This Adorable Robot Could Save Your Grandma’s Life

For the price of an iPhone, you’ll soon be able to buy a robot to help around the house.

Computer manufacturer Asus on Monday introduced a walking, talking machine that can read stories to your kids, watch out for emergencies and remind you to take your medicine. The achingly cute Zenbo bot looks like a cross between BB-8 from “Star Wars” and Disney’s wide-eyed Wall-E, though its nasally voice may nettle some users.

Asus is billing the device as a friendly helper that can keep an eye on your home and make everyday tasks a little easier, according to a report in Fortune

Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, Zenbo can respond to verbal commands and perform a huge range of tasks — from switching on lights to ordering clothes online. But while the Echo and Home are stationary, Zenbo can move around independently.

If Zenbo sees something wrong, it can alert family members and send them images of the scene via its built-in camera. In a marketing video (below), Zenbo notices when an elderly man falls down and contacts his granddaughter, showing her what’s going on back at home.

Some would-be users might chafe at the thought of a machine keeping tabs on them. Hackers have been able to break into some Internet-connected devices in the past, and both Google Home and Amazon Echo have drawn criticism for collecting huge amounts of data about their users.

Intelligent machines are playing an increasingly central role in people’s lives, and users will have to decide whether the advantages of “always-on” technology outweigh the potential drawbacks.

Asus is selling Zenbo for $599. While that’s a lot more than, say, the Amazon Echo, it’s cheaper than many other home ‘bots, like the $995 Personal Robot from tech company Robot Base. And like the Echo, Zenbo also comes with a developer kit that lets users to trick out the device.

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You’ll Have Way More Storage Now That Apple Deleted This Annoying Feature

It always sucks when you’re trying to download a podcast, or take a photo, or make just a few songs available offline on Spotify when your phone notifies you there’s not enough space.

You end up spending the next five to 10 minutes carefully deleting old photos you no longer care about, or you sit there contemplating what apps you really need and which ones you can go without. This is an especially annoying predicament if you’re late to work or to meet a friend and you just want to quickly download some entertainment for your commute.

Well, a new update from Apple may have just solved all of our problems.

If you update to iOS 10 beta, you can delete nearly all of the pre-installed apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that take up way too much space, The Guardian reports.

There will still be a few mandatory apps, of course, in order to ensure your phone operates correctly: App Store, Camera, Activity, Wallet, Find iPhone, Health, Messages, Phone, Safari and Settings.

Some of the apps you can now remove include Calculator, Calendar, Compass, FaceTime, Find My Friends and iBooks.

You can also remove Contacts on your iPhone, but not on an iPad.

Apple cautions people against removing too many apps. On its website, it stated,

When you remove a built-in app from your Home screen, you also remove any related user data and configuration files. This can affect things like related system functions or information on your Apple Watch.

The apps built into iOS are designed to be very space efficient, so all of them together use less than 150MB.

In other words, you might want to choose carefully what you delete. But, you at least have the option now.

Life is so much better with freedom of choice.

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3 handy Netflix tricks you’ll use time and time again | Fox News

The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California October 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo)

I admit it. I binge-watched Netflixs House of Cards and fell down the just one more episode rabbit hole. With a slew of new shows and movies hitting the services 81 million customers, here are three tips to remember the next time that you decide to take up residence on your couch for the weekend.

1. Check your speed

Nothing takes all the excitement out of streaming quite like buffering. When that happens, pull up on your phone, tablet, computer or TV. Its a new site powered by Netflix that shows you how fast (or slow) your connection is in real-time. Although it wont stop the buffering from happening, it will help you pinpoint what might be causing it.

For starters, Netflix recommends minimum Internet connection speeds of three megabits per second for standard-definition video quality, five Mbps for HD, and 25 Mbps for Ultra HD content.

Like most things, your mileage may vary. Check your connection speed using at various times throughout the day, and especially during the 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. peak hours, to see if the results are consistently low.  Slow Internet connection speeds will cause buffering.

