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Zenbo Home Robot Pours on the Charm

Asus recently unveiled a family robot that can serve as a home healthcare assistant, control connected devices in the smart home, monitor security, perform various online tasks, and function as a playmate, among other things. Asus’ Zenbo made its debut at last month’s Computex computer show. At the same time, Asus launched a program that provides devs with access to the Zenbo SDK.

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Carriers are ditching first-class cabins as business class becomes plusher

THERE is a common lament that the distance between the front and the back of a passenger aircraft is growing ever wider, metaphorically speaking. That is true, but requires qualification. For the most part, the expanding chasm is, in fact, between the back and the middle of a plane.

It is an incontrovertible truth that economy-class passengers will now put up with nearly any level of discomfort in return for a cheap fare. So airlines have merrily shrunk seat pitches and withdrawn perks and still managed to fill their flights. But business-class passengers are more discerning. They are higher margin and usually where an airline will make its money, at least on longer-haul flights. So they must be wooed by ever-fancier seats, posh food and plush lounges.

A few years ago, a flat-bed seat in business class would have been considered opulent. No longer. Today they are considered standard. So while the back of the plane is engaged in a race to the bottom, the middle section is moving rapidly in the other direction. Here, according to Stephen Shaw, author of an airline-marketing Continue reading

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