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MIT programs a robot to self-correct when a human detects a mistake

In a new video from MIT’s CSAIL department, a smirking industrial robot from Rethink picks up spray paint cans and spools of wire, dropping them in the..

Steve Jobs thought 'idiotic' Genius Bar would fail

The support you get at the Genius Bar is one reason why many of us continue to buy Macs, but it almost never made it to an Apple store.

How the naming of the Aston Martin Valkyrie fits Norse mythology into hypercar history

This is the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Until today, it’s been known as the AM-RB 001, an F1 car for the road that is the first product to come out of a partnership between the historic British carmaker...

Ford Tests 3D-Printed Car Parts

A 3D printer capable of spitting out automotive parts of virtually any shape or size could greatly simplify the engineering process and offer custom-made parts for enthusiast and racing vehicles.

Fitbit adds heart rate monitoring to its Alta line and improves sleep tracking

Fitbit’s big smartwatch announcement is, it seems, still a ways off. But the company’s got a pair of announcements this week, including an update to its..

Nintendo Switch owners left to DIY for lack of screen protectors

Following the release last week of the much-anticipated Nintendo Switch, early purchasers are scrambling to find protection for their delicate screens. In addition to the usual wear and tear you can expect for portable consoles, some people report just docking the Switch — which, we remind you, is what the what the console is designed to …

Fitbit announces Alta HR, its slimmest tracker with a heart-rate sensor

Fitbit is adding yet another fitness tracker to its portfolio today: Say hello to the $149 Alta HR. In case you hadn’t gathered so already, it’s a Fitbit Alta with a heart rate sensor snuck in. That makes it what Fitbit calls the “world’s slimmest” wrist-worn tracker with a continuous heart rate sensor. (In terms …

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Blue Origin's latest rocket engine is finally complete

The New Glenn itself is still years away from its maiden voyage. In fact, the factory where it will be built is itself still under construction in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While the rocket itself is being constructed, the BE-4 engines will undergo rigorous certification at Blue Origin's West Texas-based test site. For his part, Bezos is confident that the ship will be ready and delivering goods to the moon by the end of the decade.

Your Nintendo Switch controllers will work on PCs and Macs, too

Like the Xbox One and PS4 controllers, the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers use Bluetooth to communicate with the console. What that means is that you can use Nintendo’s gamepads to play the latest Halo game on PC, hook them up to your phone or tablet, or control your Sims on a Mac by syncing them up to your Apple computer and using gamepad mapping software. 

People Are Already Trying to Fix the Nintendo Switch's Dumb Design Issues

The Switch, Nintendo’s new phablet console, was a big bet, but perhaps not a smart one . Despite being marketed as a step into the future, it launched with more hardware issues and irritating design flaws than playable titles. As such, fans who just plunked down $300 are already rolling up their sleeves to build solutions to make their shiny new investment work the way it ought to.

IBM, Salesforce announce AI partnership | ZDNet

IBM's Watson is about to get cozy with Salesforce's Einstein. The two tech giants announced a partnership Monday that will give Salesforce customers direct access to structured and unstructured data from Watson's artificial intelligence platform. Additionally, IBM will begin using the Salesforce Service Cloud internally.

Amazon Echo can add to your Office 365 calendar

Amazon's Echo speakers and other Alexa devices can already control your calendar , but what about your schedule at work? You're covered there, too. Alexa now supports Office 365's calendar functions, giving you a hands-free way of checking on your next meeting or scheduling that all-important business lunch. This won't see too much use right away when most offices aren't exactly teeming with Echo speakers. However, that's likely part of the point -- this gives the corporate crowd an excuse to bring the Echo into the workplace, even if it's just in private offices (open spaces will likely require multi-voice support ).

10 need-to-know recipes for surviving in 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

One of the first missions you're tasked with in "Breath of the Wild," before the game's massive open world is open to you, is reaching a shrine in an area that's simply too cold for Link to go. He starts freezing to death quickly, and it's solved only by constantly restoring lost health or, as luck would have it, by cooking a meal with hot peppers. You can simply simmer one directly in a cooking pot, or you can cook it with other ingredients.

