Humanoid robots with a heart to be sold in the US next year

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Advertised as the “first personal robot with emotions,” Pepper is SoftBank’s attempt at introducing affordable androids to the common man. According to Bloomberg, US residents can look forward to purchasing a Pepper of their own from Sprint stores by next summer, following its Japanese release in February.

SoftBank Robotics CEO Fumihide Tomizawa told Bloomberg that he would not be surprised if sales were “half to business and half to consumers.” The company expects to make money from applications and personalization-related content, both of which may transform the 4-foot-tall robot into a more approachable entity. Pepper was announced during a press conference in June along with its startlingly low price of ¥198,000 (around $1,930)….

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The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smart Watch That Isn’t Ugly

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IMG_3222-2 While I could go on and on about the features, the battery life, and the fancy software, the Meta Watch M1, the latest from former Fossil engineer Bill Geiser and designer Frank Nuovo, stands out because it’s not ugly. Designed to look more like a regular watch than any smart watch I’ve seen so far, all of the functionality including call pick-up and control, music management, and… Read More

Netflix has bought the rights to ‘Gotham’ before the show has even premiered

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Netflix is getting very, very aggressive with its streaming deals. After picking up The Blacklist for a reported $2 million per episode, Netflix now has the rights to the upcoming TV show / Batman prequel Gotham before the show has even aired its first episode.

According to Deadline, the deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. spans all Netflix territories (both present and future) and was “put in motion” soon after a successful May screening of the pilot in Los Angeles (our own take on the pilot wasn’t quite as glowing). Each season will be made available after its broadcast run, which for the US could mean September 2015. Deadline says it’s hearing $1.75 million per episode of Gotham, which isn’t quite Blacklist money, but again… the…

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Halliburton will pay $1.1 billion to settle Deepwater Horizon oil disaster lawsuits

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Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle much of its part in 2010’s Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster. The incident killed 11 people, and resulted in the largest oil spill in this history of the US after offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded. Halliburton was responsible for cement mixture used to seal the oil well, which ended up being faulty.

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Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams

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Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 5.58.00 PM One of the common bits of advice you’ll see people giving you around this celebrity picture hack is to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts — including Apple’s. That’s good advice, but it wouldn’t have protected any of these celebrities and it doesn’t protect the other accounts that are compromised by hackers that are able to obtain an Apple… Read More

‘Celebgate’ attack leaks nude photos of more than 100 celebrities

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What appeared to be genuine nude photos of more than 100 celebrities were published online over Labor Day weekend, 2014, in a mass attack dubbed “Celebgate.” The celebrities pictured included Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, who confirmed the photos were real, and pop star Ariana Grande, who said they were fake, among dozens of other A-list actors and musicians. The photos were first posted on the forum 4chan and then circulated on the Reddit subsection r/TheFappening. They allegedly came from the victims’ iCloud accounts. Apple says the hack was caused “by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions,” and not a breach of its systems. The incident sparked a discussion about security, the social acceptance…

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Charity turns down Reddit’s pity money for looking at stolen celebrity photos

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Reddit users raised more than $5,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation earlier today, but the organization doesn’t want a dime. The reasoning? The money was raised on r/TheFappening, the now-infamous section of Reddit where more than 100 celebrity nude photos, the result of an iCloud hack electronic break-in or maybe many iCloud electronic break-ins were widely distributed.

Here’s the joke: masturbation may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. If you downloaded or circulated the photos, you can atone by donating to this relevant charity.

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Robin Williams’ daughter returns to Twitter after suffering threats and abuse

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Zelda Williams, the 25-year-old daughter of the late actor Robin Williams, publicly said she was deleting Twitter from her devices last month after becoming victim to a deluge of abusive comments in the days following her father’s suicide on August 11th. The sustained harassment, coming from several users in particular, was so bad that one of Twitter’s executives safety later said the company was evaluating changes to curb future incidents. Even though Twitter has yet to implement any of those changes, Zelda Williams has now returned to the social network. She posted her first tweet in almost a month yesterday, linking to a post on her Tumblr blog quoting writer/actor Harvey Fierstein, who worked alongside her father in Mrs. Doubtfire.

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Maker Pro Newsletter — 08.28.14

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slsAs a Make: Newsletter subscriber, we think you’ll like the Maker Pro Newsletter, about the impact of makers on business and technology. Weekly coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends. Subscribe today. “Exceptional execution is usually the driver of startup success today, […]

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3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

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3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More

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