Thanks to Jason Mars, “Siri” could get a whole lot more effective in the years to come. An assistant professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, Mars and his team of researchers built their own intelligent assistant, named Sirius, which features voice-command and image-matching capabilities. They released Sirius in March 2015 to the rest of the world so other researchers could examine how to improve intelligent assistants too. “We designed an open platform for intelligent assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Now,” Mars said. “And it made a really nice splash. These kinds of infrastructures were locked up at
Today marks a sad day in the music world as the artist known as Prince has passed away at the age of 57.
Don’t start shoveling dirt on those satellite camps just yet. Plus, guess who showed up at Michigan State football practice. And one NFL expert believes Penn State's Christian Hackenberg should go in the first round. Catch up on all the news in Thursday's digest.
All three men's lascrosse weekend games air live on BTN and BTN2Go. On Friday, it's Penn State at Rutgers . On Saturday's it's Johns Hopkins at Michigan. On Sunday, it's Ohio State at Maryland.
Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State's and Iowa's football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday's Big Ten headlines digest now.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman look at the most intriguing quarterback races in the Big Ten this season.
This is cool: Jamal Crawford has done something no player in NBA history has done. [ MORE: Eighteen Big Ten names on 2016 NBA Playoff rosters ] The one-and-done Michigan star and current Los Angeles Clippers guard claimed the 2016 NBA Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the award’s first three-time winner. Crawford also earned the honor in 2010, as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and in 2014, also with the Clippers. Something else cool: At 36, Crawford is the oldest player to win the award, which was created before the 1982-83 season. Crawford averaged 14.2 points,
The 2016 NBA Playoffs tipped off Saturday, and there are plenty of Big Ten names still playing. Eighteen of them, to be exact, according to NBA.com’s team roster pages. Golden State do-it-all star Draymond Green (Michigan State) headlines the list, and is one of three former Big Ten player of year award winners in the postseason, joining Boston’s Evan Turner (Ohio State) and Charlotte’s Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin). If you’re wondering, Michigan’s four playoff players pace the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, which have three apiece. Here’s the full list. ATLANTA HAWKS Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten since 2004, but the program still has churned out some top talent over the past 10 seasons. The Wolverines have had a storied reputation for producing receivers—and that bears out in the numbers, as Michigan has seen seven wideouts picked since 2006. But where are all of the quarterbacks (one)? There was a time when this program churned out signal-callers, including the likes of Brian Griese, Tom Brady, Elvis Grbac, Chad Henne and Jim Harbaugh, among others. The absence of NFL running backs also is noticeable, as just two Wolverine backs have been selected
On Thursday, the East Division football head coaches and one player from each team joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each school on the call here: