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Amazon has thousands of robots filling customer orders this holiday season.

The machines follow barcodes on the floor to find merchandise, then they lift entire shelves and carry them to human employees, who pick and pack the necessary items.

Amazon KivaThe robots have made employees three times more productive by reducing the amount of time they spend trekking around the giant Amazon warehouses, the Wall Street Journal reports

At some warehouses where the robots are used, employees are expected to scan 300 items a day, up from 100 items daily without the robots, according to the Journal. 

Amazon KivaAmazon should have close to 10,000 of the robots in its warehouses by the end of this year, up from 1,000 six months ago. 

The machines are made by Kiva Systems, a company that Amazon bought for $775 million in 2012.

SEE ALSO: Meet Lowe’s New Robot Retail Workers

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If you think the ultra-sharp Quad HD displays on today’s state-of-the-art smartphones are as good as it gets, think again. According to Qualcomm, who builds many of today’s key technologies in mobile, 4K smartphones are just around the corner, and they’ll take pixel counts to an — arguably absurd — new level.

When Apple debuted the iPhone 4 back in 2010, it introduced the idea of "Retina" displays, which loosely means a display with a resolution so sharp that the pixels disappear to the naked eye, at least at normal viewing distances. Since then, every smartphone manufacturer has responded with ultra-high-res screens on their flagship phones, sometimes going way beyond what was once considered excessive. Read more…

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If you rely on Google search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, or any of Google’s other zillion free products, the company stores a bunch of data about you. 

Google is extremely open about what data it stores and makes it very easy to delete that data, but many people still don’t realize exactly what’s being stored, whether that information is given freely or deduced based on your searches.  

A recent survey by the company Survata actually showed that the 2,500 respondents were more concerned about Google having access to their personal data than the NSA, their bosses, their parents, or their significant others:

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In case you need the reminder… 

If you have location history turned on, Google will track where you go.

Here’s where you can find your location history

Google will also track your search in a bunch of different categories if you have Search History turned on.

Here’s how to see your Search history. 

It was actually pretty interesting to see what ads I’ve clicked on.

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angry tapir (1463043) writes Intel is shrinking PCs to thumb-sized "compute sticks" that will be out next year. The stick will plug into the back of a smart TV or monitor "and bring intelligence to that," said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during the Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, California. They might be a bit late to the party, but since Intel VP Kirk Skaugen mentioned both Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, hopefully that mean Intel has some more interesting and general-purpose plans.

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