In time for the New Year, a nightclub in Prague called Karlovy Lazne Music Club debuted a robot disc jockey named DJ Kuka. The single-arm robot grabs discs and changes songs with a gripper while bobbing along to music amid an extravagant light display. Fans were a little underwhelmed. Also: Laundroid: A home robot that folds and sorts clothes "It can't feel what the people want to dance to," one attendee told Reuters. "There is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know what fun is like." Industrial robots from Chinese-owned, Germany-based Kuka AG have become favorites for these sorts of stand-in demonstrations, where a robot takes the place of a human to perform a task not typically associated with automation. A double-amputee danced with a Kuka arm during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics. Artist Huang-Yi performed a similar duet with a Kuka arm as part of the much-viewed TED segment above. Kuka has capitalized on the trend in promotional stunts … [Read more...] about Robot DJ uproar and the secret behind automation-resistant jobs
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If you are OK with dropping over a grand and a half, you too can make an outright purchase and be the proud new owner of a rose gold iPhone 6s Plus, but if you are more careful with your money, then the AU$350 Moto G from Motorola could be just the ticket. This is not a phone for the sort of person who breathlessly reads phone rumour articles and pores over spec sheets trying to determine which phone is the most powerful one on the market -- the Moto G is far more modest than that. It is not the fastest, best-looking, biggest, or even the cheapest phone. What it does have, though, to quote more than one Formula 1 driver in a post-race press conference, is the "package": It's the combination of power, utility, and design at a reasonable price point that will make you give it a second look. The basics The third-generation Moto G, also known as the Moto G 2015, is a phone that arrives with a 12.7cm 720p display, 2470mAh battery capacity, and weighs in at 155 grams. It also packs … [Read more...] about Moto G 2015: The elusive best value phone of 2015
Nintendo shocked and pleased the iOS gaming world when it announced its first Mario game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Now that the game is out, reviews have started to come in from around the web.Is Super Mario Run for iOS worth buying?I’ve compiled a list of the latest reviews of the game to help you make up your mind before paying $9.99 for the full game. I've also included some video reviews at the end of this post that offer some different commentary and that will let you see Super Mario Run for iOS in action.Andrew Hayward at Macworld believes that the game is definitely worth its purchase price:Nintendo’s demo-like approach lets you download Super Mario Run for free and play through the first three levels, as well as get a 20-second taste of the first end-world stage—and then it stops there unless you pay $10 for the full game unlock. You’ll find no ad banners or other in-app purchases for premium currencies or power-ups; this isn’t a … [Read more...] about Super Mario Run reviews roundup: Is it worth buying?
Most storage solutions are optimized for fast access and frequent updates, a formula that fits the requirements of transactional applications to a tee but isn't necessarily well suited to archiving files that — whether by law, or policy, or practice – either must not or will not be changed.As a sweeping simplification, this "fixed content" – such as legal documents, financial data cutoff, engineering diagrams, medical images, audio files, and video files – are ready for archiving the instant they're created. Using a tiered storage approach to managing them makes little sense. Moreover, these files typically produce large archives that must be maintained for a long time, which makes the conventional approach to data protection, namely tape backup, difficult and expensive to implement.As a result, storage vendors have begun supporting fixed-content archiving with specialized lines of products, separate from their transactional offerings, and have put a great deal … [Read more...] about Product review: Sun’s StorageTek Honeycomb is sticky and sweet
Whether two employees are fighting or a disgruntled client is on the verge of leaving, you — yes, you — can step in and help solve the problem. Veteran mediator Jeffrey Krivis offers some tricks of the trade.Conflict happens. It happens in all areas of business. When your employees spend 40 plus hours together each week, they are bound to run into disagreements and arguments that can hurt not only their productivity but the productivity of their fellow co-workers. And if such issues are not settled, bad things can happen. Good people quit. Profitable relationships dissolve. Great companies go under. Clearly, too much unresolved conflict is hazardous to the health of your organization.How do you deal with conflicts between your employees? Do you pray that the situation works itself out without any lasting consequences? Or do you come in with an iron fist doing what you think is right, but not paying attention to the needs of your disagreeing employees? Actually, both … [Read more...] about Can we call a truce? 10 tips for negotiating workplace conflicts
With last year's Galaxy S6, Samsung's flagship line took a big step forward in design and performance, with a well crafted aluminum frame, attractive yet durable glass panels on front and back, and Samsung's blazing Exynos 7420 CPU. Samsung also introduced the S6 Edge, which sported a dual curved display. It wasn't wildly different from the standard S6, but it changed the way people, and other companies, thought about smartphone design. MORE: Read our Galaxy S7 Review and Galaxy S7 Edge Review to help you decide. But those improvements didn't come without sacrifice, as certain features of older Galaxy S phones — including water resistance and a microSD slot — were missing from the S6 and S6 Edge. The S7 and S7 Edge restore those missing features. Here's an in-depth comparison to help you figure out what's new — and what's back — on the S7 and S7 Edge, and whether it's worth upgrading from an S6, S5 or older Samsung model. The … [Read more...] about Galaxy S7 vs S6 vs S5: Should You Upgrade?
