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Tech billionaire calls Apple ‘outdated’ and its product designs ‘obsolete’

By on April 26, 2016 at 8:54 AM.

Tech billionaire calls Apple ‘outdated’ and its product designs ‘obsolete’

Chinese billionaire entrepreneur Jia Yueting recently had some harsh words for Apple. During a speech at the China Entrepreneur Club (subsequently summarized by CNBC), Yueting boldly called Apple outdated while emphatically intimating that the tech world has effectively passed Apple by. Driving the point home, Yueting said that Apple’s product design chops were “obsolete.”

Now I know what you’re all wondering: who in the world is Jia Yueting?

It’s a fair question, and though Yueting is far from a household name outside of China, Yueting, through his company LeEco, has his hands in all sorts of products and services. Not only is LeEco often regarded as Netflix of China, the company also develops smartphones, HDTVs, and more recently, electric vehicles. Put simply, Yueting has aspirations to take on both Apple and Tesla.

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Is this the future? Chinese researchers unveil human-like ‘robot goddess’

By on April 18, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Is this the future? Chinese researchers unveil human-like ‘robot goddess’

The state of robotics is seemingly moving at warp speed these days. Not only do we have Google’s Boston Dynamics division churning out increasingly adept, capable and nimble robots, we’re also seeing a discernible improvement in the likeness robots bear to humans.

The most recent example of this comes to us via China where university researchers recently unveiled a realistic robot called Jia Jia. Three years in the making, Jia Jia ostensibly looks like a female adult, complete with facial features that can move (she blinks!), realistic facial expressions and human-like hair. Without question, Jia Jia thankfully helps us forget about that eerie looking Scarlett Johansson robot someone built last month.

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Apple just lost a key designer who helped create the original iMac and the iPhone

By on April 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Apple just lost a key designer who helped create the original iMac and the iPhone

For just the second time in company history, a member of Apple’s vaunted industrial design team has left for another company. Originally reported by The Information, longtime designer Danny Coster has opted to try and spread some of his design magic at GoPro. Coster is set to begin his new career at GoPro in in just two weeks whereupon he will become the company’s Vice President of Design.

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Kobe Bryant and Michael B. Jordan star in brand new Apple TV ad

By on April 11, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

Kobe Bryant and Michael B. Jordan star in brand new Apple TV ad

Apple yesterday released a brand new Apple TV ad featuring Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. No, not that Michael Jordan, but rather Michael B. Jordan of The Wire, Friday Night Lights and Creed fame. Coupled with Apple’s recent Cookie Monster themed iPhone 6s ad, Apple’s advertising has certainly been on a role as of late.

While previous Apple ads featuring Hollywood personalities have been largely forgettable (ahem, Samuel L. Jackson), if not somewhat annoying, Apple’s most recent effort actually works and delivers a few laughs in the process.

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Nest To Shut Down Revolv

Nest angers customers with planned shutdown of Revolv, may offer affected users compensation

By on April 5, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Nest angers customers with planned shutdown of Revolv, may offer affected users compensation

Nest has been in the news quite a bit lately and the company just can’t seem to catch a break. Amidst reports that the company is still struggling to prove its worth following its 2014 sale to Google for $3.2 billion, Nest has reportedly angered customers with the planned shutdown of an automation hub called Revolv. As a quick refresher, Nest acquired Revolv back in late 2014.

What’s has particularly infuriated customers who use Revolv hardware is that Nest isn’t just planning to phase out support for the device, it’s planning on rendering all active Revolv automation hubs in use effectively useless. And hardly a cheap investment, Revolv previously sold for $300.

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Google's Nest Acquisition

Even Google views its Nest acquisition as a disappointment

By on March 31, 2016 at 5:57 PM.

Even Google views its Nest acquisition as a disappointment

When Google in early 2014 generously opened up its wallet and forked over $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs, it ostensibly appeared to be a brilliant, albeit expensive, acquisition. At the time, Nest was riding high on the popularity of its Nest thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke alarm. With two hit products right out of the gate, the future of Nest looked remarkably bright.

