How social robots will invade our homes … and what we can do about it

I’m not sure how I feel about social robots. The idea is to have a bot that talks to you, recognizes your face and voice, and can take family photos on cue. But it also feels like your home has been invaded by an alien — one that might be recording everything you say.

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Toshiba may spin off or sell its NAND flash business after accounting scandal, cost overruns

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Toshiba is in talks with Western Digital about the future of its NAND flash business following a disastrous business scandal and the collapse of its nuclear power ambitions.

The post Toshiba may spin off or sell its NAND flash business after accounting scandal, cost overruns appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Q&A with former Apple CEO John Sculley on the Newton, the iPhone 7, and starting a business today

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John Sculley, who ran Apple for 10 years, talks about his history with the company, his new work in data analytics, and why the 2017 iPhone is the one to wait for.

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Hulu May Offer a Live TV Broadcast Option


Hulu reportedly is in talks to launch a cable TV-like service early next year. Hulu, which is a joint venture of Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, is said to be negotiating with Disney and Fox to deliver live broadcast and paid channels, including ABC, ESPN, Disney, Fox, Fox News, FX and Fox Sports. Other programmers and content providers apparently have discussed potential partnerships with Hulu. However, NBCUniversal — a subsidiary of Comcast, which owns its own over-the-top service, Stream — has not taken part in the negotiations.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83448.html?rss=1

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Apple reportedly in talks to buy Imagination Technologies

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Apple is reportedly in talks to buy Imagination Technologies, its longtime GPU supplier. The move would shake up the mobile graphics market and give Apple ownership of MIPS as well as its own ray tracing division.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/225299-apple-reportedly-in-talks-to-buy-imagination-technologies

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Google's Loons to Glide Over India


Google has been in talks with telecom service providers in India to bring its Project Loon to the subcontinent, Rajan Anandan, Google’s managing director for Southeast Asia and India, said in an interview published Monday. The project would deliver Internet access via balloons floating thousands of feet in the air. It is Google’s latest effort to bring Internet access to remote parts of Asia. Last year, parent company Alphabet announced that it had signed agreements with mobile network operators in Indonesia to test the service later this year.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83202.html?rss=1

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CBS head says talks for Apple streaming TV have stopped for time being

Article Image CBS is no longer in talks with Apple regarding the latter’s frequently-rumored streaming TV service, the network’s CEO admitted in a recent interview.

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Sharp, Foxconn to enter talks over $5.5B takeover bid, report says

Article Image Sharp reportedly plans to enter talks with Foxconn over a takeover bid that could be worth some $5.5 billion, suggesting an end is near for Foxconn’s bidding war with Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

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US & Europe miss deadline for new 'Safe Harbor' agreement on overseas data transfers

Article Image In spite of late-hour talks, U.S and European officials missed a deadline on Sunday to renegotiate a “Safe Harbor” agreement allowing companies like Apple and Google to shuttle data back and forth across the Atlantic.

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Report: Amazon Primes Spotify Alternative


Amazon has held licensing talks with music industry executives in connection with its goal to launch rival to Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming music services, according to a news report Wednesday. It apparently is targeting a fall launch. Amazon already offers 1 million tracks through its Prime Music service, but that pales in comparison to Spotify’s 30 million-strong collection. While the company likely will offer promotions to lure consumers into its Prime ecosystem, the streaming service would stand on its own.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83051.html?rss=1

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Apple, Google in talks for rights to stream three London NFL games

Article Image The National Football League is in talks with companies including Apple and Google to stream three games due to be played in London, England next season, a report said on Friday.

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The Endless Mini Is An Affordable Computer For The Developing World

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More than 4 billion people in the world can’t read this article. That’s not necessarily because they can’t read, although illiteracy is an issue affecting nearly 10 percent of the world’s population, but because they don’t have access to a computer. Mark Zuckerberg has been tackling the issue of connectivity with Internet.org, but people still lack affordable hardware.

That’s where Endless comes in, with their $79 dollar computer called the Endless Mini. The company’s entire pitch is that internet access is already widespread, but people need low-cost hardware that still works if the internet cuts out.

This isn’t Endless’ first product. In 2015, the startup launched the Endless computer, which costs $229 dollars. The idea is about the same for both, which is to pre-load a bunch of really useful information, like Wikipedia and Khan Academy, into the PC as apps, so even without internet the device is useful.

But the big twist for the Endless Mini is that the company isn’t making any profit on their hardware. Their game instead is to become a content provider, giving access to easy-to-use apps that work online and offline.

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Endless announced its new Endless Mini computer today at CES 2016.

The Endless Mini runs on an ARM Cortex A5 processor, which are usually found in entry-level smartphones, wearables, and internet-connected devices. It comes in 24 GB or 32GB options, and runs a custom Linux-based operating system.

A computer running on a low-power ARM processor is going to be a little slow when fetching data, which the Endless Mini was at times during the demo. However, apps like the word processor launched incredibly quickly, and apps like Khan Academy worked without a hitch.

The device outputs video to HDMI or RCA, so it just needs a keyboard, mouse, and almost any TV to work. It also sports a gigabit ethernet port, and 3.5mm audio jack.

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The Endless Mini can send video through an HDMI or RCA cable, making almost any TV a computer monitor.

The Endless Mini will be available in late February 2016 online, and the company is using this product to specifically expand their presence in Mexico, Guatemala, and other parts of South America.

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/endless-mini-is-an-affordable-computer-for-developing-world

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AppleInsider podcast reviews the new iPad Pro, talks AMOLED & future iPhones, more

Article Image On this week’s all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil reviews the iPad Pro and talks about the Logitech Create keyboard. Mikey talks about SixtyEight Research and its connections to an ‘Apple Car.’ Rumors say no AMOLED before 2019 for iPhones, and the Steve Jobs movie gets booted out of theaters.

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CBS will 'probably' sign deal with Apple for streaming TV service, CEO says

Article Image CBS talks with Apple regarding a streaming TV service should lead to an agreement, though a timeline is uncertain, the network’s CEO said in a Wednesday TV interview.

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AppleInsider podcast goes hands-on with iPhone 6s, talks 3D Touch, music subscriptions, more

Article Image On this week’s AppleInsider podcast, Dan talks about his final review unit of the iPhone 6s, Mikey has three new iPhones, and we talk 3D Touch, El Capitan, whether or not to subscribe to Apple Music, and Aaron Sorkin’s tiff with Tim Cook.

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Rumor: Apple considering becoming a carrier, leasing network from existing wireless providers

Apple is allegedly in talks with wireless providers in both the U.S. and Europe about launching its own cellular service, in the same way MetroPCS and Boost Mobile piggyback on established carrier networks.

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BMW concerned about sharing manufacturing expertise to develop Apple Car – report

Apple and BMW have in fact held talks about a potential Apple Car, but the German automaker has been reluctant to reach an agreement, as it is afraid it could just become a supplier to the world’s largest company.

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Apple reportedly eyed BMW's i3 electric car as basis for branded vehicle

According to a report published Friday, Apple last fall initiated talks to partner with BMW on a rumored electric car project underpinned by the German automaker’s i3 model before ultimately changing its mind.

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