A widespread Internet outage Wednesday that affected Time Warner Cable has raised eyebrows as to whether the company's proposed merger with rival cable provider Comcast will be good for consumers.
New speculation has triggered more discussions about a potential wearable device to be released by Apple next month.
At first, the Kinect was only available by buying an Xbox One with Kinect for $500. Soon, shoppers will be able to purchase the sensor on its own.
A lengthy investigation undertaken by The Verge details the heavy-handed tactics used by Uber to go after the competition, including a team of contractors complete with burner phones and credit cards to sign up competing drivers.
Hollywood often teaches people to fear robots, but a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reveals that, in the case of manufacturing, humans prefer to place middle management in the cool hands of robots.
According to the research, when robots control human tasks in manufacturing, workers are not only more efficient, but also happier.
This study was aimed at finding “a sweet spot” between all-robot and all-human control wherein the humans would be most comfortable, according to a video posted by MIT project lead Matthew Gombolay.
“In manufacturing, advanced robotic technology has opened up the possibility of integrating highly autonomous mobile robots into human teams," Mr. Gombolay says in the video. “We discovered that the answer is to actually give machines more autonomy, if it helps people to work together more fluently with robot teammates.”
The study was composed of groups of two humans and one robot, working in three test conditions. One group had all tasks allocated by a human, another had all tasks allocated by the robot, and the final scenario had one human allocating his or her own tasks while the robot allocated tasks to the other human.
Researchers found that when the robot was on top, not only was the group most effective, but the human workers also preferred it, saying that the robot's choices apparently "better understood them."
Seeing a study verify the high comfort level some humans have with robot autonomy, people may want to review how robot overseers have been portrayed in the movies and on television. Discussion of MIT’s findings become much more lively when “The Terminator,” “I, Robot,” or “Star Wars” become ingredients in the chat stew.
Here are our top five choices for both cybernetic revolt and human-robot harmony. These films and television shows imagine just how wrong or right things can go when led by an algorithm that can walk, talk, and feel for itself.
Google announced Tuesday that it has bought cloud-based visual effects company Zync, a move that puts Google in a position to compete with rival Amazon's cloud-computing offerings.
Hyperlapse uses software to turn jittery videos into smooth time-lapse shots. Instagram releases the new app Tuesday.
Facebook announced Monday that it is changing its News Feed algorithm to reduce the number of posts users see that attempt to generate clicks through attention-grabbing headlines, otherwise known as 'click-bait.'
A new study released Tuesday reveals that 71 percent of all Internet hostnames exist for less than 24 hours, while a high volume of those pose threats to everyday Web users.
Sony says the PlayStation Network has recovered from a cyberattack that coincided with a perceived bomb threat on a plane carrying a top Sony executive.
Amazon announced Monday that it had acquired video game streaming service Twitch for nearly $1 billion.
An animated Google Doodle celebrates Althea Gibson as the US Open begins in New York.
New academic research and a string of attacks show how susceptible mobile devices are to hackers, particularly a type of attack known as "ransomware."
As the Fall semester for college gets underway in most states and bills stack up after buying new supplies, at least there are some inexpensive apps for iOS and Android that can help ease the load and keep students organized.
While there’s no across-the-board substitute for pricey textbooks (yet), students may find that cheap and even free apps can ease the fiscal burden as well as make many tasks more manageable.
From apps that help find the best sources for research papers to one for better scheduling, here are 8 great back-to-college apps.
BAE Systems has designed a spray-on skin that senses and reports damage.
In an update to its rules, the US Copyright Office states that a work of authorship produced by an animal does not qualify for copyright.
Shortly after Sprint announced its new family data plans, rival T-Mobile said it would begin offering a year of unlimited data to existing customers who convince friends to leave their wireless carriers and sign up with T-Mobile.
Star Wars: Commander asks players to build and attack sci-fi bases, but does this iPhone and iPad games seem a little too familiar?
Following a ban from more traditional social media services such as Twitter, members of the Islamic State militant group have started using a lesser-known platform called Diaspora, whose contents are harder to monitor and control.
In the wake of an attack on US hospital group Community Health Systems, the FBI has issued a warning to the healthcare industry that it could fall victim to hackers.