Nintendo Switch review: the best portable console

There’s an odd asymmetry to the Joy-Con button layout, and the reason is that when held horizontally, each one can act as a standalone mini gamepad with a button layout reminiscent of the Super Nintendo controller. (The Switch comes with a wrist-strap peripheral designed to also extrude the L / R buttons. It does help in some cases, but it’s not entirely necessary. I’d rather leave them at home and keep the things I’m carrying with me to a minimum.) For classic Nintendo titles, that means (theoretically at least) you can do local multiplayer out of the box, without buying additional accessories. Snipperclips , a Switch launch title that Nintendo will offer in the eShop for $20, also makes good use of the setup.

Facebook tests reactions and Dislike button (!) on messages

TechCrunch reader Hoan Do sent us a tip that Facebook Messenger is showing some users a Reactions option. When you hover over messages friends have sent in a chat thread, you can tap the emoji button to pick from attaching a little thumbs-up Like, thumbs-down Dislike, or a heart-eyes, lol, wow, sad, or angry emoji. Everyone in the thread will then see that Reaction counted below the specific message you attached it to, and you can tap to see a full list of who left which Reaction.

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Trump's new immigration ban restricts residents of six countries

President Donald Trump has signed another executive order limiting immigration to the US, this time temporarily banning citizens from six predominantly Muslim nations. The biggest difference between this order and the one issued in late January are that Iraq is not among the countries included in the travel ban. The order will also suspend the refugee program and lower the total number of refugees the US will accept to 50,000 per year, less than half of the 110,000 cap set by President Barack Obama's administration.

At MWC 2017, a cutting-edge, crazy showcase of IoT solutions

The GSMA’s Innovation City at MWC created a space to reveal some of the most cutting-edge mobile-enabled products and services in the world today. There was plenty of spectacle worthy tech including connected vehicles (even a rickshaw), a robot playing a drumkit and immersive VR experiences.  Yet some of the most interesting are those that solve social or environmental problems where other methods are inefficient or ineffective. Here’s a sample of those showcased:

A group of investors wants to bar Snapchat from being added to stock market indexes over voting rights

Both index providers have said they are reviewing Snap 's inclusion. Were Snap to be added to indexes such as the S&P 500 Index or the MSCI USA Index, then managers of stock index portfolios will have to buy its shares and other investors, whose performance is tracked against such indexes, would likely follow suit.

The Switch broke Nintendo’s sales records (in the Americas, at least)

It’s an early win for the Switch, especially since Nintendo’s previous record holder for two-day sales was the incredibly popular Wii. While its hard to compare without exact sales numbers, Nintendo announced at the time that the Wii sold over 600,000 units in the first eight days in the Americas, a figure the company would no doubt like to surpass. The Wii would go on to ship over 100 million units, and remains one of the most popular consoles ever shipped.

That Giant Bright Spot on Dwarf Planet Ceres Just Got Even Cooler

Ceres’s bright spots have been an enticing mystery ever since NASA’s Dawn spacecraft began approaching the dwarf planet in the spring of 2015. Now, research from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) suggests the brightest of those shiny splotches—located within the enormous Occator crater in the northern hemisphere—is even more interesting than we thought. This region was probably a hotspot for cryovolcanic activity in the not-too-distant past.

Six Sigma: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

If change is the only constant, then finding ways to not only keep up with change but also get ahead of the impact of change, should also be a constant. Six Sigma's approach, tools, and techniques can allow companies of any size, product, service, or industry to do just that. Improving processes and quality and reducing costs should be an ongoing focus of all businesses. This constant need for companies to improve what they do, and how they do it, establishes Six Sigma is necessary for continued success.

Sex Makes Life Better, Study Says

All that said, this new study linking an active sex life with better job performance is a classic situation of correlation-not-causation. You could easily assume that people who have more sex are already leading happier lives or, at the very least, enjoying a happier marriage. These social factors are undoubted related to job performance, so it’s hard to say definitively whether the study’s subjects did better at work because they had more sex or because they’re simply happier, more productive people for any number of reasons.

