Microsoft is helping developers build robot brains

As a $340 billion company, Microsoft naturally has its activities spread out over a great many areas, the least advertised of which is probably robotics. Its vast developer division includes a little-known unit focused exclusively on autonomous control software that is quietly toiling away at the most fundamental challenges standing in the way of pervasive…

Samsung patents video surveillance software that could help Big Brother spy on you more effectively

We live in an era of intelligent machines. Smart lights. Smart thermometers. Smart watches. The notable exception are cameras, mainly because they usually come attached to other smart devices. But the gap is now finally closing with the help of Samsung, although that may not be necessarily for the better. One of the latest patent filings from its defense subsidiary…