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Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, tech expert, social media commentator, amateur cartoonist and robotics fan.

Andy Rubin exits Google: Where are the robots? — "The future is looking awesome!" Andy Rubin tweeted almost a year ago. Back then, it was. Google had just acquired yet another robotics firm for Rubin, the founder and former head of Android, to run as part of Google's Robot Initiative (hence the tweet).

British Museum now lets you 3D print its artifacts using Sketchfab — Why visit a museum halfway around the world, when you can check out 3D scans, and print them from your own home? Sketchfab, a platform that lets users publish and share 3D content online, unveiled on Thursday an option for users to make their files downloadable.

Why it matters where - and when - Tim Cook spoke up about being gay — Tim Cook, one of the world's most powerful and high-profile CEOs, is finally talking publicly about being gay. In an essay in Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday, the Apple CEO wrote that he never hid his sexual orientation, but also never talked openly about it.

Apple Pay rival CurrentC already lost everyone's trust — Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS and other major retailers had an almost passable argument for blocking their customers from using Apple Pay, Apple's nascent but uber-hot mobile wallet solution. After all, the retailers - more than 50 in all - are part of a group called the Merchants Customer Exchange (MCX), which is working on its own competing mobile payment system CurrentC.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 — Mashable Choice highlights the products and services we've tested and would recommend to others. Consider it Liked, Favorited, +1'ed and Pinned. The new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet is the very definition of an update: It's the exact same design, size and weight as the last product, with almost all the changes found under the hood, and especially, in the software.

HP leans on old tech to make the leap into 3D printing — HP is entering the world of three dimensions. The company introduced Sprout, a virtual and physical desktop environment, along with its first 3D printer called the HP Multi Jet Fusion on Wednesday. Together, HP dubbed the two "Blended Reality."

New handyman clerk at Lowe's is a robot — Someday, the helpful hardware man may not be a man at all. Lowe's, one of the biggest retail hardware and DIY stores in the U.S., unveiled on Tuesday its first in-store robot clerk: OSHbot. The company is setting the roughly 5-feet-tall autonomous robot loose on unsuspecting consumers sometime soon in its San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Store, a chain that's owned by Lowe's.

It looks and works like the real thing — LED lighting is more power-efficient and lasts longer than traditional incandescent lighting, but it has its limitations, too. It's expensive, it doesn't always work with dimmers and is usually larger than a traditional bulb, which means it may not always fit where incandescents do. That's about to change.

Apple Pay Block is Coal in Consumer Stockings — Remember the days when the maître d' at a fine restaurant would sniff, "We take only American Express"? It was awesome for Amex users and just plain rude for everyone else. These days, just about everyone takes everything and the going credo appears to be, "pay how you want, we just want your money."

Fire TV Stick is Amazon's $39 Chromecast Competitor — Big losses and a ton of unsold smartphones aren't slowing down Amazon. The company just launched a $39 Amazon Fire Stick streaming media device. Like the Fire TV, the tiny stick plugs directly into one of your TV's HDMI port; it supports Prime Instant video and music (with subscription), Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, Hulu and others.
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Oct 31, 2014

@WilliamShatner Sadly, one crew member died. The other is hospitalized with significant injuries.

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