A woman holds up the Google Pixel 2 phone, left, next to the Pixel 2 XL phone at a Google event at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco.

Google vies to make even smarter phones, speakers, cameras

 Google's upgrades to its Pixel smartphones and other gadgets are its latest steps toward turning its digital services into your backup brain. The products the company unveiled on Wednesday are packed with artificial intelligence that Google has accumulated from those very same services.

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Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman holds an HMD Odyssey virtual reality headset, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in San Francisco.

Microsoft dives deeper into 'mixed reality' with VR devices

Microsoft is counting on virtual reality headsets made by other companies to help establish personal computers running on its Windows 10 operating system as the best way to explore artificial worlds.

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Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Google spikes free-article requirements on publishers

Google is ending a decade-old policy that required publishers to provide some free stories to Google users —though it's not clear how many readers will even notice, at least for the moment.

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An esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Video games in the Olympics? Here's how it might work

The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.

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In this Sept. 26, 2017 photo, a Volocopter prototype flies in front of the two hotel towers during a test flight in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dubai dreams of flying taxis darting among its skyscrapers

With a whirling buzz from 18 rotors, the pilotless helicopter gently lifted off the ground and soared up into the afternoon sky, the spire of the world's tallest building visible behind it.

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FILE - In this April 26, 2016, file photo, a staff member stands next to an e.Cool electric SUV by Chinese automaker Changjiang on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing.

China sets target for electric car quota but delays rollout

China has stepped up pressure on automakers to accelerate development of electric cars by raising the first-year target for a planned system of production quotas but delayed its rollout from next year until 2019.

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Equifax CEO Richard Smith poses for a photo at the Equifax headquarters in Atlanta.

Equifax CEO steps down in wake of huge personal data hack

Embattled Equifax CEO Richard Smith stepped down Tuesday, less than three weeks after the credit reporting agency disclosed a disastrous hack to its computer system that exposed the sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans.

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Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.

Russia threatens to block Facebook over data storage

In its latest attempt to wrest control of the Internet, Russia's communications agency on Tuesday threatened to block access to Facebook if the company refuses to store its data locally.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella listens to a question at the annual Microsoft shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash.

Satya Nadella aims to make Microsoft mighty - and mindful

Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO who kept the company relevant as its primary PC software business faded, could write a book about the challenges he faced.

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a journalist makes a video of the Instagram logo using the new video feature at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Islamic State backers find ephemeral platform in Instagram

Researchers say Islamic State supporters have found an ephemeral platform to share propaganda: Using Instagram's "stories" feature, which causes posts to disappear in 24 hours.

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British playwright James Graham poses for a photograph, outside The Duke of York's Theatre which is currently showing his play 'Ink', in London.

The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch's tabloid revolution

Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth — and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul's tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election 'integrity'

Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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Visitors try out a game with a virtual reality headset device at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, near Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

Japanese video gaming adapting new tech for familiar titles

The Japanese video game industry is finding its way out of the doldrums by adapting new technology for decades-old titles.

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Michelle Turner, general manager of security products for Nest Labs, talks about the Hello doorbell during an event Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in San Francisco.

Nest Labs adds doorbell that can recognize familiar faces

Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch Series 3 at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif.

Apple says its new watch has cellular connectivity problems

Apple confirmed that its new Series 3 Apple Watch can encounter problems connecting to a cellular network. The problems arise when the watch joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity.

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Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users.

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In this Sept. 15, 2017, photo, the iOS 11 control center is displayed on the iPhone 8 Plus in New York.

4 things to know about Apple's iOS 11 software update

Holding off on upgrading your trusty old iPhone? You won't need a spiffy iPhone 8 in order to get new maps, photos and other features with a free software update Apple began rolling out Tuesday.

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Roku Premiere streaming TV device in New York.

Roku aims to raise $252 million with IPO

Video streaming pioneer Roku hopes to raise just over $252 million in an initial public offering as it tries to expand into more households.

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo, a boat capable of autonomous navigation makes its way around Boston Harbor.

Self-driving boats: The next tech transportation race

Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years - but autonomous boats could be just around the pier.

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Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance, speaks at a press conference held in Paris, France, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi bets on spike in electric cars

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is gambling that mass-market drivers are going to pivot soon to electric cars, announcing plans Friday to produce 12 new electric models by 2022 and to make electric cars 30 percent of its overall output.

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