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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.

BootChess is the tiniest chess program ever written. Wanna play? — Computer chess has been around for nearly 60 years. In one sense, it goes all the way back to Alan Turing, who specified the first chess algorithm in 1947. The ensuing decades saw vast improvements in programming and computer power, and chess applications have grown faster, smarter and more sophisticated.

Just how big is the Apple Pay mobile payment pie? — Apple Pay, as Tim Cook told us during Apple's earning call on Tuesday, is already posting some pretty impressive usage numbers. Apple Pay makes up more than $2 out of $3 spent on purchases using contactless payment across the three major U.S. card networks.

Tesla 'Insane' button gives unsuspecting passengers a wild ride — You gotta hand it to Tesla CEO and Founder Elon Musk. When he puts an actual "Insane Button" in his new Model S P85D all-electric car, he does not mess around. Unveiled last October, the $120,000 Tesla Model S P85D can park itself - and, with the push of one crazy little button, shoot from 0 to 60 mph in just over three seconds.

Bat-Inspired robot can walk, fly and chase you — Your typical robot can walk or fly, but rarely can do both. The design and technology required for locomotion differs from what is needed to glide through the air. Say hello to Robo-bat. (OK, that's not its real name). The multi-tasking robot is known as DALER, short for Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot.

7 Suburban snow hacks to help you survive the storm — Blizzards, like the one we're facing in the Northeast chunk of the U.S., light up two distinctly different parts of my psyche. One is the eager child who imagines climbing hills of snow and building monumental crystalline sculptures. The other is the wary suburban adult, who knows this whole thing is nothing but trouble.

This HoloLens in 3D model is cool enough to touch — HoloLens, Microsoft's augmented reality headgear, was the unexpected star of the Windows 10 consumer build launch on Wednesday. But within minutes of introducing the stylish, gray heads-up display, Microsoft hid it away, instead giving us hands-on time with HoloLens' skeletal prototype. We couldn't wear, photograph or touch the more polished version seen on stage.

Microsoft’s 4K plan to transform meetings — The Surface name really gets around at Microsoft. First it was assigned to a series of table-top-sized touch screen computers, then to Microsoft's own iPad competitor - and now it's back on the big screen, with the Microsoft Surface Hub. We've seen this hub, in one form or another, for years.

Microsoft Windows 10 January Build is available now — If you've already signed up for Microsoft's Insider program, then you're in luck. The Windows 10 January Build, also known as the Consumer Build, which was unveiled by Microsoft on Wednesday, is now available for download. This latest preview release was announced on Friday in a blog post from Microsoft engineering general manager of Data & Fundamentals, Gabe Aul.

Windows 10 hands-on: Cortana leads a feature-packed update — Is Windows 10 lovable? With the venerable operating system still in previews, it's too early to say, though we now know that's Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's goal: "We want to make people love Windows on a daily basis." In my brief hands-on experience with what's being commonly referred to as the "Consumer Build," Windows 10 is inching in that direction.

HoloLens: The hands on experience — Let's get this out of the way: Microsoft HoloLens is not exactly a holographic system, but don't hold that against it. The reality of Microsoft's surprise augmented reality system is that it is something special, extraordinary even. It may be the first virtual-reality device to truly blend the virtual and the real in one seamless, head-mounted experience.
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