Cross your fingers that this robot isn’t making breakfast tomorrow


Robots are capable of truly amazing things, and they’re getting more intelligent and functional by the day. Wait, that should have said ‘some’ robots… Some robots are capable of truly amazing things. This one? Well, this one is really only capable of making a mess. In the video, Barret’s WAM robot is learning to flip pancakes through reinforcement learning. It’s the same way this robot learned to play ball in cup. It was slow going at first. But eventually the robot got it. Granted, the video is six years old, but we’re still using the same training methods (mostly) today. All told, it…

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Elon Musk furious after catching wind of discounted Tesla


After learning that his salespeople were offering promotional deals, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was furious. Musk himself, he claims, pays full price for the car, as do friends, family, and celebrities. Discounts, it seems, aren’t an option — no matter who you are. A Reddit post detailing one shoppers experience caught Musk’s attention. Afterward, he wrote an email to all Tesla works on Wednesday. “There can never — and I mean never — be a discount on a new car coming out of the factory in pristine condition,” Musk wrote. “This is why I always pay full price when I…

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Micheal Kors Access Review: Don’t buy this smartwatch for the tech


Android Wear’s biggest advantage over the Apple Watch is arguably its sheer variety, which has allowed an increasing number of fashion brands to release their own timepieces. One of the latest such smartwatches is the Access line by Michael Kors. It’s not for everyone, but it gets the job done. The Access comes in men’s and women’s designs (‘Dylan’ and ‘Bradshaw,’ respectively). I tried the former, although they’re both the same size. That’s a large size, mind you. The Kors makes no attempt to being a slim watch, and is among the bulkiest smartwatches I’ve tried. That doesn’t bother me as…

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Twitch broadcasters now have the option to upload video


Twitch, the popular livestreaming site, announced it had a change of heart regarding video uploads. For years, the Amazon-owned streaming site only offered broadcasters the option to stream video live. Today, it’s opening the doors to those that prefer a more edited approach to video sharing. The big reveal happened today at a fan event, TwitchCon, and it enables anyone with a Twitch account to upload videos from their existing video-manager dashboard. While livestreams were captured and archived on the platform (if the feature is enabled by the broadcaster), they expire after a set period. For partners and turbo subscribers, this…

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iPhone 7 Plus meets anti-climactic end after being hurled from world’s tallest building


While you check your email daily waiting on an update that says you’re new iPhone 7 is on its way, these jackasses are tossing them off buildings. TechRax, a vlogger known for doing crazy things puts the iPhone 7 Plus to the the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Standing a towering 2,717 feet above the ground, the vlogger tosses the phone while attempting to capture its descent on a GoPro. Ignoring the fact that this would almost certainly kill below with a direct hit, the drop (over half a mile) should lead to some impressive footage of the damage once it…

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Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are


When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find. A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the following: Here, you’ll find hairstyles, generally done in a professional setting by stylists. It’s the nature of Google. It returns what it thinks you’re looking for based on contextual clues, citations and link data. In general, and without further context, you could probably pat Google on the back and say ‘job well done.’…

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Google Maps just made it easier to navigate to your next meeting


Google Maps is getting tighter integration with your Android calendar. The company today announced that your events will now start showing up in Maps. Simply open up the side/hamburger menu, tap on ‘Your Places’ and head to the ‘upcoming’ tab to see directions for places you might have to travel to soon. …And that’s about it. It’s small, and a little buried; it would be neat if Maps automatically suggested locations based on upcoming events (say, if you have a meeting in half an hour), and as it stands it will likely go undiscovered by many users. Still, if you…

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Facebook is testing its own Snapchat-esque ‘Stories’ feature inside Messenger


After seeing Instagram launch ‘Stories’ in August, it seems Facebook wanted in on the fun. The blatant rip of one of Snapchat’s key features is making its way to a second Facebook-owned platform, Messenger, at least for testing. ‘Messenger Day,’ lets users post photos and videos, with filters, that self-destruct after 24 hours. If it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s been a Snapchat feature for years, and just recently came to Instagram. Currently, the app isn’t available on Facebook proper — or in the US — as the company chose to test it in Poland first. If Poland seems an odd…

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iPhone 7 owners are reporting some really annoying Bluetooth issues


In two separate polls, numerous iPhone owners are reporting some seriously annoying issues with Bluetooth connectivity. The problem, it seems, isn’t limited to the iPhone 7. Readers in one poll, from 9to5 Mac, report it’s affecting other phones (6, 6s, etc.) running iOS 10. The second poll seems to confirm the problems of the first, albeit on a smaller scale. Gizmodo polled its readers asking what problems they’re having with the iPhone 7 so far, and Bluetooth connectivity seems to be the most widespread issue. Most of the problems seem to stem around the phone’s inability to connect to in-car entertainment…

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Audeze’s iSine 10 planar magnetic earphones sound as good as they look crazy


A couple of weeks ago, Audeze surprised audiophiles and stuck huge planar magnetic drivers into its new alien-looking iSine series. I was able to try out the ‘entry-level’ model, the $400 iSine 10, for about 30 minutes. In short: they sound like no IEMs (in-ear monitors) I’ve heard before. That’s probably because they’re designed like no IEM before; the earphones are basically just funnels to direct sound from the nearly-full-size 20mm drivers directly into your ears. For reference, IEMs normally use drivers 10mm or smaller, and while bigger isn’t always better, it works in Audeze’s favor here. Moreover, they’re planar…

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