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Stretchable ‘skin’ gives robots the sense of touch

Ever slid your finger across a flat surface? You'll notice that a part of your flesh under the nail bulges out in the opposite direction of where you're sliding to, while the other side gets pulled taut. That's shear force at work -- and that's one of the things the ... Read More

Amazon UK now has over 100 instant-order Dash buttons

As expected, the large majority of new additions are household products. Brands like Bold, Calgon and Cillit Bang now have their own one-click buttons, as do pet food companies like Purina, Wagg, Bakers and Felix. The English Tea Shop, Evian and Vitacoco have also been added for customers who value ... Read More

Social media data shared by spy agencies

Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ is due to offer its view to the court later this week UK spy agencies are collecting citizens' social media and medical data, a court has heard.The details emerged in a case brought by Privacy International, looking at the legality of mass data collection ... Read More

Amazon patents a drone that delivers a charge to power up EVs on the go

A recent Amazon patent could be an answer to range anxiety, albeit one that sounds a bit more sci-fi than practical solution at the moment: the newly granted patent (via Roadshow) describes a drone that could carry a battery charge for electric cars, and deliver them to any cars out ... Read More

Anthony Scaramucci-Linked Twitter Account Posts, Then Deletes Holocaust Poll

The Associated Press by Lucas Nolan17 Oct 20170 17 Oct, 201717 Oct, 2017 The Scaramucci Post, a Twitter account linked to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, tweeted a poll on Tuesday asking how many Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The Jerusalem Post reports that The Scaramucci Post tweeted a poll ... Read More

Fukushima disaster: The robots going where no human can

Robots have become central to the cleaning-up operation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, six years after the tsunami that triggered the nuclear meltdown.It is estimated that around 600 tonnes of toxic fuel may have leaked out of the reactor during the incident.The Tokyo Electric Power Company is using a ... Read More

‘Drive’ director debuts free streaming service for forgotten movies

Per Indiewire, the website further states that "byNWR shares Nicholas WInding Refn's passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, breathing new life into the culturally intriguing and influential." Each month will feature a different restored movie (thanks in part to Harvard Film Archive) that fits into a theme ... Read More

Hulu’s VR content is now available on Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Along with this announcement, Hulu also revealed that with Microsoft, it has developed two new VR projects -- The Driver, which follows NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt and lets viewers experience what it's like to be on a racetrack, and A Curious Mind, a pop science show hosted by Dominic Monaghan ... Read More

Exclusive: Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database. The company did not disclose the ... Read More

‘First 5G mobile net connection’ claimed by Qualcomm

Image copyright Qualcomm Image caption Qualcomm has showcased 1Gbps mobile internet speeds using a 5G chip Qualcomm has demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 1Gbps using a 5G smartphone chip.The chipset manufacturer claims this is the first working 5G data connection on a mobile device.The fifth generation of the mobile network ... Read More

Australia launches revenge porn reporting tool

Image copyright iStock Australia has set up the first national reporting tool to help victims of revenge porn. Revenge porn, or image-based abuse, is the sharing of explicit images without consent. The online portal provides advice on getting the images removed, reporting the abuse to authorities and pursuing legal action ... Read More

Huffington: Uber ‘very likely’ to close Softbank deal in the next week

"The Softbank investment is so important," said Huffington, adding that Uber has lost quite a lot of money because of the competition (aka Lyft). "Having them on your cap table is very important when they're also investing in so many of our competitors around the world," she added, referring to ... Read More

Alphabet brings burritos-by-drone delivery to Australia

Project Wing has to conduct these tests, because while it has a system that can pre-configure routes, its drones rely on on-board sensors to avoid obstacles. The more tests the sensors go through, the better they become at protecting the UAVs from collision. Of course, the drones don't have tall ... Read More

Huawei Mate 10 uses AI to distinguish cats from dogs

Image caption The phone takes account of the fact cats' eyes are more reflective than dogs' Huawei says it has given its latest smartphones advanced object-recognition capabilities to help them take better photos than the competition.The Chinese company says the artificial intelligence-based technology can even distinguish between cats and dogs ... Read More

High speed camera uses 1,000 frames per second

Click visits the University of Tokyo where a high speed camera has been developed. It can process an image faster than the eye can see and make a moving object appear stationary.The developers believe it has the potential to revolutionise how sporting events are broadcast. Spencer Kelly went to find ... Read More

Latest Adobe Flash vulnerability allowed hackers to plant malware

Adobe Flash may be on its way out, but apparently, its goodbye tour is going to be marred by security issues just as the software has for most of its existence. Kaspersky Labs reports that a new Adobe Flash vulnerability was exploited by a group called BlackOasis, which used it ... Read More

Outlook for desktops will behave a lot like the mobile app

Mac users may notice the difference the most. This time around, Microsoft is aiming for an "authentically Mac" look instead of shoehorning the Windows interface into a Mac app. This won't matter much if you're interested in features above all else, but it could help you adjust if you're switching ... Read More

Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint plan merger without selling assets

(Reuters) - T-Mobile U.S. Inc (TMUS.O) and Sprint Corp (S.N) plan to announce a merger agreement without any immediate asset sales, as they seek to preserve as much of their spectrum holdings and cost synergies as they can before regulators ask for concessions, according to people familiar with the matter ... Read More

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un's officials described Opposite Number as being "slanderous" North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series - due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter - has been shelved.In August 2014, Channel ... Read More

Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption As drones become more popular, countries will need to consider regulations to restrict usage A drone has collided with a commercial aircraft in Canada, the first such incident in the country, according to the Transport Ministry.The drone struck one of the plane's wings, while ... Read More