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Flying Drone

MIT researchers invented a drone that can exactly copy your own drawings, writing, and doodles

By on March 28, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

MIT researchers invented a drone that can exactly copy your own drawings, writing, and doodles

Over the past few months, we’ve seen drones do all sorts of crazy and impressive things. Whether it’s a drone that can livestream video or a drone connected to a flamethrower, it seems that not a month goes by without some wild new video highlighting some makeshift drone invention.

But what we haven’t really seen yet is a drone that can draw. Sure, it may sound a bit ludicrous, but the enterprising folks from MIT’s Media Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group have come up with something wholly original and impressively creative: A flying pantograph, aka a flying drawing machine.

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Smartphone Gun

Controversial new handgun design looks exactly like a smartphone

By on March 25, 2016 at 3:35 PM.

Controversial new handgun design looks exactly like a smartphone

A new company from Minnesota that’s appropriately enough called Ideal Conceal has created quite a bit of controversy after touting the creation of a handgun designed to look like a smartphone.

“Smartphones are everywhere,” the company’s website reads, “so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment. In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.

Set for release sometime in mid-2016, the pistol is a double-barreled .380 caliber firearm sporting a one-piece frame construction. The company plans to sell it for $395 and its developer, one Kirk Kjellberg, claims that they’ve already received upwards of 2,500 emails from interested buyers.

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Rise of the machines? The danger of autonomous weapons

By on March 21, 2016 at 10:10 PM.

Rise of the machines? The danger of autonomous weapons

It’s a common theme in science fiction – machines rising up against their human masters. But it could be a real threat, warn researchers at the recent World Economic Forum. Unlike today’s drones, which are still controlled by human operators, autonomous weapons could potentially be programmed to select and engage targets on their own.

“It was one of the concerns that we itemized last year,” Toby Walsh, professor of artificial intelligence (AI) at the school of computer science and engineering at the University of New South Wales, told FoxNews.com.

“Most of us believe that we don’t have the ability to build ethical robots,” he added. “What is especially worrying is that the various militaries around the world will be fielding robots in just a few years, and we don’t think anyone will be building ethical robots.”

Noted science fiction author Isaac Asimov famously penned the “Three Laws of Robotics,” which offered that “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” More →

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Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad Pro

By on March 21, 2016 at 1:48 PM.

Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad Pro

It’s no secret that iPad sales have been trending downward for years now, but Apple today unveiled a new 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro that it hopes will reverse that trend.

Positioned as the second member of Apple’s iPad Pro family, the new smaller screened tablet weighs just about one pound, slightly heavier than the iPad Air 2. But not to worry, the iPad Pro really packs a whole host of compelling improvements over the iPad Air 2.

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Everything Apple plans to announce at Monday’s big event

Everything Apple plans to announce at Monday’s big event

By on March 18, 2016 at 11:33 AM.

Remember when Tim Cook back in 2012 vowed to “double down” on product secrecy? Well, things in that regard haven’t exactly gone as planned. Sure, Apple can keep certain things under wraps – the introduction of Swift being a prime example – but when it comes to hardware, there’s really only so much Apple can do. Because products like iPhones and iPads necessarily require a manufacturing partner, keeping sources in Apple’s supply chain quiet has proven to be a nearly impossible task.

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Futuristic military railgun ‘bullets’ could travel at Mach 6

By on March 17, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Futuristic military railgun ‘bullets’ could travel at Mach 6

New “bullets” for military railguns, which could strike enemy targets traveling at a whopping six times the speed of sound, are being tested.

Electromagnetic railguns and lasers are two technologies the military is harnessing as an alternative to gunpowder. The U.S. Navy is pioneering the futuristic weapons that could play a vital role in future combat.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced Wednesday that its Blitzer railgun hypersonic projectiles successfully passed tests at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah between 7 and 9 March 2016.

Both General Atomics and BAE Systems have created cutting-edge Electromagnetic Railguns. In 2012, the Office of Naval Research began testing them. More →

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