Is “Blinky” the horrible reality of a robotic future?

Although Hollywood films warn of sentient artificial intelligence looking to overthrow and exterminate its human creators, they’re mostly a reason for their big-name stars to jump through the air in slow-motion while dual-wielding rocket-propelled grenade launchers while a hovership explodes behind them. Blinky, on the other hand, paints a much more likely reality of the dangers we may soon face as intelligent robotics become as commonplace as smartphones and voice-activated assistants like Siri.

With Kinect, Skyrim’s Dragon Shouts are easier to bellow (hands-on)

Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system is making its way into hardcore games, but not in the way everyone thought. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one of the hottest-selling games from the fall, will exploit the voice-recognition feature in Kinect so that you can more easily navigate through the game’s complex interface. And you can cast spells more easily by shouting them.

The top 25 technology books of all time

Technology teaches us to forget the past. Last year’s tech news seems like it has no use whatsoever. Thankfully, historians beg to differ, and they have begun to preserve the history of the tech industry as it becomes more and more important to the evolution of our lives and world. Those who understand the history of technology and the people who made it happen can probably figure out more quickly how to build on the shoulders of giants and advance technology further. Here’s some books that are great fun to read because they either relate great ideas that influenced a generation of technologists or because they chronicle the lives of people who changed the world. This list includes books that have stood the test of time and are worth a look for the history lover. And it includes new books, such as Walter Isaacson’s tome on Steve Jobs, that are likely to be the new classics. It doesn’t, however, include any tech textbooks. My focus is on books that deliver not just a technical understanding of how something works today, but hard-earned wisdom.

Want a store inside your video player? Cinsay can do that

Undoubtedly, the 30-second (or less) video commercial is an effective way to drive a company’s revenue. That’s assuming people take the initiative to visit the company’s store, walk through 2-3 additional steps, and finally confirm payment. Each step holds the potential for consumers to change their mind, get confused, and ultimately not follow through with the sale.

ACTA reeks of death: European Parliament urged to reject the anti-piracy treaty

The European air is rife with the stench of death, which means two things: first, that the highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is unlikely to gain approval from the 27 members of the European Parliament. And second, the members of Anonymous have further justification for wearing those masks with the iconic smirk from V for Vendetta .

Ooyala boosts viewer engagement 4X with new, personalized, video discovery tools

If you’ve been by the websites of big names like ESPN, Rolling Stone or Victoria’s Secret (not guilty) then you’ve probably watched video powered by Ooyala’s white label service. Today the company is rolling out a new set of tools that personalizes that experience for each user, an update the company says has boosted engagement four fold among its beta testers.