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  • "Good morning, how may I assist you?"

    Zach Emmanuel - TechTarget 11 Dec 2017
  • Robots should be ideal at home or in the workplace, right? These fully co-operative, obedient and reliable machines should make all our lives easier, right? They can’t think for themselves, they ...

  • Inside the pooh-pooh committee

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 07 Dec 2017
  • The sole purpose of phone software updates is now universally regarded as a means of accessing the latest batch of emojis that may have been introduced, and somewhere in California, plans were in ...

  • Alexa for work - the IT helpdesk's new best friend

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 01 Dec 2017
  • Helpdesk technicians in IT departments around the world will rejoice at Amazon’s announcement of a corporate version of its voice-enabled assistant Alexa for use in the workplace. It cannot now be ...

  • When Richard & Judy inspired Google

    23 Nov 2017
  • Did anyone else catch Richard & Judy on 1 April 2003? In case you missed it, they pranked the nation with a segment on a device they claimed could convert sampled speech into other languages in ...

  • This is an arty hack

    15 Nov 2017
  • The Neil Buchanan of Vietnamese cyber security has pulled Apple’s pants down by making a mask that can trick the iPhone X’s facial recognition technology. Come and have a look at this. Now, to make ...

  • Cockatoos stick their beaks into broadband

    09 Nov 2017
  • Australia’s broadband is under siege from a group of vicious cockatoos with no known motive. The cables they’re eating are not thought to be made from any of the birds’ classic vices, such as fruit ...

  • Unleash the Aibos

    01 Nov 2017
  • Sony is bringing back Aibo, Japan’s original answer to a human hankering for a robotic dog that needlessly cocks its leg. How relaunching what is essentially an elaborate Furby helps the company’s ...

  • I always thought my boss was a robot

    Zach Emmanuel - TechTarget 20 Oct 2017
  • You: “You alright?” Boss: “Good morning Joe, I trust you slept well and the commute was satisfactory.” This could be a regular welcome if we start to work for robot bosses, and new research has ...

  • Lies, damned lies, and Neistats

    19 Oct 2017
  • Celebrity man-child YouTuber Casey Neistat is the latest bizarre character to berate the nuances of the site’s recent algorithm tweaks, as they continue to put perfect lives under slight threat. We ...

  • Virtual inanity

    12 Oct 2017
  • Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for an insensitive Facebook Spaces broadcast in which his cartoon alter ego takes a chirpy virtual reality tour of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. Facebook’s cause ...

  • Is it too late now to say Siri?

    05 Oct 2017
  • People are trying to work out why Siri thought Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit Despacito was the Bulgarian national anthem. But the chance to enjoy the error for yourself has come and gone. Indeed, ...

  • Jack rabbits on

    27 Sep 2017
  • Twitter’s move to double its 140-character limit to 280 has been marked by CEO Jack Dorsey unwittingly composing the worst tweet of all time, in a failed mission to justify the merits of waffle. ...

  • For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of Jobs

    21 Sep 2017
  • Apple proudly claims it’s set the path of technology for the next decade with its iPhone X, but it would’ve been nice if it just did that with the one it announced half hour earlier. Instead, the ...

  • eharmony and Alexa are officially an item

    Zach Emmanuel - TechTarget 07 Sep 2017
  • “Let me tell you about your first match. Ooh la la! She lives five miles away!” You probably wouldn’t think Alexa would say something like that but now it can, thanks to some creative intervention ...

  • Activate living within its memes

    31 Aug 2017
  • It’s hard to imagine any attempt to create a Tory answer to Momentum going very well, but the bumbling inception of Activate has exceeded all expectations of ineptitude. The all-new “independent ...

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