‘Hi-tech robot’ on Russian state TV turns out to be a fraud

A “hi-tech” robot shown off on Russian state TV for his abilities to walk, talk and dance turned out to be a man in a nearly $4,000 costume. A reporter on Russia-24 lauded the state-of-the-art “Robot Boris” during coverage of a robotics forum for kids Wednesday, boasting that he’s “already learned to dance and he’s not that bad,” The Guardian […]

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Is tech too easy to use?

Seven years ago, a younger and more carefree Mark Zuckerberg went onstage at Facebook's annual developer conference and announced a major change to the social network's design. Until then, apps connected to Facebook would regularly ask users if they wanted to publish their latest activity to their feed on the social network. Those pop-up messages — from apps like Spotify, […]

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Justice Department investigating fake net neutrality comments

The Justice Department is probing whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people’s identities were posted to the Federal Communications Commission’s website — without their permission — in comments about net neutrality rules, according to a BuzzFeed News report. Two organizations confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to the comments. The reports are […]

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VitaminWater will pay you $100K if you give up your smartphone for a year

Let’s be honest: there’s a good chance that you’re reading this article on a smartphone right now. There’s also a good chance that you’ve been somewhat tethered to your smartphone from the moment you woke up this morning. In today’s digital age, and thanks to social networking apps like Facebook, there’s no denying that our reliance upon and addiction to […]

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Your apps may be following your every move

Popular apps like The Weather Channel and GasBuddy may be tracking their users’ every move, according to a report published Monday. A New York Times investigation found that at least 75 companies get “anonymous” but super-precise app location data from about 200 million smartphones across the US. Some of the apps gather this data, including specific street addresses, as many […]

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Mobility tech firm Optibus raises $40 million, Alibaba takes stake

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S.-Israeli mobility technology company Optibus said on Wednesday it raised $40 million in a private funding round led by Insight Venture Partners and with a strategic investment from the Alibaba Group. Existing investors, including Verizon Ventures, Pitango Venture Capital, New Era Capital and Sir Ronald Cohen, also participated in the round. Details of Alibaba’s stake were not […]

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Qualcomm wins Chinese court order banning some iPhone models

Chip supplier Qualcomm on Monday said it had won a preliminary order from a Chinese court banning the importation and sale of several Apple iPhone models in china due to patent violations. The preliminary order affects the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X sold with older versions of Apple’s iOS operating system. Qualcomm, the biggest supplier of chips for mobile […]

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White House, Trudeau seek to distance themselves from Huawei move

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – President Donald Trump did not know about plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to stop the incident from impeding crucial trade talks with Beijing. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, the 46-year-old daughter of the company’s founder, […]

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Amazon Go mulls putting checkout-free stores in airports

Amazon is looking at bringing its futuristic checkout-free store format to airports in an effort to win business from hungry, time-pressed travelers, according to public records and a person familiar with the strategy. The move underscores how a company that started as an online bookseller is making forays into brick-and-mortar retail to capture a greater share of shoppers’ spending. For […]

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This theory may explain why 95% of the universe is missing

Scientists may have finally cracked a decades-long mystery surrounding the fabric of the cosmos. As much as 95 percent of the known universe is “missing,” meaning it cannot be explained by scientists and a newly discovered “dark fluid” could solve the conundrum. The material, which scientists say possesses negative mass, brings together dark energy and dark matter into a single […]

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