In its splurge of acquisitions, Google has added a seventh robotics company to the stable being run by Android creator Andy Rubin. But what's it for?
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
CMU researchers have tested the idea of visualising Person-Action-Object (PAO) stories as an easy way of remembering passwords that are hard to crack
Global semiconductor revenues fell by 2.5 percent last year, but the growth of memory chip sales for smartphones and tablets is leading to 5 percent growth in 2013, according to IHS
Sales of digital cameras are expected to fall by a quarter this year, but sales of cameras with interchangeable lenses -- CSCs and DSLRs -- are growing, and so are sales of premium fixed-lens cameras such as water/shockproof cameras
Fixya has just published a report on owners' most common complaints about four leading smartphones: the Galaxy S4, Moto X, iPhone 5S, and HTC One.
Western Digital has announced a $299 hybrid drive that combines a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HD in a single drive slot, plus My Cloud NAS storage systems with one or four drives
Researchers have shown that tagged Flickr pictures can be used to track Hurricane Sandy, so could data from Flickr and other social networks be used to track not just crises but perhaps the spreading of infectious diseases, fashions or even specific products?
The Livescribe 3 smartpen lets you write or draw diagrams in a notebook and sync the results to an iPad or iPhone running iOS 7, with an Android version due next year.
Fixya has analyzed 61,582 "problem impressions" from users of its problem-fixing website and come up with usability ratings for the major mobile browsers, and the most complained-about problems
The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has taken delivery of "one of the first mass-produced business computers," a 1960s ICT 1301 known as Flossie. In her prime, she was futuristic enough to appear in The Man With The Golden Gun, Doctor Who, and Blake's 7.
You might think 3D TV had died a painful death, and I'd have agreed… until I saw Ultra-D. It's glasses-free 3D TV that works with any almost content, from old 480i/p broadcast TV to Blu-ray, including iOS and console games.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has just released its annual report, Measuring the Information Society, which provides facts and figures on the take up of the internet, mobile telephony, and analog and digital television
International Consumer Electronics Show staff were in London this week to preview January's event and unveil some research into ownership levels and purchasing plans in the UK technology market
Google has unveiled the Google Web Designer app for Chrome, but it should really be called Google Ad Designer. It provides a way to create Adobe Flash-style animated ads in HTML5/CSS3
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) wants to introduce a common rating system to help buyers chose phones that are less damaging to the environment
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