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A teen who created a bot that tracks Elon Musk's private jetd wants $50,000 to take it off Twitter. The amount was a counteroffer when Musk asked the teen if he'd remove the content from social media for a $5,000 payday. Musk is no stranger to being in the spotlight for all sorts of things. The multi-billionaire... Read more...
Microsoft has been at the forefront of the machine-learning craze, having developed demos that are both neat and useful. About a year ago, the company released a tool that took a guess at your age, and just this past fall, it created a tool to help identify your emotions. The company has even developed a solution that... Read more...
Few things on the Internet are both as necessary and annoying as CAPTCHAs, but it’s difficult to otherwise verify that a human being is attempting to access a site or send information. There have been and continue to be plenty of methods to improve CAPTCHAs, including an oddball empathy-based version, a twisted image that requires the... Read more...
This one would make Vernon Reid proud -- or maybe not?  Regardless, here's a little something for Sunday night kick-back and amusement.  If you've ever played Guitar Hero and attempted Living Color's song, Cult of Personality on any setting but easy, you'll know why some axe-slinging musicians are called "heroes".  With... Read more...
Pardon the headline mashup, but we're combing two automotive stories into one post here. While the two stories might not necessarily be directly related, they both shed light on different views of what the future of automobiles might look like. The first story is about the juicy tidbits General Motors (GM) has just revealed about the production-version... Read more...
In case you missed the brouhaha on Monday, United Airlines' stock dropped from $12.50 to $3 per share in the matter of 15 minutes because of an Internet bot--and not just any old Internet bot--the king of all bots, the Google News crawler. The circumstances that led up the event were confusing, fingers were pointed every which way, and conspiracy... Read more...
A judge has sided with Blizzard in its lawsuit against the maker of a third-party leveling-app, Michael Donnelly of MDY Industries, which sells the WoWGlider (or MMO Glider) utility for $25.U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled that because using the Glider 'bot is prohibited by Blizzard's World of Warcraft license, "Glider users therefore... Read more...
The yet-to-be-released E.M.A. ("Eternal, Maiden, Actualization") fembot from Sega Toys has been generating quite a lot of buzz on the Internet since it was first announced last week. The decidedly female robot is 38cm tall and is capable of fluid movements via its "5 motors and 12 degrees of freedom." Those movements include dancing and kissing. But... Read more...
Technology News Daily reports on the latest findings of Marshal's Threat Research and Content Engineering (TRACE) team, indicating that the Srizbi botnet comprises 49.4 percent of all spam for the week ending May 4, 2008--making Srizbi "the world's largest spam botnet." (Marshal is an e-mail and Internet-content security service provider.)"Srizbi... Read more...
It has been a somewhat slow weekend for tech news, but I just came across an interesting article over at the Live Science site that I wanted to share.  The article centers around a cutting edge MIT robotics project dubbed Nexi.What makes Nexi so interesting is that "she" has been designed to communicate with not only the spoken word,... Read more...
Remember the days prior to self-serve? OK, maybe none of you are that old. Well, if the Dutch have their way, we may soon been seeing "Full Serve," "Self-Serve," and "Robot Serve" prices at gas stations.Dutch inventors unveiled on Monday a 75,000 euro ($111,100) car-fuelling robot they say is the first of its kind, working by registering the... Read more...
Any time that a console is responsible for the bulk of a next-gen disc format's sales, we're willing to consider the possibility that most consumers just don't give a damn.  Yet, it seems that nearly ¾ of all North American Blu-ray Disc players are found in PS3s and more than a third of all HD DVD Drives are Xbox 360 HD add-on drives... Read more...
Well, not exactly, but pretty close. The Turing Test is a proposition first offered in the 1950s that tests a computer's ability to fool a human into thinking it's another human, using only natural language text interaction. Well, now there's a Russian website named Cyberlover.ru that sells a software utility that engages women... Read more...
It is tough enough to get tickets for a top-flight concert under normal circumstances, but when some people are using bots to cut in line, should that practice be made illegal?IAC/InterActiveCorp's Ticketmaster earlier this year filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against RMG Technologies Inc., a small Pittsburgh-based... Read more...
For years the defense department and even some large corporations have utilized games as a method of teaching people various trade tasks.  It appears that miners are perhaps the newest recipients of 'video game' based training.Considering the staggering cost of serious mining equipment (think 7 and 8 figures each), the idea of training and... Read more...
When you think of supercomputers, you usually imagine a bunch of IBM looking fellows and ladies wearing white lab coats and clutching clipboards in a clean room next to a big  rack of silicon. But that's old-fashioned thinking;  New Zealand computer scientist Peter Gutman did some calculations, and the most powerful supercomputer in the world... Read more...
If it's not the best, it's one of the best, spyware removers available - and it's got the best price possible - free.  SpyBot Search & Destroy 1.5 has been released, after a few delays. We have to admit, it was delayed a few times, mostly because we always had some new feature we wanted to implement in mind, but now it's... Read more...
Everything gets automated eventually. At first, businesses strive for efficiency in workers, and then when the work becomes too boring and repetitive, they go all the way to having a machine of some sort do it. But that could never happen to writing software code, could it?  Charles Simonyi thinks it could, and his company Intentional Software... Read more...
A few days ago rumors circulated that the gPhone would be launching within two weeks.  Now, aside from the fact that the gPhone is most likely the only thing that will make sites like this stop talking about the iPhone, is there any truth to the gPhone rumor? The grapevine is buzzing this week over the "gPhone," Google's long-rumored... Read more...
Professor Robert Wood of Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences considers the life-sized robotic fly small, agile, and, from a military perspective, inconspicuous. With funding offered by the U.S. Military, Harvard researchers spent seven years working on it. Composed of lightweight carbon joints, the bug moves like... Read more...
Just when you thought it was safe to open your browser: "The Department of Justice and FBI today said ongoing investigations have identified over 1 million botnet crime victims. The FBI is working with industry partners, including the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to notify the victim... Read more...
It seems that the world of mobile computing just gets more popular and devices get smaller and/or more powerful.  Now it appears that in addition to Intel joining the UMPC crowd with a long-term roadmap, AMD is planning to rise up to offer challenge: "Early last year, Microsoft revealed its ultra mobile computing platform. Smaller than a... Read more...
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