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05/23/2017 11:30 AM
We're not getting Luke Skywalker's prosthetics any time soon
In 1937, robot hobbyist "Bill" Griffith P. Taylor of Toronto invented the world's first industrial robot. It was a crude machine, dubbed the Robot Gargantua by its creator. The crane-like device was powered by a single electric motor and controlled v...

05/23/2017 11:00 AM
Facebook can keep your trash talk private during live events
Facebook wants to be a serious destination for online video, and it's fleshing out its Live streaming experience to help it get there. Consider the process of talking about up-to-the-minute events unfolding in a Facebook Live stream. Rather than just...

05/23/2017 11:00 AM
Twitter’s new interactive cards help you slide into brands’ DMs
Twitter has been working hard to find new ways for brands and advertisers to connect with its users, especially since becoming a public company in 2013. Hey, shareholders need to make that money. But while customer service experiences are clearly a m...

05/23/2017 10:43 AM
Apple plans to make Safari scrolling a lot smoother
Apple is making changes to its mobile Safari browser that will make scrolling work smoother across all websites, according to posts on Hacker News and Daring Fireball. Right now, regular pages scroll differently on iOS Safari than sites like Reddit t...

05/23/2017 10:23 AM
Blizzard launches an 'Overwatch' league for amateurs
Blizzard's colorful shooter may be one of the most popular multiplayer games out right now, but its eSport scene hasn't exactly got off to the best start. With rumors circulating that a slot in Overwatch's official League costs between $15 and $25 mi...

05/23/2017 10:00 AM
Pinterest Lens finds recipes based on your weekend brunch pics
Pinterest announced its image recognition tool back in February, but the company has already added a number of improvements since then. Today, the company is revealing the latest addition to Lens: full dish recognition. This means that when you snap...

05/23/2017 09:52 AM
Instagram helps you hide unwanted photos instead of deleting them
That sloppy Instagram selfie from 2 AM on the walk home. That glut of ice coffee compositions. That once-happy vacation photo with your ex. There are no shortage of reasons to delete your old Instagram missives, whether it's to ensure consistency of...

05/23/2017 09:34 AM
Alexa can control your dumb AC unit using Ambi's smart hub
Some of you may recall that back in October 2014, Hong Kong startup Ambi Labs unveiled its Ambi Climate as a gateway between your smartphone and your dumb air conditioner at home. But it isn't just about replacing your infrared remote control; what m...

05/23/2017 09:20 AM
Snapchat's custom Stories put you in control of curation
Sure, Facebook and Instagram have been copying the crap out of Snapchat's Stories feature, but the ephemeral messaging app still remains one step ahead. For now, anyway. Snapchat is maintaining its lead by continuing to tweak its service and today un...

05/23/2017 09:09 AM
Microsoft's new Surface Pen should feel more like writing on paper
A new Surface Pro just wouldn't be the same without improvements to its companion pen, and Microsoft is going all-out with the upgrades this time around. It's introducing a new Surface Pen that it claims is the "fastest pen ever" on any platform -- w...

05/23/2017 09:00 AM
Instagram is grouping Stories to make them easier to find
Seeing as Instagram's Stories is fast becoming one of the app's most popular features, the company is taking steps to make it even more visible. Instagram already had Stories on its Explore page, but today, it will feature two new kinds of Stories: l...

05/23/2017 08:42 AM
2017 Smart ForTwo ED is cheaper than its smaller, slower charging predecessor
The latest Smart ForTwo ED already has a bevy of advantages compared with its predecessor. It's bigger, its motor is more potent with 80 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque, and it charges way more quickly. It's on-board charger gets it to an 80-...

05/23/2017 08:30 AM
ICYMI: World's largest wind farm gets rolling
Today on In Case You Missed It: Danish power company Dong Energy (yes, really) has started up the world's largest wind farm in Liverpool Bay. The farm consists of thirty-turbines in total, with each standing more than six stories tall and capab...

05/23/2017 08:15 AM
Huawei’s first laptop is a MacBook clone in looks alone
Hot on the heels of Microsoft announcing the Surface Laptop, Huawei is ready to unveil its first real Windows 10 notebook. It's called the MateBook X, and it might remind you of Apple's 12-inch MacBook. In fact, the resemblance is so striking that I...

05/23/2017 08:00 AM
Samsung's pricey Galaxy Book is a flawed powerhouse
Samsung's Galaxy Book isn't the company's first attempt at taking the Surface Pro head-on: Last year's TabPro S was clearly inspired by Microsoft's convertible. But, sluggish performance and a cramped keyboard made the whole experience a bit painful,...

05/23/2017 07:36 AM
Microsoft made the Surface Pro both lighter and quieter
Microsoft has mostly left the Surface Pro line untouched since late 2015, but the company is finally giving it a long overdue refresh today. Announced at an event in Shanghai earlier, the new machine -- now simply dubbed Surface Pro -- packs Intel's...

05/23/2017 07:29 AM
Apple saw a jump in security requests at the end of 2016
Transparency reports are the main way that tech companies can tell us that the authorities have been asking to look at user data. In its report for the second half of 2016, Apple said that the number of national security requests spiked considerably....

05/23/2017 07:00 AM
Scribd's all-you-can read service adds major newspaper articles
Scribd's transformation into an all-you-can-read subscription-based service hasn't always been smooth-sailing, but it's truly moving farther away from its PDF roots. The company has just announced that it's teaming up with its first newspaper partner...

05/23/2017 06:05 AM
Singapore's RoboCop car has its own intruder-chasing drone
If RoboCop has a gun in his thigh, this robotic security car from Singapore has a drone that it can send after intruders. Singaporean startup Otsaw Digital has created a 176-pound golf-cart-sized automated vehicle called O-R3 that companies can use f...

05/23/2017 05:00 AM
The Morning After: Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
The newest TV technology is a stretchable OLED display, a patent troll lawyer meets karma, and this week we're talking about Tomorrow. No, not Wednesday, the conceptual one.

05/23/2017 04:50 AM
Amazon UK takes on Sky with TV Channel add-ons for Prime Video
In its bid to become the cord-cutting service of choice, Amazon UK has confirmed it's bringing Channel add-ons to the UK. The service allows Prime subscribers to bolt subscriptions from various UK TV services onto their account, without the need for...

05/23/2017 03:52 AM
Google’s AlphaGo AI defeats the world’s best human Go player
Google's AI star, AlphaGo, wins again. It bested Ke Jie, the world's best Go player, by just half a point -- the closest margin possible. After the match, Google's DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis explained that this was how AlphaGo was programmed: to max...

05/23/2017 02:45 AM
Nokia and Apple end their patent fight and become health allies
Over recent months, Apple has been embroiled lawsuits related to patent licensing. While its fight with Qualcomm continues to rumble on, the company confirmed today that it's resolved one of its major disputes by signing a multi-year agreement with N...

05/23/2017 01:28 AM
Pakistan investigates army critics on social media
Pakistani authorities are on a mission to squash all anti-military sentiments online. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed the country's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate 200 social media accounts with posts that critici...

05/22/2017 10:41 PM
'Gray Pubic' is proof even AI can't get paint names right
When the robots take over your job, remember this: you can try naming paints for a living. Research scientist and neural network enthusiast Janelle Shane experimented with the idea of using AI to name new paints. After all, we keep coming up with new...