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Meet KATIA, a robotic arm that wants to do it all

Some people very strongly believe that robots will eventually replace humans in the workforce. Those people probably wouldn't like KATIA, a surprisingly versatile robot arm we just met here at CES. Carbon Robotics founders Rosanna Myers and Dan Corkum managed to build an industrial-grade robotic …

Robotics

Apple has reportedly acquired facial recognition company Emotient

A tweet from CNBC (and a report from The Wall Street Journal) indicates Apple has purchased Emotient, a service that gauges your emotional response to things like videos. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>Emotient’s stated focus is revenue growth based on customer satisfaction. It uses facial …

Colleges tell students to leave their hoverboards at home

BOSTON — One of the holiday's hottest presents is now considered contraband at many U.S. colleges.<p>At least 20 universities have banned or restricted …

Facebook’s LiveRail Is Pulling Out Of The Ad Serving Business

Facebook is narrowing the focus of the LiveRail ad platform that it acquired in 2014 — the company says it will no longer be accepting new customers to LiveRail’s ad serving business.<p>Facebook’s head of advertising technology David Jakubowski said that’s not actually a dramatic change, since the …

Digital Advertising

Alienware announces Oculus-ready PCs, teases OLED laptop

Breaking down and accepting the Oculus Rift's $599 price tag is just the <i>first step</i> of experiencing virtual reality. The <i>second</i> step is getting yourself a gaming PC capable of running high-end VR content. That means juggling specs, buying the right parts, buildling a machine... or picking up an …

Swagway develops new hoverboard that won't explode and burn your house down

LAS VEGAS — Johnny Zhu doesn’t want to be photographed. He is a private man. At least that’s what the nattily-dressed 45 year-old CEO of Swagway …

Apple patent details how dual-camera system would work on a future iPhone

A simmering rumor suggests that in addition to dropping the audio port on the next iPhone, Apple may also have a dual-camera system around back. It sounds crazy, but a new patent details how it might work out.<p>In essence, the two camera would be used to feign a better optical zoom. Rather than …

Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline, improve artificial intelligence, and delight people. That’s Facebook Messenger’s roadmap for 2016 now that it has 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in June, 600 Million in March, and 500 million last …

Chatbots

Google and Lenovo announce first Project Tango smartphone

Tonight, Google and Lenovo teamed up to announce the first consumer Project Tango device, a smartphone.<p>GPS is remarkably well adept at helping us travel across town or across the country, but what it’s truly lacking is any sense of scale in the way it deals with shorter trips.<p>For example, at the …

Cybersecurity

San Francisco to Airbnb: Please Help Us Fight Illegal Hotels

After a failed ballot measure to crack down on illegal Airbnb rentals, San Francisco is now trying a different approaching: asking very nicely.<p>On …

San Francisco

How to charge your cell phone battery in less than a minute

Is it possible to charge your phone from 0% to 100% in less than a minute? Yes. I just saw it happen.<p>But you'll need to put a special battery in your phone, drill holes through the case directly into the battery, put copper connectors in the holes and get a specialized 200 Watt charger.<p>Or you could …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple patent application reveals exciting possibilities for twin-camera system rumored for iPhone 7

We heard a report in November that Apple was testing an iPhone 7 model with dual rear cameras, and a patent application published today not only confirms that Apple is indeed exploring the idea, but reveals some extremely exciting possibilities with such a setup.<p>The most basic of these, noted by</i> …

320,000 Time Warner Cable customers' data may have stolen

Time Warner Cable (TWC) revealed on Wednesday that up to 320,000 of its customers’ passwords may have been stolen.<p>The company said it was recently notified by the FBI about some of its users’ account passwords being compromised. It said that email addresses and passwords were collected using …

As Drones Take Flight, Hype And Reality Are Miles Apart

On Wednesday, a little-known Chinese drone manufacturer decided to make a splash at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show. Shooting for headlines, Guangzhou-based EHang unveiled its EHang 184, a passenger-carrying craft that the company dubbed “the world’s first electric, personal Autonomous Aerial …

Drones

Facebook wants to kill the phone number in 2016

Technically Incorrect: The head of Facebook's Messenger chat service believes no one needs a phone number if they have, well, Messenger.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I'm going to take a wild guess here.<p>You know your own phone number, …

Social Media

Report: iPhone 7 to feature noise-canceling headphone tech, waterproof design, wireless charging

We’re still a while away from the launch of the iPhone 7, but rumors have been running rampant recently concerning the design and features of Apple’s next flagship device. Fast Company has now published a new report in which it corroborates many earlier rumors regarding the iPhone 7, as well as …

How the Latest Fake Minecraft App Reached No. 4 on the iTunes Charts and Then Disappeared

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</i> consistently sits atop the iTunes paid app chart. Right now, the wildly popular block-building adventure game is in the number-two spot. Until a few moments ago, it was closely trailed by a bogus fake sequel app …

App Store

Samsung built the most amazing TV ever

Samsung rarely disappoints when it debuts new TVs. Its latest marvel, launched at this year's CES, definitely is one of the best ever.<p>The new TV technology allows you to stack televisions like Lego bricks. When you move them or even spin them around, a powerful processing engine powering the …

Televisions

Self-Flying Drone Startup Lily Robotics Gets Massive $34 Million In Pre-orders

In the span of the past year, drones have almost become mainstream consumer devices. Lily Robotics, maker of a forthcoming drone that follows users around while filming them, is one of the benefactors in this movement. The San Francisco startup said it’s collected $34 million in pre-orders for …

Drones

Why it pays to commute: House prices rising so fast in commuter towns they pay for season tickets in a week

Zoopla study compares average house price increases in popular commuter towns with cost of annual rail fares to cities nearby<p>House prices are rising so fast in some commuter belt areas that they are "earning" home owners enough to pay for their annual transport to work in just a week, according to …

Productivity Tips from Flipboard Curators

Every Monday, we put the spotlight on a wonderful curator in our MagMaker blog. We ask them to share insights about their media diets and habits, both on and off Flipboard. In doing so, we also learn about what makes them tick.<p>At the end of each post, we ask for a special productivity tip. And …

New, Cool Stuff at CES 2016: Pictures

Star Wars

How 'American Idol' helped change pop culture

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the summer of 2002, the first Bonnaroo Music Festival was held in Manchester, Tennessee, a 20-year-old Britney Spears was named the world's most powerful celebrity by Forbes, and "American Idol" debuted on Fox.<p>All three are still around, but Wednesday will see the 15th and final season …

American Idol

This female pilot was denied equal pay during WWII. Now Arlington Cemetery bars her remains.

Elaine Harmon and her comrades flew Army planes across the country. They helped train pilots on how to operate aircraft and instruments. They towed targets behind them while soldiers below fired live ammunition during training. Harmon was aware that her service could cost her life: For 38 other …

Military

11 Secrets Hidden in Famous Works of Art

Among Michelangelo’s venerable ceiling murals inside the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel is arguably the most iconic depiction of man’s relationship to God. …

Art

More Cool Stuff From CES 2016: Pictures

PlayStation

All 17 Cargill Salt Miners Trapped on Underground Elevator Freed

Emergency crews raced Thursday morning to free the remaining miners trapped in an elevator more than 70 stories below ground in upstate New York, officials said.<p>By 8:40 a.m. ET, the 17 men were hoisted to safety following the "major rescue" over nearly 11 hours at the Cargill Salt Mines in …

Mining

8 Most Beautiful Beaches in Cebu

What’s the best thing to beat the summer heat? The beach, the beach! It’s undoubtedly the best place to spend some time this summer. And it gets even …