A reboot may be all you need to regain speed. But you just cant start pulling plugs out of the wall. Power down your router first and then, your modem. Wait a full 30 seconds. Then power up the modem first and then, the router. The lights will start blinking on each and in another 60 seconds you should be ready to try another speed test.

Failed again? Time to look at your Internet bill and find the connection speed you are paying for. Compare it to the test results. If the numbers vary more than 10 percent, call your Internet service provider and complain. If you want to double-check your Internet connection speed results, head over to

2. Avoid data overage charges

Watching Netflix on your phone or tablet can quickly consume your data plan or cause expensive overage charges. Streaming typically uses around 1 GB of data per hour for standard definition, and a whopping 3 GB per hour for HD.

Its best if you watch using the Netflix app. The app includes specific Cellular Data Usage settings. There are five options: Wi-Fi only, low, medium, high and unlimited.

Using the Wi-Fi only setting will prevent you from streaming when youre not connected to a Wi-Fi network. The lowest setting lets you stream around four hours per GB of data, the medium setting lets you stream around two hours, and the high setting lets you stream around one hour. The unlimited setting is only recommended for people who have unlimited data available on their cellular plans, since it can use up to one GB of data every 20 minutes.

3. Use hidden categories

When you sit down for a binge session, you probably spend more time than you’d like digging to find your next favorite show. That’s why all Netflix users will benefit from this little secret for finding hidden genre categories.

To use this trick, you’ll need to be logged into your Netflix account on your PC, rather than your TV, phone or tablet. As you browse, you’ll notice the URL at the top of your browsers window will look something like this:

That number at the end is the genre code, and you can pull up a lot of different genres just by changing it. Here is a list of codes for various categories:

10005 – Religious Documentaries

10256 – Slapstick Comedies

11177 – TV Cartoons

1402 – Late Night Comedies

32473 – Classic Foreign Movies

46576 – Classic Action & Adventure

5507 – Animal Tales

6384 – Tearjerkers

67673 – Disney

7018 – Political Documentaries

7700 – Westerns

9584 – Crime Action & Adventure

Netflix is constantly reorganizing its catalog of movies and shows. You might occasionally come across a URL code that doesn’t work. But, this is still an easy way to pull up content you wouldn’t otherwise find.

Bonus: Improve your viewing choices

If you have several people in the house using one Netflix account, be sure to set each person up with his or her own Netflix profile to avoid conflicts. On the Netflix website, click Manage Profiles in the top right corner to get started.

If you ever change your mind about a rating youve given a particular show or movie, you can make adjustments at any time. In your account settings, under My Profile, click My Activity. There, youll see a list of everything youve rated for the past few months, and you can change it.

Netflix is constantly adding and removing movies and shows from the service. Netflix favorite “Orange is the New Black” is back with its fourth season on June 17, along with a brand new Netflix original, “A Very Secret Service” and a new comedy special from Bo Burnham. On top of the great original content, Netflix is getting some other great stuff to watch too, such as the original Jurassic Park trilogy, “Spotlight,” “J. Edgar” and “Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere.”

But just as new titles appear, that means some have to disappear. Click here for a list of whats coming and going in June on Netflix. Then, make the popcorn!

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This Container Brings Internet To People In Need, Refugees In Remote Areas

Here is an idea that really delivers.

ZubaBox is a shipping container converted into a solar-powered internet café or classroom for people in need living in remote areas — including refugee camps.

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Inside the Lab

The interior of the box can accommodate up to 11 individuals at a time and gives people in traditionally marginalized communities a sense of inclusion while widening their opportunities.

“The ZubaBox is used to break a cycle of exclusion and gives [people] a space that they deserve to improve their learning experience and achieve their goals,” Rajeh Shaikh, marketing and PC donations manager at Computer Aid International — the nonprofit organization that created and builds the boxes — told The Huffington Post. “We also enable educators to provide valuable 21st century digital skills and ignite learning in ways that are most relevant to their [students’] aspirations and succeeding in their local economy.”

