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She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

The latest robot sensation in Japan is so lifelike that when she was on the floor of a Tokyo department store recently, she was confused for a human being. The new humanoid's name is Aiko Chihira, and she was working in customer service, clad in a traditional silk kimono.<p>"She's 165 centimeters [5 …

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Prosthetic electrodes will return amputees' sense of touch

For all the functionality and freedom that modern prosthetics provide, they still cannot give their users a sense of what they're touching. That may soon change thanks to an innovative electrode capable of connecting a prosthetic arm's robotic sense of touch to the human nervous system that it's …

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Concept car turns into a party pad for chill millennials

Rather than adhering to a General Motors-mandated design, the millennial concept car design was developed by members of the much-maligned generational group themselves. Stewart Reed, the chair of California's Art Center College of Design Transportation Design, said the CU-ICAR students had "really …

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The 15 Apple Watch apps you need to download first, according to Apple

The Apple Watch App Store houses more than 3,000 apps, but Apple has narrowed it down to a few apps that it views as top-notch. BuzzFeed News published the list just as the Apple Watch App Store opened for the first time.<p>Many of the apps are popular social media apps we already use on our phones, …

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Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Major auto industry disruption will lead to robotic taxis, Morgan Stanley says

The automotive industry is entering a period of deep disruption that will make it unrecognizable, according to a new analysis from Morgan Stanley.<p>"The auto industry is a century-old ecosystem being ogled by outside players hungry for a slice of a $10-trillion mobility market," warns Adam Jonas, the …

HBO NOW standalone streaming service debuts on Apple TV, iPhone & iPad with 1-month free trial

HBO’s new standalone streaming service called HBO NOW has officially launched on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. HBO NOW allows subscribers to watch the premium network’s movies and TV shows online. The service is similar to Netflix as it’s delivered over a high-speed Internet connection rather than …

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Uber's co-founder just launched a new app to make your commute cheaper, easier and better for the environment

Salazar was Uber's founding CTO and third cofounder alongside Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick. Salazar and Camp attended business school together; the pair built Uber's first prototype with another school friend, Conrad Whelan. Salazar departed the company amicably soon after it launched.<p>Ride, …

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Google's mobile network could offer free international 'roaming'

Google reportedly is in talks with the operator of the UK's Three and several other mobile networks to let subscribers use its upcoming mobile phone service without charge while abroad.<p>Google hopes to offer customers free use of its upcoming network while outside the US, with none of the …

Remarkable 240-Year-Old Doll Automaton Can Write Actual Programmable Text

Designed and constructed in the 1770s, this extraordinary little doll is actually a self-operating machine that's believed by some to be one of the oldest examples of a computer. Known as “The Writer,” the automaton was built by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz in order to entertain …

Jay Z's music streaming site isn't about helping musicians — it's about making more money

There was a lot of speculation before the press conference about what Jay Z would announce. New albums from Jay Z, Kanye West and Rihanna were all rumoured. Another smart guess came from the hashtag that musicians were using to tweet about Tidal: #TIDALforALL. Maybe Jay Z's streaming site would …

Far From Silicon Valley, A Disruptive Startup Hub

Starting a business is tough anywhere.<p>But when you live in a place where many people lack basic services, such as electricity and toilets, it's even harder.<p>These are the obstacles facing new business owners in South Africa's townships — sprawling communities designated for nonwhites during …

Jay Z's Tidal Co-Owners Have A Total Of 298 Top 40 Hits Between Them

Since its launch last Monday, there has been quite a lot of chatter about Jay Z’s new streaming music competitor Tidal, which made an enormous splash by making sixteen of the biggest names in music co-owners. Each of these superstars now owns around 3% of the business, which could very well end up …

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How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

RANKED: The best smartphones in the world

The two newest flagship Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 go on sale April 10. If you're in the market for a new phone, this is a good month to buy.<p><i>We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and</i> …

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Microsoft teams up with Samsung to squeeze out Google

Google controls the Android operating system and gives Android away for free to device makers. It makes money on Android from things like integrating search into these devices, getting a percentage when people buy apps, and by encouraging people to use these phones with its other paid services, …

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Instagram built a brand-new app to make photo collages

You're about to see a lot more picture grids in your Instagram feed<p>If you've spent any time on Instagram over the last few years, you've almost certainly noticed the proliferation of collage pictures — even though Instagram's default image size is rather small, users often take several photos and …

The 10 most beautiful cars money can buy

Cars are more than just a means to get from point a to point b. They can be works of rolling automotive art. Legendary designers such as Marcello Gandini, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and more recently Ian Callum are artistic geniuses as much as they're "car guys."<p>While beauty is without a doubt purely in …

The driver's license of the future is coming to your smartphone

"We have a number of serious unresolved concerns about how the use of the smartphone as a driver's license may implicate privacy rights."<p>Rita Bettis, legal director, ACLU of Iowa

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New Lollipop “on-body” mode keeps your phone unlocked as long as you’re carrying it

Google is rolling out a new smart lock mode based on detecting whether you’re holding or carrying your device in the pocket.<p>The new feature is only available to Lollipop users, though you don’t have to be on a stock ROM in order to get it. However, activating it does seem to require the latest …

Meerkat, the live-streaming app that has Twitter going crazy, just raised $12 million

Earlier this week, Business Insider confirmed that Meerkat, a favorite at SXSW, was in fundraising talks with Greylock Partners at a $40 million pre-money valuation.<p>The new round of funding, Techcrunch reports, was led by Greylock's Josh Elman, and between $9 million and $10 million of the new …

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If You Don’t Think Photos Are Important, Wait Until They Are All You Have Left

I was in kindergarten when this photo was taken.<p>It was the night of my first ballet recital. First and last, actually. I decided I didn’t have the …

People Are Seriously Freaking Out About The Eclipse, Supermoon and Equinox

In case you haven’t heard, there will be three celestial events on Friday, March 20: the vernal equinox, a supermoon and a solar eclipse.<p>But not everyone’s at ease about the unusual confluence of these events -- and the solar eclipse, in particular, is generating quite a lot of buzz.<p>Need proof? …

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Apple reportedly hopes to lure Android switchers with trade-in program

According to a new report from <i>9to5Mac</i>, Apple will soon make perhaps its most aggressive push yet to court Android users and get them switched them over to iPhone. The company hopes to accomplish this through a trade-in promotion that will be offered at Apple retail stores. For the first time, that …

Tesla promises to 'end' Model S range anxiety on March 19th

If you drive an electric car, you're probably all too familiar with range anxiety -- the fear that you'll travel too far and find yourself stranded by the side of the road. Tesla drivers may not have to worry about that for much longer, however. The EV maker's Elon Musk is teasing a media event on …

The Secret Thing You Didn't Know About Taylor Swift's Cat

Her cat is an asshole.<p>One of Taylor Swift's cats owes her $40 million.<p>On Saturday, Taylor posted this photo to Instagram showing her leg with a giant scratch. She pointed to her cat Meredith, who is a total asshole, as the guilty party.<p>"GREAT WORK MEREDITH. I WAS JUST TRYING TO LOVE YOU AND NOW YOU …

There's a service that CEOs and investors are raving about at SXSW that's like Netflix for flights

So far, no startup is really breaking out, although there is some chatter about live streaming apps like Meerkat and Periscope.<p>But there is one service a few CEOs and investors in California are talking about that they say is like Netflix for flying. Surf Air is a members-only private plane service …

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