Robots Replacing Human Jobs

Bank of England: 95 million jobs going to robots in the next 10 to 20 years

By on November 16, 2015 at 6:35 PM.

Bank of England: 95 million jobs going to robots in the next 10 to 20 years

Robots will play more and more important roles in our lives in the future, likely becoming essential components of our daily routines. In the process, they may end up taking over the world, but not in a Terminator or Matrix kind of way, but rather in a WALL-E kind of fashion. We might end up using robots for various tasks that will only grow in complexity as robotics advance to the point they can replace humans for plenty of jobs, including tasks that require plenty of creativity. These smarter robots might put 50% of jobs at risk in the U.S. and the U.K., a new report show. More →

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Mac iPad Hybrid

Tim Cook says Apple has no plans to release a MacBook/iPad hybrid device

By on November 15, 2015 at 7:26 PM.

Tim Cook says Apple has no plans to release a MacBook/iPad hybrid device

Microsoft’s new Surface Book sure does seem to be weighing heavily on the minds of Apple executives these days. Just a few weeks ago, Apple executive Phil Schiller was quick to dismiss the market for hybrid laptop/tablet devices altogether, categorizing it as “incredibly small and niche” and unlikely to grow “to anything significant.”

Not to be outdone, Tim Cook a few days ago went so far as to call the Surface Book a “diluted” product that can’t figure out what type of device it wants to be.

Now, in a new interview with Independent.ie, Cook once again took a few minutes to throw some shade at the Surface Book while reaffirming, yet again, that Apple has no plans to release a hybrid Mac/iPad device at any point in the near or distant future.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Vs. Samsung Exynos 8

These are the next-gen chips that will power 2016’s most powerful Android phones

By on November 12, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

These are the next-gen chips that will power 2016’s most powerful Android phones

With the launch of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, all of 2015’s major flagship Android phones have now been released. This means it’s time to look forward to 2016 and the hardware that we can look forward to seeing on next year’s devices. Happily, we now have some new information on both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the Samsung Exynos 8 Octa that will be the two most prominent chips in 2016’s most powerful Android phones. More →

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Drone Video

Watch the world’s first 3D-printed, jet-powered drone hit the skies at 150 MPH

Watch the world’s first 3D-printed, jet-powered drone hit the skies at 150 MPH

By on November 12, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

A project nine months in the making culminated with an exciting feat earlier this week, as the world’s first 3D-printed drone took to the skies and hit record speeds of up to 150 MPH. Virginia-based manufacturer Aurora Flight Sciences is the company behind the craft, which they say is the first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the world to be jet-powered and built using 80% 3D-printed parts. More →

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Amazon Echo Price

The deal you’ve been waiting for: $30 off the Amazon Echo for one day only

By on November 11, 2015 at 9:23 AM.

The deal you’ve been waiting for: $30 off the Amazon Echo for one day only

Alexa, save me some money on the Amazon Echo.

Amazon’s smart home hub the Amazon Echo made a splash when it launched earlier this year, and it was almost impossible to buy at first because of the rush of people who wanted one. This voice controlled device answers questions and controls connected devices around your home thanks to Alexa, which is Amazon’s take on Siri-like technology.

All these awesome features come at a price though, and $180 is steep for some shoppers. Well, forget about Black Friday for a moment because Amazon is running the sale you’ve been waiting for right now. More →

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Virtual Reality Games

Virtual reality just got real: New tech lets users feel VR

Virtual reality just got real: New tech lets users feel VR

By on November 11, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

Virtual reality has been a long time coming, but the most notable strides have come in the past few years. Oculus has led a revitalization in VR tech, the development of which had slowed significantly over the preceding decade. Now, a resurgence in consumer VR products has resulted in great strides, and affordable virtual reality kits like the Samsung Gear VR make virtual reality accessible to nearly anyone.

But there’s still one key piece missing from the virtual reality puzzle that prevents the user from being truly immersed in a VR experience. That may soon change, however, thanks to work being done by researchers in Germany. More →

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MIT LineFORM Shape Changing Interface

MIT built a snake-like robot that can morph into a phone and a smartwatch

By on November 9, 2015 at 4:48 PM.

