This Week in Tech 648: Distracted by the Robots

The best explanation for the Meltdown and Spectre computer flaws comes from a comic strip. Apple eats crow over slowing iPhones. Magic Leap might not be vaporware after all – will this lead to the death of smartphones? CES 2018 predictions. Prediction #1: no Ajit Pai. SWATting death: who is to blame? Border agents phone searches are way up just as new rules limiting searches are drafted. Please stop giving this man money: Juicero founder now hawking bacteria-filled “raw water.”

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Most popular stories of 2015: Tech Culture

By TechSpot Staff | TechSpot

In 2015 we tried hard to achieve Marty McFly’s hoverboard-laden future with at least three separate efforts, but all we got in the end were some two-wheel balancing boards that sporadically catch fire. Elsewhere, robot battles between the US and Japan are brewing, we got some nice doses of gaming nostalgia, drones continue to evolve as the likely future of logistics, Bitcoin bounced back from a lackluster 2014 to become the best-performing currency this year, and a lot more.

#10 Japan accepts America’s giant robot battle challenge

Two giant fighting robots – one American and one Japanese – are to face off against each other in a melee battle next year, piloted by drivers who sit inside them.

#9 This is how the ultra-rich watch box office releases at home, $500 at a time

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PRIMA Cinema is billed as the first and only premium entertainment company to deliver new films directly to your home. But it’ll cost you quite a bit.

#8 For Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, life as a billionaire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Money doesn’t buy happiness. Too much of a good thing is bad. More money, more problems. There are clichés out the wazoo that seem to describe the position that Markus “Notch” Persson has found himself in since offloading Mojang to Microsoft.

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