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Flatpack fear no more? Robots assemble an IKEA chair

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Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture. Sifting through pages of instructions and a jumble of screws and bolts to build the low-cost Swedish furniture may soon be a thing of the past given advances in technology, say researchers at the city-state's Nanyang Technological University.


Meet Daisy, Apple's newest iPhone-recycling robot

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Daisy is Apple's latest "disassembly" robot. Apple's latest "disassembly" robot can take apart 200 iPhones an hour, letting Apple recover materials it says that traditional recyclers cannot. This new robot, Daisy, is capable of disassembling any of nine iPhone models. The Cupertino, Calif. announced Daisy as part of its environmental initiatives ahead of Earth Day Sunday. Daisy incorporates technology and some recycled parts from Apple's previous disassembly robot Liam, which launched in 2016 and was created after years of R&D.


Amazon's Jeff Bezos says Amazon Prime members top 100 million

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Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos tours the facility at the grand opening of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle on Jan. 29, 2018. Amazon's Jeff Bezos said it counts more than 100 million paying members for Amazon Prime, the delivery and content business that's at the heart of its sales growth. The CEO and founder, in his annual letter to shareholders, said last year more members joined Prime than in any previous year. Prime subscribers spend a lot more on Amazon -- $1,300 per year on average -- compared to about $700 for non-Prime members, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. "One thing I love about customers is that they are divinely discontent. Their expectations are never static – they go up," said Bezos. We didn't ascend from our hunter-gatherer days by being satisfied. People have a voracious appetite for a better way, and yesterday's'wow' quickly becomes today's'ordinary'. I see that cycle of improvement happening at a faster rate than ever before. It may be because customers have such easy access to more information than ever before – in only a few seconds and with a couple taps on their phones, customers can read reviews, compare prices from multiple retailers, see whether something's in stock, find out how fast it will ship or be available for pick-up, and more. These examples are from retail, but I sense that the same customer empowerment phenomenon is happening broadly across everything we do at Amazon and most other industries as well.


'I started pounding on the windows' -- Uber passenger describes attempted Denver kidnapping

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Uber is rolling out new safety features to deal with rider safety. The ride-sharing company said it is adding a direct way to call 911 from the app. File photo taken in 2017 shows ride-hailing app Uber's logo on a mobile phone in London, England. SAN FRANCISCO -- Denver law professor Nancy Leong hailed an Uber to get to the airport Tuesday morning. She says she wound up on a ride to hell, "pounding on the windows."


How Intel creates its flying drone shows

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Intel, which wowed folks with its syncronized drone show at the Olympics, is at it again, with a drone show at the Coachella music festival near Palm Springs Sunday. We sit down with an Intel exec who explains how it works, and why Intel is pushing the idea of dancing drones. LOS ANGELES -- Intel, once best known as the company that powered PCs and Macs with its silicon chips, is now perhaps better known to the public for its awesome drone light shows. The company doesn't make consumer drones nor does it have plans to take on DJI or Yuneec, but it's become a frequent visitor to high profile events like the Super Bowl and Olympics with synchronized aerial drone shows. The Olympics alone had 1,218 drones in the air at one time, forming five Olympic rings and other intricate figures.


The 5 best deals on Amazon right now will all make life easier

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Don't miss a chance to make your life easier and save money at the same time. 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. If your weekend wasn't long enough either, I'm here to distract you with things to spend your hard-earned money on. Today, some of the best deals I could find on Amazon were for smart devices and tech gadgets that will make your life a little easier.


Your fancy new car steers and brakes for you; so why keep your hands on the wheel?

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USA Today's Nathan Bomey takes Cadillac's Super Cruise for a test drive. In this Friday March 23, 2018 photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work a the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent two investigators to look into a fatal crash and fire Friday in California that involved a Tesla electric SUV. The agency says on Twitter that it's not clear whether the Tesla Model X was operating on its semi-autonomous control system called Autopilot at the time. Investigators will study the fire that broke out after the crash.


Safety investigators boot Tesla from probe into fatal crash of SUV on autopilot

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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it's "unhappy" that Tesla made public information about a deadly crash involving a Model X vehicle. In this Friday March 23, 2018 photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work a the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent two investigators to look into a fatal crash and fire Friday in California that involved a Tesla electric SUV. The agency says on Twitter that it's not clear whether the Tesla Model X was operating on its semi-autonomous control system called Autopilot at the time. Investigators will study the fire that broke out after the crash.


Senators introduce bipartisan privacy bill in response to Facebook data mining

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Senator John N. Kennedy of Louisiana criticized Facebook's user agreement during Mark Zuckerberg's Senate hearing. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., listens to testimony during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Dec. 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images) WASHINGTON – Senators introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give Americans greater power to protect their online privacy. The day before, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress about the misuse of user data on the social media site. "The data breach at Facebook showed the world that the digital promised land is not all milk and honey," said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. "I don't want to regulate Facebook half to death, but there are things that need to be changed."


Uber CEO: We're cooperating with Feds on self-driving car crash probe

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Uber has reached a settlement with the family of the woman killed by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona. WASHINGTON -- The CEO of Uber said Wednesday that the ride-hailing app is cooperating with federal investigators who are probing the company's deadly self-driving crash in Arizona. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he still believes self-driving cars are a "very important part of the solution of getting rid of car ownership." But he did not say whether or when Uber would resume testing its own autonomous vehicles after the fatal crash in Tempe, Ariz. The company suspended tests after the accident.