Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Martyn Williams covers Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Tesla, Panasonic solar deal could signal smart home future

Tesla's deepening relationship with Panasonic could give the U.S. company a short cut to realizing its dream of electric cars and smart homes.

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This robot vacuum cleaner plays J-Pop, because this is Japan

Two of Japan's biggest obsessions have collided on the Sharp booth at this year's Ceatec electronics show, where the company is displaying a robot vacuum cleaner that blasts J-Pop songs while it sweeps.

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NHK's latest 8K display is thin, beautiful, and utterly gigantic

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has developed a prototype 8K screen that's large, thin and shows an amazing picture.

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Stay tuned for new robot, says Sony CEO

Sony's much anticipated new robot is under development and customers should hang on a little longer to see it, CEO Kaz Hirai said on Thursday.

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Acer's Pawbo gadgets will let you play with your pets when you're away from home

In the battle to sell more stuff to consumers, Acer has a new target: your pets.

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Japan starts 8K TV broadcasts in time for Rio Olympics

Japan began the world's first regular 8K television broadcasts on Monday, five days ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games.

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Here's how to star in Apple's new TV show about app creation

Apple is co-producing a TV show about app design and development, and you might be able to play a starring role.

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Amazon's Prime Day off to another rocky start

It could be another #primedayfail for Amazon. The online retailer has reported some customers are having problems adding items to their shopping carts and missing out on deals that have been heavily advertised on TV.

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Emojis: Now there's a movie coming

Emojis have become an important and essential communication tool for hundreds of millions of people, so naturally, now there's a movie coming.

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Arduino targets the Internet of Things with Primo board

Arduino, the Italian company that has powered the "maker" movement with a series of small computing boards that can be programmed and configured for different tasks, is introducing a board targeted at the so-called Internet of Things.

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Sony's PlayStation VR headset is coming in October for $399

Sony's long-awaited virtual reality headset for the PlayStation games console will go on sale around the world in October, the company said Tuesday.

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Your cat will love LG's laser pointer-equipped rolling robot

One of the most fun smartphone accessories to come out of this year's Mobile World Congress expo has to be LG's Rolling Bot. It's a spherical ball that rolls around on command from a smartphone, and includes a camera and laser pointer.

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Mark Zuckerberg says VR is the future of Facebook

The CEO first dreamed of virtual reality as a teen and now sees it as the future of social media.

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This bird could be a drone's worst enemy

When it comes to the problem of stopping errant drones, there's been a number of high-tech solutions. From radio jamming to laser beams to nets launched by other drones, but a group in The Netherlands is proposing a low-tech solution that's much more elegant.

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Sony's elegant Bluetooth Glass Speaker adds mood to music

Sony's attractive Glass Speaker is an affordable version of a $10,000 speaker the company launched in 2008.