These new features could make Amazon Alexa a true office assistant - TechRepublic

Alexa has gained attention as an AI tool for the home, but a new skill and a potential new hardware addition could bring it into the boardroom and office.

How to become a master cyber-sleuth - TechRepublic

Digital Guardian's cybersecurity chief explains how to spot intrusions and password dumping programs, locate dropper software, and block secret backdoors in your company's network.

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Link Has a Goddamn iPhone

Breath of the Wild , the 19th game in the Zelda franchise, has been universally praised for its massive (and, sorry, breathtaking ) open-world environments, and for injecting life back into a 30-year-old franchise. But something else sets the Nintendo Switch’s moonshot launch title apart from previous installations: The Hero of Time has a goddamn iPhone.

Fitbit unveils a stylish Alta band with heart rate tracking

It's been around a year since Fitbit unveiled the Alta , its first stab at a wearable that's both thin and attractive. Now Fitbit is introducing a new model that delivers one of its most requested features: heart-rate tracking. The $150 Alta HR looks a lot like its predecessor, but turn it over and you'll see the telltale signs of a new sensor. As with other Fitbit devices, the Fitbit HR can give you real-time heart-rate measurements throughout the day, and the new feature will also help you more efficiently measure the calories you burn.

What to expect from the Windows 10 Creators Update | ZDNet

Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on the next big update to Windows 10. Here's what you can expect when the Creators Update begins rolling out to the general public next month.

Twitter suspends ex-KKK leader David Duke... then brings him back

David Duke, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan and vocal white supremacist, was suspended from Twitter this morning. And then the social network restored his account , albeit with a reset follower count. Twitter hasn't commented on the initial decision to ban Duke, or why it brought him back, but we've reached out for clarification.

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I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

Adobe updates Lightroom pro photo apps for iOS with 'Authentic HDR' & more

Adobe on Monday released updates to the iPhone and iPad versions of Lightroom, making various enhancements including the addition of "Authentic HDR," a new shooting mode. The technology takes three photos to gauge the best exposure values, and will automatically align and "de-ghost" the resulting composite image, according to Adobe. Images are saved as 32-bit floating-point DNG RAW files. Notably Adobe claims that its method is better than iOS 10's built-in HDR mode, which doesn't shoot in RAW and therefore automatically applies processing such as sharpening and noise reduction. Professional photographers typically prefer RAW for the leeway it allows in controlling post-processing. The iPhone and iPad apps now also offer an improved rating system, and the option to export RAW files to a device's Camera Roll, which changes their format but also makes them more accessible. Some other changes include faster, more stable cloud sync, which should moreover run in the background. A new widget is launched via the Notification Center, or else the app's homescreen icon on devices with 3D Touch —namely, the iPhone 6s and 7.

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Snap tumbles 12% on day three, erases gains

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. debuted on the stock market Thursday and immediately saw substantial gains  on its first two days. But the excitement has already worn off, with shares tumbling more than 12 percent on day three.

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Internet quickly turns GOP's Obamacare replacement plan into a meme

Internet quickly turns GOP's Obamacare replacement plan into a meme

Volkswagen to unveil self-driving car as part of post-dieselgate shift

GENEVA Volkswagen ( VOWG_p.DE ) will show off a fully self-driving car at the Geneva auto show, as part of the German carmaker's drive to be at the forefront of new technologies in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal.

15 Things We Learned on the Set of Wonder Woman - IGN

I was visiting Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, outside London with a group of reporters to check out the Patty Jenkins-directed film, the first major female-led superhero movie of the modern era. The shooting we saw that day mostly consisted of Gadot climbing out of a trench on a greenscreen set and walking towards the camera (on a treadmill) as she deflected unseen bullets with her wrist gauntlets. It was pretty cool, but we also learned quite a bit about the film during our visit, so let’s break down some of the most intriguing bits. Here are 15 things we learned on the set of Wonder Woman.

Facebook group spreading nude pics of female soldiers is under investigation

The US Department of Defense is currently investigating hundreds of marines for spreading naked photos of female soldiers and veterans in a private group on Facebook.

