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Building your own chatbot is a lot easier than you'd expect

Three of the undisputed kings of technology -- Microsoft, Facebook and Google -- all bet big on bots in 2016. It's too early to say whether that was a good move, but if nothing else it's clear that bots haven't seen mainstream adoption yet. If you're a believer in the technology and want to start …

Dubai plans to introduce flying drone taxis as early as this summer

A growing number of companies are looking at the viability of airborne, autonomous taxis as a way to ease urban congestion and transportation woes, but the city of Dubai could leapfrog those with a plan to deploy a passenger-carrying drone as early as this summer.<p>Uber, Airbus and others are still …

Drones

Autonomous passenger drones will fly you across Dubai starting this July

If you haven’t yet been to Dubai, this summer might be a good time to visit. Starting this July, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates will see people traveling across its skies in single-passenger drones.<p>That’s according to Mattar al-Tayer, the chairman and executive director of Dubai’s …

Drones

Google launches Cloud Spanner, its new globally distributed relational database service

Google today announced the beta launch of Cloud Spanner, a new globally distributed database service for mission-critical applications. Cloud Spanner joins Google’s other cloud-based database services, like Bigtable, Cloud SQL and the Cloud Datastore, but with the crucial difference of offering …

Microsoft's plan to bridge its infrastructure and platform cloud services is unfolding

Microsoft is bringing more of its Azure PaaS capabilities to its IaaS customers this year. First up: Support for larger VM Scale Sets and Managed …

Xiaomi's foldable electric bike is as cheap as its smartphones

We may know Xiaomi best for its growing range of affordable smartphones, but company close observers will also no doubt be aware that Xiaomi is no stranger to venturing into new, seemingly unrelated markets. There are already Mi branded TV’s, air-conditioners, and drones on the market, and the …

Electric Bikes

Sorry, Your Cloud May Be Out for the Next 10 Hours

In the world of corporate computing—whether the actual number-crunching takes place on a company’s own servers or out there on somebody else’s—the …

Zuk Z2 Pro is an Android flagship worthy of the title

Lenovo-owned Zuk just unveiled its new Z2 Pro Android phone, which ticks all the flagship boxes — plus a few extra, just to be safe. It's a followup to December's Z1, Zuk's well-priced but generic first offering. The phone runs the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 chipset, includes 6GB of RAM, and …

Salesforce.com Acquires Deep Learning Startup MetaMind

Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, had been an investor.<p>Cloud business software company Salesforce.com has acquired MetaMind, a startup focused on artificial learning that had been funded by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and venture capital firm Khosla Ventures.<p>Terms were not disclosed, but it has all …

Focusbook helps you fight your Facebook addiction

Ever found yourself wasting hours down a Facebook rabbit hole? Of course, it happens to us all here and there. If you’re addicted to Facebook or prone to getting lost in the bowels of your newsfeed, then Focusbook is a neat Chrome plug-in that might help.<p>The concept is simple. You scale back your …

Intel Extreme Masters Shatters eSports Records

Intel just capped off its tenth year in eSports with its biggest event ever. The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship in Katowice, Poland …

Activision Blizzard beefs up e-sports muscle

The huge video game developer reportedly snaps up the assets of e-sports league and gaming service Major League Gaming for $46 million.<p>Gaming giant Activision Blizzard is apparently adding more firepower to its e-sports arsenal.<p>The maker of the popular military shooter franchise Call of Duty has …

eSports

Comcast just had a major breakthrough that could mean superfast internet

AP<p>Comcast announced this week that it has successfully tested the world's first DOCSIS 3.1 modem in Philadelphia.<p>That probably sounds like a …

Net Neutrality

6 reasons you may want to buy a new smartphone in 2016

Should you buy a new smartphone next year? That depends on what it can do better than the one in your pocket now. And if Qualcomm has anything to say …

New Misfit Shine 2 is stronger, larger and more connected than ever

Misfit’s high-end wearable has just been succeeded by the Shine 2, a new tracker that is expected to really turn things around for fans of these devices. Trust us when we tell you this is no incremental update. The device is bigger, stronger, faster and more connected than any of their other …

