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Microsoft 4Q gets boost from cloud computing

Microsoft's cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street's expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014. Nadella described the better-than-expected performance in a conference call Thursday as part of the "continuing transformation" of the Redmond, Washington-based company. Microsoft...
Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has "verbal government approval" to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington that could break ground by the end of this year. Musk didn't say who gave him the approval, and he acknowledged that the deal is far from finalized. But the White House confirmed it had "positive discussions" about the tunnel with...
Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has "verbal government approval" to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington that could break ground by the end of this year. Musk didn't say who gave him the approval, and he acknowledged that the deal is far from finalized. But the White House confirmed it had "positive discussions" about the tunnel with...

US says ban on laptops in airplane cabins has been lifted

The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security. Those measures include checking electronic devices to make sure they don't contain a bomb, and pulling more people out of airport lines for additional screening. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland...
Wisconsin working on incentives to lure Foxconn to state

Wisconsin working on incentives to lure Foxconn to state

Wisconsin is working on a package of incentives to lure Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to the state as part of a deal that two state lawmakers said Thursday they believe could come as soon as the end of the month. Wisconsin is one of several Midwest states vying for Foxconn as it considers building a $7 billion display panel manufacturing plant that could employ up to 10,000 people. The company...
Prominent digital drug marketplaces knocked out in 1-2 punch

Prominent digital drug marketplaces knocked out in 1-2 punch

Two of the world's most notorious "darknet" marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about drugs and weapons merchants that operate from hidden corners of the internet. AlphaBay, previously the internet's largest darknet site, went offline on July 5 and was already widely assumed to have been taken out by authorities. But...
How to improve the Wi-Fi signal throughout your home

How to improve the Wi-Fi signal throughout your home

Do you have trouble getting a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection throughout your entire home? The problem could be with your router and not your service provider. Read more: How to stop paying for home internet service You may have seen or heard advertisements from internet providers that claim you can download an entire TV show in just three seconds with speeds up to 1 Gbps (gigabits per second)...
Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring almost 11 percent. The tie-up with the internet behemoth could give shares of the storied retailer one of its biggest one-day percentage gains ever. Sears, which also owns Kmart, said that its Kenmore Smart...
Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring almost 11 percent. The tie-up with the internet behemoth could give shares of the storied retailer one of its biggest one-day percentage gains ever. Sears, which also owns Kmart, said that its Kenmore Smart...

City refunds $34,000 to motorists ticketed from speed camera

An Ohio city has refunded $34,000 to motorists for 270 tickets issued this year by police officers who incorrectly used hand-held speed cameras at a school zone. The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/2ueeX83 ) the refunds result from Toledo police measuring speeds outside the posted 20 mph zone. A police lieutenant says the speed sign was improperly placed. An additional 174 tickets issued between Jan...
Family of woman shot by Minneapolis police want changes

Family of woman shot by Minneapolis police want changes

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer wants changes in police protocols, including a look at how often officers are required to turn on their body cameras, a family attorney told local media. Other police shootings around the U.S. — particularly the killings of black men by police officers — led to calls for changes that included everything from bias...
Family of woman shot by Minneapolis police want changes

Family of woman shot by Minneapolis police want changes

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer wants changes in police protocols, including a look at how often officers are required to turn on their body cameras, a family attorney told local media. Other police shootings around the U.S. — particularly the killings of black men by police officers — led to calls for changes that included everything from bias...
British foreign secretary in Japan for security, trade talks

British foreign secretary in Japan for security, trade talks

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson mingled with robots on Thursday before meeting with Japanese officials. Johnson visited the Research Institute for Science and Engineering at Tokyo's prestigious Waseda University, where he was introduced to cutting-edge Japanese robots. He beamed when he was approached by the "Wabian 2" walking robot and shook hands with it. University scientists...