Jaw-dropping Jupiter: NASA's Juno mission eyes the gas giant

This picture from early February is a good example of what the raw images from Juno's JunoCam can look like. NASA makes the images available for private citizens to download and process. Some of the most eye-catching Jupiter images from the Juno mission are the result of work by citizen scientists who combine and enhance the raw images into new creations that highlight the swirls and whirls of the planet's atmosphere.

Facebook can now flag fake news stories as 'disputed'

Questionable stories may now show a “disputed” tag underneath, with a link to a source countering the article’s claims. Facebook said it works with ABC News, Politifact, FactCheck, Snopes, and the Associated Press to verify stories back in December.

Netflix Is Making a Medieval Korean Zombie Show

Netflix has announced that it has joined Kim Seong-hun’s new thriller TV series Kingdom , with plans to bring to its streaming service worldwide in 2018 in partnership with Korean production company Astory. The eight-part series is set during Korea’s Joseon dynasty, an era that covered the 14th to late 19th century, and had a huge impact on Korean culture as it is known today. It follows a young crown prince sent on a suicidal investigation into a bizarre medical outbreak. Turns out said outbreak is a zombie apocalypse, and the prince’s forces have to hold back a threat that could destroy Korea and the wider world itself.

Netflix wants another 'Gilmore Girls' season

Sherman-Palladino has said she's open to another season. There's also plenty of motivation for stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel to get on board: According to Variety , the two earned about $750,000 per episode of the revival. That was money well spent, since the four 90-minute episodes averaged nearly 5 million viewers aged 18 to 47, per episode in the first three days. Between the money, Netflix's desire and the finale's cliffhanger, there's good reason to expect Lorelai and Rory to return soon.

The top-selling Google Play Store content of all time is exactly what you think it is

If you’ve consumed any culture or downloaded an app in the last five years, the results probably won’t surprise you. The most installed apps are topped by a seemingly obvious list of popular social networks, and while top songs look like a complication of the biggest radio earworms from the last half-decade. Notably, many of the songs, albums, and movies are all recent releases, which speaks both to the popularity of that content, but also to increased Android growth (and therefore, Play Store usage) in recent years. It’s an interesting look back at how we consume media as a whole over the past half-decade.

Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal Groups

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks, scouring the organizations’ emails for embarrassing details and attempting to extract hush money, according to two people familiar with probes being conducted by the FBI and private security firms.

Office Q&A: Three quick settings that yield more efficient work sessions - TechRepublic

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The Wonder Woman Movie Has a Wild New Take on the Origins of the Amazons

So it seems that the DCEU’s take on Amazon society is an amalgam of several different incarnations of their comic origins, with a heavy dash of Greek mythology, albeit a not-at-all traditional version. Elements like mankind enslaving the race of warrior women played roles in both the Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis origins of the Amazons (where it was Hercules who enslaved them before they escaped to Paradise Island), and Zeus’ direct involvement in their creation seems to draw on him being Diana’s biological father in the New 52 incarnation of the character.

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Video: Top 5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches - TechRepublic

But you can't go run IT security for everyone out there. So if you don't want to stop using everything on the internet, here are the top five ways to guard yourself against data breaches:

Nintendo Switch Review: Plays Zelda Great, Doesn't Do Much Else

After a shipping snafu with Amazon, I spent the better part of a day trying to track a Nintendo Switch down. I experienced exactly what many hopeful Switch owners will experience. I hounded Craigslist, and haunted Best Buy, and waited in a too-long line at GameStop. And now I’ve spent the last few days living the Switch life, playing the best it has to offer and I can say, unequivocally, that this system is not worth the hassle of tracking it down.

One Startup Builds $1 Billion Business Out of 15-Cent Bike Rides

Walk around the streets of Beijing these days and the sidewalks are thronged with yellow and orange bicycles. These are the weapons of choice in one of the strangest, most colorful battles in the technology world.