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A teacher gives a lesson inside the lab.

Or if you wanted to break down its impact in an everyday way, David Barker, former chief executive of Computer Aid described it as such to BusinessGreen:

“This allows the doctor to contact specialists in the city hospital, school children to access educational material and local people to expand their businesses.”

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Man using computer inside the Lab.

The name “Zubabox” refers to the way the tech hub is powered. According to Computer Aid, the word “zuba” in Nyanja — a language commonly spoken in Malawi and Zambia, and by some in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa — means “sun.” The refurbished PCs located inside of a Zubabox are powered by solar panels located on the shipping container’s roof. Solar power is not only environmentally friendly, but also acts as a natural solution to many of these communities’ lack of electricity.

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Solar panels on top of the Lab.

Since 2010, 11 Zubaboxes have been placed in neighborhoods throughout Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. On May 26, Computer Aid built its 12th Zubabox — dubbed the “Dell Solar Learning Lab,” since it was sponsored by Dell — in Cazuca, a suburb of Bogota, Colombia, where many displaced people settle according to the U.N. Refugee Agency

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Since the Lab arrived in the South American neighborhood, the little box has had a huge impact on the community.

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Teens inCazuca use lap tops on the Lab’s outdoor patio.

“Since the Lab arrived, the younger generation has naturally been curious and excited. But the emotion that this [Lab] has stirred in the elders has been really moving,” William Jimenez, a native to Cazucá and regional coordinator at Tiempo de Juego, a nonprofit that works to provide the youth of Colombia with more constructive uses for their free time, told The Huffington Post in a statement.

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Teens inCazuca approve of the Lab.

“The fact that someone has finally considered Cazucá a priority is not only an important technology and training [advancement], but also because of the optimism it inspires in the entire community.”

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Volunteers plant flowers outside ofCazuca’s Lab.

One of Computer Aid’s most recent goals is to place another Zubabox in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya — one of the largest refugee camps in the world with a population of 150,000 people fleeing from 20 different African nations.

The group is working with a organization run by refugees within the camp called SAVIC, to deliver IT training and internet connectivity for up to 1,800 young displaced people there.

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The Lab at night.

The aim is to bring a Zubabox to the camp by 2017 but in order to do this, Computer Aid needs about $101,000 USD.

If you would like to donate, click here

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Airbus shows off Thor, a 3D-printed drone | Fox News

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This Thor can fly, but it doesn’t have a hammer, nor is it arrestingly handsome. Instead, it’s a 3D-printed drone that Airbus showed off last week at the Berlin air show.

About 13-feet long and complete with engine mountings and propellers, Thor is a first-gen prototype, designed to show off what 3D printing can offer the aerospace industry.

The prototype first flew last November near Hamburg, according to the AFP, though it did not perform test flights at the air show. Other than its electrical components, the entire aircraft is made from polyamide, the fine material that is the equivalent of “ink” in many 3D printers.

“This is a test of what’s possible with 3D printing technology,” Thor project head Detlev Konigorski told the AFP. “We want to see if we can speed up the development process by using 3D printing not just for individual parts but for an entire system.”

Airbus and other aircraft manufacturers have used 3D-printed components in their designs for years. In addition to being incorporated into new plane designs, they’re also used to cut maintenance costs for aging fighter jets.

The Royal Air Force has been experimenting with 3D-printed replacement parts for their Tornado fighters that could save 1.2 million pounds, or $1.7 million, by 2017.

In addition to Thor, Airbus has been developing several other 3D-printed innovations, including a partition for the cabin of commercial passenger jets that mimics the structure of living cells and bones. The so-called “bionic partition” design uses custom algorithms to mimic cellular structure and bone growth, creating a very strong structure that Airbus says weighs 45 percent less than traditional designs.

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