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'Cyborg' technology aims to reduce the opioid epidemic one chip at a time

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Tech these days is often accused of encouraging forms of addiction, but emerging "cyborg" technology may offer an answer for treating the opioid epidemic. Embedding microchips in the brains of addicts could help to, essentially, rewire them. He's among millions of people in America affected by what has become a national plague that kills hundreds each day. He hopes, though, that the computer chip in his brain can break him from addiction's hold. His dependence took hold after he dislocated his shoulder when he was 15.


The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Martin Luther King Day

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Save big on the things you actually want on your day off. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you're lucky enough to have the day off, you should treat yourself a little further with some online shopping. Even better, you can get incredible discounts on the products you actually want thanks to all of the holiday sales. For example, top-rated iRobot Roombas, weighted blankets, and travel mugs are all on sale at Amazon--and you don't want to pass up on these savings.


How high-tech does an electric toothbrush really need to be?

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Know Your Stuff is a new column that unlocks the hidden secrets about the everyday products you own. Dental care has come a long way since we were first using bone and hog hair brushes in sixth-century China, but based on some of the raised eyebrows I've seen at the recent CES electronics show, some might argue that the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Oral-B and Colgate, two household names in oral hygiene, each released state-of-the-art toothbrushes that promise to get your teeth cleaner than a standard brush. They join the ranks of dozens of other "smart brushes" that sport a list of features rivaling some laptops, which of course begs the question, "Why?" Aren't we fine with toothbrushes as they already are? Vision of the future:Is your eye the next frontier for small screen tech?


Strum these: A $500K diamond-studded Fender Strat and an axe filled with water

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Current chart sensations Lizzo and Billie Ellish don't stand on stage with guitars around their neck like Eric Clapton, Slash from Guns N' Roses or Bruce Springsteen did (and still do.) So what are guitar makers to do to keep their factories humming? Turn to streaming, classic rock and YouTube to reach tomorrow's guitar player. The NAMM show, a collection of music store operators, music professionals and tens of thousands of fans is concluding this weekend here, where guitars of every color and imaginable shape were on display. The goal for many guitar makers: to either get older folks to spring out more money to add even more guitars to the collection, or better yet, get tomorrow's generation excited to start playing with new shapes.


I got a Nest Mini--now how do I set it up?

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Smart assistants can make life so much easier--and Google Assistant is no exception. If you're just dipping your toes into the world of smart home, a smart speaker like the Nest Mini from Google is a fantastic place to start. The Nest Mini is a much-improved version of the Google Home Mini, but it's been given a new name and a few software upgrades. The powerful little device has 360-degree sound, three far-field microphones, and Voice Match technology that can differentiate your voice from other family members. But before you get to using that, here's how to set up your new Nest Mini.


This accessibility tech promises to make it safer than ever to live independently

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Technology may be entertaining, but at its essence, its primary function is to make our lives easier. When we want to find answers to our questions, communicate with friends, secure our homes, or hundreds of other scenarios, we turn to technology. At CES 2020, technology took on another role: helping us care for ourselves and loved ones. In an effort to make living with disabilities and aging in place as safe and independent as possible, companies are promising smart technology that allows you to better assess you or a loved one's health and environment. Linksys Wellness Pods use WiFi to track motion and respiratory changes.


Report: Dating apps like Grindr, Tinder and OkCupid collect, share your personal data

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Dating apps like Tinder, OkCupid and Grindr are sharing users' "highly personal" data like sexual preferences and location with advertising partners, according to a European data protection agency. The Norwegian Consumer Council released findings on Tuesday suggesting the information you enter on dating apps is being used to create comprehensive profiles, which are then sold and used for targeted advertising and other practices. "These practices are out of control and are rife with privacy violations and breaches of European law," including the General Data Protection Regulation, said Finn Myrstad, director of digital policy in the Norwegian Consumer Council in a statement. The consumer advocacy group filed three GDPR complaints against the queer dating app Grindr and five advertising divisions of tech companies that reportedly receive the personal data including Twitter's MoPub and AT&T's AppNexus. "Every time you open an app like Grindr, advertisement networks get your GPS location, device identifiers and even the fact that you use a gay dating app," said Max Schrems, founder of the European privacy non-profit noyb.


CES 2020: EVs, 8K TVs and streaming – this is the future Sony says it's optimistic about

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Sony unveiled at CES 2020 its Vision-S– an electric concept car – as it looks forward to becoming a driving force on the road to the future. But don't look to the global tech and entertainment giant to challenge Tesla or GM, at least not anytime soon. Sony is not going to sell you your next car. "At this point in time, we have no plans for mass production," CEO Kenichiro Yoshida told USA TODAY in an exclusive sit-down at the Sony booth. Instead, Sony is focused on what goes into the car of the future, gathering real-time intelligence about road conditions and the environment in the name of safety.


CES 2020: Fast & Furious actor Ludacris' thoughts on Tesla as EVs have a major moment

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The rapper and Fast & Furious franchise star Ludacris told USA TODAY on Wednesday that he hasn't had much luck scoring one of the EVs, even though one of Tesla's driving modes has a strikingly similar name. "We've been trying to get a free car out of my man Elon Musk for a long time. But'Ludicrous Mode' I guess, wasn't Ludacris mode," the Grammy award-winning musician said before a glitzy performance hosted by Spotify during CES. The Palo Alto-based automaker launched "Ludicrous Mode" in 2016, a powertrain that enables the Model S to sprint from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds. Ludacris hit the car scene in a big way in 2003 after the rubber cooled on the set of the crime thriller "2 Fast 2 Furious."


CES 2020: Our picks for best of show

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The annual CES gadget fest closes Friday, following an eventful week with hundreds of thousands of new gadget introductions, controversy over bringing presidential politics into the show with an appearance by first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump and a headline-grabbing act of war against Google. Some 175,000 people attended, and while Trump's appearance was mild, without any protest, California speaker maker Sonos did rain on Google's unveiling of new products with "partners," when it accused the search giant of stealing its technology. Sonos is asking for an immediate cease-and-desist order preventing Google from selling speakers, phones or laptops. Meanwhile, there are no Google-partnered products on our reporters and contributors highlights. The lure of a flying car is rarely more enticing than at CES, when 175,000-plus attendees regularly gridlock Las Vegas streets.