Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Martyn Williams covers Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Audi's lunar rover lands in Detroit

It’s not the typical type of vehicle you see unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, but on Monday Audi showed off a lunar rover developed with its assistance by a team of private scientists in pursuit of Google’s Lunar Xprize.

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This lithium-ion battery of the future won't overheat

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a lithium-ion battery that shuts down as it begins to overheat, potentially meaning the types of catastrophic fires seen in hoverboards, laptops and airliners could become a thing of the past.

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You drive this Lincoln with a game controller

If you think sitting in the back seat of a full-size Lincoln MKZ and driving it with a game controller sounds like a dangerous proposition, you're right. It is. But that's just what's possible with a car brought to CES by Illinois-based AutonomouStuff.

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White House hopes for 'common ground' in Silicon Valley meeting

The White House hopes a Friday summit between senior government officials and Silicon Valley tech leaders will find common ground on ways the two can work together to combat extremism and radicalization.

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Renault Nissan plans 10 autonomous cars by 2020

Renault Nissan plans to launch 10 cars in the next four years featuring autonomous driving technology.

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Inside the mobile drone command post of the future

At a fraction of the cost of a helicopter, it's no surprise that public safety agencies and media companies are eyeing drones for serious work but how to monitor and control them? The Trident is a converted Mercedes Benz van that can act as a complete mobile command post for drones.

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Sony's elegant Bluetooth Glass Speaker adds mood to music

Sony's attractive Glass Speaker is an affordable version of a $10,000 speaker the company launched in 2008.

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The coolest, wildest, most futuristic car tech of CES 2016

Whether it's self-driving technology, advanced safety systems, smartphone-linked entertainment or cool concepts, the show has something for everyone. Here's our pick of the best.

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FAA drone registrations hit 181,000

More than 181,000 drones have been registered in the Federal Aviation Administration’s new drone registration database.

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Next-gen drones, talking sunglasses, and other Day Two sights from CES

Intel and Sony headlined press-conference day, showing off gadgets from collision-avoidance drones to turntables, which are making a resurgence at CES. Here's some of the things that caught our eye.

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Sony goes retro with a new record player

In an era of self-driving cars and wearable computers, Sony delivered something of a surprise at CES on Tuesday: a new record player.

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Google loses robotics chief to Toyota's $1B research lab

James Kuffner, the head of Google's robotics division and one of the original team of ten who started its self-driving car work, has left the company for a job at Toyota's $1 billion research institute in Silicon Valley.

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Audi is taking high-speed, self-driving cars to a California race track

Audi plans to begin testing highly automated self-driving car technology at a California race track that's more used to hosting auto races.

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Apple expected to cut parts procurement on slow iPhone sales

Asian electronic component makers are expecting Apple to cut procurement orders by about 30 percent in the coming quarter due to weaker than expected sales of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, according to a Japanese media report.

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Ford will triple its autonomous car test fleet

Ford is planning to triple the number of cars it has on city streets and test tracks researching autonomous driving technology.