Ben Heck’s Super Glue Gun: Integrating mechanisms

The super glue gun project is starting to come together. After designing the automatically deploying stand, the team is now combining it with the trigger so that it can deploy when you grab onto it using capacitive touch sensing. Putting together these mechanisms means joining up the code for the ... Read More

Canon’s G1 X Mark III is its first APS-C sensor compact

The 2.36 million dot EVF was a much-requested feature by owners of the last model, and the G1 X Mark III now has a 3.0-inch vari-angle touch display with touch and drag autofocus -- letting you focus with your finger on the touchscreen while looking through the EVF. With the ... Read More

The dome which could help machines understand behaviour

The Panoptic Studio is one of the first systems to accurately capture motion without the use of markers.Made up of over 500 different cameras, the dome could be used to analyse human gestures and reactions.“Every subtle gesture - how you cross your arms, how you move backwards and forwards - ... Read More

Honda unveils a disaster relief robot and other news

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories, including:London's National Theatre tests mixed-reality glasses that can make subtitles float on stage to help those who are deaf or have hearing loss Researchers have turned everyday objects into remote controls Honda unveils a ... Read More

The best 4K TV on a budget

Who should get this If your TV works and you're happy with it, stick with what you have. If your TV is dying or has already died, or if you're looking for something larger, these TVs offer great performance at a budget-friendly price and support all the important new standards ... Read More

Android’s ‘instant’ apps are now leaner and faster

Also, you stand a better chance of keeping that instant app data if you decide to install the full thing. Where you previously needed Android Oreo to preserve that content, it now applies to phones running Lollipop or newer. Developers will need to roll the new features into their Android ... Read More

Social media firms summoned to U.S. Congressional hearings on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google have been asked to appear on Nov. 1 at hearings on alleged Russian interference in U.S. politics called by the U.S. Senate and House Intelligence Committees, officials said. Facebook and Twitter have already agreed to send representatives to the Senate committee ... Read More

Tim Cook: Leadership tips from Apple’s chief executive

Apple's chief executive has suggested the dead are often better role models than the living.Tim Cook's unusual advice was given during a Q&A sessions with students at the University of Oxford.He also outlined some of the key lessons he had learned from the firm's co-founder Steve Jobs ... Read More

Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Wants You to Relax About the Robot Revolution

As his half-trillion dollar corporation prepares to dive headfirst into the age of artificial employees, Alibaba founder Jack Ma would appreciate it if the millions of potentially displaced workers around the world would set aside what he called “empty worries” about robots. People are getting more worried about the future, about ... Read More

Drones tasked with catching bad drivers

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OnePlus limits the data it collects from your phone

Pei stressed that OnePlus isn't sharing the data third parties. The user analytics are to understand and improve your experience, he said, while device info is useful for post-sales support. And if you opt out of the analytics (which you could already do), anything you share in that space won't ... Read More

FDA-approved robot assistant gives surgeons force feedback

Congratulations #ASCRS2017 on a great meeting! Thank you to all who visited the booth to provide feedback on #Senhance #Surgery #RoboticCRS pic.twitter.com/9U66TSaVGa — TransEnterix (@TransEnterix) June 14, 2017 According to TransEnterix, the company that developed the machine, it's the first surgical assistant for the abdominal area to get the FDA's ... Read More

How VR is helping to train a new generation of surgeons

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BBC presenter challenges table tennis playing robot

Omron’s next generation of table tennis playing robot, Forpheus, has been unveiled.Unlike previous versions, this robot can now serve.The robot can also track a player’s body language which the company says allows it to detect when the player is going to go for a smash and respond accordingly.BBC Click’s Dan ... Read More

Junk technology: A ridiculous history of fast-food PR stunts

Over the past few years, other food chains, like Domino's, KFC and McDonald's, have also used tech as a marketing tool. The hope is that whatever they make, be it a delivery robot or a chicken box with a built-in charger, is ridiculous enough that it'll go viral. Sometimes it ... Read More

Recommended Reading: ‘Lore’ makes the leap from podcast to TV

Uber Pushed the Limits of the Law. Now Comes the ReckoningEric Newcomer, Bloomberg Uber may have a new CEO who wants to change course, but the company still has a load of problems to deal with. The Scientist Who Spots Fake VideosElizabeth Gibney, Nature It can be difficult to detect ... Read More

Tesla fired hundreds of employees in past week

(Reuters) - Luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) fired about 400 employees this week, including associates, team leaders and supervisors, a former employee told Reuters on Friday. The dismissals were a result of a company-wide annual review, Tesla said in an emailed statement, without confirming the number of employees ... Read More

YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

Image copyright AFP Image caption The famous reed dance is an annual cultural event held in Swaziland featuring bare-breasted women YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland's reed dance, which feature bare-breasted women.A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when "culturally relevant or ... Read More

Microwave breakthrough helps boost hard drive sizes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Web giants and large firms rely on cheap hard drives to store information in data centres The data-storing abilities of hard drives could soon swell to 40 terabytes (TB) and beyond, says Western Digital.Currently the largest hard disk drive (HDD) that stores data on spinning ... Read More

Try the Xbox One X before it launches at select Microsoft Stores

Even if you're not near a participating Microsoft Store, any other branded retail outlets in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico will celebrate the launch of the Xbox One X with giveaways and celebration events, too. If you pre-oder a console at your local store, you'll be able to pick ... Read More

Fandango pulls a Ticketmaster with plans to buy MovieTickets.com

The deal will add more US coverage to the Fandango stable of movie theaters, including National Amusements, Cineplex, Landmark Theatres and Marquee Cinemas. Fandango will also get a bigger hold in Latin America, while entering Canada and the UK for the first time. MovieTickets.com will continue to operate from its ... Read More
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