UN Considers Banning Killer Robots

The real world is quickly catching up to science fiction as elements that make up movies like Terminator and Robocop have officially become matters of international concern. The United Nations is holding a meeting at its location in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the legality of autonomous killer robots from Tuesday to Friday. Semi-autonomous machines — in this case, mostly drones — have already killed thousands of humans, and world leaders believe that lethal, fully autonomous machines could follow soon enough to make them worth discussing. See also: Police Need Small Bomb Squad Bots But Don't Have the Money Read more...More about Robots, Ban, United Nations, Autonomous, and Dev...

The History of Wearable Tech, From the Casino to the Consumer

Wearable technology is perhaps the most prolific trend in the tech industry today. From activity-tracking fitness bands to Google Glass and Oculus Rift, big names are getting involved in the once-niche technology — and they're getting involved in big ways. See also: Lifelogging: The Most Miserable, Self-Aware 30 Days I've Ever Spent You probably wouldn't have guessed that the tech behind wearable computing devices finds much of its history in attempting to cheat casinos. Inventors built some of the first wearables in the 1960s and '70s to count cards and improve a gambler's odds at the roulette table. Read more...More about Technology, Features, Wearable Tech, Tech, and Dev...

Twitter Users Have a Lot to Say About the Redesign (Shocker.)

Your Twitter profile page is about to look a lot like Facebook, and chances are, you have a pretty strong opinion about it. Nearly two months after the company quietly tested a new layout among a small group of users, news first reported by Mashable, Twitter is officially rolling out a new design starting on Tuesday. Social media users are notoriously adverse to change, with the slightest update often awakening the most critical of members, so it's not surprising the news brought a bevy of negative reactions, mostly with users calling it out as too similar to Facebook. SEE ALSO: 14 Facebook Tools You Didn't Know Existed Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, and Dev...

Microsoft: Yes, We’re Bringing Back the Start Menu

In a surprise announcement, Microsoft said it would bring back the Start Menu to the Windows desktop. It's not a part of the coming Windows 8.1 Update, but will come in a future upgrade. Microsoft's Terry Myerson showed off the new version of the Start Menu to an audience of developers at Build 2014 as he explained that users would be able to find apps via the menu. Users would also be able to run Modern (aka "Metro") apps within windows on the desktop. See also: Cortana, Microsoft's Siri, Comes to Life in Windows Phone 8.1 In a demo, Myerson showed that the new Start Menu looks similar to as it did in Windows 7, but it includes a minimized version of the Start screen right beside it. Read more...More about Microsoft, Tech, Dev Design, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone...

Ask a Dev: How to Ensure Your Web Apps Are Top Notch

In our latest Ask a Dev video, Mutual Mobile web director Clay Benson discusses good rules of thumb for web app quality assurance testing. See also: Apple Adds In-App Purchase Warning to iOS 7.1 Clay suggests that developers work closely and personally with their QA team. "Point one, developers need to talk to the QA team," he says. "Physically move yourself over from your desk as a developer over to their desk as a QA individual and have a conversation about the things you have learned as a result of building and testing your own code." Our developer experts are from Mutual Mobile, a leading development and design firm that builds mobile strategies for top companies such as Audi, Google and Citigroup. The team is eager to answer your questions about mobile, so ping us with your top queries on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskaDev. Don't forget to check out our Ask a Dev YouTube channel and subscribe. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design, and Ask A...