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Vortex's VRTX goggles use a LG G3 phone to pull off cheap virtual reality.

A new video reports to reveal the finalized design for the iPhone 6. Is it real? Apple remains silent.

Most people don't want to share their Netflix choices with a large Facebook audience. Starting Wednesday, Netflix will let subscribers decide who among their friends on Facebook will see their selections.

Google has eliminated authorship information from its search results, meaning, for example, that authors' head shots will no longer appear next to their articles on Google News. 

Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and others have been targeted by a hack that allegedly stole nude pictures and explicit videos. If confirmed, the hack points to a new mutation in how hackers are trying to profit from illegal exploits.

The global search giant has unveiled a new commercial drone delivery program developed in Google X, the secretive hub for long-term, large-scale innovative projects. 

Lizard Squad, which has gained notoriety for a string of recent attacks on the gaming industry, has gone after video game streaming site Twitch.

The consumer-electronics giant fueled a media frenzy Thursday with a cryptic invitation stating only that it will be holding an event next month. 

A break-down of what you need to know to understand the latest smart watch offerings from Samsung and LG. 

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. 

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