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Disney developing emotive 3D-printed eyes for robots

Disney Research has detailed a new technology that will allow robots to have expressive eyes. Based on the 3D printing tech Disney announced last year, Papillon uses bundles of printed optical fibers to guide light. By hooking the output end of the bundle up to a robot's eye, researchers were able …

Spy Agencies Found Back-Door Vulnerabilities in Lenovo PCs

Spy agencies in the UK, Australia and the US have internally banned using Lenovo PCs because of remote access vulnerabilities that were discovered during testing, a new report from the Australian Financial Review alleges.<p><b>Update:</b> Lenovo has declined to provide comment, but it did point to a notice …

Apple’s fight with Samsung for mobile dominance is a tea party compared to the scramble for the third spot

Numbers for global smartphone shipments in the second quarter of this year show Samsung floating far above its competitors, with 72.4 million devices sold to Apple’s 31.2 million, according to IDC, a research firm. It sounds like Samsung’s got Apple beat except that Apple’s broad margins mean it …

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Why Wall Street Should Care About Marketing Data

Image copyright leungchopan<p>Today’s CMOs are making major investments to reach their target audiences across dozens of touchpoints — on their own …

Samsung develops 'world's fastest' embedded memory, first with eMMC 5.0

The evolution of mobile memory chips keeps moving faster, if Samsung's progress is any indication. Not eight months since churning out those speedy eMMC 4.5 chips, and the company's next version of NAND is already here. Indeed, the South Korean company says it's now in mass production of what it …

Apple Developer Center back up and running after security intrusion

More than a week after pulling its Developer Center offline following an attempted security breach, Apple has brought the portal back online this afternoon. The company promised a complete overhaul of its developer systems after the intrusion last Thursday, which Apple publicly reported after days …

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's Mixed Marks For Her First Year

<i>Check out the details of how we did the grading here.</i><p>Unlike her three immediate predecessors*, Marissa Mayer managed to make it through an entire year as CEO of Yahoo. She even got a $1.1 million bonus halfway through her first year, which began July 17, 2012. Did she earn it? Shares are up 80%, …

Ten percent of Starbucks transactions in US come via mobile payments

Mobile payments has proven to be a very difficult nut to crack. Google, Isis, and others have failed to bring wallet-free payments to primetime, but one company has seen some success: Starbucks. The coffee chain says that wholly ten percent of its payments in the US are made using smartphones, …

Ikea's new augmented reality app lets you preview digital furniture in your physical house

Augmented reality may be the most interesting thing ever to happen to the Ikea catalog.<p>With the 2014 Ikea catalog app, not only can you preview Ikea’s furniture in 3D, but for the first time you’ll be able to use your smartphones to see exactly how the digital items will look in your home.<p>The …

Samsung dominates, Apple stalls in Q2 global smartphone shipments

A Samsung Galaxy S4, right, with the older Galaxy S3 behind it.<p>The second quarter of 2013 brought more good news for Samsung but less so for Apple, at least as far as smartphone sales go. But the year isn't over yet — in fact, the toughest fight is yet to come.<p>Tracking firm IDC's numbers on global …

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U.S. Government proposes new privacy ‘rules’ for apps

App developers may soon be asked to tell us what data they collect and how it is used under a set of government proposals released today (via <i>TNW</i><i>).</i><p>The US government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration today issued its first draft of what will be a mobile apps code of conduct …

Apple Is Too Rich To Care If It Has To Pay $500 Million For Book Price Fixing Scandal

Apple won't care.<p>It has $146 billion in cash on its balance sheet.<p>The $500 million sum is almost ironic — it includes triple damages for consumer injury. The tripling is supposed to deter companies from fixing prices by making it very expensive if they get caught. But the tech business is so much …

10 Unmissable Bird Photography Tutorials

Birds are one of those perennially popular photography subjects that just about everybody has a crack at shooting at some point or other. The only …

Portraits of People Holding Their School Pictures from Awkward Years

Do you always laugh and squirm when you look back at official school pictures from “awkward years”? You’re not alone — take a peek at the Awkward …

4 Quick Tips For Getting The Most Out of Lightroom Presets

Over the years I’ve created and stockpiled tons of presets in Lightroom, just for personal use. I finally made them available to the public earlier …

Over $20 Million in Rare, Exotic Cars Photographed Inside Minimalist Home

Any real guy with a camera will not pass up the chance to photograph these two subjects, and not necessarily in this order: a beautiful woman or a …

Fuji, the 3-Year-Old Photographer from Lagos, Nigeria

At 3 years old, there are some developmental milestones expected from any normal child. Typically a 3 year-old can for his or her language skills, …

Which Lens Should I Buy for My DSLR Camera?

One of the most important advantages of DSLR cameras is the ability to use different lenses. However deciding on which lens to buy and which lens is …