Benjamin Manley

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Information Systems
North Africa

Why shaking hands is still a big deal

Researchers find the gesture creates better cooperation and trust between humans - even when it is carried out by a robot<p>Shaking hands before negotiations results in a better deal for both parties - even when one is represented by a robot, a study has found.<p>The act of shaking hands at the start of …

Robotics
Apple Watch

Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

There are a number of services today that allow you to create and send digital invitations to birthdays, parties and other events, where the invites themselves are sent out via email, social networks, or even by postal mail if you choose. But a new application called Hobnob, launching now, is …

Apps

London eye to be lit to reflect Facebook election conversation

The London Eye is to be lit up every night between now and the General Election with data reflecting the discussion of the General Election<p>The London Eye is to be lit up every night between now and the General Election with data reflecting the conversation taking place on Facebook.<p>There have been …

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant now works with Twitter, Gmail, and Evernote

Plus a few others, thanks to If This Then That<p>When Amazon's Echo speaker mysteriously appeared out of nowhere last year, it came with another surprise: a voice assistant named Alexa. Like Apple's Siri, you could casually talk to it and it would attempt to infer what you were talking about into …

Smart Homes

Tesla announces low-cost batteries for homes

Elon Musk claims at launch that two billion large batteries could provide enough electricity to meet the world’s needs<p>The electric car company Tesla has announced its entry into the energy market, unveiling a suite of low-cost solar batteries for homes, businesses and utilities, “the missing …

Tesla

Microsoft exec: Android is vulnerable and Windows 10 will help us steal its users

BARCELONA, Spain — After two years of trying to reboot its mobile efforts, there’s no real way to spin Microsoft’s current position. The latest numbers show that Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS control 96.3 percent of the market.<p>Game over, right? Well, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona …