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Plans for self-driving cars have pitfall: the human brain
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control if the car's systems fail. Instead, experience with automation in other modes of
Welcome to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft reaches giant planet
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Braving intense radiation, a NASA spacecraft reached Jupiter on Monday after a five-year voyage to begin exploring the king of the planets. Ground controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lockheed Martin erupted in applause when the solar-powered Juno
3-2-1: A look at NASA's Jupiter mission by the numbers
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since launching in 2011, NASA's Juno spacecraft has been cruising toward the biggest planet in the solar system. On Monday, Juno is scheduled to perform a nail-biting move designed to enter orbit around Jupiter to explore its cloud-covered atmosphere and interior
Researchers with Sandia Labs study lightning's effects
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at one of the nation's federal laboratories are creating simulated lightning as part of an effort to determine how everything from nuclear weapon components to entire buildings will hold up to Mother Nature. They're building upon what is already known about
Self-driving car driver killed in Florida collision, a first
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first U.S. self-driving car fatality took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle's "autopilot" automated driving system died in a collision with a truck in Florida, federal officials said Thursday. The government is investigating the design
Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft has a birthday present for Windows 10 users: more capabilities for its Cortana digital assistant and new ways to ditch passwords. The company is also changing the notices it sends to users of previous versions, following complaints that it was too aggressive in
Google offers new way for users to manage ads, personal data
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices. Among other things, a new privacy tool will enable the more than 1 billion people who use Google's
NASA launches suborbital rocket carrying student experiments
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA says it has successfully launched a suborbital rocket carrying student experiments from its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The craft lifted off Friday shortly after 6 a.m. The payload reached an altitude of 74 miles before parachuting into the
Twitter to let users post longer videos _ up to 140 seconds
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NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is now letting its users post videos that are up to 140 seconds long, an increase from its previous 30-second limit. The move is part of the social media company's efforts to attract a broader set of users, some of whom feel confined by its limits on the length of
FAA rules to clear way for routine commercial drone flights
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of approving routine commercial use of small drones, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce
Volkswagen to launch more electric cars after diesel scandal
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests. The electric campaign is part of a wide-ranging review of the company's strategy that also
Lenovo, Google unveil phone that knows its way around a room
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — such as the room's size and the presence of other people — and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming. Today's smartphones track
Facebook founder's Twitter account briefly hijacked
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PARIS (AP) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg briefly found his Twitter account hijacked. Screenshots preserved by the technology website Engadget appeared to show someone using the little-used account to say Zuckerberg was "in the LinkedIn database" and inviting the social media mogul to get
Samsung challenges Fitbit with $180 fitness tracker with GPS
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NEW YORK (AP) â?? Just in time for summer, Samsung is unveiling a new fitness tracker that aims to undercut gadgets from market leader Fitbit. Beyond offering all-day step counting and automatic sleep tracking, the $180 Gear Fit2 comes with GPS sensors for more accurate measuring of distance
Team testing new scanner on Egypt's Great Pyramid
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CAIRO (AP) — What mysteries might still be hidden under Egypt's pyramids? A team accompanied by Egypt's former antiquities minister and famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass are testing a new scanner on the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, hoping that modern technology could help unlock ancient
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