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Social robots: The solution to our screen addiction, or more digital weirdness? – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, December 28, 2015

Jibo is a social robot. He has two high-resolution cameras, and should be able to recognize you amid a gaggle of people. Jibo is smarter than a smartphone, and crammed with artificial intelligence algorithms. He can learn your preferences, and adapt to them, like a well-trained dog. And yes, he’s a “he,” not an “it.” His inventor, Cynthia Breazeal, chose to give the robot a male, adolescent, eager personality —…

Tech Q & A: Tablet vs. laptop, photographing New Year’s fireworks – Fox News

Posted: Monday, December 28, 2015

Tablet vs. laptop Q. I can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or laptop. How can I decide? A. The differences between modern laptops and tablets are fading fast. They handle basic computer tasks equally well. A laptop is going to be larger with a keyboard that’s better for typing, while a tablet is going to be more portable with a longer battery life. Learn more about choosing…

Tech Q & A: Tablet vs. laptop, photographing New Year’s fireworks – Fox News

Posted: Monday, December 28, 2015

Tablet vs. laptop Q. I can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or laptop. How can I decide? A. The differences between modern laptops and tablets are fading fast. They handle basic computer tasks equally well. A laptop is going to be larger with a keyboard that’s better for typing, while a tablet is going to be more portable with a longer battery life. Learn more about choosing…

After increase in digital textbooks, Lawrence schools’ device checkout program … – Lawrence Journal World

Posted: Monday, December 28, 2015

There are waiting lists at the libraries of both Lawrence high schools. When the due dates arrive, students don’t want to give the materials back. What are being checked out aren’t books. Instead, students are borrowing laptops and portable Wi-Fi hotspots so they can access the digital texts required to do their schoolwork. Joy Taylor, a junior at Free State High School, is one of those students. She doesn’t have…

Tech Q & A: Tablet vs. laptop, photographing New Year’s fireworks – Fox News

Posted: Monday, December 28, 2015

Tablet vs. laptop Q. I can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or laptop. How can I decide? A. The differences between modern laptops and tablets are fading fast. They handle basic computer tasks equally well. A laptop is going to be larger with a keyboard that’s better for typing, while a tablet is going to be more portable with a longer battery life. Learn more about choosing…

Tech Fails: The year in consumer gadget calamities – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Chipped EMV cards are on display at a “smart card symposium” held to present secure identification systems available to the government. These are “smart” credit cards that have microchips embedded in them and can be used to identify the bearer.(Photo: Trusted Traveler) This column’s usual menu is a long list of malfunctions: in gadgets, the apps and services that make them useful, and the various forms of tech and customer…

Tech Q & A: Tablet vs. laptop, photographing New Year’s fireworks – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tablet vs. laptop Q. I can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or laptop. How can I decide? A. The differences between modern laptops and tablets are fading fast. They handle basic computer tasks equally well. A laptop is going to be larger with a keyboard that’s better for typing, while a tablet is going to be more portable with a longer battery life. Learn more about choosing…

Man Falls Off Cliff And Dies While Looking At Cell Phone – LAist

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunset Cliffs in San Diego. (Screenshot via NBC San Diego) A man who was apparently distracted by his cell phone fell off a cliff in San Diego and plummeted to his death on Christmas Day. NBC San Diego reports that 33-year-old Joshua M. Burwell of Indiana fell 60 feet at Sunset Cliffs around 4:50 p.m. on Friday. “Witnesses stated seeing someone distracted by an electronic device and he just fell…

Lenovo’s Best Yoga Laptop Gets The Powerful Guts It Needs – Gizmodo Australia

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Crafting the perfect lap-friendly computing companion is a delicate balance between weight and performance. Add powerful processors, expect hefty returns. If lightweight is what you want, packing in the best processors, along with cooling systems, can be a challenge. For the new Yoga 900 Series, Lenovo decided to rethink the formula. With last year’s Yoga Pro 3, Lenovo went thin — way thin. Like half-an-inch thin. But with that focus…

Rabbis want cell phone stores supervised – Ynetnews

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Rabbinical Committee for Communication Affairs is demanding that the prominent ultra-Orthodox Eda Haredit organization employ inspectors to patrol authorized cell phone stores in haredi neighborhoods and ensure that the devices sold in those stores are indeed “strictly kosher” – with no camera or Internet access.   Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter   The committee is active among the haredi public in a…

Tech Q & A: Tablet vs. laptop, photographing New Year’s fireworks – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tablet vs. laptop Q. I can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or laptop. How can I decide? A. The differences between modern laptops and tablets are fading fast. They handle basic computer tasks equally well. A laptop is going to be larger with a keyboard that’s better for typing, while a tablet is going to be more portable with a longer battery life. Learn more about choosing…

Meet the people on “Team Human.” – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lanier, 55, is a man of considerable girth and extraordinary hair. He has dreadlocks to his waist. He hasn’t cut his hair for at least 30 years and says he wouldn’t know how to go about it. When a visitor suggests that he could see a barber, he replies, in his usual high-pitched, singsong voice, “I don’t know that term. Is that a new start-up?” Lanier’s humanistic take on technology…

Gadget buffs may have to forego their fix – The Hindu

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Vivek Gupta, an All India Trinamool Congress MP, has proposed a law to prevent children and teenagers from being addicted to technological gadgets arguing they are isolating themselves socially and that the rising addiction is destroying the country’s cultural ethos. The Private Member’s Bill that was introduced in Rajya Sabha on December 4 comes amidst a global debate on the subject with a growing number of experts expressing concern over…

Tech Q & A: Tablet vs. laptop, photographing New Year’s fireworks – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tablet vs. laptop Q. I can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or laptop. How can I decide? A. The differences between modern laptops and tablets are fading fast. They handle basic computer tasks equally well. A laptop is going to be larger with a keyboard that’s better for typing, while a tablet is going to be more portable with a longer battery life. Learn more about choosing…

The surprising reason to have a cell phone contract with your kid – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2015

(iStock) My tween has had a cell phone for just about a year now and besides the occasional Minion Rush or Pinterest binge, my husband and I have been really happy with how things have gone. (By the way, the tween-ness of Minion Rush and Pinterest being her top two phone uses is not lost on me.) Last week, I was telling a friend about how pleased we have been with…

Flying car best gadget of the future, Volvo console worst, says survey – CNET

Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2015

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. The people’s favorite. Or, at least, some gadget-obsessed people’s. Terrafugia/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET The future’s an elusive thing. We think we know what it might look like. Then we get there, and it doesn’t look like that at all. But still we argue about it and think we can control our journey toward it….

Here’s how to dispose, recycle or trade in your old laptop – Mashable

Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2015

Before the new year, we clean out our closets of all the junk we no longer use to make room for new things. Some things, like clothes and unfilled notebooks, are easy to recycle or dispose of. Other items, like laptops, are a little harder. People end up stashing them away in their closet or they end up in landfills — which isn’t the most environmentally sound option. See also:…

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