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To Make Robot Hands More Like Ours, MIT Built These Softer, Smarter Fingers

It’s easy to forget how amazing the dexterity and anatomy of our own hands are — until you learn how difficult they are to replicate for machines. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has made big strides in robotic hands this year, and now it’s published a new one.

Skype Translator Is Out Of Beta And Headed To Windows

Skype Translator is out of beta and headed to the Skype Windows desktop app. The tool supports six languages outloud as well as 50 messaging languages] We tried the service and found it promising, but not quite the Babel Fish of our hearts’ desire. No word on when the service rolls out to other platforms yet.

The New Version Of OS X Is Here, And You Should Probably Update

OS X El Capitan is officially arriving on the interwebs today, complete with a pretty new background picture, and a boatload of new features. If you’ve got a compatible Apple computer (which you probably do), you should get ready to download.

The LA School System's $1.3 Billion iPad Fiasco Comes To A Sad End 

An iPad for every kid! It sounded like a good idea in 2013, but a $US1.3 billion plan to supply Los Angeles schools with Apple tablets turned into a failure quagmire, with the school district asking for a refund.

Remember EATR, The Military Robot That Was Supposed To Eat Humans?

“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” Cyclone’s CEO Harry Schoell said in a press release in 2009.

Pixel C Hands-On: This Machine Gives Good Handfeel But Has Some Issues

I have long been a fan of Google’s Pixel line of Chromebooks, but today at the Google Nexus event I saw the Pixel C and finally fell in love. But unfortunately, this machine isn’t as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.

Apple iPhone 6s: Australian Review

The iPhone has evolved — again. It now has 3D Touch, which adds the tactile, touchscreen equivalent of a right click to what was previously an all-or-nothing, tap-or-don’t-tap device.

It has a massively improved camera, and the ability to shoot GIF-esque Live Photos that function primarily as still images, but that come to life with sound and movement when pressed. It has a much stronger chassis, more than twice as sturdy as the previous model. It’s much, much more powerful and uses that power where you want it to, in the speed of Touch ID fingerprint unlocks and of apps loading.

All of these factors contribute to the iPhone 6s being, yes, the best iPhone ever.

This Tiny 4-Gram Robot Jumps And Walks Using Memory Alloy Springs

Not all robots needs to be big and clever — those that are small and simple could prove just as useful. Like this little thing created by researchers at EPFL, which folds, flips, jumps and walks, while only weighing four grams.

Norway's Doctors Still Use Floppy Disks, And They're More Secure Than The Alternative

In Norway, doctors are clinging to older MS DOS-based electronic journals. As a result there’s a system in place that still employs floppy disks — and it works extremely well. But a blog post on Gundersen.net says the Norwegian government might be retiring the floppy disk option as soon as next year.

The Ultimate Guide To Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to give the impression that you’ve been using Windows 10 for years, learning a few keyboard shortcuts is the best way to go about it — you can navigate around the interface, get apps in position, trigger events, change settings and more with a couple of taps on your keyboard. Here are the shortcuts we’ve been finding most useful.

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