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This robot can entertain children for hours without any adult supervision

The iPal can entertain kids for hours on end.<p>The three-foot tall robot with “wide eyes, working fingers, pastel trimming, and a touchscreen tablet on its chest” showed off its babysitting skills at an annual robotics event in San Jose, California, the Guardian reported. The iPal is designed to act …

Kids

The Pokémon Go influence on new tech

Pokémon Go has changed the trajectory of the world on a scale just slightly smaller than Google Search and Facebook, but still to a magnitude that will be felt through all industries in the coming years. To many, it looks like a very simple game that incorporates a few unique and compelling …

It’s Hillary’s Night at the DNC: Pictures

Hillary Clinton

Trump Accepts the GOP Nomination: Pictures

Hillary Clinton

The 15 Best Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: February 15th</b><p>Streaming video is the best thing that’s ever happened to documentaries. People who would never have paid for a ticket to a theatrical nonfiction film are now, thanks to Netflix’s robust selection, scarfing down the stuff by the barrel. But where to start among the …

Crime

Sanders Team Wanted DNC To Pay For Private Plane For Fall

An internal “End Game” memo left in a Los Angeles hotel restaurant details extraordinary demands considered by the Sanders campaign ahead of the Democrats’ unity event.<p>PHILADELPHIA — The Bernie Sanders campaign considered demanding a private plane staffed and funded by the Democratic National …

Want a Better Marriage? Science Says You and Your Spouse Should Do This More Often

If you both have the same attitude toward this, you'll be happier. If not... well, I feel for you.<p>Last evening, after we put our baby down for the night, my wife and I sat and had a quiet drink on the back patio, after a long, fun and exhausting weekend.<p>Now, it turns out that science says we're …

Leslie Jones bombarded with racist tweets after Ghostbusters opens

The comedian found herself singled out for a particularly egregious campaign of racially charged slurs, many of which she retweeted from her account<p>Comedian Leslie Jones, who stars in the new Ghostbusters movie, has become the latest victim in Twitter’s struggle to control abusive speech on its …

The end of plastic cards nears: Over 70,000 ATMs will soon support Touch ID withdrawals

Following Bank of America’s announcement that customers could withdraw cash from ATMs using Apple Pay, FIS and Payment Alliance International have today announced a new partnership that will allow users to perform cardless withdrawals using Touch ID, proving that the end of plastic cards is fast …

FinTech

Which superhero should Matt Damon play in Ben Affleck's Batman movie?

The main man of the Jason Bourne movies would make a very strange Robin, but there are plenty of other superpowered stars in the DC Comics firmament<p>Matt Damon once said the only superhero he would ever consider playing was Marvel’s Daredevil, and only if Christopher Nolan agreed to direct. But that …

Microsoft hopes 1080p Netflix makes Edge your next browser

As Microsoft continues to nudge folks into trying its new Edge browser on Windows 10, its latest tease is the promise of better looking, more efficient video streaming. Just like Apple's Safari browser on OS X, it turns out that on Windows only Microsoft's browsers stream HTML5 Netflix in 1080p, …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Google has acquired French object recognition startup Moodstocks.</b> The company lets smartphones recognise objects around them.<p><b>2. A Russian rocket successfully launched three astronauts into space.</b> The rocket, an upgraded Soyuz rocket, launched out of Kazakhstan.<p><b>3. Snapchat's new Memories feature</b> …

Snapchat

Hong Kong bookseller recounts detention in mainland China

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong bookseller gave an explosive account of being seized at a border by Chinese authorities, then blindfolded and spirited away to be confined in a room for five months of interrogation and surveillance. His detailed testimony directly contradicted official accounts of what …

Hong Kong

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff deleted his Facebook account because it was getting 'overwhelming'

They feel pressure to interact with their friends and colleagues on multiple social networks, from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep. Everybody's tweeting and posting at all hours of the day, and our phones are constantly sending us notifications to stay in touch.<p>Salesforce CEO …

Marc Benioff

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Talks About the "Stresses of Being Global"

Next January, Netflix will move its L.A. office from Beverly Hills to Hollywood, more than doubling its space in Tinseltown. The company already …

Is this thing on? World leaders' Top 10 hot mic gaffes

<b>London (CNN) —</b> In the space of a day, Britain's two most powerful people -- Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron -- have been publicly reminded of the perils of a hot mic.<p>Cameron was first, when his candid remarks to the Queen about Nigeria and Afghanistan -- calling them …

Barack Obama

Serena Williams tries dog food, sends a warning to us all on Snapchat

Serena Williams can now add dog-food tester to her résumé, although we highly doubt this is an extracurricular she'll be sticking with.<p>The 21-time …

Dogs

Puma Teased Rihanna's New Creepers On Snapchat

They hit stores May 26.<p>Fans can't get enough of Rihanna's designs for Puma: her Creepers famously sold out within minutes, and her furry shower slides all but broke the Internet. The sneaker company is readying a new round of Rihanna's coveted Creepers.<p>They previewed the sneakers on Snapchat, …

The Princess Revolution

A new generation of parents is shopping with the idea that pink and blue—along with robots, bunnies, dinosaurs, and unicorns—are for every child.<p>Pink is for boys and blue is for girls.<p>That was the rule for dressing infants back in 1893, as one woman explained it that year to <i>The New York Times.</i> “Of …

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

As its lithe synthetic fingers fumbled with my trouser buttons...<b>Something for the Weekend, Sir?</b> Things are getting steamy. My valet is trying to …

Robotics

Elon Musk Opens Up a Free Training Gym for Artificial Intelligence

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company backed by Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk, is building out a new kind of free training “gym” for computer …

Want your kids to get better grades? They need 90 minutes more sleep a week: study

They wake up bleary-eyed and make a run for the bus stop to get to school. But in the classroom, are your kids well-rested enough to do their best?<p>A …

16 actors you probably didn't realize were in the 'Harry Potter' movies

When it comes to "Harry Potter," everybody knows the film's leading trifecta: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.<p>But what about the dozens of other witches, wizards, and muggles who graced the screen throughout the series? While you were watching Harry and his friends fight dragons and …

Movies

This Company Raised $6.5 Million to Help You Find Out If You’re Underpaid

Jason Nazar wants to discuss the one issue he says no one is comfortable discussing: Your salary.<p>How much money do you make? Is your salary …

The Workplace

Defense lawyer: Rush to judgment in Alabama police shooting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Officer Aaron Smith is the white son of a retired ranking Montgomery police official, and Gregory Gunn was a black man neighbors knew for working hard and walking everywhere he went.<p>Their lives intersected early one morning last week, and Gunn lay dead after a hail of …

Justice

An American Muslim Community Shares Its Story

or the first time in her life, Yazmin Ali is afraid to leave her house. Unlike most neighbors in her family’s cookie-cutter subdivision outside …

2015 was the year of Minions and “isms,” says Merriam-Webster dictionary

In 2015, we had minions on the mind.<p>So says Merriam-Webster. According to the English-language dictionary’s list of most-searched this year, the word for “a servile dependent, follower, or underling” was one of the most searched online, of the year. <i>Minions</i> made headlines in 2015 as one of the …

Ashley Madison

5 Holiday Tips for Managing Bipolar Disorder

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas, and there’s no place like Home for the Holidays. It may be the Most Wonderful Time of the Year but it …