Japanese researchers at Tokyo University’s Information and Robot Technology (IRT) Research Initiative have demonstrated a robot that can do the laundry, mop the floors and clean up the kitchen — all by itself. The ‘Assistant Robot’ project is backed by a consortium of Japanese corporate giants including Toyota, Sega, Panasonic and Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi, in particular, […]

From CNN.com – Microsoft’s (MS) Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie revealed the company’s plans to bring Web-based storage and applications to the masses at the latest MS Developers Conference this week, in Los Angeles, CA. As CNN.com reports, Ozzie unveiled MS’s ‘cloud’ initiative, Windows Azure, which he said will make Internet-based storage and computing power […]

Whether you spare just one lucky pumpkin from the death of a thousand cuts or buy one anyway and put it directly into the cooking pot for pie filling, you can make a ‘green’ statement on the night that’s traditionally bathed in black and orange by displaying a Mac-O-Lantern. Technically, that’s an old, still-working, one-piece […]

A study by researchers from King’s College, London (UK) indicates that British 14-year-olds are less intelligent — or, at least, their intellects are less developed — than 14-year-olds 30 years ago. Specifically, Professor Michael Shayer, who led the study team, says the average 14-year-old today is about as bright as the average 12-year-old in 1976. […]

Microsoft, Yahoo!, Western Union and the African Development Bank (ADB) have teamed up to help educate Internet users about the continuing threat from fake lottery e-mails. The new anti-scam alliance was announced earlier this week at the 6th German Anti Spam Summit in Wiesbaden, DE. Spam e-mails claiming the recipient is the winner of an […]

It’s not so much about the big-screen LCD TV that folds away under his bed. It’s about the gadget that makes the TV fold away under the bed. (Check out the video at the K2 Web site.) The Underbed Lift, from K2 mounts, can neatly stow Plasma or LCD TVs up to 50 in. (diagonal) […]

Legislation has been introduced in the Ontario legislature that would make the province the fourth Canadian jurisdiction to ban the use of cell phones while driving a motor vehicle. But the legislation goes further than just cell phones. It also covers hand-held GPSs and other handheld digital devices. Conversely, dash-mounted GPSs and cell phones with […]

Microsoft (MS) yesterday announced it was matching the original (C)$25,000 offered for information leading to the return home of a missing Canadian Xbox Live user, bringing the total reward to (C)$50,000. Fifteen-year-old Brandon Crisp of Barrie, Ontario, was last seen October 13, following a dispute with his parents over what they considered excessive amounts of […]

From: Reuters – Canadian broadcasters, online radio stations, electronic gaming Web sites and other Internet services that use copyrighted music must now pay royalties to the owners of those tunes. New royalty regulations, imposed by the Copyright Board of Canada, came into effect yesterday. The new regulations do not affect personal blogs, MySpace / YouTube […]

A new IBM study indicates that Internet users around the world plan to increase their mobile Internet activities significantly over the next two years. The survey, which polled some 600 consumers in the U.S., China and the UK, revealed that nearly 40 per cent of users expect increase their Internet use on mobile devices by […]

A faithful Polish GPS user apparently ignored multiple warning signs and drove his Mercedes SUV right into a man-made lake last week. “It was still night time and he didn’t notice the road led into the lake. His GPS told him to drive straight ahead and he did,” police spokesman Piotr Smolen told reporters. Smolen […]

An independent Internet security researcher is warning that there’s a serious flaw in Google’s Android cell phone operating system — centrepiece of the new G1 smart phone launched last week by T-Mobile in several major U.S. markets. Researcher Charles Miller of Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), based in Baltimore, MD, says Android’s greatest strength may also […]