck, meaning you won’t have to create a whole screen recording just to show your team your vision for how every piece connects.

Remember how I said AI was still the star of the show? The headline feature yesterday was arguably Figma AI, a suite of generative AI features that are built to help you design and iterate quickly. Like Framer’s AI option, Figma AI lets you generate an entire prototype for web, mobile, and anything in between with a prompt. 

Alongside that, Figma AI comes with features built to speed up smaller tasks like generating placeholder text and an “AI-enhanced” asset search function.

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June 26th, 2024
Notion’s new feature allows you to create sites out of your documentsNotion’s new feature allows you to create sites out of your documents

Ever since Notion appeared on the scene back in 2016, people have been using it for all sorts: from organizing their day to building internal documentation, creating and selling templates, and even creating entire sites.

That last one has become a popular niche among the Notion community since the company allowed pages to be made public. A handful of products have been built around the concept, and now Notion is joining the party by launching Notion Sites. 

As the name suggests, Notion Sites is the company’s solution for those who want to build and host a site using their Notion documents. It is essentially an expansion of the existing publishing feature but with a number of bells and whistles tacked on. 

When you publish your Notion document as a site, you’ll now be able to do several things to make it truly yours, like adding a custom favicon, configuring it with your domain, and adding a navigation bar with links and breadcrumbs. Alongside those features, your new site also has analytics and basic SEO features like meta titles and descriptions. 

One thing the team stayed away from for now is adding too many customization options. It’s not a site-builder like Webflow or Framer, and at the moment, it’s not meant to be. You can theme your site to light or dark mode or respond to system settings, but that’s about as far as it goes. There’s no animation engine, custom CSS, hamburger icons, etc. Over time, the team plans to add more functionality, according to product lead Matt Piccolella.

If you want to take Notion Sites for a test drive, it's available now across the platform. Log in to your profile, swipe through the onboarding, and create a document to turn into a site.

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June 25th, 2024
This new AI chatbot aims to be an AI-powered reflection of yourselfThis new AI chatbot aims to be an AI-powered reflection of yourself

AI is rapidly transforming our personal lives with automated tools and innovations, such as AI girlfriends, therapists, travel guides, and even AI social networks.

Dot fits somewhere into this genre. It’s a new AI app built by the team at New Computer. It’s not a therapist or a girlfriend — it’s more of a friend, a companion, and a confidant who strives to learn as much as possible about you. This allows it to give advice and complete tasks beyond the typical responses of other chatbots.

When you first boot up Dot, you’ll go through an onboarding process. Your new companion will ask “getting to know you” questions, like “What do you do for work?” “What’s your favorite hobby?” or “How do you like to wind down in the evening?”

Once you answer, the AI will ask deeper questions. I mentioned that I love cooking, leading Dot to ask, “What’s your earliest memory of home-cooked food?” You can tell Dot to move on, but initially, it will ask deeper questions to get to know you.

The more questions you answer, the more you, Dot, becomes. It’s not meant to replace human connection but to help you learn more about yourself. “It’s meant to be a tool for self-introspection, accountability, personal growth — but not to replace human relationships,” co-founder Samantha Whitmore told TechCrunch.

So what’s it good for? My immediate use case was as a journal. It’s good for externalizing thoughts and feelings, and since the AI gets to know you, it can sympathize better than other chatbots. Its follow-up questions genuinely lead to introspection.

If you want to try out an AI version of yourself, Dot is available on the iOS app store.