Wearable Tech

Scientists want an exercise pill that saves you from hitting the gym

Those '50s-era dreams of taking pills to solve all your problems? They're more realistic than you might think. Researchers have created a blueprint of the molecular-level muscle reactions to exercise that should lead to treatments which mimic workouts. Yes, that means that you could eventually take …

Competitive video gaming is set to return to TV in 2016

Ten years ago, in the early days of competitive video gaming,<p>MTV, USA Network, DirecTV and others started televising top-tier matches.<p>The idea flopped — the contests were trendy, but not yet a megatrend.<p>Today, spectators are buying tickets to gaming tournaments held in arenas, and the TV cameras …

Televisions

21's $400 computer lets you mine Bitcoin and sell digital goods

If you’ve ever wanted to get into the Bitcoin game for fun and profit, this new $400 gadget could be the best way to do so.<p>21 Inc.’s Bitcoin Computer is a tiny Linux-based box that lets you mine the cryptocurrency and buy and sell digital goods for Bitcoin, either independently or plugged into a PC.<p>…

Bitcoin

Buyers of emotional robot must agree not to have sex with it, report says

Technically Incorrect: People who buy Softbank's emotionally-aware Pepper robot must abide by good behavior clauses.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I feel for Pepper the robot.<p>More precisely, I feel for all the Peppers who are about to go …

Robotics

This Intelligent Mirror Can Diagnose Everything Wrong With You From Your Reflection

This mirror has sensors that go beyond skin deep to find out how healthy you really are.<p>The Wize Mirror knows if you’ve been drinking too much or eating foods you shouldn’t. It can sense if you’ve got high cholesterol or are on the way to getting diabetes. And it does all of this without ever …

UltraViolet

Tech companies Stand with Ahmed, offer the young inventor opportunities

14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed and his homemade clock have sparked passion and support from thousands of people who believe he was unfairly arrested after bringing his invention to his classroom at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas.<p>His innovation has also caught the eye of tech companies that are …

High School

Nintendo's New 'Pokémon Go' Could Bring Augmented Reality To The Masses

Teaming up Google spin-off Niantic labs to let you catch 'em all IRL<p>Time to put the cards and handheld games away and go outside. But not because you’ve been cooped up too long: because next year outside is where you’ll find Pokémon.<p>The Pokémon Company, in conjunction with Nintendo and Google …

Boldr Voyage smartwatch looks like a normal watch, has a 6-month battery

The smartwatch's biggest turnoff is that it looks like a smartwatch. It's clear as day to everyone you have a tiny computer strapped to your …

The Oppo R7 Plus has what the Galaxy Note 5 lacks

4,100mAh battery, microSD expansion, all-metal construction<p>In spite of being one of Samsung's best smartphones to date, the Galaxy Note 5 left a few people disappointed with its move to a smaller battery and away from microSD storage expansion. Oppo is now stepping in to fill the void left by the …

Prison Break becomes the latest Fox series to be rebooted

Return to Prisneyland<p><i>Prison Break</i>, a show about hot tattooed men learning how far they will go for the people they love as they writhe inside cages, is coming back for another escape. <i>Deadline</i> reports that the series, which limped off the air in 2009 after two incredible seasons and two mediocre …

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One movie is coming in 2017

<i>Armada</i> may already be out, but Ernest Cline fans now have a new date to look forward to: the movie adaptation of <i>Ready Player One</i> is scheduled for release on December 15th, 2017. Back in March it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be directing the film version of the popular sci-fi novel, but …

Film Industry

6 Biggest Myths about the Iran Nuclear Deal

The Iran agreement is a historic achievement that rallies the full weight of the major global powers to shut off Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon …

Stock Basics: An Investor%27s Guide

Everybody knows the old maxim buy low, sell high, and we all hear rumors around the water cooler about stocks that are poised to take off. Some …

Investing

Opposition to Iran nuclear deal just keeps getting weirder and weirder

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>The congressional hearings into the Iran nuclear deal continue apace. Steve Benen …

South Asia

Windows 10 tips for gamers: How to save your bandwidth, do a clean install, and more

Just because you have a new operating system doesn’t mean everything is working like it should.<p>Windows 10<p>New Windows 10 game<br>• How to get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition<p>Here’s a secret: If you installed Windows 10 today, you agreed to have your computer act as a peer-to-peer host for sharing Windows …

Windows 10