Indiana AG warns public about tech support computer scams

Indiana's attorney general is warning the public about online scams that seek to convince people that their personal computers are infected with viruses. Attorney General Curtis Hill says the scams use pop-up alerts resembling security alerts used by legitimate computer and technology companies. He says the deceptive alerts claim the users' computers are infected with viruses and could be vulnerable...
SoftBank CEO sees massive data, AI as key to future advances

SoftBank CEO sees massive data, AI as key to future advances

Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., says artificial intelligence combined with data gathered by billions of sensors will bring on an "information revolution," that will benefit people more than the 19th Century Industrial Revolution. Son, Japan's richest person, told Softbank customers and partners gathered at a Tokyo hotel on Thursday that he believes massive data will...
China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall

China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall

China is tightening control over foreign companies' internet use in a move some worry might disrupt their operations or jeopardize trade secrets as part of a crackdown on technology that allows web surfers to evade Beijing's online censorship. In a letter to corporate customers seen by The Associated Press, the biggest Chinese internet service provider says virtual private networks, which create encrypted...
Enhanced security in effect on international flights to US

Enhanced security in effect on international flights to US

Travelers flying to the U.S. from nearly 300 international airports, including those in Mexico and Canada, are now subject to stepped-up security measures that include stricter screening for electronic devices larger than cellphones. The regulations could include asking passengers to present larger electronic devices for inspection and prove that they can be powered on. The Homeland Security Department...
Enhanced security in effect on international flights to US

Enhanced security in effect on international flights to US

Travelers flying to the U.S. from nearly 300 international airports, including those in Mexico and Canada, are now subject to stepped-up security measures that include stricter screening for electronic devices larger than cellphones. The regulations could include asking passengers to present larger electronic devices for inspection and prove that they can be powered on. The Homeland Security Department...

T-Mobile beats Wall Street views as it gains new customers

T-Mobile, the country's No. 3 wireless carrier, on Wednesday said it continued to add new customers during the second quarter in a competitive wireless market. The company won new customers even as rivals AT&T and Verizon are now also selling unlimited data plans, which many consumers prefer to plans that cap how much they can use. Sprint also offered a big promotion — a year's worth of free...
Amazon's new social network is looking a lot like Pinterest

Amazon's new social network is looking a lot like Pinterest

Take Amazon Prime, mix it with Pinterest and add a dash of Instagram. The result is Amazon Spark , a new shopping-focused "social network" aimed at getting hardcore Amazon users to spend even more money with the e-commerce giant. The service launched publicly on Tuesday on Amazon's iPhone app, although it's already chock full of posts, so the company has clearly been testing it for a while...
Minnesota shooting shows underuse of police body cameras

Minnesota shooting shows underuse of police body cameras

Police and protesters heralded the arrival of the body camera as a critical window into officers' everyday activities after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. But as the killing of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis officer over the weekend showed, the technology depends on officers turning on their devices. And often they don't do so. Officer Mohamed Noor fatally shot 40-year-old Justine Damond...
Facebook working on way to charge for reading news articles

Facebook working on way to charge for reading news articles

Facebook is working on a way for news organizations to charge readers for articles they share and read on the social network. Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said the current plan is to require payments after reading 10 articles from a publisher through Facebook. Brown said at a conference in New York on Tuesday that news organizations have been calling for subscription capabilities...
Facebook blames glitch for shutdown of Catholic pages

Facebook blames glitch for shutdown of Catholic pages

Facebook is blaming a technical glitch for knocking several Catholic-focused Facebook pages with millions of followers offline for more than a day. Catholic radio network Relevant Radio says on its website that its "Father Rocky" Facebook page went down on Monday and wasn't restored until late Tuesday night. It says more than 20 other prominent Catholic pages were also suspended. The shutdown...
Panel approves bill to boost testing of self-driving cars

Panel approves bill to boost testing of self-driving cars

A House panel on Wednesday backed legislation designed to allow automakers to increase the testing of self-driving cars on U.S. roads. The bill would let automakers deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards, a move designed to boost testing of new technology. The current cap for such exemptions is 2,500. The bill would also require manufacturers to report...

Russian man who helped develop Citadel malware gets 5 years

A Russian man who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information was sentenced Wednesday in Atlanta to serve five years in prison. Mark Vartanyan, also known as "Kolypto," had pleaded guilty in March to a computer fraud charge after reaching a deal with prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen said Vartanyan would receive credit for time...

