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CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceIf you've ever wanted a robot to do the vacuuming, then the CES tech show has something for you.The Aeolus robot is designed to perform a range of household tasks - including mopping floors, rearranging furniture and putting away dishes.However, like many of the bots showcased in Las Vegas this year, the pressure sometimes got to it."Aeolus has had enough," tweeted Signe Brewster, a writer at tech site Wirecutter, after observing the bot stall inexplicably during a demo.The moment is reminiscent of an even more high profile hiccup that hit LG's smart home helper Cloi during the firm's press conference earlier in the week.On three separate occasions, Cloi sat there, painfully unresponsive having been prompted to do something helpful - like fetch a...
CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAll aboard the (self-driving) bus - next stop, CES: Las Vegas' annual gigantic tech fest.About 4,000 companies - many of them start-ups - are arriving in town this weekend. Over the coming days, they will reveal new products, secure orders and hopefully provide a taste of the future at the trade fair.The event has its roots in consumer gadgets, but now sprawls into fields including artificial intelligence, automobiles, medicine, marketing and even agriculture.Most of the big technology brands in attendance will have something new to brag about. But increasingly, they hold flagship products back for stand-alone events. In recent years much of the excitement has instead been delivered by smaller, lesser-known companies for whom CES presents a "brea...
Car thefts up 30% as gangs beat new tech

Car thefts up 30% as gangs beat new tech

Technology
Police data reveals there has been a 30% increase in car thefts over the past three years, as thieves bypass modern vehicle security systems.Security experts believe the rise is partly down to criminal gangs catching up with technology, with police footage released in November showing how they were able to steal vehicles without needing keys.Many cars now have a push button fob instead of a traditional metal key, but these new devices can sometimes be compromised.Video:Thieves steal car in 'relay crime'Steve Launchbury, of Thatcham Research, told Sky News: "As the car is more digitally connected, obviously that opens it up to new types of criminality."When you have keyless-type vehicles where you physically just press a button and walk away, you've got the risk now of the signal being capt...
The 4 Worst Tech Stocks of 2017

The 4 Worst Tech Stocks of 2017

Finance
The bull market continued in 2017, with tech stocks outpacing the broader market. The tech-heavy NASDAQ had rallied nearly 30% this year as of this writing, compared to the S&P 500's 20% gain. There were some big winners in that market, but there were also huge losers that crushed investors. Let's take a look at the four worst-performing tech stocks of the year, and see where they might be headed in 2018.Image source: Getty Images.Frontier CommunicationsRegional telco Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) lost 86% of its market value this year due to its shrinking customer base , declining average revenue per customer, high churn rates , and three straight quarters of net losses.Frontier slashed its dividend by 60% in May, but the stock's subse...
Will we see driverless tech go mainstream in 2018?

Will we see driverless tech go mainstream in 2018?

Business
The coming year will see driverless vehicle technology become part of everyday life in Britain, according to experts.The sector has already seen a sharp acceleration in development over the past 12 months with the Government backing the technology in the last Budget - promising fully driverless cars on the roads within three years.The first street trials have already been successfully completed by UK Autodrive, who worked with JLR, Tata and Ford to test vehicles on public roads in Coventry in the autumn.In spring 2018 a fleet of up to 40 driverless pods will take to the walkways of Milton Keynes to enable passengers to complete the "last mile" of their journeys in the town.A pool of volunteers will soon be selected to take part in the trials.Image:The autonomous pods set to be used in Milt...