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Robot cop begins patrolling the streets of Dubai tomorrow night

A robotic police officer is making its debut on the streets of Dubai — and I hope everyone there has watched <i>Robocop</i>.<p>The uniformed bot greeted visitors to the Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference. After the conference wraps on Tuesday, it will be deployed to the streets of Dubai.<p>“It's both …

iPhones are being turned into fidget spinners, for some reason

We’ve seen perfectly good iPhones crushed under presses and cut open with searing hot knives. Apparently the latest in wasteful schadenfreude on harmless phones is to turn them into fidget spinners.<p>A YouTuber called EverythingApplePro took a drill to the iPhone 7 to insert the bearing which gives …

iPhone

Wikipedia co-founder launches project to fight fake news

Jimmy Wales is hoping the formula that made Wikipedia popular will have the same effect for battling fake news stories online.<p>The Wikipedia co-founder is launching "Wikitribune," an open collaboration featuring professional and community journalists as well as other contributors creating …

Fake News

Princeton's ad-blocking technology could be the 'end game' for online publishers

A new ad-blocking technology could mean trouble for online publishers.<p>Developed by researchers at Stanford and Princeton, this ‘undefeatable’ ad blocker breaks from the norm and detects ads much like humans do: by looking at it. Typical ad-blockers scan a page’s source code looking for signs of …

Cyborgs at work: Swedish employees getting implanted with microchips

The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another "cyborg" is created.<p>What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its …

Amazon's no-cashier store can't handle more than a few shoppers

Amazon wanted to make a store where anyone can walk in, and take what they want without having to stop to pay on the way out. It seems all it takes to break this pie-in-the-sky idea are the shoppers.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that the technology required for the store to charge customers …

eCommerce

Ebay takes on Amazon with guaranteed 3-day delivery on 20 million items

In response to the growing threat of Amazon and its annual Prime membership program, eBay this morning announced a new program that will offer online shoppers guaranteed three-day delivery on 20 million eligible products — “millions” of which that will also include free shipping. “Guaranteed …

Researchers develop new battery tech that can recharge in minutes & hold 3x the power

One common request for each year’s iPhone refresh is revolutionary new battery performance and a team from the University of Texas has developed a new battery technology that could one day change the game. The new battery technology claims to be safer, more powerful, and quicker to charge…<p>As noted …

How to Blend 3 Bracketed Exposures for Greater Dynamic Range

Want to learn how to blend 3 bracketed exposures of the same scene to create a single photo with greater dynamic range? Here’s a great 17-minute …

Apple is reportedly going to introduce yet another type of cable into our lives

In case you didn’t have enough dongles in your life, it looks like Apple is adding another type of cable to its devices in the future.<p>Here’s the issue at hand: If you own, say, a new iPhone 7, a pair of (Apple-made) Beats headphones, and a brand-new MacBook Pro, none of these devices can connect …

Sign of the times: London company advertises for 'emoji translator'

Translation agency seeks first emoji specialist to help meet ‘challenges posed by the world’s fastest-growing language’<p>Do you venture further into the emoji dictionary than the faces and food pages?<p>Does your vocabulary extend beyond “thumbs up” and “red heart”?<p>Related: Everything's peachy as Apple …

11 DIY Gifts Your Long Distance Bestie Will Obsess Over

Interested in making your long-distance BFF something handmade for the holidays, but worried about the journey and the cost it takes to get there? Don’t leave your girl hangin’! Here to help you get it done is our handy DIY gift guide, sponsored by FedEx, which includes 11 gift ideas that are all …

Crafting

Internet-connected toys accused of spying on kids

Smart toys can certainly inject some life into playtime, but they raise big privacy concerns when an internet connection is involved... and if you believe some critics, at least a few toys have crossed the line. Over 18 privacy groups are filing complaints with both the US' Federal Trade Commission …

