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Yiannis Aloimonos (center) led a team that programmed robots to learn by watching YouTube.

DARPA teaches robots to cook by watching YouTube

System that lets them learn complex actions by observing could make robots far more capable, helpful and cheap.

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Mobile World Congress rumor mill churns with reports of better screens, cameras

For Android fans, the next couple of months will be exciting times thanks to the expected arrival of new flagship smartphones from HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Sony.

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Modular smartphones could be reused as computer clusters

The promise of modular smartphones like Google's Project Ara is that buyers will be able to upgrade components at will, and now Finnish company Circular Devices has come up with a use for discarded computing modules.

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HP teases wire-free computing with Elite X2 1011 hybrid

Hewlett-Packard is taking a step to cut the cords from tablets and laptops with its Elite X2 1011 G1, which will be able to connect to displays and send print commands wirelessly.

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Why I'm still excited about Google Glass

As we say goodbye to the Glass project at Google X labs, we can look forward to seeing the first versions of Google Glass, the consumer electronics product.

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Google tries to reset Glass embarrassment with cooler wearable

Pulling Glass and rethinking how the wearable computers look and function could make the device less of a widely mocked science project and more of what it should have been – a cool, useful new technology.

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Gadget watch: The HTC Re and the Narrative Clip track your life's images

A new category of camera is helping users to track their lives in images without having to pull out a smartphone -- or even manually take a photo.

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Google makes big changes to Glass program

Google will stop selling its Glass head-mounted computer to the public on Jan. 19, as part of other big changes Google is making to the product's program.

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The Lumia 435 is Microsoft's cheapest smartphone yet at $80

Microsoft is hoping to turn around the fortunes of Windows Phone with a growing number of cheap smartphones. The Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 are its latest contenders.

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Samsung's first Tizen phone arrives in India at $92

Samsung Electronics started selling its first Tizen smartphone in India, priced at $92.

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Google's Lego-like Project Ara smartphone to get a hardware store

As Google gets ready to ship the Lego-like Project Ara smartphone later this year, the company wants to ensure relevant hardware is available to coincide with the device's release.


UK's David Cameron wants to kill Snapchat -- because TERRORISTS

After an unsuccessful attempt to annul the Law of Gravity, UK prime minister David Cameron is now trying something easy, something he believes he can accomplish: Pass a law banning all apps and messaging services using end-to-end...

Samsung's Galaxy A7 packs bigger screen, more processing power

Samsung is coming out with a new phablet that will incorporate a metal frame and comes at "competitive price point," according to the electronics maker.


OK Google, try to CATCH UP with Microsoft Skype

Google, perhaps devoting too much time to its self-driving car, now finds itself in the unfamiliar position of playing catch-up to Microsoft. Yes, that Microsoft...

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Here comes the 'Internet of Self'

When the quantified self movement collides with the Internet of Things, the world becomes an extension of you.

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Workers intrigued by wearables for the office

Employees are eager to incorporate wearable devices into their work routines but aren't convinced the technology will make their jobs easier and want employers to cover the costs, according to a survey from IT staffing firm Modis.


What CES told us about this year's smartphone trends

International CES has never been a showcase for new smartphones, but it always features several interesting announcements that highlight big trends for the next 12 months, and this year was no exception.

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At CES: Consumer products with IT implications

At International CES, it's easy to understand why IT managers are losing control of technology-buying decisions.

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