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Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear and sister-site Android Community. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Elon Musk donates $10M to Artificial Intelligence research

Elon Musk donates $10M to Artificial Intelligence research

The team at Future of Life Institute have announced this week that Elon Musk has donated a cool $10 million dollars to help run a global research program "aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity." This program will be carried out globally through an open grants competition in which funds will go toward AI researchers and AI research involving other fields including policy, law, and ethics, amongst others. "This will provide the impetus to jump-start research on AI safety," said Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence president Tom Dietterich.

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Google’s Project Ara Configurator app: here’s how you make your modular phone

Google’s Project Ara Configurator app: here’s how you make your modular phone

The team responsible for selling Project Ara to the public are aiming to make it as easy for you as possible. Google will be making it as easy to buy and as easy to see before you buy as possible. To do this, Project Ara will be coming with a Google Project Ara Configurator app. This app won't only allow you to see your Ara phone before you buy it, but after you buy it and want to add new pieces.

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FLIR C2 and ONE thermal camera for iPhone and Android hands-on

FLIR C2 and ONE thermal camera for iPhone and Android hands-on

Two devices are coming from the team at FLIR Systems that will allow thermal imaging to be put into the hands of consumers this year. That means seeing the heat around you - like a Predator - through your smartphone. One device is a camera attachment for your smart device - iOS or Android - the other is a self-contained thermal imaging device - its own camera. This second device goes by the name "FLIR C2", a Thermal Camera that's small enough to fit in your pocket - like a smartphone but made for thermal imaging alone.

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Google Translate Word Lens and live translation hands-on

Google Translate Word Lens and live translation hands-on

The team behind the Google Translate app have successfully created a tool that I can take to Spain to figure out where to find pizza without menu photos of said pizza. Thank you, Google Translate team. Today we're seeing an update to the Google Translate app for iOS, and an imminent update to the Android version of the app as well. With this update we'll see more solid live voice translation. We'll also see real-deal live translations of text - that's the magic-maker.

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Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Today at the 2nd annual Project Ara Developer Conference at Google's Mountain View, California home, the launch of the project has been revealed - sort of. You getting a Project Ara device in your hands isn't going to be as easy as heading to your local mobile carrier or department store. It's also not likely that you're going to be in a launch city from the start. In fact, unless you live in Puerto Rico, you're going to have to wait at least a few months more. Project Ara "launches" in 2015, but not necessarily for you and your pocket.

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Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

This week Microsoft have announced two new Lumia devices for the lowest end of the Windows Phone market. The Microsoft Lumia 435 and the Microsoft Lumia 532 are being called "the most affordable Lumia devices to date" by the company, working with Windows Phone 8.1 and introducing the 400 series to the Windows Phone environment. The Lumia 532 builds on the specifications and delivery of the Lumia 530 - that being the device that replaced the Lumia 520, the most successful Windows Phone device to date.

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Wii U full-sized original Wii games launching this month

Wii U full-sized original Wii games launching this month

Starting immediately, Nintendo is releasing several of the most classic of original Wii games to the Wii U. They'll be doing this with full-sized releases of said games, starting with Super Mario Galaxy 2 - available right this minute. Starting on the 22nd of January you'll be able to roll with "Punch-Out!!", then on the 29th of January you'll find the Metroid Prime Trilogy hitting the Wii U in original Wii format. At this time it's not entirely clear how high-quality the delivery of these games will be - hopefully ready for slightly larger screens than the original Wii was prepped for.

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Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Word on the street this week is that Samsung's next hero phone may kick TouchWiz to the curb. However unlikely that may seem, it would go with the trend. Imagine Motorola - owned by Google for a while rather recently - with a Moto X with a far more skinned UI. Imagine the HTC One M8 with Sense 2.0. Samsung may be taking a cue and making with the quicker updates to Android - straight from Google, like Nexus devices are prone to do - in the process.

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Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

The modular phone system known as Google's Project Ara is well underway, and leading up to the project's second big developer event ever - taking place this week - the creators of Ara have released their newest MDK. This piece of work is made for creators of Modules - instead of a Software Development Kit, this is a Module Development Kit. What developers will find inside is the first solid chat on the Ara Module Marketplace - how you can get involved and what it takes to be a Module Developer, too.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ramps up speed and power

2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ramps up speed and power

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is being shown at NAIAS 2015 this week as the top model of the brand's sporty SUV model series. This vehicle works with 570 hp (419 kW) and 800 Nm (590 ft lb) of torque from its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 biturbo engine and, according to Porsche, is is able to run the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes. The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S also works with standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) just in case you want to stop.

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