On February 12, FBI Director James B. Comey met with Georgetown University President DeGioia for a town hall about race, police, civil unrest and the lack of representation. His speech was both polarizing and oversimplifying one of America’s most prominent issues facing the country at the moment: living as a person of color in a country willing to shoot first and question later. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock Speaking with eloquence, the government agent stressed a need for communities to recognize each other, to stand together in the face of a national epidemic. After all, America’s been focused on racial profiling for roughly 239 years—officially separated from Britain’s political structure, that is. Historical research and common sense says racism did not just begin the moment the Declaration of Independence was signed. So when the head of one of the national defense bodies talked, people listened.With a deprecating smile and … [Read more...] about Opinion: FBI Director Comey And Law Enforcement’s ‘lazy Shortcuts Of Cynicism’
When Doug Leone arrived in Mount Vernon, N.Y. in 1968, the 11-year-old Italian immigrant didn’t have a clue. He flunked a math quiz in school because the terms “true” and “false” bewildered him. He wore unsightly slacks from Sears that invited classmates’ teasing. After school he watched McHale’s Navy alone on a black-and-white television, hoping to learn colloquial phrases that would help him fit in. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock A few years later Leone began to get his bearings. “I was working on boats as a teenager, sweating like a pig during a summer job,” Leone recalls. “I could look across and see all the kids at the country club’s swimming pool. The young guys were talking to the girls. And I was saying to myself: ‘I can’t wait until I meet you in the business world. You just made your big mistake, letting me in.’ ”Ambition. Vulnerability. Vindication. Lots … [Read more...] about Inside Sequoia Capital
Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Heart disease began in the 1930s, obesity hit the US for the first time in the 1970s and diabetes rates really shot up in the 1990s. It is a disease of civilization like the other two previous examples.The causes may range from stress to genetic proneness all the way to a diet of refined carbohydrates. Yet with all the scientific arsenal at our disposal, we are fast approaching novel treatments for this curse of a disease. A cure for type 1 diabetes may be closer than we think. Scientists have shown that they could switch off the disease in animals for a period of half a year. This is a miracle. In case of human beings, this may extend to far more years.Insulin-making cells were manufactured in the lab by scientists in 2014. When these were transplanted in mice, the miracle spoken of before took place.This research effort has truly bore fruit and it could mean that daily insulin injections will go into the dustbin of history … [Read more...] about Diabetes Research: The Latest Scientific Discoveries To Lead To Treatment
Liz Pearce, CEO of Liquid Planner, contributed this article to BusinessNewsDaily's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. In a world where nothing is ever really new, what does innovation mean? It could be a product that the world has never seen before, or it could mean that you and your team have never done it before. Does it have to be economically viable, or can it be an art form? Here are a couple definitions of innovation:Merriam-Webster's online dictionary: From a BusinessDictionary.com: Innovation can happen when you have a team that knows how to pluck the best ideas from the world around it, and then use those ideas to move a business forward. Here's my top 5 list of how we encourage and practice innovation at LiquidPlanner. Hire for values and curiosity over experienceYou can't cultivate innovation without the right people. Look for the following characteristics. People who are intellectually curious. Are you always striving to know more? Do answers to questions lead to more … [Read more...] about How to Cultivate Innovation in Real Time