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Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation. The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of robots is just the latest in a series of advances and predictions that at times appear to suggest we will all be replaced, …

Artificial Intelligence

Compact laser system scans road surfaces at 100 km/h

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques have come up with a car-mounted laser scanner the size of a shoe box, …

Harry Winston Opus XIII turns watchmaking inside out

Each of the 59 hands rotate 40 degrees to go from the "off" to the "on" position, displaying the minutes in the hour. Once a new hour is reached, the …

Swatch

New Atlas

David Nield February 28, 2018<p>We've seen another announcement-packed Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week, with new phones launched by …

Honda's bonsai two-wheeled concepts: Scooterdom is about to be pimped

The Zoomer X California Style is designed by Honda's R&D in Thailand to "combine the Californian culture and the hiphop style," while the RC-X Mini …

MotoGP

IMAX shrinks its gigantic screens to fit into the homes of the well-off

If you really wanted to impress people with your home theater, what would you do? Perhaps model it after the Bat Cave, or show movies that were still …

Folding e-scooter to MUVe into production by end of 2013

Israel's Amir Zaid, who has worked in the design studios of automotive giants Fiat and Ferrari in the past, began working on the My Urban Vehicle …

Commuting

NDūR Survival Straw purifies water while you drink

Most of us take water for granted. If we want a drink, we turn a tap or twist a cap and there it is. But if you find yourself off the beaten track in …

Outdoors

The body’s “Fountain of Youth” could lie in the brain

Instead of traipsing through Florida in search of the Fountain of Youth, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León might have been better off turning his …

Neuroscience

Review: HTC One (M7)

Back against the wall<p>You might have heard about HTC hitting some hard times. The company dug itself into quite the hole. Too many phones that don’t …

Phones

Terrafugia announces its plans for a VTOL "flying car"

Like the Transition, plans call for the 4-passenger TF-X to feature wings that fold into its sides, allowing it to fit on roads and in garages when …

Flying Car

Breitling Emergency II watch doubles as a satellite emergency beacon

The Emergency II is an improved version of the earlier Breitling Emergency, which only transmits on a single analog frequency. It’s intended for …

Breitling

Dew Motion's iStick Playtime brings smartphone control to your wrist

Designed to put a sport-specific spin on the "smart watch," the iSport Playtime is actually a thin, lightweight armband that flexes to follow the …

eReaders

New app listens to your melodies, then writes them out in notation

Researchers at the KTH Institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a smartphone application that converts simple melodies into notation. The …

Apps

Harvard's flying robot insect can now hover and steer

When we looked at the RoboBee last year, it was only able to fly for a few seconds before crashing. Now, the robot can hover and move along a preset …

Robotics

New Android gaming console: free with a Netflix-like monthly subscription

Android pops up in the strangest places. Smartphones and tablets are the most obvious places to find Google’s open-source OS, but there are also …

Amazon smartphone to reportedly have glasses-free 3D display

The rumor mill has been spinning for quite some time about an Amazon smartphone. What that rumor mill was lacking – as it often does – was detail. …

Mobile

Optimus G Pro vs. Galaxy Note 2

Size<p>Height is about the same, and thickness is identical. The biggest difference is the Optimus G Pro’s width. It’s about six percent narrower than …

Gear & Gadgets

Futuristic McDonald's to open in Georgia

Tearing away from the traditional model used for most McDonald’s outlets worldwide, Khmaladze has created a futuristic design in an almost giant …

Architecture

ABC Picks Up 12 New Series, Including Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

ABC's slate of new series includes lots of drinking, some fun nights, a few not-that-super heroes, and female assassins. The network ordered a dozen …

TV

Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2013-14 | Hollywood Reporter

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TV Upfronts: Who's Winning and Losing -- So Far

With additional pickups expected to come over the weekend heading into next week's formal presentations to advertisers, here's a look at who's …

Check Out New Photos From True Blood's Sixth Season

Rutina Wesley, Anna Paquin, Lucy Griffiths<p><i>True Blood</i>'s sixth season will feature some new faces — and we've got your first look at them.<p>New …