Tiny robots succeed by mimicking termites

(CNN) — Ask 100 robotics scientists why they’re inspired to create modern-day automatons and you may get 100 different answers. For a team at Harvard University, it’s termites. “Not the ones around here that destroy buildings, but the ones on other continents that build … mounds more than 40 feet tall,” said Justin Werfel, a […]

Google self-driving car has no steering wheel

  Google unveiled this self-driving car prototype Tuesday in California. The car doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedals because, Google says, “it doesn’t need them.” Google’s new self-driving car prototype seats only two people, and its interior is simple. Google has logged over 300,000 miles testing driverless cars around the United States. Pictured here […]

Tech exec fired for comments about shootings

(CNN) — The co-founder of Rap Genius, an online-annotation website, has been fired after marking up the 137-page manifesto of California killer Elliot Rodger with comments that are being called tasteless and creepy. Mahbod Moghadam used his site, which lets users post notes interpreting rap and hip-hop lyrics, to comment on Rodger’s exhaustive autobiography, which […]

Report: Apple to unveil ‘smart home’ system

(CNN) — Apple is planning to introduce a smart home concept at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a report. The Financial Times says the company is planning to showcase a system that lets users control their lights, appliances and security systems with their iPhones when the conference kicks off June 2. The rumored […]

How to shoot amazing video from drones

(CNN) — A bird’s eye camera sweeps over the green fields of Ireland, flies over the towering Cliffs of Moher and pans the ocean hundreds of feet below. It’s just like a scene in a movie. But this is not Hollywood magic. The spectacular footage was shot, not by a film crew in a helicopter, […]

Is cyber café losing business to smartphones?

Is cyber café losing business to smartphones? Asks Victor AdeotiNews Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Few years ago, running a cyber café was highly profitable in Nigeria, while many people were attracted to that business. Today the story is different; many cyber café operators can hardly make ends meet, while those who cannot persevere have left the […]

Facebook’s purchase of Whatsapp opposed by privacy groups

Facebook’s purchase of mobile messaging service WhatsApp has been opposed by privacy groups. Mark Zuckerberg’s firm is planning to buy the company for around £11bn. Opponents want US regulators to stop the deal until Facebook provides more information on what it plans to do with the personal data of WhatsApp’s users. But Facebook said it […]

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19bn

Facebook has bought messaging app WhatsApp in a deal worth a total of $19bn (£11.4bn) in cash and shares, the BBC reports. It is the social networking giant’s biggest acquisition to date. WhatsApp has more than 450 million monthly users and is popular with people looking to avoid text messaging charges. In a statement announcing […]

Blackberry Launches BB Messenger for Android, Iphones for free

Blackberry reports more than 10 million downloads in 24 hours. Blackberry Messenger, BBM, for iOS and Android got off to a flying start Tuesday, with BlackBerry reporting more than 10 million downloads during the free app’s first 24 hours of availability. Blackberry Limited, who has been struggling financially, recently announced its intention to lay off […]

Constant mobile phone usage, a threat to brain cell – expert

Ososgbo –  A Medical Practitioner with Federal Medical Centre, Ekiti, Dr. Kayode Oyebode, on Saturday said that constant use of mobile phones could damage the brain. Oyebode said this while fielding questions in Osogbo. He said that the heat generated by cell phone was capable of damaging brain cell. “The use of mobile phones excessively […]