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'Human' side of robots is shown off at Las Vegas electronics show

Jan 11, 2015

'Human' side of robots is shown off at Las Vegas electronics show

She stood on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, carried on conversations, blinked her eyes and sang a convincing rendition of “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” It would have been unremarkable if ChihiraAico were not a robot. “Hello, my ...

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

Jan 11, 2015

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for ...

Jan 9, 2015

Google's U.S. search share drops while Yahoo logs a rise

Google saw its share of the U.S. Internet search market slip on December to its lowest ever mark, while Yahoo notched its highest share in five years, an independent analytics firm said Thursday. Google handled 75.2 percent of U.S. online search referrals for the ...

Cars of the future emerge at CES

Jan 8, 2015

Cars of the future emerge at CES

by Sophie Estienne

It has four wheels, is always connected and the driver is optional: the car of the future is starting to take shape from collaboration between automakers and their technology partners. At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a new breed of cars ...

Jan 8, 2015

Don't sound the death knell for the PC just yet

by Brandon Bailey

A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring. Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets are perfect for watching ...

Sony's Walkman makes comeback in high resolution, for $1,200

Jan 7, 2015

Sony's Walkman makes comeback in high resolution, for $1,200

Sony Corp. is bringing back the Walkman, with a new model of the music player pioneer that comes with high-resolution playback and Bluetooth-connected headphones. The new Walkman, targeting audiophiles and set to cost about $1,200, is a high-end version of a model Sony released ...

Jan 6, 2015

Dish to unveil $20-a-month streaming-TV service with ESPN, TNT

Dish Network Corp. plans to unveil the first major online television service from a cable or satellite company, a $20-a-month set of 12 channels that targets U.S. customers who don’t want to pay for larger, more expensive TV packages. Called Sling TV, the service ...

Dec 30, 2014

Gmail blocked in China

Google Inc’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail Web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a ...