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Move over drones, driverless cars _ unmanned ship up next

SAN DIEGO (AP) – It’s not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday – ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews. The Pentagon on Monday showed off the world’s largest unmanned surface vessel, a self-driving 132-foot ship able to travel up to 10,000 nautical …

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Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn’t immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many – possibly most – of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping . …

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Authorities say death at Apple headquarters was suicide

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say a young Apple employee took his own life at the company’s headquarters this week. The 25-year-old Santa Clara, California, man was found dead Wednesday morning inside a conference room at Apple’s world headquarters in California. An autopsy later confirmed he died of a self-inflicted …

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Smartphone health: Apple releases software for medical apps

CUPERTINO, California (AP) – Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions – from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, …

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Time Warner Cable deal gets OK, with online video conditions

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators will impose several conditions meant to protect online video services as they back Charter’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable and create the country’s second-largest home Internet provider. The Justice Department approved the deal Monday, subject to court approval on the conditions, while Federal …

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Oculus reacts to virtual reality privacy questions

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) – An executive from virtual reality company Oculus says consumers shouldn’t be concerned about an invasion of their privacy when using the Oculus Rift. Jason Rubin , Oculus’ head of worldwide studios, is downplaying questions raised about the VR system’s privacy policy. “It’s a new medium,” said …

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Microsoft suit is latest tech clash with US over privacy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As we live more of our lives online, the companies we trust with our digital secrets are increasingly clashing with authorities who want access to the messages, pictures, financial records and other data we accumulate in electronic form. Microsoft opened a new front in the battle …

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China’s live-streaming sites offer chance to gain cash, fame

BEIJING (AP) – China’s live-streaming sites have become a burgeoning cottage industry, offering money-making opportunities and even stardom to their mostly female hosts and an entertaining new alternative for millions of viewers to online dramas and stodgy state-controlled TV. Zhang Qige, a 23-year-old woman who plays computer games and chats …

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Why you might soon text robots as often as your friends

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The robots are coming – to help run your life or sell you stuff – at an online texting service near you. In coming months, users of Facebook’s Messenger app, Microsoft’s Skype and Canada’s Kik can expect to find new automated assistants offering information and services …

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