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AP's 'robot journalists' are writing their own stories now

Minutes after Apple released its record-breaking quarterly earnings this week, the Associated Press published (by way of <i>CNBC</i>, <i>Yahoo</i>, and others) "Apple tops Street 1Q forecasts." It's a story without a byline, or rather, without a <i>human</i> byline — a financial story written and published by an automated …

Here comes an energy efficiency revolution

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is always a giant carnival of the latest gizmos. There are massive pavilions packed with stuff like hi-def displays, personal robots and wearable devices, much of it rolled out in over-the-top stage shows.<p>All of the shows, booths and gadgets require tons …

Renault has a futuristic 'Gran Turismo' concept car too

The Nissan GT-R and Chevy's Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo are about to get some fresh company thanks to French automaker Renault. The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo is the latest <i>Gran Turismo 6</i> ride turned concept vehicle, and weighing in at around 1,984 pounds (900 kilograms) it's lighter than a …

Nissan GT-R

Leatherman’s New Wearable Multitool Is TSA-Approved

Since 1983, Leatherman has made a mint selling men increasingly elaborate multitools, under the rather fanciful notion that they will someday be in a position where instantaneous access to, say, a torx wrench the size of a pencil eraser will somehow save the day. For that man, we write this post: …

Create GIFs with Imgur's new Web tool

If you a large portion of your Internet time looking at GIFs, then you may have looked for a decent GIF creator to make your own. However, many of the free options only let you upload pictures, don't allow any trimming or paste their watermark all over the finished product.<p>As an alternative, Imgur …

A New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satellites

Armed with tiny orbiting sensors, a startup plans to build the world's largest database of private weather data.<p>Every bird, every bug, every human being on Earth is enveloped at all times by the signals of the Global Positioning System (GPS).<p>Its 32 satellites, operated by the U.S. government, do …

Farmer uses drone to capture bird's-eye view of 'cow art'

Derek Klingenberg may be the most famous farmer in America. The Kansas cattle rancher has racked up millions of YouTube views with videos ranging from a "What Does the Fox Say?" parody to a video of cow-twerking. He's now taken to the air for his latest creation, sending a camera-toting drone …

Google Admits Glass Didn’t “Have The Impact We Hoped For”

Google announced it’s fourth-quarter earnings Thursday.<p>Google announced it’s fourth-quarter earnings Thursday with revenues of $18.10 billion–compared to analyst estimates of $18.46 billion. Overall, however, the search company did improve in several areas, including year-over-year …

Physicists Have Built A Time Machine Simulator

This would create a paradox since you never would have been born if your grandparents never met. You've prevented your later birth, so you shouldn't exist anymore.<p>This is called the "Grandfather Paradox," and it's an infamous one among physicists.<p>Even though Einstein's famous theory of general …

Quantum Physics