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Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.<p>Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s new punishment for poorly-made apps in the Play Store

While Google has tried for the longest time to encourage developers to create high quality apps, its effort hasn’t always been successful. Well, the search giant has a new plan: for those apps that perform poorly in terms of stability and power efficiency, Google may reduce their visibility in the …

Happy 20th Anniversary, HTC: a brief look at the company’s innovation

The Taiwanese electronics company is celebrating its 20th birthday this week and has released a video, showcasing 20 years of its brilliance.<p>HTC just released the all-new U11, bringing the highest DxOMark rated camera and a unique squeezable shortcut feature. In fact, HTC hasn’t always been that …

Apple among companies meeting at White House next month to talk government modernization, immigration, more

Apple is again said to make a visit to the White House in the coming weeks. According to a new report from Recode, Apple is among a handful of companies who will meet with White House officials next week to discuss modernization, big data, and high-skilled immigration…<p>The report explains that the …

Iran: Hassan Rouhani wins landslide in huge victory for reformists

The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has won a sweeping endorsement for efforts to end Iran’s international isolation and bring greater freedoms at home, with an unexpected landslide victory in a fiercely contested re-election bid.<p>His powerful mandate protects the nuclear deal, which has been his …

South Asia

10 insider tips for navigating New York like a pro

NYC may be a pretty straightforward grid, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to get where you're going. From hidden codes to handy mnemonic …

Can science be used to make people more moral?

Sometimes, people do terrible things because they have a tragic misunderstanding of what it means to be good. Sometimes we do regrettable things …

Laser ‘acupuncture’ cure for arthritis pain

The technique involves zapping sore joints with a powerful beam of light. It stimulates the same pressure points targeted in acupuncture – but using …

Back for Thor: how Iceland is reconnecting with its pagan past

On Thursday, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, who lives near Reykjavík, flew to the tiny fishing town of Höfn on Iceland’s south-east coast to conduct a …

Asus launches new ZenFone 3 series, starting from just $249

At its keynote event in the opening of Computex 2016, Asus introduced the third generation of the ZenFone series, and it looks like the long wait was worth it.<p>The new ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and ZenFone 3 Ultra bring beautiful designs and attractive features, without breaking the bank. …

Google adds more ride-sharing services to Google Maps

For a while now, we've been able to see information about Uber rides in Google Maps. You can type in your destination and see how much an Uber would …

Should you upgrade to the Galaxy S7 edge from the Galaxy S6 edge?

Now that it's out and available, there's plenty to be excited about with the Galaxy S7 edge. A larger screen and bigger battery are joined by the …

I finally found a reason to use Android Wear

We recently had a company-wide summit outside of Atlanta, GA. You've probably seen pictures on social media of the fun stuff — imagine a boat filled …

Fossil debuts two new smartwatches with Android Wear, a bit of style

The smartwatches, dubbed the Q Marshal and Q Wander, will be priced starting at $275 with a touchscreen display and wireless charging.<p>Popular watch …

Brussels on Terror Lockdown Amid Threat of Paris-Style Attack

Brussels was effectively on terror lockdown Saturday after "precise" warnings of a Paris-style bomb and gun attack forced the closure of the subway system and citizens were warned to avoid public spaces.<p>As the manhunt continued for at least one suspect from last week's massacre in France, the …

Baby girl born with two heads in Bangladesh

A baby girl has been born with two heads in Bangladesh, according to medical officials.<p>Her father, a farm labourer, said he was worried he was too …

Parenting

eBay deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for $550

Looking for a great deal on a new Samsung Galaxy Note 5? eBay has the answer, as a retailer is currently selling the Unlocked N920C variant of the smartphone for just $550.<p>The $550 price tag lops about $200 off the retail price offered by US carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. This N920C version comes with …

Samsung to sell LCD factory as it focuses on OLED

OLED display technology has become increasingly popular in mobile devices and Samsung looks poised to ramp up further production at the expense of one of its LCD units.<p>According to reports from Korea, Samsung has halted operation of its L5 LCD production facility and is looking to sell off its idle …

The 17 Worst Types of Airplane Passengers

The takeaway: don't be one of these people.<p>We've all been there: stuck for hours next to the worst airplane passenger on the history of the Earth, …

Warriors not just winning, they're demoralizing the opposition

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a league where even the best teams lose dozens of times a season, an individual regular season loss or two isn't the worst …

Basketball

The “modern” workplace doesn’t just make us lonely, it can make us physically ill

Who are the people we think of as lonely? At one time, they were the outcasts—the mentally ill, the poor, the elderly, the isolated—anyone considered <i>outside</i> of society. But today, extreme loneliness has become much more pervasive, fueled by new technology and the rise of the freelance economy.<p>As …

Dogs look like their owners – it’s a scientific fact

The canine “mini-me” reveals a narcissistic tendency within us all – a trait that may also be shaping your love life, says David Robson. (Photography by Gerrard Gethings.)<p>Go to any park, and you will see the strange phenomenon of the canine mini-me. Maybe it’s a bearded hipster, accompanied by a …

Pets

Tag Heuer to launch $1500 smartwatch today

Luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer is preparing to launch its high-end smartwatch today, according to company chief Jean-Claude Biver. The watch will be known as the Carrera Connected and will come with a rather expensive $1500 price tag.<p>Tag Heuer has teamed up with Google and Intel to develop its new …

With TensorFlow, Google is giving “smart pills” to the world

Google is open-sourcing TensorFlow, the “secret sauce” behind features like intelligent image recognition in Google Photos or the Smart Reply feature that arrived to Inbox last week.<p>Announced today, TensorFlow is a set of free tools for machine learning applications. Or, in technical terms, “an …

The TAG Heuer Connected is the first luxury Android Wear smartwatch

We’ve known about TAG Heuer’s plans to release a high-end Android Wear device for months now, and today the luxury watchmaker has finally made it official. At its press event earlier today, TAG took the wraps off its new connected smartwatch, the TAG Heuer Connected.<p>Inspired by the company’s …

Battle of the flagship killers: BLU Pure XL, Nexus 5X, OnePlus 2 and Moto X Style (Pure Edition)

The way we purchase smartphones is drastically changing for the better. If you wanted to purchase the latest and greatest mobile device a few years ago, without paying a huge sum of cash upfront, you would need buy a subsidized smartphone directly through your mobile service provider. This way, the …

We are currently performing a series of upgrades on Core Spirit and will be back soon.<p>Since the launch, Core Spirit has been growing, improving and …

Burial vaults found underneath New York City park

Contractors discover two vaults containing bones and coffins just feet below busy Greenwich Village<p>Tombs dating back 200 years have been unearth during maintenance work beneath one of New York City's parks.<p>The remains of tweleve people were found buried together in two vaults by contractors for the …

Archaeology