Intel revenue beats Street as data center focus offsets PC weakness

(Reuters) - Intel Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as strong performance in its data center and Internet-of-Things businesses more than made up for continued weak demand for its chips used in personal computers.

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Cars should never be fully driverless, MIT prof says

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Why humans prefer robots as flawed as we are

The slick, seemingly flawless robots of our sci-fi dreams may not be the best kind of bots to play with our kids and help care for us when we're sick, research suggests.

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IDG Contributor Network: Review: 2016 Ford Escape with Sync 3 a major leap forward

I always take note of new advancements with car companies. In some ways, the strict safety standards and semi-annual refresh schedule for new cars makes it difficult to add something totally new. 

Recently, I was able to test the new 2016 Ford Escape with Sync 3, a much improved touchscreen, voice control, and driver interaction system. It’s a big leap forward and a good reason to consider this small, compact SUV that’s a blast to drive.

One of the biggest changes has to do with the responsive, capacitive touchscreen. I tend to overtest in cars, and I put this one through the ringer. I swiped through my contacts list (synced to my iPhone 6 over USB) and the screen never paused or jerked. I drove to an urban area and tried out the nav screen, which now supports pinch to zoom. I flicked around trying to find a specific intersection and found my destination easily enough. In many ways, this one advancement -- making the screen more responsive -- is a smart safety feature. When the screen doesn't quite work, it becomes distracting and even dangerous. All of the climate controls, radio settings, and even the options for configuring the text messaging feature worked flawlessly. (The car can read your incoming texts, which is another way to minimize distractions).

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Ontario to allow tests of self-driving cars on public roads

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario will be the first Canadian province to allow self-driving cars to be tested on its roads, the transport ministry said on Tuesday, announcing a pilot program to start next year.

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