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Microsoft 'deeply sorry' for racist and sexist tweets by AI chatbot

Company finally apologises after ‘Tay’ quickly learned to produce offensive posts, forcing the tech giant to shut it down after just 16 hours<p>Microsoft has said it is “deeply sorry” for the racist and sexist Twitter messages generated by the so-called chatbot it launched this week.<p>The company …

Artificial Intelligence

A futuristic razor that shaves hair with a laser has raised nearly $4 million on Kickstarter

But two Swedes think they have a solution: A razor that shaves hair with a laser, not a blade. They call it the Skarp Razor.<p>The project went nuts on Kickstarter but has now been kicked off the crowdfunding site over concerns that it didn't have a working prototype.<p>As we previously reported, in its …

Panasonic is reviving Technics' legendary DJ turntables

Ask DJs about their favorite turntables and they'll frequently swear by Technics' SL-1200 -- even though it hasn't been made since 2007, the super-reliable deck is still the gold standard for vinyl spinners. If you're one of those enthusiasts, you'll be glad to hear that Panasonic is bringing …

Gigaset ME

Smartphones made by little known manufacturers are usually not worth the risk, but once in a blue moon an outstanding one will appear. Today we are taking a look at three of them – the Gigaset ME, ME Pure and ME Pro. This company may be a complete stranger to most of us, but they have built some …

Stephen King's TV show Under The Dome cancelled after three seasons

The horror mystery about a town who become imprisoned by a mysterious force will end on September 10<p>Under The Dome, the TV adaptation of a thriller by the bestselling author Stephen King, has been cancelled after three seasons.<p>When it launched in June 2013, it drew an audience of 13 million, making …

TV

6 Things You Should Know About Lab Diamonds

Lab Diamonds Help Catch Up to Demand<p>A clear, sparkling diamond is rare. That’s part of its appeal. Those mined today formed billions of years ago. But a new method can grow gem-quality diamonds on demand in just three months. Lab diamonds are identical to their natural counterparts and cost 30 to …

Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

A machine with superhuman intelligence is a staple of science fiction. But what about a machine with just <i>ordinary</i> human intelligence? A machine that's so humanlike in its behavior that you can't tell if it's a computer acting like a human, or a real human?<p>That's what a Turing Test is designed to …

Apple and Samsung may help make the SIM card disappear

The SIM card as we know it may be about to disappear. According to the <i>Financial Times</i>, Apple and Samsung are in discussions with mobile carriers to help develop and implement a new SIM card standard that could make it easier to switch between service providers. The report refers to the new standard …

New Horizons spacecraft survives Pluto flyby and phones home

Nasa spacecraft safely passed by the ice-and-rock planetoid and its entourage of five moons<p>A US spacecraft sailed past the tiny planet Pluto in the distant reaches of the solar system on Tuesday, capping a journey of 3 billion miles (4.88 billion km) that began nine and a half years ago.<p>Nasa's New …

Spacecraft achieves flyby of Pluto, then calls home

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home.<p>Confirmation of mission success came 13 hours after the actual flyby and, after a day of both jubilation and …