Ahmed Gamal El Nakib

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Watch this smartphone-assisted robot beat the pants off of humans in air hockey

It’s the holidays and that means it’s time to watch robots cream humans in bouts of skill. The latest example of robotics winning over a meatbag? This amazing air-hockey robot powered by a smartphone, Arduino board and a plotter-like robotic arm.<p>The system works by watching the puck on the surface …

Five great George Michael performances, from Young Guns to Jesus to a Child

George Michael started as half of a band whose purpose was to ‘believe in joy’, but as a solo artist he possessed a gift for expressing pain<p>Just days before George Michael died, pop threw up one of its strange coincidences. The Top of the Pops repeats on BBC4 featured Wham!’s debut performance on …

Brazil court orders release of arrested Facebook exec

There's no evidence that he's part of the WhatsApp message fiasco.<p>Did you think Brazil was overreacting when it arrested a Facebook executive over the company's failure to hand over WhatsApp user data? So did a Brazilian court. A judge in Sergipe has ordered the release of Latin America VP Diego …

Chicago names attorney to lead law department review

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A former U.S. attorney will conduct an independent review of the Chicago law department’s civil rights litigation division after a federal judge ruled that a city lawyer hid evidence in the fatal police shooting of a black man, officials said on Sunday.<p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel …

The Heartland’s best hits: top Kansas sights along I-70

This is the stuff road trips through Middle America are made of: slurping milkshakes at a Formica countertop in a diner that hasn’t changed since 1950, cruising by fields of sunflowers and amber waves of grain that stretch as far as the eye can see, and stopping at the quirky, always-superlative …

The next WeChat is hiding in Canada and eyeing the U.S.

Waterloo, Ontario is a quiet sort of suburban college town, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. Although it’s positioned in …