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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.

Snapchat could be in for a big change — PALOS RANCHOS VERDES, California - Snapchat CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel was pretty tight-lipped about future plans, but one of the social messaging platform's key features, the need to hold your finger on the screen to see snaps, could be going away.

This robot learns new skills just like a human — A robot is only as smart as its programming. Learning on the go has been the sole purview of living things. That was, until a team of scientists at UC Berkeley programmed a robot to learn simple tasks through trial and error, just like humans do.

Myo armband makes hands-free motion control real — Mashable Choice highlights the products and services we've tested and would recommend to others. Consider it Liked, Favorited, +1'ed and Pinned. Gesture-controlled computing is well on its way to transitioning from fantasy to reality. It's most often accomplished via vision sensors that watch you or your hands and track your movement (think Microsoft Kinect for Xbox).

NBD: Just an insane jet engine strapped to a 1929 replica biplane — Acrobatics pilot Jeff Boerboon is gracefully pivoting in front of me as he raises his hands over his head. Then he arches his body sideways and turns both hands, palms out to the left, like Superman executing an in-air maneuver.

Can an onboard hacker really make a plane fly sideways? — Can someone hack an airplane's in-flight entertainment system and take control of the aircraft? It's a fair question and a horrifying possibility raised by no less than the FBI and a hacker who claims he did just that.

Apple Watch gets its first update as many still wait for their orders — The Apple Watch is getting a tiny software update, even as many of you are still waiting for the company's first wearable to arrive at your doorstep. Version 1.01 showed up early Tuesday afternoon on the Apple Watch utility app on the iPhone. It promises bug fixes and performance improvements, but nothing else.

Apple loves TVs, but hates televisions — An Apple TV set will not be a thing. I made this prediction late last year as we closed out 2014 with the absence of the long-rumored Apple television set. Now, a report in the Wall Street Journal confirms this guesswork, noting that the project isn't just dead - it has been buried for a solid year.

Family robot Jibo goes on pre-sale again — Jibo, the social robot from robot scientist Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, is still almost a year away from commercial availability but Breazeal and her team have finally moved onto a working prototype.

Researchers found a way to make 3D printing look hyper-realistic — Most 3D-printed objects currently come in a variety of exciting monochromatic colors. You've got red, white, blue and, if you're really lucky, a mix of two colors. And while the objects may have a great deal of detail, the surface will be bland.

Enjoy: Can Apple's former retail chief re-invent personalized shopping? — I can ride a skateboard. Not just any board, I've mastered a Boosted dual-electric longboard and I don't think I could've done it without Vicky's help. Vicky Tzannetis is one of Enjoy's experts. Enjoy is the just-launched gadget and concierge system from Ron Johnson, late of JC Penny and Apple where he helped create the Apple Store retail experience.
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May 26, 2015

.@SenWarren: Change will come "when enough people... say, 'I'm as mad as hell + we're not going to do this anymore.'"

May 26, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: The way we get change is by getting more people in the political process. #CodeCon

May 26, 2015

Snapchat's @evanspiegel is on the #CodeCon. Hoping Walt and Kara can prod him into saying something...interesting.

May 26, 2015

Vox snaps up influential tech blog Re/code… Me: No coincidence this happens as #codecon kicks off

May 26, 2015

Wonder if the #JonyIve news caused this. People still haven't learned that 1 person doesn't define a company. #Apple

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