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Apple joins Partnership on AI to explore “ethical” artificial intelligence

Apple joins Partnership on AI to explore “ethical” artificial intelligence

Apple has joined the Partnership on AI, adding its name - and its opinions - to the collaboration on artificial intelligence. Named as a founding member today, Apple joins companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM, and Facebook among the Partnership's ranks. Launched back in September 2016, the Partnership on AI was established in an attempt to better understand, and explain, artificial intelligence and the growing role it plays in today's technology.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks: Tiny bezels, moved fingerprint sensor, more

Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks: Tiny bezels, moved fingerprint sensor, more

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been caught in the wild, ahead of the new flagship smartphone's release in just a few months time. The hotly-anticipated Android device has been the subject of fierce speculation in the months since Samsung was forced to recall the Galaxy Note 7 following its battery meltdowns, with questions as to whether Samsung would condense Note and S-Series functionality into the same device. Now, confusingly, it looks like that's both true and not entirely the case.

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Google Daydream grabs HTC’s Vive design chief

Google Daydream grabs HTC’s Vive design chief

It's clearly the week for big moves in virtual reality, with HTC losing its VP of Design to Google, where he will work on Google Daydream. That might sound like an unusual shift, but with Claude Zellweger responsible for not only the HTC Vive headset but the entire brand strategy and execution, he's perfectly placed to help Google take Daydream mainstream. Meanwhile, his work on phones will also play a significant role.

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Lenovo X260 Laptop Review: Insanely long battery life

Lenovo X260 Laptop Review: Insanely long battery life

If you liked Lenovo's X250 laptop, you'll love its newer X260 model. All the best things about the X250 are back in Lenovo's X260, including the crazy long battery life that can, in some cases, get users through a full day of work with charge to spare. As you'd expect, though, these two models aren't entirely alike, and those who pick up the X260 are getting a newer beast. Is it worth the upgrade? Read our review to find out!

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 First Drive: AMG for all

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 First Drive: AMG for all

You could argue that the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 is a double-tweener. Just as the E-Class slots in-between its C and S siblings, so the Mercedes-AMG line sits in the gap between the mainstream Mercedes-Benz series and full AMG cars. The automaker is upfront about the fact that it saw unfilled "white space" between models like the C300 and the C63, and figured there'd be an audience of drivers wanting some of the performance and cachet of the latter but at a more affordable price.

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Pokemon GO’s “Poke Bank” update revealed for transfer plus trading

Pokemon GO’s “Poke Bank” update revealed for transfer plus trading

Pokemon GO has been spotted in the code for the newest Pokemon Bank app update for the Nintendo 3DS. This is the Pokemon Sun and Moon connection to Pokemon GO we've been waiting for. In this update for the app - one double the size of the Pokemon Bank currently out in the public - major transfer action will be enabled. Of the many games that will be allowed to transfer Pokemon into the Pokemon Bank for cross-app usage, the mobile game Pokemon GO will be enabled.

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As chip sales save 2016, Samsung looks to Note 8 for 2017 profit

As chip sales save 2016, Samsung looks to Note 8 for 2017 profit

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 may have tested the old "any publicity is good publicity" adage, but bumper chip demand has paved the way for a surprisingly successful 2017, the company predicts. Sales of memory chips helped assuage the financial hit from recalling millions of Note 7 handsets over fears they could explode, the South Korean firm said today, with record high prices in the final quarter of 2016. Indeed, Samsung's Q4 operating profit surged by 50-percent.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk promises 12-18 month hardware upgrades

Tesla’s Elon Musk promises 12-18 month hardware upgrades

Tesla owners wanting the latest and greatest should get used to a smartphone-style upgrade cadence, CEO Elon Musk has suggested, revealing the EV automaker's aggressive plans for new hardware roll-outs. The California car company has become notorious for pushing out wireless software updates that bring new features to owners' existing vehicles, at times to the consternation of safety regulators. However, as last year's Autopilot hardware upgrade conclusively demonstrated, not everything can be done with software.

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Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame

Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame

And so Samsung has finally made it official. To no one's surprise, the company is putting the blame squarely on the Galaxy Note 7's batteries, which is pretty much what it did before the first (failed) recall. This time, however, it has gone into more details on the how and why. While still not naming Samsung SDI and ATL, Samsung has blamed manufacturing defects and lapses in the batteries which resulted in the fiery deaths of the smartphones.

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Lavabit, the encrypted email once used by Snowden, returns to operation

Lavabit, the encrypted email once used by Snowden, returns to operation

Back in 2013, when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the US government's mass surveillance programs, it was discovered that his preferred email provider was the encrypted service called Lavabit. As the government then tried to get its hands on the former NSA contractor, the federal authorities demanded Lavabit turn over its SSL encryption key. Instead, founder Ladar Levison shut the entire service down, as cooperating meant giving the government access to the private data of all of its 410,000 users.

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Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost

Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost

Nintendo fans are just counting the days, even if there are still weeks, to the Nintendo Switch's launch. Critics are waiting with bated breath to see how expectations and marketing will match both reality and sales. Some people will love it, some will hate it.

Whichever way the pendulum swings, and it will swing back and forth repeatedly the Nintendo Switch will have one lasting effect on one corner of the gaming market. The Nintendo Switch, intentionally or not, will give an infusion of inspiration, not to mention a role model, that the mobile gaming industry so desperately needs.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: The would-be crossover killer

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: The would-be crossover killer

Crossovers are everywhere, but the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is choosing to see that as a big potential audience rather than an insurmountable problem. Convincing drivers to give up their sleeker SUVs and give a station wagon a chance is no small challenge, though. So, just as if you want a cat to swallow a pill you have to either rub its throat until it acquiesces or bury the medication in a mound of delicious treats, VW has opted for a mixed strategy when it comes to feeding Americans a wagon.

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