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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A Batmobile, two drones and other sights from CES Day One

It's time for the electronics industry to make its annual pilgrimage to the Nevada desert for the CES show. Thousands of great products, and some questionable ones, debut at the show. Here's the pick from Monday.

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Watch Faraday Future unveil the crazy FFZero1 concept car

Faraday Future's FFZero1 concept car is certainly eye-catching. Its design was instantly likened to the Batmobile and it features a "UFO line" that the company says "is intended to give the sense that this vehicle is not completely of this world."

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Parrot previews wing-shaped Disco drone

Parrot has developed a distinctive wing-shaped drone that swoops through the sky at high speed and can be automatically controlled from a smartphone app.

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Got a new drone? Read this first

Drones aren't like other gadgets—they can hurt people or tangle with aircraft if you're not careful. Learn these important safety, privacy and legal guidelines to keep you and your drone out of trouble.

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Watch: Narrow escape for skier as TV drone crashes

It's a frightening moment to watch and a sober reminder of the danger of drones. On Tuesday evening at an Alpine Ski World Cup event in Italy, a large drone carrying a TV camera crashed into the snow a fraction of a second after Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher had passed the point of impact.

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LG promises upgraded WebOS smart TV 3.0 update at CES 2016

LG says it will introduce a new version of its webOS smart TV software along with new televisions at January's CES in Las Vegas.

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Google may be working on messaging app infused with artificial intelligence

Google is working on a new messaging app that will employ artificial intelligence to bring some of the company's data smarts to a chat bot service in the software, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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Forget the gadgets, come to CES 2016 for the cars

Cars look certain to be one of the stars of January's CES show in Las Vegas -- testament to the advanced technology work being done by the auto industry today and a lackluster electronics sector that is still searching for the next big thing.

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The FAA's drone registry is live, and it's ridiculously easy

The FAA's new drone registration system went live on Monday, and it's ridiculously easy to use. Shortly after it went live at 3pm EST, I signed up and the whole process only took a few minutes.

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Over-the-air 4K TV demo planned for CES

A live demonstration of broadcast 4K television is planned to take place in Las Vegas in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.

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California opens road to public use of autonomous cars

California has published the world's first regulations dealing with the routine use of autonomous cars on city streets -- a big step toward the day when computers, not humans, are in charge of cars.

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Ford will test driverless cars in California next year

Ford will begin testing a fully autonomous version of its Fusion Hybrid on California streets in 2016, becoming the latest major automaker to put driverless car technology to the test on real roads.

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Fuel cell keeps drones in flight for hours, not minutes

A British company says it may have a solution to one of the most frustrating issues of drone flying: short battery life.

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Samsung makes last-chance appeal to Supreme Court on Apple verdict

Samsung is attempting to take its years-old patent fight with Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday it filed an appeal to the court asking it to take a look at the rules regarding design patents -- rules that haven't been touched in 120 years.

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FAA will require consumer drone registration starting next week

The U.S. government is to start requiring owners of consumer drones to register their aircraft. The move, which has been expected, comes shortly before thousands of drones are expected to be given as holiday gifts.