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Genius new uses for that old iPhone

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USA Today contributor Jennifer Jolly shows us some absolutely genius're-uses' for an that old iPhone that you have lying around the house. A Bedside Smartphone Vase turns your old smartphone into a nightstand buddy. For music, your options are endless -- Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Apple Music -- and there's some great third party alarm apps like the Wake Alarm Clock with its big "slap to snooze" button. Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY's digital video show TECH NOW.


SAP CEO comes back from accident to make businesses smarter

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McDermott, 56, leads the world's third-largest software company (No. More: SAP head wants to simplify company's product line, message It's partnering with companies to bring innovations like blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to the business world. German Bundesliga football club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim uses the latest sensor-based technology combined with SAP HANA to improve player potential. Fittingly, SAP Leonardo is the company's latest technology platform that integrates machine learning, IoT, blockchain, analytics and big data into one intelligent system that runs in the cloud, SAP says.


The world is definitely going to end — just probably not Saturday

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Musk worries AI could start World World III and Hawking worries "the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." "Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it will take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate," Hawking told the BBC. "I was a member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets," NASA aerospace engineer Brian Wilcox told the BBC. "I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat."


Apple TV takes on 4K streaming: spiffy catch-up to Amazon, Roku

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The new Apple TV 4K device ($179-$199) brings Ultra HD 4K video with high dynamic range (HDR) to the iTunes store and other apps. The new Apple TV 4K device ($179-$199) brings Ultra HD 4K video with high dynamic range (HDR) to the iTunes store and other apps. The second-generation Amazon Fire TV device, released two years ago, handled 4K video, but that model is out of stock (you can find it on other sites such as Staples.com), Element and Westinghouse 4K TVs with built-in Amazon Fire TV began hitting the market in June. The Roku Ultra Net streaming device handles 4K video with HDR (high dynamic range).


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Apple's new Control Center lets you mix and match your favorite shortcuts in iOS11 (Photo: Apple) MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif -- You don't have to go out and spend $700 on a swanky new iPhone. The latest mobile operating system upgrade, iOS 11, was released Tuesday, and it has "hundreds" of new features, according to Apple. If you go to Settings, Control Center, you can choose what shortcuts you'd like to be in there. The iOS11 operating system upgrade lets you mark up screen shots.


Can Lyft pass Uber with $1B boost from Alphabet?

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When management upheaval, allegations of corporate espionage, and revelations of sexual harassment sent Uber into a public relations sinkhole, its long overshadowed rival Lyft shifted into overdrive. But its larger rival Uber could really be in for a drag race if a reported $1 billion investment by Google-parent Alphabet comes to pass. Alphabet's possible investment in Lyft comes at a time when the search giant is squaring off in court against Uber, which it has accused of building self-driving car sensor technology based on trade secrets stolen by a former Google car engineer, Anthony Levandowski. In May, Lyft announced a partnership with Alphabet presumably designed to find a vehicular home for the self-driving car technology being developed by Waymo, the new name for Google's eight-year-old autonomous vehicle program.


Artificial skin lets robot hand feel hot or cold

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A robot hand with artificial skin reaches for a glass of ice water. Researchers at the University of Houston have created an artificial skin that allows a robotic hand to sense the difference between heat and cold. The discovery of stretchable electronics could have a significant impact in the wearables market, with devices such as health monitors or biomedical devices, says Cunjiang Yu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston and the lead author for the paper. When the stretchable electronic skin was applied to a robotic hand, it could tell the difference between hot and cold water.


Facial recognition: iPhone today, tomorrow the airport?

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Apple calls its flavor of facial recognition Face ID. "Substantial questions remain about how Face ID will impact iPhone users' privacy and security, and whether the technology will perform equally well on different groups of people," he wrote. In tech devices, Samsung now uses facial recognition and iris scanning to let you unlock certain Galaxy smartphones. "If Apple's facial recognition tool proves to be significantly flawed, it could really damage Apple's hopes for Apple Pay expansion.


Artificial intelligence will be able to detect your politics and IQ

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Just by looking at your face, artificial intelligence will one day be able to detect your political leanings, among other things. Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more. Just by looking at your face, artificial intelligence will one day be able to detect your political leanings, among other things. Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more.


Next tech transportation race: Self-driving boats

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Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years – but autonomous boats could be just around the pier. Big maritime firms have committed to designing ships that won't need any captains or crews _ at least not on board.