Emerging Tech

Toilet-scrubbing robot takes over one of the world’s crappiest jobs

[embedded content] When it comes to jobs that none of us enjoy, scrubbing the toilet would have to rank pretty highly. So why not hand the job over to robots? That might be exactly what happens if a team of engineers from the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany has its way. Calling themselves Team Homer, […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows

Supported by Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows ImageMark Zuckerberg fielded questions from reporters on Thursday about his and Sheryl Sandberg’s management of Facebook.CreditCreditTom Brenner/The New York Times By Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Mike Isaac Nov. 15, 2018 WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive and chairman, held […]

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PlayStation rides roughshod over other gaming brands for October TV ad spend

PlayStation has been spending big on marketing, and yet for October, it upped its TV advertising budget for October, spending an estimated $ 28 million. Meanwhile, Nintendo takes a distant second, and Ubisoft, King, and Riot Games round out the ranking. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and […]

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Chinese headmaster fired over secret coin mining at school

A Chinese headmaster has been fired after a secret stack of crypto-currency mining machines was found connected to his school’s electricity supply. Teachers at the school in Hunan became suspicious of a whirring noise that continued day and night, local media report. This led to the discovery of the machines, which were mining the crypto-currency […]

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YouTube U-turn over Red Dead Redemption 2 suffragette clips

YouTube has restored several videos showing a women’s rights campaigner being killed in a variety of ways in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2. The platform had deleted the recordings on Wednesday and in one case had banned the clip creator involved. The action had represented its first such response to depictions of graphic […]

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Player anger over Rainbow Six Siege changes

Rainbow Six Siege players have complained about proposed changes to the game before its wide release in Asia. Ubisoft said it had altered artwork in some “maps and icons” to ensure the game complied with local regulations. The alterations tone down or remove blood spatters, gambling machines and some sexual images in many of the […]

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Google Employees Stage Global Walkout Over Payouts To Alleged Sexual Harassers

NEW YORK ― Google employees around the globe staged a walkout Thursday to protest the tech giant’s handling of sexual harassment, prompted by a bombshell New York Times report last week that Google quietly offered several high-profile executives lucrative exit packages after they were accused of sexual misconduct. The action, floated last weekend on an internal […]

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From the road to your wrist, see how Android has evolved over the past 10 years

Ronan Glon/Digital Trends Android started out as a mobile operating system, but over the 10 years since it came to market, it has become so much more. Forks of Android now act as Google’s operating system across a wide variety of different form factors, from automobiles to smartwatches. Because it’s open source — freely available […]

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Google Workers Fume Over Executives’ Payouts After Sexual Harassment Claims

Google Workers Fume Over Executives’ Payouts After Sexual Harassment Claims ImageGoogle’s campus in Mountain View, Calif. One worker said the way it had handled executives accused of misconduct was “crushing.”CreditCreditChristie Hemm Klok for The New York Times By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Kate Conger Oct. 26, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — At Google’s weekly staff meeting on […]

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Google sacks dozens over sexual harassment

Google has sacked 48 people including 13 senior managers over sexual harassment claims since 2016. In a letter to employees, chief executive Sundar Pichai said the tech giant was taking a “hard line” on inappropriate conduct. The letter was in response to a New York Times report that Android creator Andy Rubin received a $ […]

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Google Fired 48 Staffers Over Sexual Misconduct in Past 2 years

Is Google taking workplace sexual harassment seriously? On Thursday, The New York Times published a story that claims Google paid $ 90 million to Android founder Andy Rubin in his exit package — even though he was forced to resign in 2014 over a credible sexual misconduct claim. The report goes on to paint a […]

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A crash course on how to make a meme and win over the internet

If you’re on social media, you already know what an internet meme is. Still, for the uninitiated, a meme is a funny picture that goes viral on the web. It comes in various forms, though most of them feature photos or illustrations emblazoned with witty text usually written with caps lock on. But what if you want to […]

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Google is appealing its $5 billion EU antitrust fine over Android

GettyGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai. Google has submitted an appeal to the EU refuting the €4.3 billion ($ 5 billion) fine it received for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. Google is following through on its promise to appeal when the fine was imposed in July. It is already appealing a separate antitrust fine […]

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Google CEO quietly met with military leaders at the Pentagon, seeking to smooth tensions over drone AI

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks May 8 at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/AP) Tony Romm Staff writer covering technology policy Drew Harwell National technology reporter covering artificial intelligence and big data October 5 Google chief executive Sundar Pichai quietly paid the Pentagon a visit during his trip to Washington last […]

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Rifts Break Open at Facebook Over Kavanaugh Hearing

Rifts Break Open at Facebook Over Kavanaugh Hearing ImageJoel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president for global public policy, left, sat two rows behind Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh at his testimony in Congress last week. They are longtime friends.CreditCreditPool photo by Jim Bourg By Mike Isaac Oct. 4, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — “I want to apologize,” the […]