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Robots Invade Consumer Market for Play, Work

The robots are coming, and they're here to help.

Help clean your windows, teach children, or even provide entertainment or companionship.

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Tech Tie-Up Says to Launch Phone System Rival to iOS, Android

A new smartphone operating system developed by a global collaboration of tech firms to rival Google's Android and Apple's iOS will be launched in the next few months, Japanese mobile phone operator NTT Docomo said Wednesday.

The system, an open source called Tizen based on Linux, is expected to be installed on telephones that are sold from the end of March, NTT Docomo spokesman Jun Otori told Agence France Presse.

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Huawei Phone is So Big it Can Charge Other Phones

Huawei, China's largest cellphone manufacturer, is releasing a phone that can be thought of as the inflight refueling system of the mobile world: it can be used to recharge other phones.

The Ascend Mate2 has a 6.1-inch (15.5-centimeter) screen, making it more than twice as big as an iPhone 5. It's almost the size of a tablet, giving rise to the half-joking term "phablet." It's the successor to a phone of the same size launched last year.

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LG to Use Palm's Mobile Software for Smart TVs

LG will bring the software that once powered Palm's smartphones to the majority of its Internet-connected TVs this year.

The South Korean firm unveiled webOS-based smart TVs at a trade fair Monday in Las Vegas, less than a year after it bought the operating system for smartphones and tablet computers from Hewlett-Packard Co.

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First Formula E Car Dazzles Las Vegas

The first Formula E car -- part of an upcoming motor racing competition to put electric vehicles on the map -- made its dazzling debut on Monday in Las Vegas.

The sleek Spark-Renault SRT-01E, capable of speeds above 225 kilometers (150 miles) per hour, will compete in the first Formula E Championship that begins in Beijing in September, part of 10 races sponsored by the FIA, the global governing body for motor racing.

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Samsung Teams Up with Comcast for Ultra-HD Movies

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest maker of TVs, said Monday that it is tackling the problem of getting ultra-high-definition content to its new TV sets by teaming up with the Internet streaming services of Comcast, Netflix and Amazon.

Like other TV makers, the South Korean electronics company is betting that a quadrupling of the resolution of TV sets will get consumers interested in upgrading their existing, high-definition sets. The problem is that cable TV services and Blu-ray discs don't support the bump in resolution, leaving the ultra-sharp sets without ultra-sharp content.

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Intel Says its Processors Will be 'Conflict-Free'

Intel says all its processors this year will be made from minerals that don't hail from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

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CES Stage Set for New Wave of Gadgets

As spending on gadgets flattens in a world obsessed with smartphones and tablets, the Consumer Electronics Show here hopes to be a launch pad for a new must-have device.

From drones and smart cars to remote-controlled door locks and eyewear, the annual CES event officially starting Tuesday promises to showcase an "Internet of Things" with users at its heart.

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Chevrolet to Roll Out 4G-Connected Cars

The new Chevrolets coming out this year will be faster -- on the information superhighway.

The General Motors division said Sunday it would deploy fourth generation (4G) Internet connections on several models to help motorists who want to stay connected with the growing number of apps for automobiles.

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U.S. Library Offers Glimpse of Bookless Future

The future of the public library looks a lot like an Apple Store. Rows of glossy iMacs and iPads beckon. Hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

This $2.3 million library in Texas has no actual books. That makes BibiloTech the nation's only bookless public library, a distinction that has attracted people from as far away as Hong Kong who want to learn about the idea and possibly take it home.

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