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UK bans fully autonomous weapons after Elon Musk letter

The UK has sided with global robotics and AI experts in formally declaring that humans will always retain control over the country’s robotic weapons systems. In August, Elon Musk led 116 experts in robotics and AI in calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. The letter, with signatories from 26 countries, was sent to the UN with an ominous warning:… Read more →

​Apple launches iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and aims for next decade of smartphones with iPhone X

(Screenshot: Apple) Apple has launched its trio of 10th anniversary devices: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. That latter one may stretch your wallet, with a starting price of $999, and potentially make it more difficult to get your company to buy you one or bring your own to work. But Apple is gunning for the next decade… Read more →

Closer look at Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8 (pictures)

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In the eye of crisis, new iPhones just don’t seem all that important this year

Damage from supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Tacloban City, Philippines. Getty Images/iStockphoto Harvey. Irma. Wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. Monsoon rains in South Asia. The sixteenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It’s been a helluva weekend. More great project ideas DIY-IT Project Guide Updated: If you’re working on a DIY project of your own, this comprehensive guide to… Read more →

Get your iPhone ready for iOS 11

If you’re thinking about upgrading to iOS 11 the moment it’s released, there are some steps that you should take so you don’t end up in a world of hurt. See also: iOS 11: It’s gone from awful to awesome How to get iOS 11 The recommended way is to tap Settings > General > Software Update and carry out… Read more →

Security flaws put billions of Bluetooth phones, devices at risk

(Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive) A set of vulnerabilities affecting “almost every” Bluetooth-connected desktop, mobile, and smart device on the market has been revealed. Eight separate flaws, known collectively as “BlueBorne” by researchers at security firm Armis, affect devices with the Bluetooth short-range wireless protocol. The more serious flaws allow an attacker to gain control of affected devices and their data, and… Read more →

Why I’m now using Android and might skip the iPhone 8

(Image: ZDNet) I could forgive you for not reading this piece. This is exactly the kind of article I hate reading from other people, because of its introspective and highly speculative nature. I prefer to make my judgments on available facts, not on hearsay or rumors. This happens, of course, every year. I’m talking about the shared experience of anticipatory… Read more →

What to expect from today’s Apple event: iPhone X and more

Later today, Apple is hosting its recently-annual September event to announce a slew of new products. Most notably, the gathering at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino is expected to mark the tenth-anniversary announcement of the iPhone. Apple sent a “Let’s meet at our place” invitation to the media that didn’t hint much. However, thanks to a healthy dose of leaks,… Read more →

Apple, Stanford testing if Apple Watch can detect heart problems: Report

(CNET/CBS Interactive) Apple has partnered with a group of clinicians at Stanford and telemedicine vendor American Well to test if Apple Watch can be used to detect cardiac abnormalities, according to CNBC. Read more Apple Watch Edition perks vs. price: There’s an absurdity to it The emerging world of luxury devices means no lines, VIP phone support and private service…. Read more →

Skip mobile data: Facebook testing pre-loaded Instant Videos

Instant Videos could help Facebook skirt spotty cellular networks. (Image: James Martin/CNET) Facebook on Monday said it’s testing with a small percentage of Android users an Instant Videos feature that pre-downloads videos to a user’s smartphone over Wi-Fi. Read this Google launches Android One, eyes emerging markets Android One is an initiative to define reference platforms so original equipment manufacturers… Read more →