Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri just passed the peanut butter test

Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri just passed the peanut butter test

Mayfield Robotics' Kuri was the surprise hit of CES 2017, but the robot companion isn't relying solely on cutesy looks to charm users, with a new set of features announced today. Intended to bring domestic robotics into the mainstream, Kuri - which looks like a cross between a Roomba and a Wall-E character - is gaining a new set of behaviors that Mayfield calls "romojis" or robot emojis. Although they might look like they're just for entertainment, they're actually going to be pretty important for daily life with the 'bot.

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Apple just set itself a huge challenge

Apple just set itself a huge challenge

Apple has pretty big plans for the future, and they'll change the way your iPhone is made. As it is now, Apple needs metals mined from our lovely planet to build its mobile devices - something that has a lot of repercussions, whether those are environmental or humanitarian. According to Apple's new environmental report, though, the company wants to change that.

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Google Home multiple user support recognizes you by voice

Google Home multiple user support recognizes you by voice

Google Home is addressing one of its most criticized features, adding the ability to differentiate up to six people by voice and serve them up their own, personalized results. The smart speaker launched back in May last year as Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa and the Echo but, like Amazon's system, had a big issue for those in multi-person homes. Only one person's Google account could be logged in at a time.

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Verizon was hemorrhaging subscribers until unlimited data launched

Verizon was hemorrhaging subscribers until unlimited data launched

Do wireless customers really care about unlimited data on their cellphone plans? Verizon Wireless discovered they absolutely do, as confirmed in the carrier's financial results for Q1 2017, released today. Turns out, it took bringing back truly unlimited data from the dead to step a gush of subscribers from the network.

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Pokemon GO and the legendary incomplete Pokedex

Pokemon GO and the legendary incomplete Pokedex

A small set of Pokemon from Gen 2 and 1 are set to be released during special events in Pokemon GO in the near future. For those users that are seeking to fill their Pokedex, there's also a set of Pokemon that are not able to be caught - but are able to be attained. Four separate categories of Pokemon can be separated - and not every Pokemon GO Trainer knows that this separation exists. The first category is the most obvious - common and catchable Pokemon.

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Amazon Lex opens Alexa AI’s bot smarts to everyone

Amazon Lex opens Alexa AI’s bot smarts to everyone

Amazon is unlocking Alexa's secrets to developers, launching Amazon Lex, its tech that enables conversational interfaces that make using gadgets and services feel more natural. Previously in closed preview, Amazon Lex is part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and can be embedded into a third-party project as a fully-managed service. While it's probably best known for powering the spoken conversations people have with Alexa on the Echo and Echo Dot, Lex also works with text chats.

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GoPro Fusion 360 camera tackles VR with 5.2K resolution

GoPro Fusion 360 camera tackles VR with 5.2K resolution

GoPro has officially entered the 360-degree camera space. Today the company revealed its new spherical camera, called GoPro Fusion, and with that reveal indicated its intention to step into the world of VR content creation. Obviously, you don't need to be creating virtual reality content to make use of a 360-degree camera, as GoPro is also marketing this as a solution for non-VR, high resolution photos and video.

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Samsung and Amazon are pushing a new HDR10+ standard

Samsung and Amazon are pushing a new HDR10+ standard

The video entertainment industry is undergoing a period of transition. Which is really just another way of saying it’s entering into a period of format wars not unlike the past DVD vs Blu-ray war. This time, it will be over HDR technology. While many equipment makers and content creators throw the word “HDR” around, it currently means a lot of things, from HDR10 to Dolby Vision to HLG. And to make things more interesting, which is to say, more confusing, Samsung and Amazon Video are teaming up to add another one to the alphabet mix: HDR10+.

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Yahoo Mail app becomes a “free for all” email client

Yahoo Mail app becomes a “free for all” email client

Let’s face it. Having a Yahoo email address these days is seen as a stigma and a liability. Aside from being “old”, recent revelations have called into question the security of having a Yahoo account. As such, it won’t be surprising if Yahoo experienced a mass exodus of users trying to protect themselves from hacks and massive leaks. Attempting to keep its email app from descending into obsolescence, Yahoo is now removing the requirement to have a Yahoo account to use its Yahoo Mail app, potentially turning it into something akin to a third-party email client like K-9, Boxer, CloudMagic and the like.

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Firefox 53 to be faster, more robust with Project Quantum

Firefox 53 to be faster, more robust with Project Quantum

Most of our interactions with our devices, be it a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, happens in the web browser. We practically live in our web browers, something Google's Chrome OS is trying to exploit. So when browser become slow or, worse, crash, it can be an infuriating experience. Google Chrome has tried to address that problem by running each tab on a different process. Firefox will be doing something similar yet also different. Starting version 53, it will be running its "Quantum Compositor" on a separate process, ensuring not just faster performance but also stability.

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Google Play Store My Apps section is now a bit more usable

Google Play Store My Apps section is now a bit more usable

Give how easy it is to install apps, especially free ones, on Android, it’s only a matter of time before your list of apps becomes out of control. For all its experience in sorting and grouping search results, Google has done a rather dismal job at making it easier to sort through your apps in Google Play Store. That now changes with its addition of a sorting option to the My Apps section in the Google Play Store app.

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The Galaxy S8 is surprisingly resilient to torture

The Galaxy S8 is surprisingly resilient to torture

This years flagships look mighty beautiful but also delicate. There is glass everywhere, both front and back. That is true for the LG G6, the HTC U Ultra, and, of course, the Samsung Galaxy S8. With the new style of smartphones comes a pressing question: how durable will these smartphones be? Will their classy look lead to more spider web fractures than we can care about? Will scratches abound as much as fingerprint smudges? Will they crack under the pressure of your posterior? Based on JerryRigEverything's test of the Galaxy S8, the answer to those is a reassuring "no".

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