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Want to meet your neighbors? Get a robot lawnmower

Getting to know my neighbors and scaring at least one dog are some of the unexpected developments as I test the Robomow RS612 on a dry day in an otherwise rainy week.

By 16 July 2016


Facebook Messenger will soon have secret, encrypted conversations

Facebook is testing end-to-end encryption for messages that also have the ability to self-destruct after a set length of time. Now you see it, now you don't.

By 9 July 2016


The rise of AI and challenge of making conversational bots (The 3:59, Ep. 70)

We also discuss Amazon's offer of an ad-supported phone and how IBM is using its Watson technology to help with cancer treatment.

By 30 June 2016


Socially awkward parakeet gets Siri's attention on an iPhone, but can't hold the conversation

It's never too late to learn an important lesson: don't start something you can't finish.

By 9 June 2016


Google refreshes Now with conversational Google Assistant

At Google I/O 2016, CEO Sundar Pichai announces a spruced-up version of Now, called Google Assistant, which lets users have a two-way conversation with their smartphone, tablet and watch.

19 May 2016


This audiophile left vinyl for digital music, and is now returning to LPs

An old friend of the Audiophiliac long ago abandoned LPs in favor of digital music, but a change of heart is bringing him back to the older format.

By 6 March 2016


This free iPhone app will surely lead to funny conversations

There's also the potential for things to get awkward -- real awkward.

By 4 March 2016


Add shortcuts for Hangouts conversations to your home screen

Want quick access to individual Hangouts conversations from your home screen? Now there's a way.

By 28 January 2016


Conversations with a house -- voice control in the CNET Smart Home

We wrangle the options to try and find the right digital assistant or assistants for the connected devices in the CNET Smart Home.

By 23 October 2015


How to mute Instagram Direct conversation alerts

On Tuesday Instagram added new functionality to its hardly ever used messaging feature, which might cause your friends to go overboard.

By 4 September 2015