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'No thanks, Alexa.' Walmart teams with Google to offer voice shopping

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Under a new partnership with Google, Walmart will allow shoppers to make purchases through the voice-activated device Google Home, the Google Express app or its website. Shoppers will be able choose from hundreds of thousands of Walmart products through the Google Express website, mobile app or voice-activated Google Home. Executives from Walmart say the retailer will have more items available than any other on Google Express and offer a personalized version of the service by linking their Walmart account to Google Express. In February, Google Express integrated Google Home, enabling shoppers to use the Assistant on the voice-activated device just as they might use "Alexa'' on Amazon's Echo speaker.


Musk, tech experts want U.N. to ban killer robots

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This file photo taken on July 19, 2017 shows Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, during the International Space Station Research and Development Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. A group of technology experts including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is warning the United Nations about the potential threat posed by autonomous weapons. In an open letter addressed to the U.N.'s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, 116 founders and CEOs of robotics and artificial intelligence companies want the "killer robot" weapons banned. The group of experts who signed the letter applauded the U.N. for creating a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) to consider lethal autonomous weapon systems.


Uber's next CEO inherits a board at war and a combative ex-CEO

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In an unusual twist, the venture capital firm sued Kalanick, claiming he created additional seats on Uber's board to "increase his power over Uber for his own selfish ends" and misled on a number of scandals that later became public, including the legal dispute with Google self-driving car unit Waymo. Adding to the brawl, a trio of Uber investors -- Sherpa Capital, Yucaipa Companies and Maverick Technologies -- last week demanded via email that Benchmark Capital cede its seat on Uber's board and sell its shares, a day after Benchmark sued Kalanick, reported news site Axios. Uber, trailed by its smaller rival Lyft, led the charge to win stateside consumers, in many cases setting up shop in opposition to local regulations and city officials. Its shares on the secondary market have plunged in recent months, dropping the company's valuation to about $50 billion from nearly $70 billion last year, according to a report from The Information, citing unnamed investors.


Ready for the eclipse? Your final checklist

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Sadly, it's too late for Amazon, so try retailers like 7-Eleven and Circle K We found them at stock at both locations here in central Oregon, as well as Dutch Bros., a regional coffee chain, which offers a free pair with coffee purchases. Isaac Beale, 20, a student at Oregon State University, hands out free solar glasses at Dutch Bros. Coffee, a regional chain that's offering glasses with coffee purchases. Beyond seeing the total solar eclipse in key locations like Oregon and South Carolina, there is limited TV coverage on CNN, the Science Channel Weather Channel and NASA TV, and heavy online showcasing. The USA TODAY Network will begin live streaming Monday at 9 a.m. NASA suggests nabbing a solar filter gell to tape over the lens of a DSLR, to protect the image sensor, if you're looking to grab a close-up shot of the sun and the moon during the big moment.


OKCupid bans white supremacist from dating service

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OKCupid has banned white nationalist Christopher Cantwell from the dating service. And it's asking its members to report other OKCupid members who belong to hate groups. OKCupid joins a growing corporate backlash against neo-Nazis in the U.S. after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Technology companies that once tolerated white supremacists are now booting them from their services. While tech companies have removed accounts belonging to the Islamic State and other terrorist groups under growing political pressure, tech companies until now have not been as aggressive in policing hate groups in the U.S.


Hello! Google Home now makes calls

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Google Home, the Internet giant's answer to the Amazon Echo-connected speaker, is ready to start making phone calls. The feature first announced in May means the Home speaker can now make free phone calls to folks in your Google contact list in the U.S. and Canada. As with many new Google features, free phone calls are being rolled out to select users and will expand nationally within the next 2 weeks. Forrester Research says some 20 million units of Amazon's Echo devices will have sold by the end of 2017.


Solar eclipse weather forecast: Coastal clouds could mar view in Oregon, South Carolina

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During Monday's total solar eclipse, the best weather conditions will likely be from interior Oregon to Idaho, where clouds are expected to be few and far between, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel. However, right along the coast of Oregon, where the total eclipse begins, pesky morning clouds could mar the view. Along the Mississippi River in Missouri and Kentucky, where the longest period of totality occurs, a clear to partly cloudy sky is forecast. Based strictly on past weather conditions, Casper, Wyo., has an 88% chance of clear skies on Aug. 21 -- the highest percentage of any U.S. city.


Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel self-driving car alliance

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is joining a partnership that includes German automaker BMW and U.S. tech giant Intel to develop self-driving car technology. "In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers," Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. BMW, Intel and self-driving car tech firm Mobileye formed the partnership in 2016, saying they'd welcome others to join to help accelerate and spread the technology. In April, Fiat Chrysler announced that Waymo had ordered an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids that it will modify for its self-driving fleet.


The best smart bulbs for Amazon Alexa, Siri, and more

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If you want the best smart bulb for your money, then you should get the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit (available at Amazon). Depending on which you get, you'll be able to do things like set timers, change the temperature of the bulb (from a warm yellow to a cool blue/white), change the light of the bulb to any color of the rainbow, and even control them through your Amazon Echo or Google Home. While the White and Color Ambiance and the White Ambiance smart bulbs topped our charts, the standard White bulb came in a little lower on our list. Editor's Note: Compatability with Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa is coming soon, and as soon as it does we'll test our review unit and take another look at our rankings.


Musk: Artificial intelligence safety carries 'more risk' than North Korea

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Elon Musk has called artificial intelligence "a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization." According to Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, concerns over artificial intelligence safety carry "more risk" than the potential for a nuclear war with North Korea. "Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that's a danger to the public is regulated," said Musk on Twitter. Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that's a danger to the public is regulated.