Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada
He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking ...
Bird watching in the 21st century
Was that a catbird or a mockingbird you just saw? The answer is now just a smartphone tap away. Birdsnap—a new app developed with the help of a University of Maryland computer scientist—can identify birds ...
Chinese court rules against Apple in patent case (Update)
US technology giant Apple has lost a lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator over patent rights to voice recognition software such as the iPhone's "Siri", a Beijing court said.
Performance of facial recognition software continues to improve
Who is that stranger in your social media photo? A click on the face reveals the name in seconds, almost as soon as you can identify your best friend. While that handy app is not quite ready for your smart ...
Museum launches tree identification app
Leafsnap UK, a collaboration between Museum botanists and US software developers, could revolutionise summer walks.
Researchers enabling smartphones to identify objects
(Phys.org) —Researchers are working to enable smartphones and other mobile devices to understand and immediately identify objects in a camera's field of view, overlaying lines of text that describe items ...
QuadStick controller says Go for quadriplegic gamers
New smartphone app helps blind find their way inside buildings
Veneer of privacy grows thinner as technology infiltrates our lives
We're no longer just strangers in a crowd. Imagine any street corner in any town where, let's say, four people - Alexandria, Larry, Cory and Cameron - are lost in private thought. Without a single conversation, without ...
Nuance to add pair of Icahn nominees to board
Nuance Communications Inc. says it's reached a deal with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to add two of his nominees to its board.
London police use super recognizers to fight crime
Paul Hyland almost never forgets a face. He's a "super recognizer," and that's giving an unusual kind of help to his employer: Scotland Yard.
Ford buys software startup Livio
Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it acquired the startup company Livio in a bid to accelerate its efforts to help drivers safely access content on their smartphone while on the road.
Carl Icahn's stake in Nuance grows to 16.9 pct.
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Nuance Communications over the past month to almost 17 percent, nearing a threshold that would trigger defensive mechanisms to thwart a hostile takeover.
Skype eye contact finally possible (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Those separated from family and friends by long distances often use video conferencing services such as Skype in order to see each other when talking. But who hasn't experienced the frustration ...