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Meet the Robot Tasked With Tasting Thai Food

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Thailand’s government cares about the quality of the country’s restaurants. It cares so much, in fact, that it’s building a robot capable of sampling Thai cuisine and judging it against a government-mandated standard. In an episode of bureaucratic nomenclature that seems right out of a George Orwell novel—if Orwell had become a celebrity chef instead of a writer of political parables—the Thai government has named the group tasked with designing the robot the “Thai Delicious Committee.” According to The New… continue…

Microsoft Might Make Windows 9 Free for Some

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Over the weekend, a listing for a “Windows TH” appeared on a Windows Technical Preview for Enterprise website, leading to rampant speculation about the final name for the next version of the company’s popular operating system. As The Verge and other news outlets have suggested, “TH” almost certainly stands for “Threshold,” the longtime codename for the updated platform. It seems virtually certain that the final name will be something along the lines of “Windows 9,” as Microsoft’s habit of giving… continue…

You’ve Seen Drones Fly. Now Watch Them Dance.

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Drones serve a lot of uses these days. The U.S. military relies on flying ones for battlefield activities; hobbyists around the world also send machines skyward, sometimes to take a look at things like Apple’s $5 billion “spaceship” headquarters under construction in northern California. Rolling drones clean our houses and chase our pets around (the latter for fun, of course). Click here for drone-related jobs. But we’re betting you’ve never seen drones dance. Fortunately, Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and… continue…

The ‘New’ Apple Apologizes Early and Often

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Whereas the “old” Apple under Steve Jobs was famously (or infamously) stingy with its official apologies and patches, Tim Cook’s “new” Apple practically stumbles over itself to fix whatever’s wrong. Within a few hours of users reporting issues with iOS 8.0.1, Apple yanked the update and offered a temporary fix: “We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS… continue…

Facebook’s Plans for a Jetliner-Sized Drone

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Facebook’s made no secret of its intention to eventually launch unmanned aerial vehicles—also known as drones—into the atmosphere. Once circling the earth at an extremely high altitude, those vehicles will “beam” the Internet down to under-served countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. In order to remain aloft for extended periods of time, the vehicles will rely on solar power. Although relatively lightweight, they’ll also be the size of a 747, according to Facebook Connectivity Lab Engineering Director Yael Maguire,… continue…

BlackBerry Passport: Does Anyone Care?

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BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry’s newest smartphone, the Passport, is defiantly retro: It features a hard keyboard, an element that virtually every other smartphone producer has discarded in favor of touch-screens. Click here to find BlackBerry-related jobs. That’s not the Passport’s only old-school detail: The device looks and works like something that BlackBerry might have produced back when it was still Research In Motion, including a 4.5-inch square display and a blocky, heavy body. But unlike the BlackBerry devices of old, which focused on… continue…

Watch This iPhone 6 Unboxing Go Totally Weird

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Some people find product-unboxing videos entertaining; others dismiss them as the worst kind of clickbait. “Do we really need to sit through five minutes (or more than a dozen slideshow images) of some random tech reporter popping open a cardboard box?” the latter asks. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. According to the various tech publications that keep producing unboxing videos, the answer is apparently “yes,” probably because the amount of clicks… continue…

The Latest Novelty in Phone Apps: Talking

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It seems as if there’s an app for everything these days. Want to send someone a message that self-destructs in five seconds? At least a dozen apps will help you out with that. Want to play a game with a kid on the other side of the world? The Google and Apple app stores offer hundreds of options for making that happen. With all the apps and baked-in functionality available on smartphones, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the devices… continue…

Larry Ellison’s Best Quotes: A Retrospective

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Contrary to some published reports, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison isn’t really retiring. Although he’s turned over the chief-executive reins to co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, he retains the CTO and executive chairman positions, which means he maintains an iron grip over the IT giant’s technology portfolio. Catz and Hurd will keep on doing what they’ve been doing—in Catz’s case, handling Oracle’s finance, legal and manufacturing concerns, while Hurd deals with sales—only they’ll report to Oracle’s board instead of… continue…

Do Not Toss Your iPhone 6 in the Microwave

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Wave Hoax
Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the “Wave” hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a “household microwave for a minute and a half.” Click here for iOS jobs. Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch… continue…