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Elon Musk AI warning bolsters Iron Man image

Elon Musk AI warning bolsters Iron Man image

If you didn’t think Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk was living the Tony Stark life before, today’s chatter should have you wondering if he’s pumped up about Avengers: Age of Ultron. This film is about artificial intelligence getting out of hand - exactly the subject of Musk’s most recent public set of comments. Even as he speaks, Musk continues to invest in AI companies, aiming to keep a watchful eye on the lot.

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Robot bees being built to replace real bugs

Robot bees being built to replace real bugs

A little over a year after the first robot insect swarm was introduced by Harvard University’s Robert Wood, the bee problem in the United States hasn’t gotten any better. It’s not a problem of too many bees - on the contrary. Researchers are looking into ways to create artificial bees because of incredible losses of bees - and we need bees to pollinate the food we eat.

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2015 Acura TLX first-drive: The subtle sports sedan

2015 Acura TLX first-drive: The subtle sports sedan

Acura has something to prove with the new 2015 TLX. Honda’s top-drawer division credits itself with having co-created the midsize luxury sedan segment with the original TL, though it’s now one of the most competitive and the big German brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW have weighed in with their own take on the category, Meanwhile rivals like Lexus have been joined by upstart budget alternatives from Hyundai and others, leaving Acura’s TL and TSX looking tired. Can the new TLX set Acura back on the right track?

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Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips’ hue smart lightbulbs have always been at the mercy of a dumb switch. The range of color-changing LED bulbs have won over many smart home enthusiasts with their flexible effects and easy installation, but while controlling lighting from a smartphone or tablet is catnip to geeks, the less tech-savvy were left bemoaning their suddenly redundant physical light switches. Enter Hue Tap, a tactile and portable way to bring up to four presets out of the app and into the real world.

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Galaxy phone blocks bullet after man brings knife to gun fight

Galaxy phone blocks bullet after man brings knife to gun fight

A Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 stopped a bullet this week as a man had a friendly disagreement with another citizen in the streets of Xinfeng Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan*. The altercation involved a wallet being dropped by the first man, the second man picking it up for him and joking about spending his cash, the first man pulling a gun, and the second man pulling a knife.

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Android Photo Gallery to re-separate from Google+

Android Photo Gallery to re-separate from Google+

Over the past year Google began bundling the Android photo and video gallery into an app called Photos - and today, we’re to understand, that’s all coming to an end. The app you know as "Gallery" might not return, but word has it that Google plans on separating its photo services from Google+ in one key way: sign-ins. No longer will you need to have a Google+ social networking account to have the photo services that come along with it.

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Apple’s iWatch wont be made by Apple

Apple’s iWatch wont be made by Apple

When Apple first decided to enter the automotive industry, they didn't decide to create the iCar. Rumors of the iWatch swirl - Apple's hired an army of watch and wearable-friendly professionals over the past several years, and they're making something new. But the quickest way to the top of your business is to turn it upside down - and the modern Apple model isn't above collaboration.

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Apple Beats buy final: compared to birth of iPhone

Apple Beats buy final: compared to birth of iPhone

It would appear that Apple’s acquisition of Beats by Dre, aka Beats Electronics, aka Beats Music, has been finalized. With it comes a message from Beats, likely written by a top wordsmith from Apple. It sounds that way, anyway, bringing on words that deem Beats headphones worthy of sitting alongside the iPod, iPad, and iPhone as Apple’s key "instruments."

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