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Imagine you are sitting in a restaurant and, instead of being served by a human waiter; a small, flying robot comes up to your table to serve you. That’s the scenario taking place in Singapore as restaurant-goers visit one of Timbre Group’s five outlets.By the end of next year, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, called Infinium-Serve, are expected to start serving customers. Designed and developed by Infinium Robotics, the company’s goal is to provide a product that will increase the productivity of restaurant outlets. Especially when it comes to businesses that are unable to hire enough people... Read more...
Last fall, a couple of reports trickled out that didn't bode too well for Facebook's future. They claimed that teens were effectively leaving the social network en masse - it was simply no longer cool, a reality heightened by the fact that so many parents also use the service. Well, as it now appears, some conclusions might have been met too early. To see where things stand today, Forrester Research surveyed 4,500 teens to learn about their social network use. An impressive 8 out of 10 responded that they visit Facebook at least once per month, whereas a third said that they visit the site "all... Read more...
Intel and Toshiba aren't exactly strange bedfellows, but put the two of them together to collaborate on a Hollywood-quality film and, well, things tend to get a little weird. To two technology firms are working on a social film titled "The Power Inside" starring Harvey Keitel ("Reservoir Dogs"), Craig Roberts ("Submarine"), Analeigh Tipton ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), Reid Ewing ("Modern Family"), and Zack Pearlman ("The Inbetweeners"), and possibly you as well. First things first. "The Power Inside" is described as a blockbuster-class experiment in social entertainment. This is actually the third... Read more...
Companies that aren't extra careful with their social media accounts can end up with egg on their faces, and sometimes it just boils down to having a strong enough password. This is a point Twitter wants to drive home with its users following a couple of high profile hacker attacks on Burger King, which was hijacked and overrun with McDonalds content, and Chrysler, which saw its Jeep Twitter feed hacked by prankster who posted the brand had been sold to Cadillac. Maybe Burger King's password was Whopper123 and maybe it wasn't, but either way, Twitter felt now was a good time to talk about password... Read more...
Well, those rumors of the "Facebook phone" have amounted to something. It's not exactly a "Facebook phone," but it's close! INQ is a little-known cellphone company, but now with this, they're getting on the map in a big way. The company has just released the Cloud Touch and Cloud Q phones, both of which are "Facebook focused." The INQ Cloud Touch is an Android 2.2-based phone with full touch-panel, while the Cloud Q is the same phone with the addition of a QWERTY keyboard. Both phones feature tri-band HSPA, a 3.5" touch-panel, 5MP camera and above-average Facebook support. There's even a dedicated... Read more...
Debt collectors have begun using Facebook as a tool, although it is unclear if that is legal under FTC regulations. Here we have a further example of why not to use social networking sites: the Israeli military has used Facebook to catch approximately 1,000 draft dodgers. These were women who lied about their religious background to avoid serving in the Israeli military. Israeli military service is compulsory, but Jewish women can be exempted if they are religiously observant. Two years ago, the military hired private investigators as, of late, drafting dodging has become more prevalent. The evidence... Read more...
At the annual Research at Intel event, the company Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner announced Intel's plans for a new research division. This purpose of this new department, dubbed Interaction and Experience Research (IXR), is to "reinvent the computing experience in ways we can only begin to imagine." Supress your gag reflex long enough to keep reading—there's some very interesting stuff percolating under the heady odor of the PR department. We think of Intel as a technology company first and foremost, but the corporation is quite interested in other aspects of computing. Better technology... Read more...
Today, October 8, at 8:00AM Pacific Time, Intel launched a new Web 2.0-inspired Web site. Similar to Digg, it offers a forum where people can submit and vote for their favorite software company or product.You can go to the site, register, set up an account and start submitting stories, sites, etc. They are most interested in software companies, but they are also interested in technologies in general. The site has the following categories: Digital Home, Mobility, Enterprise, and Healthcare which are, of course, the same as the various “platforms” Intel supports. There’s also an Other category, naturally.... Read more...
The TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) has recently run a survey of the IRS to determine how well the agency would respond to a little old fashioned social engineering.TIGTA callers posed as helpdesk representatives and requested assistance changing a password.  The results are quite surprising: “In 61 of 102 cases, the TIGTA caller was able to convince an IRS employee to change his or her password as requested. Furthermore, only eight of the 102 IRS employees contacted actually contacted the audit team, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Office of Investigations,... Read more...