Stories by Nick Barber

What's for dinner, Chef Watson?

IBM and cooking magazine Bon Appetit created a web app that helps you find and created recipes using IBM's cognitive computer called Watson.

NASA's flying saucer fails second test

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD uses atmospheric drag to slow itself down before impact. It's paving the way to bring humans to Mars in the 2030s.

Upcoming drone has six rotors to capture stable video

A new drone that's due out next year uses six rotors instead of four to help it capture more stable video and spend more time in the air.

Flying around the world without a drop of fuel

An airplane powered completely by the sun took off Monday embarking on an around the world flight.

Spot: a dog-sized robot that likes getting kicked

A new robot from Boston Dynamics can stay upright even after being kicked.

How DARPA is planning fast, cheap satellite launches

Called the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access or ALASA program, it would be able to send satellites weighing 100 pounds or less into low earth orbit within 24 hours for less than $1 million per launch.

Samsung to launch new flagship phones on March 1

The event will be held ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the curve on the invitation hints at the debut of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Hands-on with HP€™s Sprout, an imaging powerhouse built into a very touch-friendly PC

The Sprout is a daring move by HP to redefine what a PC can do, at a time when images from videos to virtual reality are dominating users' attention. This machine tries to make it all work together. Here's our hands-on.

Motorola returns to China, touts phone customization

Motorola is back in China after a two-year hiatus and it's hoping that smartphone customization is the way to win over customers in a crowded marketplace.

Upgraded Atlas robot still no disaster superman

DARPA updated its humanoid rescue robot Atlas, but the changes show how far the machine still has to go to be useful in disaster zones.

Japanese androids hold news conference, chat with baby droids

At the Miraikan museum in Tokyo, robots are one step closer to taking over. Two female androids held their own news conference, with little participation from human beings.

Xiaomi's new phablet seeks to outdo Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

The handset maker unveiled its Xiaomi Note in Beijing Thursday. It has a 5.7-inch screen and is a fraction of a millimeter thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Robotics startup creating muscles and bones of humanoid

A San Francisco startup is designing a modular robot that uses one joint to connect a variety of parts.

Robotics startup building bones and muscles of humanoid

San Francisco startup Modbot is designing industrial and hobby robots that piece together like Legos.

Startup wants to be the Zipcar for scooters

A San Francisco startup has solved one of the drawbacks with a lot of car-sharing services -- though you'll have to make do with two wheels instead of four.

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