Last week in tech: Bad smartphone habits, new DJI drones, and Facebook bans

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How much time did you spend looking at your smartphone this weekend? In fact, recent research found that our constant smartphone use is having an effect on our kids. Don't worry because this roundup of last week's tech news will get you all caught up with plenty of time left to get outside and enjoy the summer sun. Your children will thank you for reading it. This week, we're talking about the latest round of fake accounts banned from Facebook (and what you can do about them), our increasingly complicated relationship with digital assistants, and whether or not ergonomic gadgets can actually fix the damage from years of sitting and staring at screens.


This start-up is building a humanoid robot that could soon be delivering packages to your door

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So far, Agility Robotics has sold three Cassie robots (University of Michigan is a customer, for example) and has sales for another three in progress. The goal is to sell another six Cassie robots, "so optimistically 12 customers total for the entire production run of Cassie," Shelton tells CNBC Make It. "That is obviously, though, a relatively compact market, and is not why we're doing the company," says Shelton, in an interview with CNBC Make It. Indeed, the next generation of the company's legged robots will also have arms, says Shelton. And one target use for the more humanoid robot will be carrying packages from delivery trucks to your door. Shelton says his house is a perfect example of how a legged robot would assist in delivery.


'Machines can't make life & death decisions': Nobel laureate Jody Williams on new-age weapons - Firstpost

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Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 together with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for their central role in establishing the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. The US-based political activist is known across the world for her efforts to enhance understandings of security and related issues in the world today. She is also the chair of the Noble Women's Initiative that she founded in 2006 together with five other women Nobel Peace laureates. She, along with 20 of her fellow Nobel Peace laureates have called for a preemptive ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)--weapons that could operate without human supervision once activated even in matters of killing human beings. The UN's Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) held their third informal government's meet in Geneva from 11-15 April.


To reboot GoPro, CEO Nick Woodman went back to basics

Mashable

Things are looking up for GoPro. After a tumultuous couple of years -- which saw the action-camera company enter and then leave the drone business, get squeezed harder by increasingly competitive smartphone cameras, and ride a steady wave of criticism of its product line -- GoPro appears to have found its footing with the well-received Hero 7 Black camera and a return to profitability. At the center of the company's renewal is founder Nick Woodman. Woodman joined MashTalk to discuss what it's been like to be CEO during such a roller coaster of a time. After promising expeditions into media, drones, and 360 video didn't work out as planned, he's discarded unrealistic visions for tighter focus. The new GoPro may be less ambitious, but it's much more confident about what it can offer: high-quality action cameras with a compelling mix of features, value, and usability. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


PS5 release date: Sony hints at when new PlayStation will come out

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The PlayStation 5 isn't coming this year but could arrive soon after that, Sony has suggested. The console is coming along quickly, with many of its specs in place and developers already working with early versions to understand the kind of games they might be able to create, its architect Mark Cerny has revealed in a wide-ranging interview with Wired. Mr Cerny explicitly said that the console won't be arriving in 2019, in line with expectations but dashing the hopes of anyone who had hoped the console could be about to arrive by surprise. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.