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Alphabet reportedly putting robot builder Boston Dynamics up for sale

It acquired the firm in 2013, but struggled with a path towards commercial products<p>Alphabet may be putting its most high-profile robotics acquisition up for sale just three years after purchasing it. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that Boston Dynamics, maker of robots which can walk, run, jump, and remain …

The Terrifying 'Yelp for People' App Is Now Available

Are you ready to be reviewed by your boss and significant other?<p>Apple iPhone owners can now download Peeple, a long-awaited app that lets users rate …

Ball-shaped Samsung Gear 360 makes it easy to record your own VR videos

BARCELONA — Samsung wants to own the entire consumer VR ecosystem. The company already sells the Gear VR headset and the smartphones that power it; …

Virtual Reality

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge available on all US carriers March 11th, pre-orders on February 23rd

Buy early and get a free Gear VR<p>So, how much will the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge cost you? Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have all announced the availability information for the new flagships. Pre-orders start on Tuesday, February 23rd, and the devices will be in stores (or on your …

Scientists have made a ridiculously lifelike robot hand that acts a lot like our own

Robots that look and act like us are still probably quite far away from reality. When faced with adversity, today’s most advanced robots tend to fall over. When trying to complete tasks that are pretty simple for humans, today’s robots tend to stab us in the face. But new research out of the …

Robotics

Why your brain likes it when you multi-task

We’re told that multi-tasking can leave us with an attention deficit and make us less effective. BBC Future investigates.<p>We all know the feeling. You’re in a noisy office trying to concentrate. Your computer screen shows you have eight different websites open, along with two email accounts, three …

Time Management

U.S. core consumer prices post largest gain in four-and-a-half years | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising rents and medical costs lifted underlying U.S. inflation in January by the most in nearly 4-1/2 years, signs of an uptick in price pressures that could allow the Federal Reserve to gradually raise interest rates this year.<p>A woman shops for groceries at a Whole Foods …

Mattel's ThingMaker brings 3D printing to iconic '60s toy

NEW YORK — Mattel's ThingMaker was the original at-home maker device of the 1960s, but now the company is giving it a modern reboot, allowing kids to …

Hot Wheels

The Highest Investment Fees Are the Ones You Pay in Anxiety

The admission fee for long-term returns is putting up with market declines.<p>According to a recent Gallup poll, 13% of people who own stocks say they …

Should You Buy A Franchise Right Out of College?

My knee-jerk answer to that question is no. I have several reasons why, and I’ll be sharing them in this article. But first, do you know of anyone …

Why a Supreme Court Without Scalia Leaves Small Businesses in Legal Limbo | Inc.com

The selection of a new Supreme Court justice following the death of Antonin Scalia on Saturday is shaping up to be a protracted struggle. Until a new candidate is confirmed, the high court's conservative and liberal members will remain pretty much deadlocked. And that means several cases important …

3 Ways to Develop a Successful Startup Idea

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Global warming in overdrive: We just had the hottest January ever recorded

Global warming went into overdrive in January, leading to astounding temperature records.<p>January was the globe's most unusually warm month ever …

Skipping Scalia autopsy spawns conspiracy theories

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three days after Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in his room at a luxury hunting ranch in remote West Texas, the conspiracy theories about his passing continue to swirl.<p>People we've lost in 2016<p>A local judge's decision not to order a post-mortem examination have triggered a round of …

U.S. Supreme Court

This Startup Just Launched With A New Way to Turn Seawater into Hydrogen

People don’t really talk about the “hydrogen economy” like they did a decade ago. It’s a dream to use hydrogen to power vehicles, and generate …

New job postings reveal how the company plans to bring its autonomous cars to market, pointing to a large manufacturing operation<p>Alphabet, the holding company for Google, is pushing forward with plans to spin-out its self-driving car project into a standalone business making and marketing …

Employment

Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 13 days of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next?<p>On 22 June, 2001, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, …

Homeland Security

Japanese prime minister condemns ‘serious provocation’ and Washington demands tougher sanctions for defying UN resolutions<p>The United States, South Korea and Japan have condemned North Korean plans to launch a rocket carrying a satellite – a further major breach of UN resolutions following a nuclear …

North Korea

4 simple ways to radically improve your Internet security

Time to update your software and that password you’ve been using forever. Your personal privacy could be at stake<p>Julia Angwin<p>January 23, 2016 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>Some people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because …

How To Make A Solar Still

Using an alternative energy source in your home can have a lot of advantages. First of all, this type of energy is much cheaper as you’ll make use of …

Study: Maybe we can’t find aliens because they’ve all died already

The hunt for extraterrestrial life is one of humanity's most exciting endeavors. The pieces are all falling into place: We're finding more and more planets outside of our own solar system, and soon the James Webb Telescope will give us unprecedented looks at these distant worlds. We've populated …

FreedomPop raises $50 million to take its free mobile SIM plans global

FreedomPop, a wireless Internet provider whose SIM cards include free basic mobile service plans, has raised a fresh $50 million in capital, taking its total funding to almost $110 million.<p>Founded out of Los Angeles in 2011, FreedomPop has built its mobile offering around giving away free mobile …

This suspected supernova is 570 billion times as bright as our sun

A small, bright object that first flared up in June could be the brightest, most powerful supernova ever spotted by astronomers. If it is indeed a supernova, the object ASASSN-15lh pushes the upper limits of what scientists thought exploding stars were capable of. And if it's not a supercharged …

How to Be Charming: 2 Secrets Backed by Research

Want to know how to be charming? Ask yourself: What do you want in any friend or partner?<p>Someone who is happy for you, wants the best for you and …

Books To Read While You Wait For George R.R. Martin To Finish 'GoT'

There are other books in the sea.<p>George R.R. Martin recently ‘fessed up that the final installment of <i>Game of Thrones</i> won’t be done anytime soon -- or at least not quickly enough to please his ravenous fans, whose love for him has proven to have limits.<p>If you’re of the hungrier and hungrier …

Top 6 Must-See Sky Events for 2016

Get a sneak peek at the best skywatching sights of the new year.<p>Among other celestial delights, the upcoming year may be best remembered for a planetary disappearing act and a Martian close-up.<p>Mars will be at its biggest and brightest in May, and then in the fall will appear to pass close to a …

Astronomy

Seven Major Archaeological Discoveries of 2015

From sunken treasure to ceremonial bobcat burials, it's time to look back at the year's biggest finds.<p>2015 was a year when archaeology frequently made headlines around the world, but unfortunately, it was all too often for the same terrible reason. This was the year when ISIS (Islamic State) …

Weekly Poll Followup: Android tablets win by a landslide

Last week we asked which type of tablet was your favorite. Just about everyone has used one at this point, and most of us have at least one floating …

Will The Internet Replace Your Phone Number?

As the power of the Internet gets ever stronger, we will increasingly turn to the web as our primary communications channel. For many people, Skype is already their go-to preferred means of communication — although other video ‘hangout’-type applications are also available.<p>The question we now face …