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Here’s how Facebook’s new M virtual assistant will pay for itself

A brilliant mobile strategy to get us to use Facebook more, or a brilliant strategy to get us to use Facebook for payments? Both.

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Facebook's M blends A.I. assists with human help

When it comes to questions asked online, which ones are best handled by a machine, and which ones require human intervention? Facebook thinks it can perform the triage with M, its new personal digital assistant.

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Super-intelligent machines spawned by A.I.? Execs aren't worried

It's the premise of many science fiction novels and movies: Super-intelligent robot machines that can outsmart humans, if not terminate them entirely. But the prospect doesn't exactly frighten some of today's experts in the field.

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How digital business disrupts the five forces of industry competition

Exactly why is digital business so disruptive to traditional business models and traditional notions of industry competition? A useful way to analyze the situation is by looking at Porter’s model of the five forces of industry...

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High-tech vehicle systems get short shrift by many drivers

A new report from JD Power shows that many high tech innovations added to vehicles, such as mobile routers and automated parking, aren't being used by drivers.

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Tech’s Holy Grail: IT can’t afford to choose poorly

When we’re surrounded by “next big things,” how does IT decide what to choose and what to do with that choice?

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California bill one of many state bills that aim to regulate drones

A California bill that restricts flying of drones to above 350 feet is just one of several state bills in the U.S. that aim to regulate various aspects of flying the aircraft.

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Real-time computing: Gateway to the Internet of Things?

Real-time computing may have reached the point that PCs reached in the early 1980s: Poised to revolutionize the way things are done.

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Inside Ames: Drone swarms for disaster response

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on tiny drones that can be deployed inside of a building after a natural disaster to give first responders a look inside.

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Best Buy will have the Apple Watch in all stores by the end of September

After initially saying it would sell the Apple Watch in approximately 300 of its stores, Best Buy has now decided to have it in all of its locations by the end of next month.

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You may ride an elevator into near space by 2025

The Canadian space company Thoth Technology Inc. has received a U.S. patent for a free-standing space elevator that could one day take astronauts aloft where they could take space planes into Earth's orbit.

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MIT builds a 3D printer that can use 10 materials at once

MIT has built a 3D printer that can print with multiple materials and has an integrated machine vision system for self-calibration of print heads, 3D scanning and a closed-feedback loop to enable print corrections.

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Swarms of tiny drones could be used for rescue missions (Video)

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a new generation of disaster drones that can be deployed in swarms into buildings to give first responders a look inside, mapping out the interior as they go.

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Review: Microsoft Windows 10 is (almost) a perfect 10

My full review of the new OS. In short, it's a winner.

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Vint Cerf: 'Sometimes I'm terrified' by the IoT

Vint Cerf is known as a "father of the Internet," and like any good parent, he worries about his offspring -- most recently, the IoT.

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Hitachi warehouse robot grabs goods with two arms

Hitachi has created mobile logistics robots that can use two arms to handle inventory in warehouses.

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MIT researchers create file system guaranteed not to lose data even if a PC crashes

MIT researchers created the first file system that is 'mathematically guaranteed' not to lose data even when a computer crashes.

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HoloLens could replace PCs as the preferred workplace computer

Microsoft's HoloLens could become the preferred workplace computer as developers build apps for the augmented reality headset.

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