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Farmers Turn To Tech As Key River In Us West Faces Distress
A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. After a brief, snaking flight above th
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Why Many Employees Feel Devalued Even In Booming Job Market
For more than two decades, Ken White worked at a credit card processor. It was a good job, but it fell victim to the Great Recession. Today, at 56, White does similar work managing technology projects for a regional bank. And yet everything feels dif
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Q&A: EX-GOOGLER HARRIS ON HOW TECH ‘DOWNGRADES’ HUMANS
Tristan Harris wants to reverse the harmful effects he believes technology has had on all of us. Harris, a former Google design ethicist, first rose to national awareness after a presentation he gave within Google in 2013 spread throughout the indust
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Pentagon Auditor Probing Disputed Cloud Computing Contract
The Pentagon’s independent auditor is conducting a broad review of the handling of a cloud computing project potentially worth $10 billion, officials said. The probe includes an investigation of potential misconduct by current or former Defense Depar
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Foxconn Leaders, Wisconsin Officials Meet; Details Unclear
Foxconn Technology Group executives met Wednesday with Wisconsin’s governor, legislative leaders and others but no one is saying much about what they discussed. Foxconn, the world’s leading electronics manufacturer, has been under the spotlight in Wi
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NFL Teaming With Jay-z On Entertainment And Social Activism
The NFL and Jay-Z’s entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show,
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Gyllenhaal Attributes Conquering Fear To Oscarwinning Doc
Few performances are as daunting as the one-person play. That’s why Jake Gyllenhaal had to find a way to conquer that fear when he took on the role of Abe in the second half of “Sea Wall/A Life.” “Before I did it, I was terrified,” Gyllenhaal said of
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Goal Of Fighting Fire With Fire Faces Hurdles In Us West
The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls. Firefighters were on the job. In fact, they had started the blaze that
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Virgin Galactic Unveiling Mission Control For Space Tourism
Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transforme
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Library Of Spider Silk Could Hold Secrets For New Materials
With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk glands, the organs spid
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China Threatens Retaliation If Us Tariff Hikes Go Ahead
China on Thursday threatened retaliation if Washington steps up their war over trade and technology by going ahead with planned Sept. 1 tariff hikes on additional Chinese imports. Beijing will take unspecified “necessary countermeasures,” the Cabinet
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Huawei Unveils Phone System That Could Replace Android
Huawei unveiled a smartphone operating system that it said can replace Google’s Android, adding to the Chinese tech giant’s efforts to insulate itself against U.S. sanctions. The announcement of HarmonyOS highlights the growing ability of Huawei, the
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Fast, Not So Furious? Europe Wrestles With Electric Scooters
Ban them outright. Issue speeding tickets. Make users take a driving test. From Paris to Berlin, European cities are searching for solutions to the two-wheeled phenomenon that’s fast transforming cityscapes worldwide: Electric scooters. Proponents ca
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Russian Media Agency Complains YouTube Facilitates Protests
Russia’s media oversight agency said this week that it wanted Google to stop YouTube users from posting information about unsanctioned political protests or the Russian government would feel free to retaliate against the American company. The Federal
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The Remarkable History of Instant Messaging
The very notion of being able to instantly send a message to someone located on the other side of the world – or even just the other side of one’s home or office – would have seemed nigh-on inconceivable to most of the world’s population not so long
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Facebook Offering ‘Millions’ To Publishers For News
Facebook is reportedly in talks with news publishers to offer “millions of dollars” for the rights to publish their material on its site. The move follows years of criticism over its growing monopolization of online advertising to the detriment of th
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Privacy Questions As Humans Reviewed User Audio At Facebook
Facebook has paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, raising privacy concerns for a company with a history of privacy lapses. The practice was, until recently, common in the tech industry. Companies say the use
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Millennial Money: How To Outsmart Smartphone Scammers
Your smartphone is your confidante, your hand-held connection to the world — and one of your biggest vulnerabilities. Scammers can take advantage of day-to-day tasks that seem innocuous, like checking a bank balance or charging a phone at a public US
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2019 iPADS: THE BEST LINEUP YET
The world’s most advanced tablet range took a major leap forward earlier this year when Apple introduced an all-new iPad mini and iPad Air - but Tim Cook and Co aren’t done there. With insiders expecting a new iPad and a redesigned iPad Pro this Octo
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In ‘Blinded By The Light,’ Growing Up With The Boss
After starring roles for Freddie Mercury (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Elton John (“Rocketman”) and the Beatles (“Yesterday”), it’s Bruce Springsteen’s turn to join the mixtape that the movies have lately become. But Gurinder Chadha’s “Blinded by the Light”
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Lil Nas X’s Viral Song Sets More Records On Billboard Charts
Lil Nas X is galloping his way to two new records on the Billboard charts thanks to the massive success of “Old Town Road.” The song that beat out Mariah Carey and “Despacito” to become the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the Hot 100 char
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CBS, Viacom To Reunite As Media Giants Bulk Up For Streaming
The newly combined ViacomCBS will invest in more movies and TV shows and try to sell more advertising as it seeks to become a bigger player in the growing business of streaming video. Yet the bigger company still might not be big enough to be competi
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The Apple Card Is Here
When Apple announced Apple Pay back in 2014, it heralded the company’s first foray into the payments business. Fast-forward to March, at Apple’s ‘It’s Show Time’ event, and the Cupertino firm took yet another step, this time unveiling its own credit
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Un Report: North Korea Cyber Experts Raised Up To $2 Billion
A panel monitoring U.N. sanctions says North Korean cyber experts have illegally raised money for the country’s weapons of mass destruction programs “with total proceeds to date estimated at up to $2 billion.” The experts said in a new report to the
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Millennial Money: Credit Unions Add Flex To Your Finances
An underused money tool that could help a new generation of adults on their path to prosperity isn’t a smartphone app, a virtual currency or a digital payment system. It’s an old-timey credit union. Credit unions, if you’re unfamiliar, are like nonpr
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No, There’s Still No Link Between Video Games And Violence
Do video games trigger violent behavior? Scientific studies have found no link. But the persistent theory is back in the headlines following Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. An online manifesto thought to be authored by the gunman briefly
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Stolen Goods On Amazon? Shoppers Won’t Care, Experts Say
News of an alleged Amazon theft ring involving contract delivery drivers is unlikely to make a dent in the online shopping giant’s massive business. But it may make people more wary of letting deliveries into their house when they aren’t there — a na
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iOS 13: ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
In one of the iPhone’s biggest updates to date, iOS 13 revolutionizes the smartphone once again. It’s jam-packed with a bunch of improvements including a systemwide Dark Mode, the Find My app, performance enhancements all-new Photos and Reminders app
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