Ask HitchBOT, a charismatic robot who just hitchhiked its way across Canada from Halifax, N.S. to Victoria, B.C. — a three-week journey of more than 6,000 km (3728 miles) — accepting 18 rides from total strangers and tweeting its progress to its 35,100 followers.
@HitchBOT used GPS and a 3G cellphone wireless connection feeding to a map with its position. It has a face made from LED lights to show expressions, a body wrapped in solar panels, a mind created with Cleverbot-based chatbot software (with voice-recognition and speech ability), and social-media and Wikipedia APIs.
As more public charging stations are built, electric-car drivers have access to increasingly-large areas of the U.S.
Owners of the Tesla Model S plug-in car largely rely on the company's Supercharger network, which can now facilitate a cross-country trip on one route, with more to come. But what does it actually take to build a Supercharger station? A lot of digging, apparently.
Further details are emerging on the massive data breach at US hospital operator Community Health Systems (CHS) that saw around 4.5 million patient records being leaked.
Security vendor TrustedSec claimed yesterday that the "Heartbleed" in the open source cryptographic library was to blame for the data breach.
Credit and debit card information belonging to customers who did business at 51 UPS Store Inc. locations in 24 states this year may have been compromised as the result of an intrusion into the company's networks.
In a statement Wednesday, UPS said it was recently notified by law enforcement officials about a "broad-based malware intrusion" of its systems.
When consumers want to download applications on their smartphones and tablets, it's usually Google or Apple that's assigned the role of gatekeeper.
But is that the way it has to be? Verizon on Wednesday denied a report by The Information that the carrier is prepping an app store for devices running Google's Android operating system.