MIT built a snake-like robot that can morph into a phone and a smartwatch

Over the past several years, the touchscreen interface has increasingly become one of the most common ways that we interact with our electronic devices.

Our smartphones have touchscreens, our computers have touchscreens and even some of our remote controls have touchscreens — but MIT’s latest invention could change the way that we think about touching our devices. More →

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In an era of high-tech spying, old-school espionage is on the rise

By on November 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

In an era of high-tech spying, old-school espionage is on the rise

A pivotal operation in the lead up to D-Day during World War II was a deception plan using dummy airfields and landing craft to mask the actual Allied landing sites.  While the tools of modern warfare may have rendered such a ploy seemingly obsolete, 21st century advances such as CCTV, HD satellites and drone technology are actually reviving a new era of classic espionage.

“There has been a drastic paradigm shift in this regard,” Fred Burton, vice president of Intelligence for Texas-based global intelligence company Stratfor told FoxNews.com.  “The challenges posed by the digital age have led to a return to old-school tradecraft.”

As dependence on technology permeates Western society so does electronic espionage as state and non-state agents spy, steal and sabotage secure networks, hence the return to less high-tech spying. More →

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Internet Of Things Microbot Push

Meet Microbot Push, a home automation gadget lazy people will love

By on November 5, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Meet Microbot Push, a home automation gadget lazy people will love

A South Korean startup called Naran has come up with an incredibly clever way for users to control and automate any type of switch-oriented task you can think of. By attaching low-energy Bluetooth devices called “Microbot Push” (or wireless robotic fingers, to be precise) to manual switches, users can rely on an accompanying smartphone app to more easily accomplish any number of tasks, from starting up a coffee machine in the morning to effortlessly turning light switches on and off.

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Anti Drone Devices

New airspace security tool can knock a drone out of the sky in an instant, or steal control

By on November 5, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

New airspace security tool can knock a drone out of the sky in an instant, or steal control

As drones grow more and more popular, so too do anti-drone security solutions that look to protect users from the influx of airborne pests. Of course, the term “drone” has been extended to include a wide range of unmanned quadcopters that have proliferated in recent years. While these inexpensive toys can be a nuisance, they’re not exactly candidates for the new breed of sophisticated anti-drone solutions that defense companies are currently developing. Drones pose a more serious threat to governments, militaries and other groups that have defend against unmanned spy craft, but other safety officials have cause to defend against less complex drones as well.

We’ve covered a number of anti-drone solutions on the site before, but a new one currently in development could be one of the most promising solutions yet in some instances. More →

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Apple TV Problems

4 Apple TV problems that need to be fixed

By on November 4, 2015 at 4:35 PM.

4 Apple TV problems that need to be fixed

I’ve been using the new Apple TV for a few days now, and like many of the early reviewers I’ve seen, I wholeheartedly agree that the device is teeming with potential. Though long considered a hobby within the company, the fourth-gen Apple TV finally appears ready to make the leap into a full-fledged product and meaningful contributor to Apple’s bottom line.

At the same time, the Apple TV does have a number of kinks that Apple will hopefully address sooner rather than later. While these gripes don’t necessarily rise to the level of being deal-breakers, they do unfortunately dampen the overall user experience.

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iPhone 7 Rumors

iPhone 7: Accurate Apple insider reveals three new models coming in 2016

By on November 4, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

iPhone 7: Accurate Apple insider reveals three new models coming in 2016

The iPhone 6s has barely been out for six weeks and we’re already starting to see rumors swirling around next year’s iPhone 7. Interestingly enough, it turns out that Apple in 2016 may release not two, but three different iPhone models.

A new research report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — largely considered the most accurate Apple prognosticator on the planet — relays that Apple has plans to release a new 4-inch iPhone model sometime during the first half of 2016. The new 4-inch device is likely to be an enhanced version of the iPhone 5s and may feature the same blazing fast A9 processor currently found in Apple’s iPhone 6s lineup. As it stands now, the only 4-inch iPhone Apple still sells is the 5s, a device released more than two years ago.

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