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Asus unveils Zenbo, a cute robot for the home priced at $599
Asus has just unveiled what’s likely to be the most talked about product at this week’s Computex trade show in Taipei, a cute talking robot for the home priced at $599. Called Zenbo, Asus pitched it as a personal assistant that can help look after elderly relatives or read stories to the kids, but that might be selling it a bit short. The robot is about two feet high and rolls around on wheels, with a display that can show its animated face or be used for other things like making video calls and streaming movies. Asus Chairman Jonney Shih demonstrated Zenbo at a press conference in Taipei Monday, giving it voice commands and asking it questions is it rolled around the stage.

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Iran orders messaging apps to store data of in-country users
Iran has ordered foreign messaging apps to transfer data and activity records of Iranian users to local servers within a year, a move that will give the country a greater ability to monitor and censor the online activity of its people. The country’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace has issued instructions to foreign messaging companies active in the country, requiring them “to transfer all data and activity linked to Iranian citizens into the country in order to ensure their continued activity," news reports said, quoting state-run media. Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are already blocked in the country, whose government holds a tight control over Internet access by its people.

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What are phone jammers trying to tell us?
Cellphone jammers prevent phones from working. They're being used in cars, public places and exam halls.Jammers aren't new -- they've been around for years -- and they're illegal in many countries, including in the U.S., but use of jammers is growing fast.But are phones really the problem? And are jammers really the solution?I think cellphone jammers are being used as a Band-Aid, as the wrong solution to solve three societal problems that should be solved by much better technology.Here are the three biggest problems cellphone jammers are trying, and failing, to solve, and what I think are the better solutions.

1. The 'phones-are-dangerous' problem

A Florida man named Jason R. Humphreys wanted to save lives by preventing people along his daily commute from using their phones while driving. So Humphreys installed a cellphone jammer in the back of the passenger seat of his SUV. The scheme worked for two years, as far as Humphreys knew. But the police, whose own communications were occasionally disrupted by his jammer, were less than thrilled. So they tracked him down and caught him two years ago. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission fined him $48,000 for breaking U.S. laws against the use of jammers.

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...And other related duties
IT pilot fish has worked for this major city's public school district for years, and by now he knows the ins and outs of all the systems -- technical and bureaucratic."While originally hired to write a user manual for a system under development, I have been a Cobol and assembler programmer, a IBM systems programmer, Unix and network administrator, and just about everything in between," fish says."Some time ago, the building facilities department put a small kitchen area in our office, where we had a microwave and coffee maker. They also added a deep kitchen sink."One day I was at the sink, washing the dead insects off the visor on my motorcycle helmet. A fellow walking by -- a new manager who had just moved to our department from one of the schools -- looked at me and then asked if I should be doing that on 'company time.'

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ARM's next-gen Cortex-A73 chips are just right for your phone
You’re probably spending more time with your smartphone, and ARM’s noticed. The company behind the architecture of most mobile processors has created its next-generation chip designs for sustained high performance and longer battery life. ARM is announcing the Cortex-A73 CPU at Computex in Taipei on Monday. Chips based on the design will be a little faster than their predecessors, but this generation is more about efficiency, ARM says. That fits what’s happening in phones now, according to Tirias Research analyst Paul Teich. “We kind of have enough power in our smartphones,” he said. And with screens about as big as most consumers want, and phones thin enough, the size of the battery will stay the same for a while.

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Microsoft's Satya Nadella follows Apple’s Tim Cook to India
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is visiting India, reflecting the growing importance of the country as a market for multinational technology companies. Nadella’s visit follows the first trip to India by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who visited the country this month to drum up support for the company’s plans to offer refurbished iPhones in the price-sensitive market as well as to get permission to set up its wholly-owned stores in the country. Both deals appear to have been blocked by regulators, according to reports.

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