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  • Boston Dynamics' latest robot stymied by a banana skin

    Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned robot maker that's apparently up for sale, has a new four-legged robot small enough to walk around a house, agile enough to load your dishwasher, and not quite clever enough to avoid banana skins on the floor.

    24 June 16 06:35 Written by Martyn Williams
  • Don't clear out your cubicle for a robot just yet

    Robotics will replace some human workers in their jobs, but technology will also create new, more interesting jobs for people, according to a report from Forrester Research.

    23 June 16 05:59 Written by Sharon Gaudin
  • Intel's megachips will take on Nvidia's GPUs and Google's TPUs

    In 2018, Intel will likely release a faster and more power-efficient Xeon Phi, a supercomputing chip that is already in some of the world's fastest computers. Intel is also looking beyond CPUs to FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), which can be faster in key tasks.

    22 June 16 02:22 Written by Agam Shah
  • Microsoft's Sharepoint app for iOS is here

    Microsoft announced earlier this year that its popular SharePoint collaboration software was getting a full-featured mobile app. Starting Tuesday, iPhone users can take a crack at it.

    21 June 16 23:00 Written by Blair Hanley Frank
  • Emojis: Now there's a movie coming

    Emojis have become an important and essential communication tool for hundreds of millions of people, so naturally, now there's a movie coming.

    21 June 16 07:52 Written by Martyn Williams
  • Fujitsu drops SPARC, turns to ARM for Post-K supercomputer

    Alternative chip architectures are taking some thunder away from Intel's x86 at this week's International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt. The ARM architecture, which dominates mobile-device chips, will appear in Fujitsu's next flagship supercomputer.

    21 June 16 06:03 Written by Agam Shah
  • These ultra-thin solar cells can be bent around a pencil

    Scientists in South Korea have developed solar cells thin enough they can be bent around a pencil. The cells, which were announced on Monday, could help usher in the use of solar energy in small portable gadgets where space is at a premium.

    21 June 16 05:05 Written by Martyn Williams
  • Montreal wins Intelligent Community of the Year

    Montreal, Quebec, was named “Intelligent Community of the Year” this week at the annual Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Summit. In the face of economic decline and political scandals, Canada’s largest French-speaking city began its turnaround with a Smart City plan starting in 2011.

    21 June 16 02:08 Written by By Jay Gillette
  • 'Made in China' dominates Top500 supercomputer list

    China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer has just been overtaken as the world's fastest by another Chinese computer, the Sunway TaihuLight, capable of 93 million billion floating-point operations per second.

    20 June 16 21:09 Written by Peter Sayer
  • High-end mobile VR is virtually here

    A new category of virtual reality is emerging -- somewhere between tethered consoles and smartphone add-ons.

    20 June 16 20:00 Written by Mike Elgan
  • With APFS, Apple focuses on storage efficiency in its OSes

    At WWDC, Apple unveiled a file system that will span all of its products, include several encryption methods to guard data and allow old or unused files to be moved to the cloud. Analysts wondered whether users would need or want the features.

    18 June 16 05:38 Written by Lucas Mearian
  • Belgian hospitals turn to robots to receive patients

    Robots have already invaded the operating room in some hospitals, but in Belgium they will soon be taking on the potentially more difficult task -- for robots, at least -- of greeting patients and giving them directions.

    17 June 16 23:30 Written by Peter Sayer

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