Anyone who's shopped at IKEA knows that the worst part of the process is looking at a wordless instruction manual and bemoaning the loss of a Saturday afternoon. That's why the IKEA Bot is the best thing to happen to cheap, modern home furnishing. It also happens to display the bright future for robotic teamwork being used to complete complex assembly procedures.
Demonstrated by Daniela Rus, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, during the White House "We The Geeks" Google+ Hangout on Friday, the IKEA Bot was … Read more
With the goal of avoiding a massive cyberattack on U.S. infrastructure, the White House has proposed a handful of incentives to get power plants, water companies, and transportation networks to join a national cybersecurity program.
"The systems that run our nation's critical infrastructure such as the electric grid, our drinking water, our trains, and other transportation are increasingly networked," the White House wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "As with any networked system, these systems are potentially vulnerable to a wide range of threats, and protecting this critical infrastructure from cyber threats is among our … Read more
Consumers are one step closer to being able to legally unlock their smartphone -- again.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that would allow consumers to unlock their phones without permission from their wireless carrier.
The bill, H.R. 1123, would restore an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that was rejected by the Library of Congress in October 2012. The exemption would make it legal to break the software locks carriers put on devices to prevent them from being used on other carrier networks.
"The bipartisan Unlocking Consumer … Read more
Several tech giants teamed up with the White House to unveil a set of best practices aimed at keeping online ads off Web sites that offer up pirated content and counterfeit goods.
24/7 Media, Adtegrity, AOL, Conde Nast, Google, Microsoft, SpotXchange, and Yahoo on Monday committed to the voluntary guidelines which are designed to cut off revenue streams for rogue sites dedicated to pirated material and counterfeit goods. The guidelines, which were developed in coordination with the Interactive Advertising Bureau, will be implemented in the coming months.
The White House called the guidelines a "positive step" and … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- From Usher to jellyfish: What was new at this year's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
- Social etiquette do or don't?: The ol' Irish farewell.
- Is this the first arrest filmed on Google Glass?
- Speaking of citizen journalism: you'll never eat at Golden Corral again.
- RadioShack tries out new concept store.Episode 1,298
CHICAGO -- Never known for being humble, Frank Lloyd Wright probably didn't surprise anyone when his appeal to stop the proposed 1957 demolition of his famed Robie House here went something like this: You wouldn't destroy this building any more than you would "a great painting because it's more important than any [painting] could possibly be."
Wright, the world-renowned architect, built famous houses all over the world. But few made the impression Robie House did. Called one of the ten buildings that changed America by PBS, the 1910 Prairie Style masterpiece has survived more than … Read more
Swipea Tangram Puzzles for Kids Buildings & Houses is a well-designed app with a strong puzzle mechanic, but some questionable choices related to control and distribution. The result is an app that your children will enjoy playing if they like puzzles, but that will almost certainly cause frustration to either them or you depending on how it is used.
Swipea Tangram Puzzles for Kids Buildings & Houses is very much the same as the other Swipea apps, so if you've played another one, it will work the same. If you haven't, the interface is designed to mimic the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Guy dressed as Darth Vader runs Death Valley in 129-degree heat.
- Grenades and #travel: the TSA wins Instagram with its feed of confiscated items.
- For the first time, you can actually own the comics you buy.
- U.S. police go high-tech to tackle Fourth of July celebratory gunfire.
More than 100,000 people have signed a White House petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars directly to the public, which means the White House must issue a response.
The White House says it will review any We the People petitions that muster sufficient support -- 100,000 signatures within 30 days -- and then send them on to "appropriate policy experts" before issuing an official reply.