International Science & Technology News

  • newExpedia, Priceline Home In on Airbnb's Turf
    As the vacation-rental industry rapidly expands as a popular alternative to hotel stays, Expedia and Priceline are betting big on the sector by boosting their inventory of home-rental options that can be booked similarly to a hotel, with just a few c…
    - 22 hours ago 25 Jul 17, 10:32am -
  • newGoogle Parent Posts Strong Ad Growth, but Earns Less for Each Click
    Google parent Alphabet said its advertising business continued to hum, but its fastest-growing segments—mobile and YouTube advertising—are less lucrative than desktop ads.
    - 23 hours ago 25 Jul 17, 9:05am -
  • Western Union Opens New Front in Cash-Transfer War: Gas Stations
    Western Union is turning gas-station attendants in Australia into money-transfer agents, reaching out to customers like taxi and Uber drivers looking to send cash at all hours of the day and night.
    - 1 day ago 25 Jul 17, 3:55am -
  • KKR to Buy WebMD in $2.8 Billion Deal
    KKR has reached a deal to buy WebMD Health Corp. for $2.8 billion. The New York-based health-information provider had been running an auction after publicly putting itself in play earlier this year.
    - 1 day ago 25 Jul 17, 2:16am -
  • Sony Restructures Television Unit
    Sony Pictures Entertainment has restructured its television production unit in the wake of two top executives departing last month to oversee’s push into creating original content.
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 17, 11:59pm -
  • Visual-Effects Company Sues Another Two Movie Studios
    Rearden LLC on Monday sued Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and videogame publisher Square Enix Inc. in federal district court in San Francisco.
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 17, 11:28pm -
  • Apple Supplier Foxconn Looks at Producing Display Panels in Wisconsin
    Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles Apple’s iPhones, is nearing a decision to invest in Wisconsin and could hold an event in Washington, D.C., as soon as this week to discuss U.S. investment plans.
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 17, 8:47pm -
  • AT&T Earnings: What to Watch
    AT&T Inc. is slated to report second-quarter earnings after the market close Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 17, 8:43pm -
  • Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped?
    Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech behemoths are transforming the U.S. economy and labor market, with scant public debate or scrutiny. Changing course won’t be easy.
    - 6 days ago 20 Jul 17, 8:25pm -
  • Mark Zuckerberg Hits the Road to Meet Regular Folks---With a Few Conditions
    As he tours America, the Facebook CEO appears at homes and businesses with little notice, asks not to be quoted; not always recognized.
    - 10 days ago 15 Jul 17, 9:52pm -
  • Google Pays Professors to Boost Washington Influence
    Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, cultivating financial relationships with professors nationwide.
    - 12 days ago 14 Jul 17, 1:14pm -
  • Off the Map: The Rough Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars in China
    As auto makers such as GM and tech companies like Google and Apple rush to develop self-driving cars or their software, the world’s largest vehicle market—China—is creating roadblocks by limiting who can map its highways.
    - 12 days ago 14 Jul 17, 8:31am -
  • Apple Agrees to Store Cloud Data in China
    The iPhone maker will begin storing all cloud data for its customers in China with a government-owned company—a move that means relinquishing some control over its data.
    - 13 days ago 13 Jul 17, 12:20am -
  • Saving Face: Investment in Recognition Tech Heats Up in China
    A Chinese startup that sells facial recognition systems to police secured venture-capital funding that values it at more than $1.5 billion, underscoring the sector’s emergence as one of technology’s hottest areas of interest.
    - 14 days ago 12 Jul 17, 9:23am -
  • Tesla Readies for Model 3 by Adding Repair Vans
    As Tesla begins a launch of its first mass-market car, the company said it plans to triple its capacity to repair vehicles, adding 1,400 technicians, dozens of new service centers and hundreds of maintenance vans.
    - 15 days ago 11 Jul 17, 5:11pm -
  • Apple Expands Bet on Cutting Edge Privacy Tech
    Apple has kicked off a massive experiment with new privacy technology aimed at solving an increasingly thorny problem: how to build products that understand users without snooping on their activities.
    - 16 days ago 10 Jul 17, 5:17pm -
  • Career of the Future: Robot Psychologist
    Engineers are using cognitive psychology, including techniques for studying how human children learn, to uncover the inherent biases built into AIs and machine learning that can lead to mistakes.
    - 16 days ago 10 Jul 17, 4:10pm -
  • iTunes Struggles in Video Wars
    Apple’s iTunes Store—already struggling against growing competition for music listeners—is losing the battle for video viewers. The company’s market share for renting and selling movies has slid over the past decade.
