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Amazon plans to double staff in New York City

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:30:03 EDT

It's not a second headquarters, but Amazon.com says it will add about 2,000 employees in New York City during the next three years, more than doubling an outpost focused on the online retailer's advertising business.



Singapore ranks first as launchpad for global cyber attacks

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:20:01 EDT

Singapore has overtaken nations including the U.S., Russia and China as the country launching the most cyber attacks globally, according to Israeli data security company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.



Coordinated automated road transport

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:10:01 EDT

A new report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) explores how connected vehicles and intelligent systems could change transport and the (r)evolution these changes could bring to people's lives.



What's next for offshore wind in the U.S.?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:20:01 EDT

Wind farms installed off the coasts of the U.S. could potentially generate more than 2,000 gigawatts of clean, carbon-free energy. That's about twice as much electricity as Americans currently consume. But so far, only the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island is operating, and America is falling dramatically behind on offshore wind. What's holding us back, and why is there reason to hope for a better future?



Hacking a pressure sensor to track gradual motion along marine faults

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:20:04 EDT

Deep below the ocean's surface, shielded from satellite signals, the gradual movement of the seafloor—including along faults that can unleash deadly earthquakes and tsunamis—goes largely undetected. As a result, we know distressingly little about motion along the fault that lies just off the Pacific Northwest coast.



Engineers aim to harness energy from the Kuroshio ocean current

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:12:23 EDT

OIST researchers develop turbines to convert the power of ocean waves into clean, renewable energy.



Developing robots that can walk more naturally

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:09:46 EDT

Walking on two legs isn't as easy as it seems. For robots and their designers, it is an even bigger challenge! Researchers at EPFL's Biorobotics Laboratory are testing novel algorithms to improve humanoids' ability to walk and interact with humans.



Biomass-produced electricity in the US possible, though expensive

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:58:35 EDT

If the U.S. wants to start using wood pellets to produce energy, either the government or power customers will have to pay an extra cost, a new University of Georgia study has found.



Virtual reality tool developed to untangle genes

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:50:45 EDT

Researchers from Oxford have been using virtual reality software to compile genetic data to create models which explain how genes are controlled within their natural chromosomal environments.



Uber loses licence to operate in London (Update)

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:28:29 EDT

London transport authorities said Friday they would not renew Uber's licence to operate in the city when it expires due to public safety concerns, although the US-based ride-hailing app has said it will appeal.



Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:15:12 EDT

A research group consisting of scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Germany and Venezuela proved the existence of chemical bonds between gallium and oxygen. This discovery will allow manufacturing superconducting nanoelectronics based on gallium selenide, which has never been achieved by any research team in the world. The study was published in Semiconductor Science and Technology.



Tech companies targeted by sophisticated malware attack

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:29:37 EDT

Security researchers say hackers compromised popular computer-cleaning software as part of a sophisticated attack that targeted several high-profile technology companies.



Hearing offers peek at what Uber stands to lose in Waymo trial

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:50:01 EDT

With three weeks to go until the explosive Waymo v. Uber trial begins, court-watchers got a peek Wednesday at the hefty price tag Uber could face if it loses.



A new recruiting platform combines talent-seeking tech with psychology

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:30:01 EDT

Celectiv, a recruiting platform that combines talent-seeking tools with analytical tech like organizational psychology assessments, is coming out of stealth mode to launch.



Caricatures become an obsession

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:50:01 EDT

For Anokhy Desai, a new haircut or outfit requires more than a trip to the shopping center. These days, she also finds herself also diving into the Bitmoji app to chop hair and replace clothes.



Facebook to give Russian ads to Congress, boost transparency (Update)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:02:53 EDT

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday Russia-linked ads on the huge social network aimed at inflaming tensions around last year's US presidential election will be given to Congress.



Mayo Clinic offers first aid assistance via Amazon's Alexa digital assistant

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:40:01 EDT

Alexa, forget my grocery list and morning traffic reports. Tell me about CPR.



Don't want the new iPhone? Try these smartphone alternatives

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:40:02 EDT

Three new versions of the iPhone have just been announced, and while they may be light years ahead of Apple's previous models, they may not be for everyone. Looking for a quality smartphone not made by the big A?



Review: Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is the phone Note 7 users have been waiting for

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:30:01 EDT

We interrupt the iPhone mania of late to remind you there are other flagship phones on the market, including the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 8.



Mercedes-Benz to invest $1 billion in Alabama, add 600 jobs

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:58:37 EDT

Carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and to build a battery factory nearby, moves it said would create 600 new jobs.



Hack of US regulator a blow to confidence in financial system

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:51:10 EDT

The hack disclosed at the US Securities and Exchange Commission deals a fresh blow to confidence in the security of the financial system weeks after news of a potentially catastrophic breach at a major US credit bureau.



Fed agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:20:23 EDT

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they should and for protecting investors was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally.



Tesla denies claims that it tried to block unionizing effort

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:19:16 EDT

Tesla Inc. is denying claims that it threatened to fire pro-union workers at its Fremont, California, factory and tried to prevent them from passing out union literature.



The ATM at 50: How it's changed consumer behavior

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:10:01 EDT

An automated teller machine. The cash machine. In Britain, a cashpoint. ATMs, known for spitting out $20 bills (and imposing fees if you pick the wrong one), turn 50 years old this year. They're ubiquitous—and possibly still a necessity, despite the big changes in how people pay for things.



Amazon reviewing its site after bomb-making materials report

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:06:23 EDT

Amazon says it is reviewing its website after a British TV report said that the online retailer recommended purchasing ingredients together that could make a bomb.



StoryCorps' Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:06:12 EDT

StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening.



Baidu announces $1.5 bln fund for autonomous driving

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:05:46 EDT

Chinese internet giant Baidu on Thursday announced a $1.5 billion investment in autonomous driving projects over the next three years, as it seeks to diversify its portfolio and compete with rivals such as Google.



Review: iTunes video upgrade makes the new Apple TV worth it

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:05:34 EDT

It might seem odd to review the new Apple TV streaming device—one specifically designed to display super-sharp video known as 4K—without actually owning a 4K TV.



Dutch appeals court upholds ban on former Dutch Uber service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:05:17 EDT

An appeals court has upheld the Dutch government's ban on a former Uber ride-hailing service in the Netherlands.



Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts in 2 hours

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:04:43 EDT

The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two.