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Company’s Segway-like stand turns iPads into robots

The iPad is about to become a two-way video chat telepresence robot, thanks to a company called Double Robotics. Video of what’s being called “the Double” shows an iPad placed atop a tiny Segway-like device on two wheels, with a user controlling the robot’s movement through physical space. Touch-screen controls…

Google buys Frommer’s

Google is to buy the travel guidebooks brand Frommer’s as the internet company ramps up its bid to become the premier destination for local reviews and listings online. Google will pay an undisclosed sum for the Frommer’s brand, which launched in 1957 when Arthur Frommer published his ‘Europe on $5…

Google social network adding verified accounts

Google announced that it will let users of its online social network have verified accounts with names or brands in a manner similar to that offered at Facebook and Twitter. Custom Google+ page addresses were rolled out to a limited number of profiles including the footballer David Beckham, actor Hugh…

Facebook agrees to run marijuana legalization ads

Facebook has agreed to run marijuana legalization ads after being confronted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Northern California. The social networking giant had refused to run the ads of multiple organizations because they showed marijuana leaves. “Platforms like Facebook that are designed to facilitate communication should…

Cities use surveillance systems that identify potential ‘terrorists’ with facial recognition

It sounds like something from the film Minority Report: a CCTV surveillance system that recognises people from their face or walk and analyses whether they might be about to commit a terrorist or criminal act. But Trapwire is real and, according to documents released online by WikiLeaks last week, is…

Facebook accused of deceiving developers over security

Facebook has been accused of deceiving developers after it emerged that the social networking site did nothing to verify the security of applications it was paid tens of thousands of dollars to review, and which it assured users had been checked. It is believed Facebook was paid up to $95,000 (£60,600) by…

Exoskeleton firm foresees future of bionic enhancements for everyone

On a weekday morning in June, 50 people gather at the launch of a new technology shop in a science park outside Cambridge. Dubbed a “store opening” by its hosts, the US firm Ekso, it is quite unlike most retail events. There are no shelves, tills, or counters; no free…

Wired reporter hack reveals perils of ‘the cloud’

The perils of modern dependence on Internet-linked gadgets and digitally-stored memories remained a hot topic on Friday in the wake of a hack that wiped clean a Wired reporter’s devices. Mat Honan laid out at wired.com in gripping detail how his “digital life was destroyed” right down to irreplaceable photos…

Google’s new algorithm will hurt search results for sites hit with copyright removal notices

Google on Friday said it is tweaking its search formula to give higher priority to legal content and sink rankings for websites hit with piracy complaints. “Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive…

Facebook to have privacy policies audited for two decades under finalized deal with FTC

Facebook will submit to external audits of how well it guards users’ data under the terms of a settlement finalized Friday with US authorities concerned about privacy abuses. The deal with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was announced in November and then subjected to a public comment period that recently…

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