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Chinese Exporters Scramble To Cope With Us Tariffs
Chinese exporters were scrambling to cope with a plunge in U.S. sales while China’s state press shrugged off the impact of Washington’s tariff hikes in a spiraling technology dispute. The impact of last week tariff hikes on the world’s second-largest
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Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way for you to access an array of exciting new software features on your Apple devices months before most Apple customers? Indeed, there is a way: joining the Apple Beta Software Program. This lets you test-drive
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Israeli Company Plans Lunar Landing Next Year
An Israeli organization said that it hopes to become the first non-governmental entity to land a spacecraft on the moon when it attempts to launch a module later this year. SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries plan to launch their
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Tesla Announces Deal For Shanghai Factory
Electric car producer Tesla will build its first factory outside the United States in Shanghai under an agreement signed this week, becoming the first wholly foreign-owned automaker in China. Tesla Inc.’s announcement comes amid mounting U.S.-Chinese
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YouTube Aims To Crack Down On Fake News, Support Journalism
Google’s YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations. The company said it will make “authoritative” news sources more prominent, especially
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5 Things To Know About Tesla’s China Plans
Electric vehicle producer Tesla Inc. says it will build its first factory outside the United States in Shanghai. The step is logical for a company that looks to China as its No. 2 market. But Tesla faces growing competition from Chinese and foreign b
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Rural Students Learn About High-tech Career Options
“Can we keep the hard hats?” asked Frederick Threats. The senior at General Trass High School had just completed a tour of the Graphic Packaging paper mill in West Monroe. He came back with questions about how much the mill pays to start and a desire
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Comcast, Fox Both Raise Bids As They Reach For Sky
The battle for European pay TV service Sky escalated this week as U.S. rivals Comcast and 21st Century Fox took turns upping the ante in their quest to expand their media empires. The stakes now stand at 26 billion pounds ($34 billion) — the value of
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Producers Plan Movie About Thai Cave Rescue
The boys are out of the cave. Now Hollywood wants in. The producers behind Christian films like “God’s Not Dead” are already in Thailand with plans to develop a movie about the 18-day saga of the soccer team trapped in a flooded cave. Though the dram
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Box Office Top 20: ‘Ant-man And The Wasp’ Stings With $75.8m
Marvel Studios landed its 20th straight no. 1 box-office debut with an uncharacteristically small superhero for the swaggering comic-book juggernaut. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opened with $75.8 million, according to final studio figures Monday. While no
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Steven Spielberg brings us a science fiction adventure, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller. The film focuses on an expansive virtual reality universe, in which people in 2045 find salvation as their world is on the brink of collapse. When the creator
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Outlaws ‘tile the End revisits some classic outlaw country songs, but it is definitely still a Metal album at heart and is true to DevilDriver’s much loved sound. The band’s decision to re-imagine western classics and add their own Metal edge is cert
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Jessup Man’s Drone Photography Business Flying High
From Lee Deangelis’ perspective, “once you get 100 feet up, everything looks better.” A full-time IT professional at the University of Scranton and self-described amateur filmmaker, Deangelis bought his first drone four years ago as the burgeoning te
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Bethel Park Native’s Home Videos Become YouTube Sensation
Paul Petroskey - also known as “Weird Paul” - had been waiting for something like YouTube for decades. Petroskey considers himself the “Original Vlogger.”The 47-year-old Bethel Park native had hours of video tapes that he recorded in the ’80s and ’90
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Softbank Raises Stake In Yahoo Japan In Purchase From Altaba
Japanese internet company SoftBank Corp. is investing about $2 billion to raise its stake in Yahoo Japan through an acquisition from U.S. investment company Altaba Inc. SoftBank has been boosting its collaboration with Yahoo Japan, a search-engine co
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App Store: Turning Ten And Still Getting Better
It may seem hard to believe, but the App Store will turn ten this month. Whether you want to hail a cab, order a meal, split a bill, find a new partner or buy a house, there’s an app on the App Store for practically all of our needs, with new innovat
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Us Firm: Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Cambodia Ahead Of Polls
Last month, the daughter of a jailed Cambodian opposition party leader received an email from a well-seeming activist at a reputed Cambodian non-profit. For weeks, the sender nudged Monovithya Kem to open an attachment described as containing intervi
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Facebook Faces U.k. Fine Over Its Privacy Scandal
Facebook is facing its first financial penalty for allowing the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to forage through the personal data of millions of unknowing Facebook users. A U.K. government office that investigated the Cambridge Analytica scand
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BMW To Make Electric Minis In China
BMW Group and the biggest Chinese SUV brand, Great Wall Motor, announced a partnership to produce electric MINI vehicles in China as global automakers ramp up development under pressure from Beijing. The companies said they signed an agreement Monday
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Uber Poised To Make Investment In Scooter-rental Business
Uber is getting into the scooter-rental business. The ride-hailing company said that it is investing in Lime, a startup based in San Mateo, California. “Our investment and partnership in Lime is another step towards our vision of becoming a one-stop
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Michigan ‘Smart Brick’ To Help Snowmelt Efficiency
With one prototype already in the ground, the Holland Board of Public Works is planning to install 10 more “Smart Bricks” along the snowmelt route to monitor surface temperatures and collect data. What started as a hobby in radio technology for a sel
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In ‘Skyscraper,’ The Rock Towers Over Action Tropes
I like to imagine what King Kong, as a popcorn-chomping moviegoer, might make of “Skyscraper,” the latest summer actioner staring Dwayne Johnson. Would he, watching a goliath ascend the exterior of a high-rise with helicopters and klieg lights swirli
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NASA Needs Backup Plan As Us Crew Launches Slip
NASA needs a backup plan for getting astronauts to space, given additional delays on the horizon for new commercial crew capsules, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recommended Wednesday. That’s the top suggestion in the GAO’s latest report o
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This long-buried studio session, found among John Coltrane’s holdings, offers a bounty of unheard material by the saxophonist’s classic quartet at a creative peak in 1963. It provides a new glimpse of the group at its most explosive and forward-think
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Federal Facebook Probe Now Includes FBI, SEC
A federal probe into Facebook’s sharing of user data with Cambridge Analytica now involves the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, the Washington Post reported. Representatives from these agencies have joined the F
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How Computers See Faces And Other Objects
Computers started to be able to recognize human faces in images decades ago, but now artificial intelligence systems are rivaling people’s ability to classify objects in photos and videos. That’s sparking increased interest from government agencies a
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How Much All-seeing AI Surveillance Is Too Much?
When a CIA-backed venture capital fund took an interest in Rana el Kaliouby’s face-scanning technology for detecting emotions, the computer scientist and her colleagues did some soul-searching — and then turned down the money. “We’re not interested i
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Softbank Invests In ‘Handy Japan’ Hotel Technology Service
Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank is investing in a mobile device service for hotel guests, called handy Japan, offering tourist spot information and internet access. Terms of the deal, announced this week, were not disclosed. Handy, develope
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Barbs For Bezos But Bill Gates Largely Admired In Seattle
The Seattle region is home to America’s two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city. While Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely adm
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