Chunk Missing From Apple TV Guide

Apple’s attempts to capture the television market will take an underwhelming step forward this week with the launch of an all-in-one TV guide that won’t feature Netflix. Apple had originally tried to sell TV stations on the idea of producing a single online-based TV service that would negate the need for cable television subscriptions. That […]

Google Fiber Slows Down

Google is slowing down the expansion of its fiber network. Independent sources suggest Google Fiber was proving too expensive to install. The project involves installing fiber directly into homes and businesses, mainly in specific neighborhoods that have shown a large degree of interest in the product. Customers can choose between a 100 Mbps connection and […]

Smartwatch Shipments Sliced In Half

The smartwatch market appears to be in a slump with a 50 percent decline in shipments year on year. However, the timing of Apple releases may have somewhat distorted the totals. The figures come from analysts International Data Corporation and cover shipments to retailers rather than sales to consumers, though generally the two are closely […]

Video Game Store Charges For PlayStationVR Demos

A video game retailer is charging up to $18 for customers to demo the PlayStationVR headset. As you’d expect, it’s gone down badly. A video game store in the United Kingdom is offering a 10-minute trial of the headset in stores for £5 or customers can pay £15 for a 30-minute session. That’s roughly equivalent […]

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 […]