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Robot abuse is a bummer for the human brain

As loveable toy dinosaur Pleo gets both hugged and strangled in the name of science, two studies suggest that we're hardwired to sympathize with them. But how deeply can people feel for robots?

By April 23, 2013


Offbeat game recasts Xmas tune as 'Little Bummer Boy'

To many, "Little Drummer Boy" is a fun, or at least innocuous, Christmas song. But to many people on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail lists, and blogs, "LDB" is something to avoid at all costs.

By December 22, 2012


Lenovo IdeaTab A2109

Despite having a decent price tag and zippy processor, the Lenovo IdeaTab A2109's screen is just too drab to consider.

October 8, 2012

3 stars Editors' rating October 8, 2012

Samsung Captivate Glide thumbs-on review: Keyboard bummer

A slider smartphone with a tabletop QWERTY? Bummer, dude. Thankfully the rest of the phone performs well and the price doesn't hold you at gunpoint.

By November 26, 2011


Facebook gets it. Bummer newspapers didn't

For all its stumbles, Facebook has shown a willingness to experiment and become transparent. The same can't be said for the staggering newspaper industry.

By February 27, 2009


Daily Debrief: Bummers at CES

The day before the Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas, Intel announces that consumer technology sales are way down for the 2008 holiday season. What's it mean for the trade show, and the industry?

By January 7, 2009


Bummer: Web mixtape service Mixwit to shut down

Free hosted Web mixtape solution Mixwit is closing its doors next week. There's light at the end of the tunnel, though. Its creators may donate the source code to the OpenTape project.

By December 18, 2008


The iPhone 3G bummer!

Did you go to an Apple Store and leave empty handed? Brian Tong talks to customers who were hoping to get their hands on the new iPhone 3G.

June 9, 2008


This robot plans to hitchhike across Canada

Hitchbot will rely on the kindness of strangers as it thumbs a ride this summer. Along the way, it might teach us a thing or two about the human-robot relationship.

By June 16, 2014


iBetterCharge monitors your iOS device battery level from a Mac

Keep an eye on your iDevice's battery level and get alerts when it's time to charge using a free app and your Mac.

By March 18, 2014