Mobile

Pony.ai tests robo-taxi program on its employees, promises self-driving trucks next

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai is joining an exclusive club of companies that have launched autonomous ride-hailing programs. At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, it took the wraps off of PonyPilot, a test project for “product-ready” driverless cars within a geofenced area in Guangzhou. It’s currently available to Pony.ai employees and “select affiliates” by invitation […]

Emerging Tech

Little Sophia is the pint-sized robot buddy that promises to teach kids to code

The brainchild of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, Sophia is the Audrey Hepburn-inspired humanoid robot who has met all manner of politicians and celebrities, and once promised to, err, destroy all of humanity. Now Sophia has a precocious little sister — and she’s ready to teach kids all about STEM subject (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and coding. […]

Top Stories

How Huawei Wooed Europe With Sponsorships, Investments and Promises

Supported by How Huawei Wooed Europe With Sponsorships, Investments and Promises ImageHuawei’s booth at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The company plans to announce new handsets and provide an update of its 5G plans next month at this year’s conference.CreditCreditEric Gaillard/Reuters By Adam Satariano and Raymond Zhong Jan. 22, 2019 LONDON — […]

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A new robot promises to make the dream of oven-fresh bread every 6 minutes a reality

Wilkinson Baking CompanyThe loaves produced by the Wilkinson Baking Company “BreadBot.”Wilkinson Baking Company A new device named the “BreadBot” is said to have a staggering bread production capability: six loaves per hour, and nearly 250 per day, with barely any human intervention, according to the company behind it. Unless you’re feeding hundreds of people, the […]

Mobile

Coolpad Promises Phones for Families

LAS VEGAS—Coolpad Americas is metamorphosing. Formerly a low-cost, China-based phone maker, the company has reinvented itself with a new staff and a US headquarters, and it’s trying to focus on offering families with kids ways to stay connected. “We see a very big gap in the market that’s being underserved,” Coolpad Americas CEO Casey Ryan […]

Gears & Gadgets

Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls

Facebook’s new Portal and Portal+ smart displays. Facebook The $ 199 Portal has a 10-inch, 1280×800 touchscreen. Facebook Both Portals use AI technology to make video chatting better. Facebook The $ 349 Portal+ has a 15-inch, 1920×1080 display that can pivot into portrait and landscape modes. Facebook Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both […]

Gaming

New trailer for Anna and the Apocalypse promises undead slaying for holidays

Enlarge / Anna and her fellow high school students battle zombies while singing a jaunty tune in Anna and the Apocalypse. Orion Pictures / MGM Part Zombieland, part High School Musical, the much-anticipated horror-musical-comedy Anna and the Apocalypse has a new trailer filled with merry undead mayhem. The movie lands in select theaters November 30, expanding […]

Mobile

T-Mobile Promises Better Customer Care With Team of Experts

T-Mobile is making wireless service more personal. The company announced a new customer service initiative called “Team of Experts” designed to route support calls to tight groups of empowered staffers, rather than dividing teams by purpose or sending customers through the frustrating automated maze of using interactive voice response (IVR) systems. “Ninety percent of customers […]