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Treadmill Desks Aren’t Just Healthier, They’ll Also Boost Your Work Performance

A new study finds just the opposite. Treadmill desks actually improve people’s attention to a task and their ability to recall details about the task …

What he said, what he meant

He has messages for his GOP and Democratic critics.<p>President Barack Obama used his State of the Union speech Tuesday night to set an optimistic tone for the rest of his presidency — but also to drop big hints about the fights that lie ahead.<p>He targeted lines at his Republican critics and talked …

Republicans

Tech predictions for 2015 that you should actually listen to

January may be coming to a close, but the flood of predictions, forecasts, and prognostications for the year ahead hasn’t abated. Among the dross however is the annual list of predictions from GP Bullhound (pdf), a boutique investment bank that specializes in tech companies. The bank is worth …

Matcha Culture: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Big Thing in Tea

The next big thing in tea is here: It's matcha<p>It's no secret we at <i>Bon Appétit</i> love the powdered green tea known as <b>matcha</b>. Heck, we even put it in our holiday cookies. But we're not the only ones smitten by matcha. With one finger on the mug of our green tea latte and the other on the pulse of all …

Tea

'Startup' will glitterbomb your least favourite people

Someone ruined your day? Why not take sweet, petty revenge by sending them a surprise envelope full of glitter, guaranteed to get everywhere and …

Will Superintelligent AIs Be Our Doom?

<i>Every morning Nick Bostrom wakes up, brushes his teeth, and gets to work thinking about how the human species may be wiped off the face of the earth.</i> …

Commercial drone allowed limited access to fly over US land

A hand-launched UAV called Puma just made history -- it's now known as the first drone to get the Federal Aviation Administration's seal of approval to do commercial flights over land. Puma, which was originally designed for military use by California company AeroVironment, has been doing …

Drone seen hovering over massive blaze at L.A. high school

A mystery drone was seen hovering over the scene of a massive blaze as it tore through a South Los Angeles charter school Tuesday afternoon.<p>The small drone seen on KTLA-TV shows the craft flying above a plume of smoke and the curling flames at Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School.<p>Los Angeles …

Drones

Warning over electrical brain stimulation

<b>Given the option, would you want to think faster and have sharper attention? Research suggests that electrical brain stimulation kits could have just those effects. But now some companies are selling such devices online, leading to calls to regulate the technology.</b><p>It may sound too good to be true …

This face-tracking projection is the craziest thing you'll see today

We've seen a whole bunch of projection-mapping videos, but this demo raises the bar, training the projection to recognize a model's face and follow her as she moves it. The result is basically real-life CGI — a real-time layer of animated light that's inseparable from the object itself. People say …

Google's First Quantum Computer Will Build on D-Wave's Approach

Most quantum computing labs hope to slowly build universal "gate-model" machines that could perform as super-fast versions of today's classical …

Autonomous Robots to Fight Wars with 'Suicidal Missions'

Intelligent militarized robots could soon be fighting wars for countries and trigger a modern day arms race, according to a report released by the …

Watch This South Korean Robot Fly A Plane

And later, it's a robot flying a ... <i>toy plane.</i><p>However, this Reuters video does show the effect of actually putting a humanoid robot in a cockpit, even if it's a virtual flight deck.<p>And it might remind a few folks of Otto Pilot, the inflatable autopilot from "Airplane!" — the disaster movie spoof …

SoftBank Humanoid Robots Land First Job as Nestle Salesmen Selling Coffee Machines in Japan

Nestle is all set to bring on board a thousand humanoid robots to sell its coffee machines at electronic stores across Japan, said the world's …

Human Impersonates A Help Desk Robot

Robots are not loveable if you can't get your computer to work. A city worker in New York for an information technology help line was suspended for answering the phone with a robotic voice.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>We have all been there before, no doubt, calling a service department somewhere, …

Google CEO: Computers Are Going To Take Our Jobs, And 'There's No Way Around That'

Today, Google is much more than a search engine. The company appears to be involved in every type of new technology ranging from self-driving cars to contact lenses that can test for disease.<p>In a recent interview with the Financial Times, CEO Larry Page provided some insight as to why the company …

Of Course Robots Will Never Become Our High-Tech Overlords... Or Will They?

All that talk about robots rising up to become our high-tech overlords is pretty far-fetched--or is it?<p>Sure, that Roomba keeping your floors clean isn't very menacing (except maybe to this dog), and you're not losing sleep worrying about the Looj that's sweeping out your gutters. But when you watch …

MIT's Augmented Reality Room Shows What Robots Are Thinking

Most of the time, most of us have absolutely no idea what robots are thinking. Someone who builds and programs a robot <i>does</i> have some idea how that …

Audience launches software that improves PC speech quality and voice recognition

Audience, a maker of voice-processing chips for mobile phones, is launching its first stand-alone software to improve voice recognition and speech quality on PCs, tablets, and all-in-one computers.<p>The Audience S1.0 software uses similar advanced voice-processing technologies that the company uses …

How to Do a Clean Install of OS X Yosemite

Apple released OS X Yosemite to the masses on Thursday as a free upgrade, so plenty of users are likely already busy preparing to install the new …