    - 16 days ago 10 Jul 17, 12:40pm -
  • What's Behind the Tech-Fund Success? (It Isn't What You Think)
    There is enough strength in a new class of tech success stories that funds no longer need to be invested in Facebook, Amazon, Netflix or Google.
    - 16 days ago 10 Jul 17, 2:33am -
  • How to Get Old Brains To Think Like Young Ones
    Researchers have started to unravel why older brains are less flexible than young ones—and have used their findings to reverse the process.
    - 18 days ago 8 Jul 17, 4:25pm -
  • Archery: The Ultimate Antidote to Information Overload
    Longing for more focus and calm in a tech-riddled world? Set your sights on a handcrafted bow and arrow.
    - 18 days ago 8 Jul 17, 2:51am -
  • Amazon and Dish Network: A Match in the Making?
    For years, Dish Network has sought out partnerships with just about every major telecom company. Now, a somewhat surprising potential partner has emerged: Amazon.com.
    - 20 days ago 6 Jul 17, 6:45pm -
  • Telepathy for Facebook and Then the World
    With Facebook working on a way for people to communicate telepathically, Joe Queenan imagines who would gain. Millennial job-seekers, perhaps?
    - 20 days ago 6 Jul 17, 3:11pm -
  • Inclusion 101: Tech's Future Founders Get Schooled on Diversity
    As a slew of Silicon Valley companies confront accusations of unfair treatment of women and minorities, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business is trying to help would-be entrepreneurs create more conscientious companies.
    - 20 days ago 6 Jul 17, 12:49pm -
  • Amazon's Whole Foods Deal Adds Pressure on Grocery Services to Deliver
    The impact of the e-commerce giant’s Whole Foods deal on online grocery services is still unclear, but one thing is certain: Competition is heating up. From Instacart to Peapod, firms are racing to gain a larger share of the fast-growing market.
    - 23 days ago 3 Jul 17, 3:30pm -
  • Manhattan's Cool Tech Neighborhoods Come of Age
    Technology companies have transformed Manhattan Midtown South neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, Chelsea and SoHo into popular office locales. These days, other sectors are ramping up their presence.
    - 24 days ago 2 Jul 17, 7:09pm -
  • Among the iPhone's Biggest Transformations: Apple Itself
    Since Apple launched the iPhone in June 2007, the smartphone revolution it unleashed has changed the way people work and socialize while reshaping industries from music to hotels. It also has transformed the company in ways that co-founder Steve Jobs…
    - 25 days ago 1 Jul 17, 5:06pm -
  • Cyberattack Launched for Pain, Not Profit, Experts Say
    This week’s global virus outbreak that grounded airplanes in Ukraine, slowed FedEx courier deliveries in Europe and disrupted Maersk container ships around the world was devised simply to damage businesses, not earn profits for the hackers behind i…
    - 26 days ago 30 Jun 17, 10:35am -
  • Groovin': Sony to Press Its First Vinyl Records Since 1989
    Sony Music Entertainment, owner of storied U.S. music labels Columbia and RCA, said it plans to produce vinyl records for the first time in three decades, jumping back into a format that is experiencing a renaissance.
    - 27 days ago 29 Jun 17, 3:41pm -
  • The 10th Anniversary iPhone: Is Apple Trying to Do Too Much?
    Apple is pulling out all the stops for its next iPhone, readying multiple models and testing higher prices.
    - 27 days ago 29 Jun 17, 1:41am -
  • In Unilever's Radical Hiring Experiment, Resumes Are Out, Algorithms Are In
    To diversify its candidate pool, Unilever has ditched resumes and traditional campus recruiting. Its new process relies on algorithms to sort candidates and targets young potential hires where they spend much of their time: their smartphones.
    - 29 days ago 27 Jun 17, 4:00am -
  • How The iPhone Was Born: Inside Stories of Missteps and Triumphs
    On the iPhone’s 10th birthday, former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie recount the arduous process of turning Steve Jobs’s vision into one of the best-selling products ever made.
    - 29 days ago 26 Jun 17, 11:33pm -
  • From Music to Maps, How Apple's iPhone Changed Business
    Apple’s iPhone, and the smartphone boom that followed, gave rise to whole new industries, laid waste to others and forced new business models. As the device turns 10, we take stock of its impact.
    - 30 days ago 26 Jun 17, 3:45pm -
  • The End of Car Ownership
    Ride sharing and self-driving vehicles are going to redefine our relationship with cars. Auto makers and startups are already gearing up for the change.
    - 35 days ago 21 Jun 17, 6:20pm -
  • Big Prize in Amazon-Whole Foods Deal: Data
    Amazon for years has been looking for more ways to gather information about how consumers shop. If its deal for Whole Foods goes through, the two companies can join their online and in-store knowledge.
    - 35 days ago 21 Jun 17, 3:34am -
  • Who Can Challenge the Google-Facebook 'Duopoly'?
    - 36 days ago 20 Jun 17, 2:03pm -
    • newScientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

      Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

      OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.
      - 3 hours ago 26 Jul 17, 6:04am -
    • Neil Armstrong's moon bag sells for $1.8 million at auction

      Neil Armstrong's moon bag sells for $1.8 million at auction

      NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bag used by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1.8 million at an auction in New York on Thursday marking the 48th anniversary of the first mo…
      - 5 days ago 21 Jul 17, 3:06pm -
    • Musk touts approval of New York-Washington 'hyperloop'

      Musk touts approval of New York-Washington 'hyperloop'

      SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received "verbal" approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between…
      - 5 days ago 20 Jul 17, 11:57pm -
    • Outback axes suggest humans reached Australia 18,000 years earlier than thought

      Outback axes suggest humans reached Australia 18,000 years earlier than thought

      SYDNEY (Reuters) - Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia's far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday.
      - 6 days ago 20 Jul 17, 11:13am -
    • MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements

      MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements

      SYDNEY (Reuters) - Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the ea…
      - 7 days ago 19 Jul 17, 12:35pm -
    • Fearsome T-rex was a plodder not a sprinter, researchers say

      Fearsome T-rex was a plodder not a sprinter, researchers say

      LONDON (Reuters) - Line up Usain Bolt at the starting blocks with a Tyrannosaurus rex and the dinosaur would be left behind in the sprinter's dust, according to computer-assisted research that turns long-held assumptions on their head.
      - 8 days ago 18 Jul 17, 12:45pm -
    • Farewell Dippy the dinosaur - London museum installs whale skeleton

      Farewell Dippy the dinosaur - London museum installs whale skeleton

      LONDON (Reuters) - London's Natural History Museum has installed a four-and-a-half-tonne blue whale skeleton to tower over the heads of visitors, replacing the remains of a much-loved diplodocus known as Dippy.
      - 12 days ago 14 Jul 17, 4:41pm -
    • Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

      Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

      (This July 12 story corrects name of vessel in eighth paragraph and year it sank)
      - 13 days ago 13 Jul 17, 9:25am -
    • NASA probe grazes Jupiter's clouds in brush with Great Red Spot

      NASA probe grazes Jupiter's clouds in brush with Great Red Spot

      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter began transmitting data and images on Tuesday from humanity's closest brush with the Great Red Spot, a flyby of the colossal, crimson storm that has fascinated Earthbound observers for…
      - 14 days ago 12 Jul 17, 7:44pm -
    • Artist to debut 3D portraits produced from Chelsea Manning's DNA

      Artist to debut 3D portraits produced from Chelsea Manning's DNA

      NEW YORK (Reuters) - Around thirty three-dimensional portraits of Chelsea Manning, created using the DNA of the transgender U.S. Army soldier imprisoned for leaking classified data, will greet visitors at eye-level at an exhibition opening in New Yor…
      - 15 days ago 11 Jul 17, 6:32pm -
    • A chance finding may lead to a treatment for multiple sclerosis