Amazon reportedly hopes to open a massive chain of 2,000 grocery stores

Amazon is plotting its takeover of physical retail<p>Amazon’s ambitious physical retail plans extend well beyond its new cashier-less convenience store unveiled earlier today. According to a report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Amazon hopes to ultimately operate more than 2,000 grocery and convenience …

Ford will test driverless cars in Europe next year

Ford announced it will plans to start testing its autonomous vehicles on European roads by next year as it ramps up its robot car strategy.<p>According to Digital Trends the U.S. car manufacturing goliath is moving ahead with European testing as it pursues its ambitious strategy to introduce fully …

San Francisco Bay Area

Yeehaw launches 3D printer for kids on Indiegogo

The Yeehaw is a 3D printer aimed squarely at the young geeks market. The company’s Indiegogo campaign, launched today, carries a $249 early-bird price tag and promises to ship the first 50 units in time for Christmas, but there were a few things about the company’s campaign that gave me pause.<p>The …

Printing

To think like humans, researchers are teaching robots to dream

When a robot goes to sleep, what does it dream about? Atari games, apparently.<p>In humans, nocturnal sleep (or even daytime naps) helps to consolidate memory, shifting short-term memory to long-term storage. Through three distinct processes — stabilization, enhancement, and integration — your brain …

Artificial Intelligence

Rumor: New iPads may finally ditch the home button

Apple's new iPads may ditch the home button and become almost bezel-less when they hit this upcoming spring, according to a recent report by Japanese Mac blog Macotakara.<p>Macotakara has previously reported Apple's plans to unveil three new iPads next year, a rumor supported by various other analysts …

Mobile Technology

Nokia's new smartphone revealed? Leaked images show what a post-Lumia return could look like

White, Black and Gold colour variants surface online for Nokia's mid-range return.<p>Rumours that former mobile-industry leader Nokia is returning to …

Vine

New MacBook Pro Line-Up Leaks Ahead Of Official Launch

The invites to Apple’s event on Thursday October 27th arrived with a simple slogan, ”Hello again”, that echoed the “Hello” from the first Mac launch back in the eighties. If you were expecting new Mac hardware from Apple after that, you’d be right. Apple’s plans for Thursday are becoming clear, and …

MacBook Pro

Solar Power Towers Are 'Vaporizing' Birds

But they aren't the deadliest energy source for our feathered friends<p>The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada is set to come online in March. Once completed, it will use thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a tower, melting millions of pounds of salt contained inside. The molten salt …

These glass cabins are nestled in the middle of the New Zealand wilderness

PurePods are glassy vacation rentals that promise “total Immersion” with nature<p>If your idea of a great vacation is being smack dab in the middle of the wilderness, but with some luxury accommodations, you’ll want to book a flight to New Zealand stat. Based in three locations outside of …

Luxury Lifestyle

11 Ways to Have the Prettiest Porch on the Block This Fall

This year, instead of gazing enviously at your neighbor's decked-out porch, make your own home something to be admired. With Fall's rich color palette and focus on striking natural elements, it only takes a few pieces of decor to make your entrance a head turner. We've rounded up the most beautiful …

Tesla reiterates that ‘Autopilot’ doesn’t mean ‘autonomous’ as the DMV moves to ban the use of the word

The controversy over how to approach Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) continues as the California DMV is moving forward with a new regulation to ban the use of certain words in the promotion and advertising of the systems.<p>One of the words is ‘Autopilot’, which is exactly what Tesla has …

Tesla

MIT’s Moral Machine lets you choose who to kill with an autonomous car

A choose-your-own-adventure where every outcome is depressing<p>Self-driving cars have one major problem to deal with: who dies in a car crash? Does the …

A lot of people are complaining about the iPhone 7's battery

Which published the results of a test into the iPhone 7's call time and internet use time, and it found that the phone performed worse than the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG G5, and the HTC 10.<p>It tested the phones using a phone network simulator, a 3G call, and a web page that continually refreshes.<p>The …