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Are smart bulbs worth the money? 10 things you need to know

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Whether you're arriving home late at night or just need some extra assistance around the house, the addition of smart light bulbs to your living space can help you find your way around without fumbling in the dark for a traditional light switch. Smart light bulbs are just like regular light bulbs except that they can be controlled remotely by voice, Bluetooth, and mobile apps. If you're teetering on the edge of setting up your house with smart home products, light bulbs are a great place to start. However, before you outfit your house with smart light bulbs, there are some things you need to know before making your purchase. It's easy to install a smart light bulb.


With FAA's blessing, that drone over your house may be Google's Wing, not Amazon's

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If you live in southwest Virginia, don't be surprised at the sight of a drone winging its way on another airborne delivery run over your neighborhood soon. Wing, the drone delivery service spun off from Alphabet's Google, hopes to start flights to homes and businesses in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas by the end of the year now that it has the blessings of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA announced earlier this week that it had approved Wing as the first air carrier certified for drone delivery. In receiving the certification, Wing beat Amazon to the punch despite all the attention that the online merchandise giant has drawn over its interest in deliveries by air. Both companies, along with others, have been racing to develop drones as a more cost-effective way of delivering small, high-value orders, like medicine.


Elizabeth Warren wants to bust up Amazon, here's how it could be broken into 3 pieces

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Amazon has more than just endless products to offer, but also tons of cool services. Here are 5 things that will upgrade the way you use Amazon. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the leaders in polls about who may get the Democratic party nomination for president, wants Amazon.com Amazon is made of three large segments, so if Warren and her allies prevail, chopping it up would not be difficult. Warren tweeted a part of her argument: "Giant tech companies have too much power. My plan to #BreakUpBigTech prevents corporations like Amazon from knocking out the rest of the competition. You can be an umpire, or you can be a player – but you can't be both."


Teslas for the robotaxi fleet: With every update, owners feel like they got a new car

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That's because Tesla has created "the best chip in the world." Imagine if your car could get new features or even become faster or get to farther on a fill-up just while sitting parked outside. To the delight of Tesla owners everywhere, the electric car company continually offers over-the-air software updates to the cars they already have, making it feel as if they are walking out to a brand new vehicle, instead of having to wait a year or so for a new, improved model. And now, CEO Elon Musk is talking about creating a fleet of Uber-like "robotaxis" with just such an upgrade. In March, with the introduction of the base $35,000 Model 3, a Tesla update made all existing Model 3s faster, practically overnight.


Amazon looking to shift to one-day Prime shipping and delivering orders wherever you want

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You might say that when it comes to delivery, Amazon is flooding the zone. With Walmart and Target nipping at its heels, the e-commerce giant is determined to win the delivery wars by dropping off packages wherever, and whenever, a shopper might want to receive them. For the first time, this year, Amazon delivered items to Coachella. On a business trip but didn't pack your tie? Hilton Hotels are among the locations where you can have one shipped to an Amazon locker. In Snohomish County, Washington, a robot may bring packages to your door.


25 Mother's Day gifts she actually wants

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We'll help you find the best gifts for mom. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Mother's Day is just around the corner and it's time to treat your mom, friend who is a mom, or self-proclaimed mom friend to a special something. We're here to save you from stress shopping and impulse buying with this curated guide of some of this year's tried-and-true products.


Student sues Apple for $1 billion, claims face-recognition caused false arrest

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A teenager in New York is suing one of the biggest companies in the world for $1 billion. A New York college student filed a lawsuit against Apple for $1 billion, claiming the company's alleged use of facial recognition software in its stores falsely linked him to a series of Apple store thefts. Ousmane Bah, 18, claims that he received a summons from a court in Boston saying that he stole $1,200 worth of Apple products in 2018, according to papers filed on Monday in Manhattan federal court. The products included Apple Pencils, which retail for $99 each. On the day of one of the thefts in Boston, Bah was attending his senior prom in Manhattan, according to the court documents.


Former Google car project Waymo to build self-driving cars at Detroit factory

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Stephen Crouch of Montana-based Blackmore explains how the company's lidar technology would help a robot car see what's ahead. Waymo will build self-driving vehicles in Detroit. The company, once known as Google's self-driving car project and now a leader in the push to develop autonomous vehicles, had previously said it was scouting locations in southeast Michigan but did not name a specific city. CEO John Krafcik revealed Detroit as the company's choice in a blog post Tuesday titled, "Making Waymos in Motor City." It refers to being "up and running" this year.


'Mars quake': Here's what the first tremor on the red planet sounds like

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Three distinct sounds were detected by NASA's Insight Lander while sitting on Mars' surface. The first "Mars quake" has been detected, NASA announced Tuesday. The finding "officially kicks off a new field: Martian seismology!," said Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA said this is the first trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind. The sound was detected by NASA's Insight Lander, a robot spacecraft that's now sitting on the Martian surface.


Elon Musk says Tesla will develop a 'quiet electric leaf blower'

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A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Just when you think Tesla is busy tackling groundbreaking tech projects like robotaxis and driverless cars, Musk comes out of nowhere announcing a possible new product line that nobody asked for. On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company is planning to "develop a quiet, electric leaf blower," and like all good Tesla declarations, the news came via Twitter. Musk sent a follow-up tweet with a pun. "Tesla blows," the CEO said.