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SoftBank’s emotionally intelligent ‘Pepper’ robot launches for enterprises on October 1

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank has announced that its emotionally intelligent robot, “Pepper,” will be making its mark in the enterprise with pre-orders opening from October 1.<p>First launched for consumers in Japan last month, the $9,000 bot can analyze gestures, voice tones, and expressions — all …

Robotics

Angry Birds 2 is out now for iOS and Android

You’ve been hanging out for the latest Angry Birds, right? Well, you can get it right now on the iOS and Android stores.<p>Angry Birds 2 is a sequel to the first Angry Birds — even though it’s technically 16 versions later. It features upgraded graphics, multi-stage levels and boss rounds, along with …

Apple invents texture-sensing stylus for future iPads

Steve Jobs was famously opposed to including a stylus with the iPad, but even he might have changed his mind had he caught a glimpse of the futuristic texture-sensing input device Apple just patented.<p>According to a pair of patent applications published today, Apple is working on stylus with …

Mobile Devices

Samsung will discount Galaxy S6 phones after launch sales disappoint

Samsung's earlier prediction for the second quarter of 2015 was spot on: the company has failed to hit its goals when it comes to the sales of its flagship devices. Its operating profits fell four percent to 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion), and the mobile division's, in particular, slid to 2.76 …

Uber now offers its own car leases to UberX drivers

As Uber continues to evolve beyond just dominating on-demand rides, the company is furthering its bets on leasing cars to drivers. Uber announced …

Comcast’s NBCUniversal in Talks to Invest in BuzzFeed

By<p>Shalini Ramachandran<p>and Lukas Alpert<p>Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to make a significant minority investment in BuzzFeed, as the media giant hunts for ways to reach young audiences, according to people familiar with the situation.<p>The terms being discussed would involve a …

Facebook Ready To Test Drones That Can Deliver Internet At 10 Gigabits A Second

The lightweight, carbon-fiber drones can provide coverage to a radius of 50 miles.<p>Facebook has built the first full-scale version of its connectivity drone today, a V-shaped high-altitude device meant to connect people in underserved areas. Its eventual fleet of drones will be part of the company’s …

Apple Expands Into San Francisco With New Office Building Lease

Apple has offices located around the Bay Area, in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose, but for the first time, the company is planning to expand into San Francisco. According to the <i>San Francisco Business Times</i>, Apple has leased 76,000 square feet of office space in the popular South of …

Over one million people want to buy a OnePlus 2, maybe

It seems a lot of people are at least somewhat interested in buying a OnePlus 2. The new phone, an impressive yet inexpensive device from Chinese startup OnePlus, has prompted over a million people to register an invitation to buy it just 72 hours after the company started soliciting customers.<p>Of …

Microsoft: Windows 10 is already on 14 million computers

Mere 24 hours after the launch, Windows 10 is already installed on more than 14 million computers, Microsoft has announced in a blog post.<p>The number …

Windows 10

Google Glass will have a new snap-on design, says WSJ

Google is reportedly working on a new "Enterprise Edition" of its augmented reality Google Glass headset that has a few new hardware improvements. While <i>9to5Google</i> originally revealed some details on the updated hardware earlier this month, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the new version doesn't …

Apple Plans to Debut New Apple TV in September With Touch-Based Remote, Full App Store

Apple is planning to introduce its long-awaited next-generation Apple TV in September, reports <i>Buzzfeed</i>'s John Paczkowski. According to sources familiar with Apple's plans, the new set-top box will be unveiled in September at the same event where Apple will unveil the next-generation iPhone 6s and …

App Store

iPhone 6s Force Touch modules enter mass production

In yet another apparent confirmation that the iPhone 6s will come with Apple’s Force Touch technology, manufacturer TPK is reportedly heading into mass-production of the relevant pressure-sensitives modules, after shipping off small amounts of samples last month.<p>It’s being a bit shy admitting which …

Nvidia tablet recalled for literally being too hot to handle

Nvidia is voluntarily recalling its SHIELD 8-inch gaming tablet.<p>The company announced on Friday morning that it's issuing a voluntary recall of all …

Set-Top Boxes

New Apple TV 'to be launched alongside iPhone 6s'

The next Apple TV will be launched alongside the next generation of iPhones in the autumn, paving the way for a digital TV subscription service in the near future, according to reports<p>Apple is planning to launch a revamped Apple TV alongside the next iPhones in the autumn, according to …

Get Ready For A New Apple TV In September

In March of this year, BuzzFeed News told you that Apple had a new Apple TV in the pipeline and planned to unveil it in June at its annual Word Wide Developers Conference. Two months later we told you the company scrapped that plan, delaying the device to do a bit more work on it. It opted instead …

Smart TV

Sharp abandons TVs in the US, hands keys to China's Hisense

Sharp's financial problems have forced it to leave the LCD TV business in North America. Chinese TV maker Hisense has paid a mere $23.7 million for the company's Mexican factory and the right to use the Sharp brand in North and South America. Sharp lost 34 billion yen ($274 million) last quarter …

South America

Gold-plated smartphone raises cash for Cecil the Lion's home

UK company Goldgenie is dedicated to creating outrageous luxury items like gold-plated electric uniwheels, diamond-bedazzled iPhones and $164,000 Apple Watches. Now it's going gold for a good cause by offering a special-edition HTC One M9 smartphone. It's coated in 24-karat gold, of course, but it …

Japan's ridiculous robot hotel is actually serious business

"My name is Yoshiyuki Kawazoe. This is my hotel." The University of Tokyo's associate professor of architecture gestures behind himself to a flat, two-story building that doesn't really look like a hotel. "Two-hundred people were involved in making this happen," he says. "Experts in environmental …

The next Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be easier to navigate with new bezel

Rumors have been circulating about Samsung’s next smartwatch for weeks, but it looks like we know a bit more about one key detail.<p>Samsung reportedly …

Gear & Gadgets

EA is making most of its money from downloadable content

Electronic Arts is now making most of its money from game downloads, according to its most recent quarterly earnings.<p>The creator of the popular <i>Sims</i> …

Nvidia recalls Shield Android tablets over battery fire fears

NVIDIA has issued a recall for the Shield Android tablet after determining that its battery "can overheat, posing a fire hazard." Although the recall is voluntary, NVIDIA is asking users to back up their data and fill in the relevant online form to receive a replacement. The issue pertains to …

Android News

Uber Just Beat Facebook’s $50 Billion Record

Uber recently closed a new funding round that values the car-hailing startup close to $51 billion, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported Friday.<p>That’s the …

YotaPhone 2 won’t be coming to the US

In spite of successful crowdfunding campaign<p>Yota Devices revealed today that it is canceling its plans to launch the YotaPhone 2 in the US, citing complications with its manufacturing partners. According to an email sent to backers of the phone through Indiegogo and obtained by <i>The Verge</i>, the …

Windows 10: Microsoft faces criticism over privacy

From personalised ads in Solitaire to an address book-reading personal assistant, some users are unhappy with Windows 10’s approach to privacy<p>Windows 10 is under attack over default settings which users say compromise their privacy, just days after the operating system’s successful launch saw more …

Windows 10