Keith Micheal Ewing

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Two more reasons the robots might take our jobs: Alibaba and Foxconn

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has joined hands with hardware manufacturer Foxconn to invest US$118 million in Softbank’s humanoid robot, Pepper.<p>The new venture, called Softbank Robotics Holdings, will give Alibaba and Foxconn each a 20% stake in the venture. Softbank will retain a majority …

Why You Need to Encrypt Your Android Phone Before You Wipe It and Sell It

Android's Factory Reset option is broken and it could compromise your security<p>Of course you're going to factory reset your phone before you give it away or sell it. You don't want all your data sitting on there, right? Unfortunately a new study shows even a full factory reset will leave data behind …

Information Systems

How a handful of companies is forging the future of robotics engineering

Robotics are going to be a critical part of how we solve the big problems of the future. Unfortunately, it’s still an immature industry, hampered by a lack of standards, a focus on proprietary hardware and software, and no institutionalized mechanism for sharing knowledge among engineers.<p>If you …

Microsoft's Cortana crosses over to iOS and Android

Look out, Siri. Move over, Google Now. Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is coming to iOS and Android.<p>The upcoming launch of a Cortana app will give users of iPhones and Android phones the option of a companion to Cortana on Windows 10 PCs, Joe Belfiore, head of Microsoft's Operating Systems …

Windows 10

Apple is bringing Force Touch to the iPhone, another report claims

The next version of iOS may borrow a popular feature from Apple's new line of Macbooks: Force Touch.<p>The upcoming iPhone's display will be pressure …

Apple

How to keep super-intelligent robots like Ultron from killing us all

In the most recent installment of Marvel's Avengers franchise, the artificial intelligence Ultron is hell-bent on exterminating humanity. In Ultron's own words, "I was designed to save the world," but the robot ultimately concludes that when it comes to humans, "there's only one path to peace: your …

Meet the SVR Glass headset, a cheaper Galaxy Gear VR

SHANGHAI -- When it comes to Chinese products, most people expect to find cheap knock-offs and designs that look remarkably similar to branded ones. So it should be no surprise to most that the SVR Glass virtual reality headset from Chinese company SnailVR would look like the more expensive Samsung …

Virtual Reality