How You Doing? Researchers Work On Animated Joey-Bot

Researchers are trying to create a digital version of Joey Tribbiani (From Friends) that can speak automatically generated dialogue in Matt LeBlanc’s voice. The ultimate goal is to have automated Friends characters converse and generate new scenes. Unfortunately both the dialog and the way it’s overlaid on video footage of the Joey character are, to […]

DS Meets Wii U in New Nintendo Switch Console

Nintendo has unveiled its next handheld console, the Nintendo Switch. It’s a modular design that can be taken apart to switch between playing on a TV screen and handheld play. The Switch appears to be the device that Nintendo had been trailing as the NX. The promotional video shows it as coming in five parts: […]

NFL Coach: I’m Done With Tablets


New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says he’s done using tablets at pitchside. He’ll be returning to using paper to plan plays, saying the tech is too unreliable Speaking on a conference call, Belichick discussed the use of technology in the game. This includes Microsoft Surface tablets that are provided to all teams as […]

Dr Watson Will See You Now In Latest IBM AI Deployment


IBM’s artificial intelligence system Watson is to turn its hand to diagnosing rare diseases in a German hospital. The aim is to combine human-like analytical skills with the sheer speed and capacity of computers. Watson shot to fame after comfortably defeating two champions at Jeopardy!, a game that appeared a particular challenge for computers as […]

Tesla Told To Ditch ‘Autopilot’ Name


German officials have told Tesla to stop using the term ‘Autopilot’ for its driver assistance tools. It argues the name gives a false impression of how little attention users can pay while driving with the feature. Rather than being a full-blown autonomous/self-driving vehicle system, Autopilot is more of an enhanced version of established features such […]

Short Term Memory Boosts Google Learning AI


Google has tweaked its “deep learning” AI to use an external memory bank. It’s an attempt to replicate the way human brains use short term memory to simplify reasoning. The company demonstrated the approach by having the system teach itself the London Underground (subway) map and figure out the quickest route between stops. It’s a […]

Nintendo Unboxes Original Famicon & Disk Writer

Fun as it might be to trawl thrift stores and flea markets for a mint condition Famicon and Disk System, it turns out there’s a perfect place to look: Nintendo’s storage rooms. The company has just dug out a pile of both the consoles and disk systems in their original boxes which appear to have […]

Obama: No, Seriously, Lets Go To Mars


President Obama has renewed a call for an American crew to walk on Mars by the 2030s. He says such a mission will require collaboration between private companies and government agencies. It’s the same timetable Obama gave in speeches in 2010 and 2015. However, articles by both Obama and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden published this […]

Apple vs Samsung Battle Hits Supreme Court


Apple and Samsung are headed to the Supreme Court today in a battle that could have a major impact on the “patent wars” that have dominated the tech sector. As usual with the Supreme Court, this week’s hearing isn’t about the facts of the case as such. A lengthy series of hearings and appeals in […]

UK Cabinet Members Told To Take Off Apple Watches

Britain’s Prime Minister has reportedly banned cabinet members from wearing Apple Watches during meetings. The move is said to be inspired by fears of Russian hackers. The Telegraph newspaper says Theresa May’s decision beefs up an existing policy which meant ministers had to leave their smartphones outside the room during meetings. That was driven by […]

Soap Star’s Subtle Star Trek Tribute

British soap viewers who also enjoy Star Trek had a double-take when they saw a character with a definite hint of Captain Kirk in her clothing. The costume department working on Coronation Street did not intend character Izzy Armstrong’s garb to be quite so out of this world. However, actress Cherrylee Houston noticed the combination […]

Roku Targets Cheapskates And Tech-Heads Alike


Roku has announced three new devices including a $30 ‘Express’ model that’s clearly being pushed as a rival to Chromecast and more expensive models with 4K upscaling. The company is ditching its policy of numbering its products, reasoning that as it’s launching new entry-level devices, the old “higher number = better device) system might get […]