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Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large — Mashable

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

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history — If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck.

6-inch Mr. Spock looks so much like Leonard Nimoy it's scary — Without the original Star Trek television series, which first aired almost 50 years ago, there would be no "Next Generation," no "original cast movies," Next Generation films and certainly no J.J. Abrams reboot. It's why, for a certain generation, the nostalgia remains and, this year especially, every new franchise product is treated like a precious gift.

Roomba maker iRobot sells defense robots business — iRobot is officially out of the military. The 26-year-old robotics company sold the defense portion of its business to Arlington Capital Partners for $46 million on Thursday. While the deal will take a few months to finalize, the newly private company will focus on defense, public safety and the industrial market.

These bionic legs are so light, paraplegics can wear them under clothing — It takes just 26 pounds of hardware to get Steven Sanchez walking again. He lost the use of his legs more than a decade ago in a BMX biking accident. Now Sanchez serves as test pilot for an innovative, lightweight exoskeleton from SuitX called Phoenix.

New HoloLens concept video tackles NFL football — Microsoft is busy prepping HoloLens, its augmented reality headset, for developer and commercial clients, but that doesn't stop it from dreaming of a distant future, where regular people wear the headset and enjoy NFL football in a whole new way.

This is how Microsoft apps are tallying the Iowa Caucuses and making history — Politics is a strange a capricious beast, but few political processes are as odd and arcane as the caucuses. These delegate-selecting meetings have secret ballots, rooms cut into candidate quadrants and, until this year, analog phone calls and *gasp* physical mailings to tally the votes and decide which candidate each precinct would support.

Report: Forget 'Going Dark,' surveillance will survive the age of encryption — Don't panic. Seriously, don't. That's the message to the intelligence community - especially the FBI - from a group of cybersecurity and policy experts who make a fairly compelling case that, despite law enforcement concerns, end-to-end encryption will not result in the Internet "Going Dark" or hamper efforts to track and foil terrorists.

Microsoft is winning with Windows 10 and the Cloud — Microsoft, at long last, is learning. That's a key takeaway from Microsoft largely positive 2016 Q2 results. Released on Thursday, the numbers are a reflection of Microsoft's performance during the last holiday season. What we learned is that Microsoft knows how to strengthen its business to make up for weak spots.

How to live stream on Facebook — Are you ready to live stream on Facebook? After rolling out first to celebrities and then to a relative handful of regular users, Facebook's live video streaming feature is now a part of everyone's Facebook experience.

4 ways Facebook can dominate Google and the world — Facebook is unstoppable: Quarter after quarter of growth and revenue success. A mobile profile that virtually every other tech company would die for. Lots of hidden innovation goodies that have yet to see the light of day. Many people talk about how Facebook is going right after Twitter.
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Feb 05, 2016

RT @BBCBreaking: A powerful earthquake in Taiwan measuring 6.4 is reported to have caused the collapse of residential buildings

Feb 05, 2016

@PenguinTweet People luv books (which I get), but they liked cassette tapes, too. We usually move on. Guess books have just too much history

Feb 05, 2016

@asensiochino One arrived here last year. It seemed ridiculous (though some here liked it). No idea where it is now.

Feb 05, 2016

Bernie Sanders answers your prayers, will reportedly appear on 'SNL' hosted by Larry David…

Feb 05, 2016

. @VancityReynolds You've played a lot of superheros. After DeadPool, what's next? The Tick? #AskRyan

Feb 05, 2016

@BradAT When I finish 1 book on an ereader, another is waiting for me. I could have 5 books, 10 magazines + it all weighs under a half lb.

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