These robots work together to achieve a common goal


Boston Dynamics put the power of collaborative problem solving on display in a new video today. The 45 second video shows two SpotMini robots working together to achieve a common goal: opening an office door. SpotMini is an 11 kilogram (25 pound) four-legged robot capable of picking up and handling objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and perception sensors. In the video, the first SpotMini approaches the door and appears to scan it before calling in reinforcements. As the second robot comes into view, the first retreats and watches as his “armed” counterpart moves into position, scans the door, and…

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Apple put together three short videos to explain how to use your new HomePod

Apple has just released its HomePod speaker, and like with other new devices, it’s created some new videos to show users how to use it. MacRumors spotted the trio, which explain how to use Siri, adjust the settings, and how to use the touch controls.

The first video shows how to control the device with Siri: you can ask it to play songs from various genres or different playlists, and you can control the volume by telling it to get louder, or to play at a certain percentage. You can also tell it to go forward or back a track.

The next video explains how to use the HomePod’s touch controls. Tapping the top will play or pause a song, and a double-tap and triple-tap will skip to the next song or go back to the last one. The plus and minus…

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Discord and Spotify Join Forces to Let Users of Both Listen to Music Together

Two of the apps I find myself using the most on my iPhone are Discord [Free] and Spotify Music [Free]. Neither should need any kind of introduction, but in case you haven’t heard of them, Discord is a gamer-centric chat service that spawned from the defunct mobile MOBA Fates Forever (another piece of Discord trivia: Some of the same folks behind OpenFeint are in charge of Discord). We’ve got really awesome TouchArcade Discord Server that’s filled with hundreds of people talking about iOS gaming around the clock. We also use it to coordinate TouchArcade content, so the whole TouchArcade crew is super active. Spotify Music is my preferred online music service, largely because I’ve been using it forever and now I’m so deep in the Spotify ecosystem with different Spotify-connected hardware and services I can’t ever leave. (This is how they get ya’!) That being said, I have zero complaints with Spotify and the $ 9.99 I give them is some of the best money I’ll spend in a month.

On Discord, music bots have been a thing for a while now. Basically, a bot joins your server and then using convoluted chat commands you can make them play music over a voice channel so you can have a shared listening experience with friends. Well, Discord and Spotify just teamed up and if you update your Discord client you can link them directly to do everything music bots used to do, but with way better functionality and user experience as it’s all baked directly into Discord.

The integration is super simple, but if you get stuck anywhere take a look at this page for help on getting your Spotify account linked and how to use all the new stuff. You’ll need to have Spotify premium to use the group listening functionality, but, as I said, a premium subscription is a great way to spend money. Now get your butt over to the TouchArcade Discord Server!

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Google brings its different payment platforms together under the Google Pay brand

Google Pay products Google is simplifying the way it presents its different payments tools to consumers, uniting them under a new brand called Google Pay. In a Google blog post, Vice President of Product Management for Payments Pali Bhat described this as more of a rebranding than a change to the underlying products or technology. He said the products being brought together include Android Pay (Google’s… Read More
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