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Self-driving cars face off on California road... Satya Nadella has a new mission (statement)... Uber protests get real in France

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Japan seniors' home deploys cloud-connected air conditioners, motion sensors

Panasonic and Fujitsu are trying to use IoT technology to reduce the burden on caregivers

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NASA's taking Microsoft's HoloLens to the space station

The NASA Sidekick program will use Microsoft's HoloLens as a tool to allow NASA ground control to peer over the shoulders of NASA engineers.

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Super-stretchable smart fabrics could enable new wearables

Elastic inks with record conductivity could be used in underwear that measures vital signs.

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Lexus reveals real-life hoverboard powered by magnets and superconductors

Move over, McFly! Lexus' Slide hoverboard is the real deal.

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Google wristband could give doctors constant stream of patient data

The device is designed for use in medical settings and won't be geared toward consumers looking to track fitness activities.


Pebble Time Steel is on track to ship in July, as regular pre-orders go live

No news is good news for Pebble as its second round of smartwatches stay on schedule.

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Google looks for content makers to test its Jump virtual reality video camera

Google may have a strong interest in applicants who have creative backgrounds, like film making and directing.


The 'World's Thinnest Watch' becomes another cautionary Kickstarter tale

After raising more than $1 million in crowdfunding, Central Standard shuts down and leaves backers empty-handed.


1,000 units of Pepper, the human-like robot that feels emotions, sell out in a minute

The $1,600 household robot has an emotion engine and is designed to be a member of the family.


The HoloLens field of view won't be getting any bigger, says Microsoft exec

Microsoft has cut down the field of view for HoloLens since January and it's becoming a distraction.


Why SoftBank's Pepper could become the iPhone of robots

Pepper can't do housework, but it's a spearhead in the coming robotics wave

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Fitbit IPO pumps up the heart rate of investors

Fitbit is valued at $6 billion dollars with its stock trading for around $30 per share

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Huawei delays its Android Wear watch to Q3, hints at design tweaks

The Chinese firm remains committed to Google's Android Wear platform, despite earlier reports to the contrary.


Microsoft's augmented reality Halo is breathtaking, but HoloLens still needs work

Microsoft's augmented reality demos have been awe-inspiring on stage, but HoloLens still needs a lot of work before it's ready for prime time.