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Milestones along the way in Watson's colorful history

How did IBM's Watson get to where it is today? Here are some key events that happened along the way.

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Here's to our health, with help from Watson

IBM may have originally built Watson to win at Jeopardy, but it saw potential applications in healthcare early on.

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How to stop failing Windows Updates from bothering you

Microsoft's show or hide updates troubleshooter is a handy tool for those times when you need to say "no" to Windows 10's mandatory updates.

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Roboden is cable you can stretch

A Japanese company has developed an electrical cable that can be stretched. Asahi Kasei says the cable, called Roboden, will expand by up to 40 percent of its length before hitting its limit.

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Omron's table tennis robot gets machine learning smarts

Omron's table tennis robot is getting smarter. At this week's Ceatec electronics show in Japan, the company has unveiled a new version that uses machine learning to assess the strength of an opponent and ramp up its game accordingly.

Roboden is cable that can stretch

This cable does something others don’t. It stretches. Developed by Asahi Kasei, the cable was originally intended for use on robots, where cabling often has to snake around joints that pivot or extend.

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Five to Try: Facebook Marketplace opens shop, and Giphy Cam gets weird with custom GIFs

Grab this week's biggest new and updated Android apps.


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Hands-on: Sony N is a Google Glass for your neck, with an assistant named Nigel

Sony formally unveiled its N wearable on Thursday night, complete with a digital assistant named Nigel. You can't buy it, but you may try it if you sign up for Sony's beta program.

This table tennis robot now has artificial intelligence smarts

Forpheus, the mighty table tennis robot developed by Japan’s Omron, is getting smarter. An updated version on show at the Ceatec electronics show this week has artificial intelligence to become a tougher opponent.


Halloween is coming! Stream these gems to get an early start on your monster mash

Here’s a fine collection of chilling monster and ghost movie recommendations, as well as a few favorites for the non-witching hour.

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The Windows weakness no one mentions: Speech recognition

Microsoft has buried dictation capabilities within Windows for a decade. Isn't it time that Microsoft put speech recognition front and center as a productivity assistant for Microsoft Office?

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40% off Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Connected Body Fat Scale with Backlit LCD - Deal Alert

This scale measures weight, BMI, body fat, lean mass, water weight, & bone mass. It wirelessly syncs data to FitBit, Google Fit, Apple Health, and other popular fitness apps. Supports up to 8 different users, with auto user-detection.

Fitbit Flex 2 review

Fitbit's newest wearable is ideal for fashionistas and swimmers.

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AWS September roundup: EC2 changes, new France region, and more

The days may be getting shorter up in the northern hemisphere, but that hasn't slowed the pace of updates to AWS. Amazon has kept on updating its cloud platform with a handful of quality-of-life changes, plus some major tweaks to how it handles Reserved Instances. Here's the rundown.


Verizon may want a $1 billion discount on Yahoo

Verizon may be getting cold feet with its acquisition of Yahoo. Reportedly, it's asking for a $1 billion discount on the original $4.8 billion deal for the Internet company.

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How companies can deal with insider data theft

To learn that your company's data was stolen, not from any hacker, but from an employee is the nightmare scenario that no one wants to face. But it's also a risk that's very real.

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Wireless power systems could one day beam electricity from space

Forget smartphone charging. When it comes to next-generation wireless power, engineers in Japan are working on a system that can send large amounts of electrical power over considerable distances.

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Something new is coming to the PC industry: Growth

PC sales volumes have hit bottom, so from next year, the only way is up, say Gartner analysts.