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March 24, 2014

Google Refuses to Make Gov’t Robots, DARPA Prefers Bing Anyway

Back in December, news got out about Google’s big push to enter the field of robotics: former Android boss Andy Rubin was promoted to head the robotics division, while the company scooped up bunches of robotics companies in the United States and Asia. But it seems that those acquisitions have created something of a conundrum in terms of unexpected government entanglement, and Google’s efforts to cut those ties.

Schaft’s S-One robot opening a door at DARPA’s Robotics Challenge.

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March 23, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Google Unveils Android Wear; Mt. Gox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins

It’s Sunday, which means we’re once again filling you in on the past week’s top tech stories. That’s right — it’s Weekend Wrap-Up time. Buckle in and watch our video version below, or scroll down a bit further to read what went on last week in the tech world.

Android Wear: Google’s Take on the Smart Watch

Google is no stranger to the wearables game; after all, the company’s futuristic Glass experiment has been going on for a few years now. But the smart watch isn’t [...]

 
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March 22, 2014

About That Flop: Apple’s iPhone 5c Still Outsold Android, BlackBerry & Windows Phones in Q4

A new report from Apple Insider uncovers a surprising fact about Apple’s “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c; despite the stories of it being a failure or a flop, the less-expensive iPhone actually outsold its competitors on other platforms in Q4 2013. Devices running Android, BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone all trailed the iPhone 5c in the sales department, and that included the very popular Galaxy S4 from Samsung, which was a strong seller.

What this story tells us is that there seem to be two types of [...]

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March 21, 2014

Twitter Finally Shutting Down Twitter Music on April 18th

Today is a sad day for those of us who actually used Twitter’s floundering Twitter Music service, originally released last April, just shy of a year ago. While the service has been rumored to be on the chopping block for quite some time now, Twitter finally confirmed just minutes ago on the service’s official Twitter account that Twitter Music will be at long last shutting down on April 18th.

Later this afternoon, we will be removing Twitter #music from the App Store. If you have the app, it will continue to work until [...]
 
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March 21, 2014

Moto 360 Rumored to Have OLED, Sapphire Glass Display, and Wireless Battery Charging

Google’s announcement of Android Wear earlier this week has suddenly changed the conversation when it comes to wearables. Instead of a weird side-business explored by Sony and Samsung that has yet to be proven, Google—and the subsequent announcements from LG and Motorola of their own Android Wear watches—has turned wearables into something exciting. That means that any scrap or detail about Android Wear devices is worth reading about—and today gadget site GforGames claims to have some leaked details about the Moto 360.

 
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March 21, 2014

That’s Cool: The Quirky+GE Aros Brings Intelligence to the Window Air Conditioner

A new window air conditioning unit looks to add Nest-like smart home functionality to an appliance that, to this point, hasn’t been all that smart. It’s called the Quirky+GE Aros, and it’s a Wi-Fi-capable, smartphone-compatible 8,000 BTU system that will retail for $300 when it arrives in May (h/t Wired).

The Quirky+GE Aros fills a void in homes that want to become more automated but don’t have central air conditioning. Smart thermostats like the Nest can get the job done during the winter if you have a [...]

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March 21, 2014

Review: EaseUS Todo Backup is a Solid Choice to Migrate Your Data from Windows XP

Editor’s note: This is a sponsored review. Products featured in sponsored reviews are tested and reviewed with the same process as non-sponsored reviews and are not guaranteed to be positive.

It’s a fact of life that you’ll change computers, hard drives, or operating systems, and you’ll need to move your data to its new home. The same goes for a mobile phone, which gets changed even more often. Now, there are no shortage of options for getting this done.

If you buy a new drive, chances are it’ll come with its own data [...]

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March 21, 2014

Handybook’s Bet on Home Services is A Winning One

When it comes to industries like travel, food, and retail, there are literally hundreds of sites and apps where you can book flights, make restaurant reservations or buy a shirt.  But when it comes to booking services in the home, like housecleaning and plumbing, there is one app that is becoming the destination for home service transactions: Handybook.

When we talked to the home services start-up last May, the company had raised $2 million in financing and was in three cities with about eight employees.  Since then, Handybook [...]

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