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Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:03:58 -0800
One call does it all: T-Mobile tech rings many devices at once
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800
T-Mobile US is testing a system to send one call to many devices regardless of the operating system or cellular carrier. Also: Amazon knocks down report that it plans 2,000 brick-and-mortar stores, and Boeing’s campaign to cut costs leaves a Portland contractor out in the cold.
Anti-malware, anti-virus go after different things
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:11:18 -0800
Patrick Marshall addresses a tricky question on the difference between viruses and malware. He also has a complaint to air about glitches related to shuffling music files.
Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:11:04 -0800
DETROIT (AP) — Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. The package of bills signed into law Friday comes with few specific state regulations and leaves many decisions up to automakers […]
Microsoft makes moves to pack more punch into PCs
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:01:00 -0800
At a hardware engineering conference in China, the company announces “Project Evo,” a collaboration with Intel to add new capabilities into Windows computers.
Grocery-workers union lashes out against new Amazon store
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:05:10 -0800
The largest union representing grocery-store workers has come out against Amazon.com’s launch of a store sans cashiers, a sign of how a recent generation of futuristic technology comes with a dose of angst for big parts of the workforce.
Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:25:04 -0800
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup. The low-cost device was tested in Spain on six people with quadriplegia affecting their ability to grasp or manipulate objects. By wearing […]
Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:08:30 -0800
LAS VEGAS (AP) — On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to “read” traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be. It’s […]
EU clears Microsoft’s $26 billion LinkedIn deal
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:29:31 -0800
The European Commission's OK is the last major regulatory approval the deal required, paving the way for Microsoft to seal its purchase of the professional social networking website.
Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:03:05 -0800
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity. The internet company believes that beginning next year, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. That’s significant, given Google’s […]