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Asus wheels out Zenbo, a cute home robot that seems too good to be true

With great gusto and showmanship, Asus chairman Jonney Shih on Monday unveiled Zenbo, a home robot that will only cost you $600. The talented machine can perform a myriad of functions and promises to be the "robot of your dreams."
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Rare Nazi coding device discovered on eBay gets snapped up for a mere $14

A Nazi coding device used by Adolf Hitler to send encrypted transmissions to his generals has been purchased by a museum in Britain after spotting it on eBay. The rare piece of WWII memorabilia is now being used to recreate the original…

Weekly Rewind: Memorial Day driving tips, Google vs. Oracle, and a cure for HIV

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech…
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Coffee alarm clocks, portable showers, and more

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
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Ready for a buyer, 492-foot superyacht has beach club and elevated master

Italian designer Gabrielle Teruzzi's Shaddai superyacht is 492 feet long with a master suite with bar, terrace, and a glass-walled infinity pool 125 feet above the water. A 3,000 square foot beach club has an aquarium and overhead swimming…
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New study suggests Americans don’t trust AI systems

While we may be interacting with AI systems more frequently than we realize (hi, Siri), a new study from Time etc suggests that Americans don't believe the Artificial Intelligence revolution is quite here yet.

Author Ray Kurzweil develops new chatbot with Google based on one of his characters

A new chatbot coming from Google and Ray Kurzweil can be based on any given text. The first one, Danielle, is based on a character from one of Kurzweil's books. He says meaningful conversations with AIs will happen in 2029.

Can machines be creative? Meet the Google coders teaching them to make art

Can machines be creative? Google believes that you can teach a machine anything you want. At the Google Cultural Institute, the coder artists in residence teach machines how to view images like humans and create art from them.
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Pumped up: NASA has just expanded the space station’s first inflatable room

Following Thursday's failed effort, NASA had another go on Saturday at expanding the International Space Station's first-ever inflatable room. The good news is that this time everything went pretty much according to plan.

Mercedes-Benz home battery systems pricing is now public

With plans to start selling the Mercedes-Benz home energy solution in other European countries, the company has announced installed system pricing including the required inverter. Daimler says most users want backup power convenience.
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vTime, the social network for VR, now lets you hang out in your photographs

There's a new social network in town, and this one brings you closer to your friends than ever. vTime, the first virtual reality social network from Starship, has now launched on Google Cardboard

The EU is pushing for Open Access on all publicly funded research

If science is meant for public benefit, then it stands to reason that it should exist in the public domain. That, at least, appears to be the line of logic behind the European Union's new law.