Russian man who helped develop Citadel malware gets 5 years

A Russian man who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information was sentenced Wednesday in Atlanta to serve five years in prison. Mark Vartanyan, also known as "Kolypto," had pleaded guilty in March to a computer fraud charge after reaching a deal with prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen said Vartanyan would receive credit for time...
Apple founder Steve Jobs is the subject of a new opera

Apple founder Steve Jobs is the subject of a new opera

It's 2007, and Steve Jobs has just finished launching the first iPhone before an enraptured audience when he nearly collapses, exhausted by the illness that will kill him four years later. At this moment in Mason Bates' opera "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," a harrowing sound emerges from the orchestra pit, a crushing downward progression that's described in the score as an "electronic...
AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

The Associated Press has named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams. Benjaminson's appointment to the position of national news editor for beats was announced Wednesday by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee. In her new role, Benjaminson will oversee the AP's teams of journalists...
AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

The Associated Press has named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams. Benjaminson's appointment to the position of national news editor for beats was announced Wednesday by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee. In her new role, Benjaminson will oversee the AP's teams of journalists...
AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

The Associated Press has named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams. Benjaminson's appointment to the position of national news editor for beats was announced Wednesday by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee. In her new role, Benjaminson will oversee the AP's teams of journalists...
AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

The Associated Press has named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams. Benjaminson's appointment to the position of national news editor for beats was announced Wednesday by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee. In her new role, Benjaminson will oversee the AP's teams of journalists...
Technology and health care lift stocks to record highs

Technology and health care lift stocks to record highs

U.S. stocks continued to climb Wednesday, led by technology, health care and energy companies. Media companies also rose as stock indexes set record highs. The technology part of the Standard & Poor's 500 index finally broke the record it set in March 2000, before the dot-com bubble burst. Energy companies rose with the price of oil as U.S. energy stockpiles continued to shrink. Cable network companies...
Asian shares rally, helped by Wall Street, Japan trade data

Asian shares rally, helped by Wall Street, Japan trade data

Asian share benchmarks rose Thursday after an overnight advance on Wall Street fueled by strong corporate earnings. Strong trade data and expectations for continued lavish monetary stimulus from Japan's central bank pushed Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index up 0.6 percent. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 advanced 0.6 percent to 20,148.72 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.1 percent to 2,432.73. Hong Kong's Hang...
Mexico announces new laptop, tablet security on US flights

Mexico announces new laptop, tablet security on US flights

Laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from Mexico will be subjected to heightened carry-on security measures beginning Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mexican authorities announced. Mexico's Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures apply to "electronics larger than a cellphone." The department recommended that passengers travel...

Uber banned from operating in Czech Republic's number 2 city

A court has once again banned Uber from operating in Brno, the Czech Republic's second-largest city. It's the latest legal setback for the ride-sharing service, which is already banned in other European cities. The Brno regional court first banned Uber in April after a legal complaint supported by the city. Brno City Hall said it was not against new taxi services provided they abided with the laws...
Best and worst cities for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint mobile networks

Best and worst cities for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint mobile networks

Your cell phone bill can easily cost $50 a month or more, so you’re right to expect to get reliable service for the price that you pay. With Americans spending hours a day talking, texting and surfing the web using their smartphones, many consumers say dropped calls and slow data speeds are just not acceptable. Read more: This is the #1 wireless network in America Although mobile performance...
Swimming robot probes Fukushima reactor to find melted fuel

Swimming robot probes Fukushima reactor to find melted fuel

An underwater robot entered a badly damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Wednesday, capturing images of the harsh impact of its meltdown, including key structures that were torn and knocked out of place. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the robot, nicknamed "the Little Sunfish," successfully completed the day's work inside the primary containment vessel...
Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few: ___ RESULTS...
Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few: ___ RESULTS...
Hi Bixby: Samsung phone's voice assistant now speaks English

Hi Bixby: Samsung phone's voice assistant now speaks English

Samsung Electronics said its Bixby voice assistant for smartphones will start speaking English but only in two countries: South Korea and the U.S. The South Korean tech giant said starting Wednesday, users of the Galaxy S8 smartphones can speak in American English to their phones to turn on the flashlight, take a selfie or make the phone search for say, pictures from a summer vacation, and create...
Ready-to-cook meals from Amazon in bid to expand groceries

Ready-to-cook meals from Amazon in bid to expand groceries

Amazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business. Amazon-branded meal kits come with raw ingredients needed to prepare such meals as chicken tikka masala and falafel patties. They can help households save time; a kit for salmon with soba noodles can be prepared in just a half-hour, for instance. But at $16 to $20 for two servings, they...
Apple unveils new emojis, ‘woman with headscarf,’ ‘breastfeeding,’ ‘bearded guys,’ more

