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France gives boost to electric vehicles amid pollution peaks

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:47:57 EST

The French government has announced an anti-pollution plan, including a financial boost to buy electric vehicles, as Paris and other cities in the country are emerging from a particularly severe episode of air pollution.



Trump's team pushes back against Russia hacking reports

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:46:48 EST

Donald Trump's presidential transition team pushed back Saturday against reports that Russia was caught trying to tip the November election to the Republican and challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence agencies investigating the campaign-season cyberattacks.



Sources: Cuba, Google strike deal to hike internet speed

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:27:22 EST

Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the deal say.



What to know before buying a drone this Christmas

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:38:32 EST

UN aviation officials cautioned anyone Friday who might want to leave a gift of a drone under the Christmas tree this season, to learn how to safely operate it first.



Obama orders 'full review' of 2016 election cyberattacks

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:37:40 EST

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all cyberattacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, the White House said Friday as concerns over Russian interference mount.



Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in recall effort

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:43:37 EST

Samsung announced Friday it would disable its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to force remaining owners to stop using the devices, which were recalled for safety reasons.



Snapchat: How the vanishing-photo app managed not to fade

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:42:52 EST

Snapchat has managed to build something lasting out of photos that vanished almost instantly.



Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:42:17 EST

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.



At Boeing's 777X wing factory, robots get big jobs

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:20:01 EST

As the first 110-footlong wing skin panel for Boeing's new 777X jet moved slowly across a mammoth new factory building one recent morning, a small crew walked alongside, watching for any possibility of an expensive collision.



Watson-powered robot aimed at aiding elderly and caregivers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:55:34 EST

IBM Research today announced the creation of the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA) done in collaboration with Rice University. IBM MERA is a first of a kind Watson-enabled application designed to help assist the elderly and their caregivers. IBM Research also has plans to work with Sole Cooperativa, an independent healthcare provider in Italy, to instrument senior housing with sensors to monitor day-to-day activities of its residents.



Sand absorbs high-speed ballistic impact better than steel

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:25:36 EST

A study led by Assistant Professor Darren Chian Siau Chen from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering has found that when a projectile is fired at a sand block at high speed, it absorbs more than 85 per cent of the energy exerted against it. This ability to resist the impact increases with the speed of the projectile, even at high velocities.



Apple invests in China wind farms

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:20:01 EST

Apple has struck a partnership with the world's largest wind turbine maker, the American company said, marking the tech giant's largest clean energy project to date.



In Denmark, Apple loses court case over refurbished phone

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:15:28 EST

Apple Inc. has violated a consumer law in Denmark by giving a customer a refurbished iPhone with used components in replacement for his new one that wasn't working properly, a Danish court ruled.



Visual analytics software startup could help first responders save lives

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:50:01 EST

Davista Technologies LLC, a startup that licensed a Purdue University innovation, has developed a visual data analytics solutions technology that could provide real-time information to help first responders save lives.



Who's listening? The ethical and legal issues of developing a health app

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:10:02 EST

From large companies to tiny startups, many people are working on creating apps to monitor and improve our health. The technical skill needed is widely recognised and developers are becoming more aware of the need to involve consumers and health professionals in the design.



How can society offer freedom of transport in low carbon age?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:50:06 EST

In the UK, road and air transport (both overwhelmingly fossil-fuel based) use energy at a rate twice that of the average power transmission of the national grid. In 2015, road transport alone used energy at an average rate slightly more than the peak electricity demand in that year. In simple terms, if we electrify the road transport fleet we are going to need a grid – and electricity generation system – at least twice the capacity we have now. To generate this from nuclear power we would need 16.5 more Hinckley Point C power stations at a total cost of £404 billion.



Japan doubles cost estimate for Fukushima cleanup

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:30:01 EST

The estimated cost of cleaning up Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion), with decommissioning expenses expected to continue to increase, a government panel said Friday.



Apple chief Tim Cook picked to give MIT commencement speech

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:20:01 EST

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has chosen Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver its 2017 commencement address.



Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:11:53 EST

Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.



Instagram and YouTube play nice with their most popular users. Why doesn't Snapchat?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:50:01 EST

Self-described Snapchat power user Michael Platco received a neon sign bearing his name from social media rival Instagram. And a different video app emails him every week, hoping he tries their services and brings along his 500,000 Snapchat contacts.



Review: Is LG V20 the next big thing in smartphones?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:50:01 EST

What goes into choosing a new smartphone?



NBC to shutter 'Breaking News' service

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:27:14 EST

NBC News said Thursday it was shutting down its popular Breaking News services for alerts on developing stories at the end of December, citing a lack of revenue.



Honeywell app gives workers more control over office environments

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:00:01 EST

The office too cold? Too hot? Forgot your office ID badge?



Review: Sony's PlayStation VR shows virtual reality's promise and problems

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:40:01 EST

In these early days of virtual reality, Sony's new PlayStation VR seems like the ideal product.



US election was most 'talked about' in 2016: Facebook

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:24:25 EST

The US presidential election was the most "talked about" topic on Facebook in 2016, in a year filled with discussion and debate on issues that were both serious and light-hearted.



Scientists determine how much damage memory devices can take in mass transit accidents

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:08:27 EST

While investigating mass transit accidents, especially in air travel, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials often rely on digital clues left behind in flash memories of any and all electronic devices—both personal and professional—at a crash site. With the physical forces and high-temperature fires associated with many crashes, memory units are often damaged and sometimes unreadable.



Harvard reaches goal of cutting gas emissions by 30 percent

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:54:48 EST

Harvard University says it has achieved a 2008 goal to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.



Researchers show viability of 5G communication with record-setting data rates

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:46:44 EST

Keysight Technologies, with the University of California San Diego today announced the world's longest bidirectional phased-array link in the 60 GHz band. At a link distance of 300 m, the 32-element array achieved a data rate of greater than 2 Gbps over all scan angles up to ±45 degrees. Data rates were 4 Gbps at 100 m and 500 Mbps at 800 m over most scan angles. Initial tests by a leading wireless provider suggest the system can deliver content to eight homes at a time at up to 300 m.



Pebble discontinuing smartwatches after its sale to Fitbit

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:39:02 EST

Pioneering smartwatch maker Pebble is no longer manufacturing or selling any of its devices after the bulk of the company was bought by Fitbit.



Navy's futuristic-looking USS Zumwalt arrives in homeport

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:40:01 EST

The U.S. Navy's biggest, most expensive and most technologically advanced destroyer arrived at its homeport on Thursday after a nearly four-month transit that included some hiccups, such as a high-profile breakdown in the Panama Canal.