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The personal robot is coming for you and your job

April 13th 2015

Humans just love robots and there is a great deal of work going on to build mechanical robots and in some cases give them enough AI smarts so they can function as companions or maybe even workers. This is a new world that’s just getting started. Robbie the Robot will never die – he is part of our cultural imagination. Our memories of Robbie, and maybe for you less intellectual types, the Jetsons’ Rosie, have a lot to do with how we’re imagining personal robots coming to our homes … maybe. Read more at GraphicSpeak

The ultimate selfie and safety - Who’s driving your car?

Techwatch April 14th 2015

Autonomous vehicles are coming. In a year or two, three max, autonomous cars will be operating on the highway, but probably not in city and residential streets. However, we won’t instantaneously have highways filled with autonomous cars. About 100,000 cars are built each year, and there are more than 3 million cars on the road, so at that production rate it would take 30 years to replace all the cars. However, we can get our old jalopies to give us some of the benefits by using our smartphones. They won’t take over steering and breaking, but they can warn …

LG Electronics profit soars amid strong handset sales

SEOUL, South Korea - LG Electronics Inc., a major producer of mobile phones and consumer electronics, said Tuesday that third-quarter net profit surged nearly 15-fold amid record handset sales and better performance by its flat panel joint venture LG.Philips LCD Co. LG Electronics earned 339.2 billion won ($369.8 million) …Read the complete article

Nvidia’s Intel-based IGP

(from JPR) If you asked any of the executives at Nvidia if they were planning to offer an IGP three years ago, they would have said something like, no way, Who’d want to be in that low margin business? We have way too many other things to do, etc. …Click here to read this news article

Bad Box Office? Blame ‘Halo’

from Advertising Age (adage.com) The joystick has brought Ben Stiller nothing but sorrow. Total industry ticket sales were only $80 million for the Oct. 5 weekend the film opened, a whopping 27% below the same weekend the year before, according to research firm Media by Numbers. That’s the industry’s …Read the complete article

Leopard, Apple’s new operating system, broadens Macs’ reach

Apple Inc.‘s next-generation operating system, Mac OS X “Leopard,” will be available Oct. 26 for $129, and Apple’s online store is taking pre-orders, the company said Tuesday. Leopard was originally due in June, but Apple said in April that it needed to divert resources so it could launch the …Read the complete article

iPhone owner sues Apple for $1 million

SAN JOSE, California (AP)—A New York woman is so angry at Apple Inc. for lopping $200 off the price of the iPhone that she’s filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages. Speaking of affordable prices. Apple has found itself on the wrong end of a lawsuit after a …Read the complete article