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Features we initially mocked, but then came to love

Features we initially mocked, but then came to love

Many tech products are introduced with great fanfare and excitement. Customers flock to buy them, even sometimes standing in line for hours. But some products, and in particular, features, just don't inspire the same kind of buzz. In this gallery, we'll look at a bunch of features that inspired more "why" than "wow," but proved to be beloved by ZDNet's contributors and editors.

March 1, 2019 by

Best of MWC 2019: Cool tech you can buy or pre-order this year

Best of MWC 2019: Cool tech you can buy or pre-order this year

Between all the 5G devices and foldable phones, it might seem like nearly everything announced at MWC 2019 is too futuristic to purchase soon. In reality, many of these new gadgets are already available to pre-order or will launch later this year. Here's the best tech we've spotted on the show floor that's releasing in 2019.

February 26, 2019 by

NASA looks for a robotic mobility system

Rob Meyerson, founder and CEO of Delalune Space and executive producer at ASCEND for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, talks with Tonya Hall about NASA's need for a robotic mobility system that is open to all robotics and autonomous vehicle manufacturers.

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How to successfully write sci-fi

Brett Frischmann, Charles Widger Endowed university professor at Villanova University, sits down with Tonya Hall to talk about the steps he took when writing his first sci-fi novel while giving helpful advice.

March 27, 2020 by

How Quantum is re-imaging the electric car battery

Dr. Jeff Welser, vice president of IBM Research Almaden, pacific rim labs, and global exploratory science, tells Tonya Hall about how quantum computing is necessary to accurately model large molecule interactions and how IBM Research Almaden is putting that theory to use when re-imaging eclectic car batteries.

March 26, 2020 by

Why the coronavirus might not be exponentially spreading

Tiernan Ray tells Karen Roby that researchers at Duke and U Michigan found that the data of cases of coronavirus infection globally suggest a “small world” network of relations between infected people and a pace of infection that is less than the exponential pace commonly cited. Read more:

March 23, 2020 by

AI: A Guide For Thinking Humans

Tonya Hall sits down with Dr. Melanie Mitchell, Davis professor at the Santa Fe Institute, to discuss Mitchell's book about whether smart machines can actually think or understand, and what might make AI more reliable and trustworthy.

March 19, 2020 by