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Billionaire AI battle: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg just can’t agree

Billionaire AI battle: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg just can’t agree

It's not quite the "battle of the billionaires" we were hoping for - that would involve more lasers - but Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are sparring over artificial intelligence. The Facebook founder started the spat by criticizing naysayers on AI, and though he didn't mention Musk by name, the Tesla founder has become one of the most vocal advocates for caution on the topic. That, unsurprisingly, didn't go down so well.

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Google’s Daydream phone goal by end of 2017 goes to 11

Google’s Daydream phone goal by end of 2017 goes to 11

Generally speaking, earnings calls are a pretty boring affair, and Alphabet's own Q2 earnings call yesterday was no different. However, there were a few good morsels of information to be found by sitting through the call, one of them concerning Google's VR efforts with Daydream. During the call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai gave us an estimate of where Daydream should be by the end of the year.

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iRobot selling Roomba maps is a good idea badly communicated

iRobot selling Roomba maps is a good idea badly communicated

iRobot had a great idea to automatically map the smart home, but may have permanently damned it by fudging its announcement. The domestic robot-maker is best known for its Roomba robot vacuum cleaners, which over progressive generations have gone from navigating by trial-and-error - effectively bumping their way around rooms - to generating increasingly detailed maps of each owner's home. It's that mapping data that iRobot wanted to leverage, through deals with third-parties.

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ECOXGEAR EcoLantern charges phones, plays music, uses Siri and Google Assistant

ECOXGEAR EcoLantern charges phones, plays music, uses Siri and Google Assistant

The folks at ECOXGEAR have created a lantern that's extremely bright, charges smartphones, and has a bottle opener at its base. This device is the ECOXGEAR EcoLantern, and it's also able to connect to your smartphone and speak to you using the iPhone's Siri or Androids' OK Google (Google Assistant). Speakers and waterproofing and lighting and etcetera in tow, this lantern is aimed directly at the "I need one device to do ALL of this stuff whenever I need it" market.

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Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Flash death: Adobe killing reviled plugin by 2020

Adobe is dropping the axe on Flash, announcing that the little-loved - and in many cases, like that of Apple's Steve Jobs, actively loathed - plugin is on its last legs. Flash will officially be put out of its misery in 2020, Adobe confirmed today, having already been forced out of contention from mobile. However, the company is also calling on support from some of the big names in internet browsing and technology to see Flash out smoothly.

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Moto Z2 Force release set for all four big US carriers at once

Moto Z2 Force release set for all four big US carriers at once

Motorola has developed a reputation for crafting solid, dependable smartphones in recent years, but the only issue is that your exposure to some of the best Motorola handsets has been limited if you don't have Verizon. Some Motorola phones, such as the Moto Z Force, have only been available through Verizon here in the States. That all changes with the freshly-announced Moto Z2 Force, which will be available through the big four carriers here in the US.

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Moto 360 Camera Moto Mod detailed: the world from all angles

Moto 360 Camera Moto Mod detailed: the world from all angles

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed the Moto Z2 Force Edition alongside a Moto Mod that sees the world from all angles. This is the Moto Mod called "Moto 360 Camera", and we've seen it before - albeit very briefly. This piece of work delivers spherical video with two lenses that, together, create a 4K-sized video captured at 24-frames per second.

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Razer Tiamat headsets V2 include directional audio and pretty lights!

Razer Tiamat headsets V2 include directional audio and pretty lights!

Two new headsets have been revealed by Razer with a similar look, but very different aims - one for hardcore PC gamers, the other for cross-platform play. Both go by the name Tiamat, and both are made for heavy-duty audio and comfort. Tiamat headsets come in 7.1 V2 and 2.2 V2 editions, the former coming with a higher price tag and more features, the latter coming with a slightly more basic set of features for a lower price.

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Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition update adds one big feature

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition update adds one big feature

If you're like me and you found yourself purchasing Minecraft for the 197th time when it launched on Nintendo Switch, then you'll be pleased to know that it's getting a new update today. For the most part, the update offers the standard bug fixes and optimizations. There are a few additional features of note, including one really big feature that will definitely get a lot of players excited.

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Pokemon GO Legendary Raid (How to catch em all)

Pokemon GO Legendary Raid (How to catch em all)

This week the Legendary Pokemon GO releases began - and they're not about to stop soon. The first Legendary Pokemon to be released in this way were Legendary Bird Pokemon Articuno and Lugia. Both of these Pokemon are relatively difficult to beat, and extremely difficult to catch - unless you're in Chicago. For everyone else, a bit of strategy is needed.

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Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Google is rolling out new tools today to help searchers and Maps users get critical information during a crisis. This new feature is called SOS Alerts, and it expands on previous emergency response features Google has launched. It's even live today, offering important information about the wildfires in British Columbia, Canada.

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Xchime video doorbell promises lag-free security

Xchime video doorbell promises lag-free security

A smart home isn't really very smart if it can't protect itself or its masters. There have been a variety of smart locks in the market already, some simple and other quite sophisticated. Xchime is a new contender that has no qualms about adding yet another choice in the market. It is confident that it has something to offer that has never been offered before. That is, a video doorbell whose usefulness isn't at the mercy of Internet lag.

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