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NAO robot gets smarter and stronger (but just as cute)

NAO robot gets smarter and stronger (but just as cute)

Research and entertainment robot NAO is getting faster, smarter, and strong: in fact, it's a good job he only comes up to your knees, as otherwise we'd be worried. NAO EVOLUTION, the handiwork of Softbank acquisition Aldeberan, takes the hobby-bot and boosts its awareness of the surrounding environment - including its emotion-recognizing abilities - as well as how well it can interact with it, thanks to things like defter hands.

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SoftBank Pepper emotion-sensing robot headed to retail

SoftBank Pepper emotion-sensing robot headed to retail

SoftBank plans to sell an emotion-sensing humanoid robot, Pepper, in Japan next year, putting the sensor-toting 'bot into customer services duties in stores from this week. Expected to go on sale from February 2015, Pepper can track the emotions of the humans around it through their expressions and voice tones, and then react accordingly depending on what apps and cloud-data are available.

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iPhone 5S release September 20th based on T-Mobile blackout

iPhone 5S release September 20th based on T-Mobile blackout

There's a bit of insight flowing this week on when the next iPhone will be released, coming from a set of documents shared by T-Mobile USA employees on when they've got a call to work without question. These are "blackout dates" and they've been shared with TMOnews, and though they do include a "subject to change" disclaimer, it would appear that T-mobile will be busy from the 20th through the 22nd of September. This is supported by separate reports from Japan which point toward the same date.

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Sharp AQUOS 206SH debuts 5″ CG-S 1080p display and two day battery

Sharp AQUOS 206SH debuts 5″ CG-S 1080p display and two day battery

Five-inch smartphones with 1080p displays aren't uncommon now, but Sharp's new AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH does have one advantage: enough battery life to get it through a promised two full days. The new handset, part of Japanese carrier SoftBank's Summer 2013 line-up, uses a combination of old and new tech to help subscribers skip the overnight charge, with a huge battery paired with a clever CG Silicon TFT LCD display.

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Dish Network bids $25.5bn for Sprint to bypass Softbank buy

Dish Network bids $25.5bn for Sprint to bypass Softbank buy

Dish Network has thrown in as a Sprint suitor, offering $25.5bn to pick up the ailing CDMA carrier, and frustrate would-be buyer Softbank in the process. The takeover - which Dish chairman Charles Ergen described as "much more compelling than the Softbank transaction," in his opinion, and by the satellite TV provider's own calculations would amount to 13-percent more than the Japanese carrier has offered - would leave Dish able to offer combined home and mobile voice, data, and entertainment services across the US.

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Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

The purchase of a controlling stake in Sprint's business here in the United States has become a bit of a circus when it comes to companies stepping in with complaints here in the spring of 2013. The plan was first tipped back in October of 2012 and confirmed that same month with a 70% stake in Sprint being agreed upon for $20.1 billion dollars, purchased by Japan-based mobile carrier Softbank. Since that announcement, we've seen protests from AT&T, the Dish Network, and now the real deal US Department of Justice - it appears that there are going to be some delays, needless to say.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 17, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 17, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today we heard that Samsung may use MWC 2013 to unveil a new Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which is certainly exciting to say the least. According to new rumors, Verizon may be shipping the Samsung ATIV Odyssey on January 24, while a new Apple job listing suggests some major Siri improvements coming in the future. Instagram said today that it has 90 million monthly active users who are uploading 40 million photos per day, and even though Intel's earnings for Q4 2012 were down, the company still managed to pull in $13.3 billion in revenue.

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Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

This week the folks at Dish Network have made it clear that they're going to go hardcore with their business tactics when it comes to attaining Clearwire - their methods including hitting the competition where it hurts: Sprint's merger with Softbank. Several months ago Softbank made a bid to attain US-based Sprint while Sprint made a bid to attain Clearwire, their ability to purchase Clearwire being based on they themselves being purchased by Softbank. Because Dish Network sees Softbank's acquisition of Sprint as contingent on Sprint's future purchase of Clearwire, they've filed for the whole stack of cards to come tumbling down.

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Sprint grabs 100% of Clearwire in $2.2bn deal

Sprint grabs 100% of Clearwire in $2.2bn deal

Sprint will acquire 100-percent of mobile broadband network Clearwire in a deal worth $2.2bn, the carriers have confirmed, with Clearwire valued at around $10bn in total and Sprint planning to use the extra spectrum for new LTE roll-out. The deal, which had been rumored for some weeks, sees Clearwire's board accept $2.97 per each share Sprint does not currently own; the carrier was already a majority shareholder in Clearwire.

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Sprint offers $2.1bn for Clearwire (as long as Softbank deal goes through)

Sprint offers $2.1bn for Clearwire (as long as Softbank deal goes through)

Sprint has made a $2.1bn offer for Clearwire, hoping to snatch up the remaining shares of the WiMAX carrier so as to gain full control over its valuable wireless spectrum holdings. The deal, revealed in an SEC filing, would see Sprint pay $2.90 per share, with 48.3-percent of the overall shares still out of its control; others with a stake in Clearwire include Intel and Comcast.

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