Apple unveils new emojis, ‘woman with headscarf,’ ‘breastfeeding,’ ‘bearded guys,’ more

On World Emoji Day Monday, Apple unveiled a new collection of emojis coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS, including a variety of new inclusive characters. The new collection includes a woman wearing a headscarf, a T-Rex, zombie, starry-eyed smiley face, bearded person and several more. The inclusive art for women are on trend with the company’s inclusive approach over the past five years. Apple...
Months needed for additional study of Dakota Access pipeline

Months needed for additional study of Dakota Access pipeline

Additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, U.S. officials said in court documents in which they also advocate for keeping the line operating during the study. Developer Energy Transfer Partners also is asking U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to keep the line open, saying a shutdown would cost the Texas-based company...
Afghan girls' story was among many at global robotics event

Afghan girls' story was among many at global robotics event

An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few: ___ GIRL POWER...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books 1. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - 9780399180842 - (Random House Publishing Group) 2. House of Spies by Daniel Silva - 9780062354365 - (Harper) 3. Camino Island by John Grisham - 9780385543057 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 4. Use of Force by Brad Thor - 9781476789408 - (AtriaEmily Bestler Books) 5. Checkmate: This Is Love by Kennedy Fox - 9781946087010...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two, Telltale Inc 4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 5. MONOPOLY Game, Electronic Arts 6. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi 7. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 8. iSchedule, HotSchedules 9. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 10. Tabs & Chords by Ultimate Gear - learn and play, Ultimate Guitar Top Free...
Daimler to recall 3 million vehicles to ease diesel doubts

Daimler to recall 3 million vehicles to ease diesel doubts

German automaker Daimler will voluntarily recall 3 million Mercedes-Benz brand cars with diesel engines in Europe to improve their emissions performance, the company said Tuesday in the wake of widespread public debate over the future of diesel. The Stuttgart-based company said it was taking the step to reassure drivers and strengthen confidence in the technology. Diesels have been under a cloud since...
Senior US general: Hacker tried to breach my bank account

Senior US general: Hacker tried to breach my bank account

A senior U.S. military leader says his bank account was targeted as part of a massive government data breach and dealing with the hack was a distraction from his job. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva is testifying before a Senate panel considering his nomination for a second term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He says shortly after hackers stole records on more than 21.5 million people from...
Asian shares mostly higher as focus turns to central bankers

Asian shares mostly higher as focus turns to central bankers

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after a mixed finish on Wall Street. Investors were turning their focus to policy meetings by central bank boards in Japan and the EU. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index edged 0.1 percent higher to 20,021.49 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong climbed 0.5 percent to 26,648.35. The S&P ASX 200 in Australia jumped 0.6 percent to 5,720.90 while the...
Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data center

Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data center

Facebook's plans for New Mexico now call for a half-billion-dollar investment and a data center that will span an area equal to 17 football fields. Gov. Susana Martinez's office announced early Tuesday that the social media giant will be doubling its investment in the state with the planned expansion of its data center currently under construction near Los Lunas, a rural area just outside of Albuquerque...
Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data center

Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data center

Facebook's plans for New Mexico now call for a half-billion-dollar investment and a data center that will span an area equal to 17 football fields. Gov. Susana Martinez's office announced early Tuesday that the social media giant will be doubling its investment in the state with the planned expansion of its data center currently under construction near Los Lunas, a rural area just outside of Albuquerque...
China users report WhatsApp disruption amid censorship fears

China users report WhatsApp disruption amid censorship fears

Users of WhatsApp in China and security researchers have reported widespread service disruptions amid fears that the popular messaging service may be at least partially blocked by authorities in the world's most populous country. WhatsApp users in China reported Tuesday on other social media platforms that the app was partly inaccessible unless virtual private network software was used to circumvent...

Ericsson plans more cost cuts as shares plunge after poor Q2

Ericsson shares plunged more than 15 percent Tuesday after the Swedish mobile networks company posted a second-quarter loss on falling sales and warned that there was unlikely to be any improvement soon. Hit by a decline in networks and software sales, Ericsson's net loss in the period was 1 billion kronor ($120 million), a marked deterioration from last year's equivalent of a 1.6 billion-kronor profit...
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