Facebook now flags fake news

Facebook originally promised to do this back in December (along with the fact checkers, curated articles and manual flagging ). Under this system, bogus posts from disreputable sites will still show up in your timeline, but they'll be accompanied by a small warning banner. These banners are applied after a lengthy vetting process. First, the fake post either has to be flagged by a certain number of users or the company's automated software. The post is then sent to a fact-checking website like Snopes or Politifact where it is reviewed. If two or more fact-checkers flag it again, Facebook will apply the banner.

The Endless Mission One is a gorgeous Linux-powered desktop with a tempting price tag

Although it’s an undoubtedly cheap computer, it has the appearance of a much more expensive product. The outer casing of the device is made of bamboo and simple white acrylic. Both of which combine for a jaw-dropping gorgeous look that sets it apart from other rivals in its price range.

The largest payments company in the world most people have never heard of

Hence, they invested $680 million in India’s Paytm in September 2015, just before demonetization stimulated Indians to open 200 million wallets on Paytm.  In November 2016, Ant partnered with Thailand’s Ascend Money, which also runs a digital wallet service. Under the agreement, Ant Financial will assist Ascend Money to grow its online and offline payments and financial services ecosystem. It is notable that Ascend may be based in Thailand, but also operates in Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Why one big data CEO sees Gartner's Magic Quadrant as a blessing and a curse - TechRepublic

In other words, getting into the MQ was nice, but it could make it easy to lose focus and chase the wrong kind of deals. Most startups don't get this, believing that any customer is a good customer. As Langseth realizes, customer success is the primary driver of both startup success and Gartner Magic Quadrant success, and depends upon the company religiously focusing on serving the needs of its chosen customer personas. It's smart business, if somewhat rare among the startup set.

Court ruling leaves FBI the only proven criminal in child porn case

The government must now choose between disclosure of classified information and dismissal of its indictment. Disclosure is not currently an option. Dismissal without prejudice leaves open the possibility that the government could bring new charges should there come a time within the statute of limitations when and the government be in a position to provide the requested discovery.

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54 Verizon’s Unlimited Data Offer Puts Its Reputation for Reliability at Risk
55 Ridley Scott Already Has a Script Ready to Go for the Alien: Covenant Sequel
56 The tech that makes MMO development easy for indies
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60 How the world's top CS:GO players plan for life after esports
61 Jay Z launches Arrive to fund startups, offer branding support and more
62 Why You Shouldn’t Work Out on an Empty Stomach
63 Ladies, Now You Can Prove Precisely How Many Times A Man Interrupts You
64 Chance the Rapper is donating millions to Chicago public schools—and is asking for your help, too
65 WeKiki is the perfect alternative for anyone missing
66 Trump’s New Travel Ban Still Sabotages Science and Tech
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68 Oh dear God, there's now a pregnant woman in a giraffe mask doing a livestream
69 Listen to Willow Smith sing the song Carrie Fisher wrote with Sean Lennon
70 Is Facebook Too Powerful?
71 Best games consoles: Nintendo GameCube, Mario's under-appreciated home
72 In the eternal battle of Windows versus Mac, the tide is turning in Microsoft's favor
73 FBI Drops All Charges in Child Porn Case to Keep Sketchy Spying Methods Secret
74 Why losing access to my money for a day deepened my trust in fintech
75 These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You've Never Heard Of
77 This Facebook Messenger chatbot gives refugees free legal aid
78 Immigrant tech workers in Silicon Valley share how Trump's travel ban has changed their lives
79 Yahoo's new chatbot will nag your family for you
80 Consumer Reports to consider cyber security in product reviews
81 This Is The Greatest Tampon Packaging. Period.
82 This Year's Best Science Photos Are So Good They're Basically Art
83 Verizon offers pre-paid FiOS service plans
84 World's largest new IoT networks launched at MWC
85 Congresswoman Maxine Waters just proved she's a millennial at heart in new interview
86 Chrissy Teigen gives more unwavering honesty in an essay on postpartum depression
87 Snapchat is tanking for the first time since its IPO
88 You can vote for MTV's Woodie Awards by taking Snapchat screenshots
89 Residents Of A Heavily Polluted German City Are Suing Their Mayor For Bodily Harm
90 Twitter mistakenly suspended former KKK leader David Duke and took away his followers
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