Shifting our attention to robots on a larger scale, consider "Flying Selfie Bots: Tag-Along Video Drones Are Here: Sports enthusiasts are clamoring for aerial robots that can record their best moves." Read the details or watch the video and you'll see that "here" is a tad overstated -- but with more than a million in Kickstarter funding, this is a product category we can expect to see before long.
Clever gadgets such as drones often have embedded in them a lot of software. Alas, overly broad patents and patents granted for nothing more than algorithms often get in the way of software progress. (I most recently opined on software patents last April, within a post titled "Because a distraction seems therapeutic." Alas, Russian incursions into Ukraine continue.) If you share my concern about these impediments to software development, check out "Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court." Way to go, Supremes!
Even aside from excessive patent barriers, the process of developing software has its share of challenges. Buginess, for one. Consider the recent news that "Microsoft fixes 19-year-old Windows bug."
The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer.That's not to say insecure, buggy software is a Microsoft monopoly. If you ever felt otherwise, consider -- as just one example -- "Flaw in New ‘Secure’ Credit Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card."
There's a fine line in cyberspace between spying and hacking. Nor is that distinction academic, as "NSA was tracking North Korea back in 2010, docs reveal." The NSA will doubtless say their network penetration didn't cross the line. FWIW, I'd agree with them.
Voice-driven applications are also software-intensive. That makes it less than heart-warming to read that "Voice Hackers Will Soon Be Talking Their Way Into Your Technology."
Voice-activated technology is so vulnerable to attack that users should immediately disable speech recognition on all their devices, a security researcher at AVG has warned.But all is not lost on the security front. "These Norton-approved jeans can keep hackers out of your pants."
And speaking of voice-activated devices ... does your phone running out of juice get you down? Then take heart: "Recharge your phone in 30 seconds? Israeli firm says it can." That's nanotech you can use -- as soon, possibly, as sometime next year :-)
And on the topics of voice technology and things that are (sometimes) kept in one's pants, do you often find it difficult to actually, you know, carry on a conversation using your cell? Me, too. For a ray of hope, see "Why Mobile Voice Quality Still Stinks -- and How to Fix It."
Are you provoked and/or diverted yet?