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Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

May 6, 2015

Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

Its name is “Inspiration,” and Daimler Trucks says it is the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada’s highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big ...

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

May 6, 2015

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

Zhang Long made his fortune selling pu’er fermented tea and handcrafted furniture from the mountains of his native Yunnan province in southwest China. Last November, the 49-year old entrepreneur, who has no technology background, strode into a Beijing ballroom to pitch his latest made-in-China ...

May 6, 2015

U.S. gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds (94 kilograms), ...

As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

May 1, 2015

As sensors shrink in size, 'wearable' gadgets may fall out of sight

Forget “wearables.” The next big thing in mobile devices is “disappearables.” Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller — so small, some in ...

Tesla unveils battery to 'transform energy infrastructure'

May 1, 2015

Tesla unveils battery to 'transform energy infrastructure'

Electric car pioneer Telsa Motors on Thursday unveiled a “home battery,” which company founder Elon Musk said would help change the “entire energy infrastructure of the world.” The Tesla Powerwall can store power from solar panels or from the electricity grid at night, when ...

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

May 1, 2015

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

Apple aficionados who are also fans of body art are finding out that dark tattoos can daunt the iconic company’s hot new smartwatch. An online Apple support page on Thursday warned that “ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the ...

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they’re already using on Apple or Android phones. In a major strategy shift, a top ...

Apr 29, 2015

Google sets up patents marketplace

Google has announced that it is setting up an online marketplace for those who want to sell patents to the Internet giant. “We invite you to sell us your patents,” Google Patent Deputy Counsel Allen Lo said in a blog post. Lo said the ...

Facebook and mobile rule, state of the media report shows

Apr 29, 2015

Facebook and mobile rule, state of the media report shows

A new report on the state of the media has some simple terms for how we learn about the world: mobile and social media. More visitors to Yahoo, NBC and other top Internet sites are getting their news from mobile devices than from desktop ...

Apple Watch debuts in Japan with little fanfare

Apr 24, 2015

Apple Watch debuts in Japan with little fanfare

by Andrew Mckirdy

The much-hyped Apple Watch went on sale to a muted fanfare Friday as shoppers came to terms with limited availability of the tech giant’s first wearable gadget. Global demand for the smartwatch has been so high that Apple decided to restrict initial sales to ...

Maglev train clocks 603 kph, setting new world record

Apr 21, 2015

Maglev train clocks 603 kph, setting new world record

Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train set a world speed record Tuesday during a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking more than 600 kph. The seven-car maglev — short for magnetic levitation — train, hit a top speed of 603 kph, and managed nearly 11 seconds ...