      A chance finding may lead to a treatment for multiple sclerosis

      EXPERIMENTS that go according to plan can be useful. But the biggest scientific advances often emerge from those that do not. Such is the case with a study just reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When they began it, Hect…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jul 17, 7:11pm -
    • Computer analysis of what is scenic may help town planners

      Computer analysis of what is scenic may help town planners

      Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?BEAUTY, proverbially, is in the eye of the beholder. But surroundings matter. A paper published two years ago in Nature found a correlation between people’s sense of well-being and the “scenicness…
      - 6 days ago 20 Jul 17, 2:44pm -
    • Some good news and some bad, in the fight against HIV

      Some good news and some bad, in the fight against HIV

      THE latest progress report* from UNAIDS, the United Nations body charged with combating HIV and AIDS, brings mixed news. On the positive side, as the chart shows, the death rate from AIDS continues to fall. In 2016 there were 1m AIDS-related fataliti…
      - 6 days ago 20 Jul 17, 8:07am -
    • A promising means of pest control meets some evolutionary truths

      A promising means of pest control meets some evolutionary truths

      IT IS life’s lottery, blessing some and cursing others in equal number: the chance of a sexually reproducing organism’s offspring inheriting a particular version of a gene from a particular parent is 50%. Usually. But there are exceptions. Gene d…
      - 7 days ago 19 Jul 17, 7:03pm -
    • Events in Iceland explain years of famine in Europe’s Dark Ages
      - 8 days ago 18 Jul 17, 1:25pm -
    • How does an animal with no heart circulate oxygen?

      How does an animal with no heart circulate oxygen?

      THE phrase “prehistoric monster” might have been coined with sea spiders in mind. Though neither large (the biggest are hand-sized) nor threatening to people, their quintessential creepy-crawliness presses many of the buttons marked “horror”…
      - 13 days ago 13 Jul 17, 3:21pm -
    • Virtual reality gives old fairground rides new purpose

      Virtual reality gives old fairground rides new purpose

      What you see..what they seeKRAKEN, a 17-year-old rollercoaster at SeaWorld Orlando, an amusement park in Florida, reopened in June after several months of refurbishment. That, in itself, is unusual. The normal fate of old rides is demolition and repl…
      - 13 days ago 13 Jul 17, 3:21pm -
    • More ways to classify planets

      More ways to classify planets

      A TAXONOMY of planets is emerging fast. On June 19th a group of researchers led by Andrew Howard of the California Institute of Technology divided bodies smaller than Neptune into two classes, based on both their current composition and a consequent…
      - 13 days ago 13 Jul 17, 3:21pm -
    • Blood from young animals can revitalise old ones
      IT WAS one of the oddest experiments in the history of dentistry. In the early 1950s a researcher called Benjamin Kamrin was looking into the causes of tooth decay. To do so, he turned to that scientific stalwart, the lab rat. Specifically, he cut sm…
      - 14 days ago 12 Jul 17, 2:41pm -
    • Cameras are about to get a lot smaller

      Cameras are about to get a lot smaller

      THE pill-sized cameras in today’s mobile phones may seem miraculously tiny, given that a decade ago the smallest cameras available for retail sale were the size of a pack of cards. But Ali Hajimiri of the California Institute of Technology is unimp…
      - 20 days ago 6 Jul 17, 2:50pm -
    • A new device to help train sniffer dogs

      A new device to help train sniffer dogs

      WHEN it comes to finding hidden explosives, the self-propelled detection system known as a sniffer dog has no equal. But sniffer dogs have to be trained, and that is a delicate process. In particular, the trace levels of explosive vapour involved are…
      - 20 days ago 6 Jul 17, 2:50pm -
    • A better way to make drinks and drugs

      A better way to make drinks and drugs

      Cubist artSINCE the dawn of civilisation, people have used yeast to leaven bread, ferment wine and brew beer. In the modern era, such fermentation has extended its range. Carefully selected moulds churn out antibiotics. Specially engineered bacteria,…
      - 20 days ago 6 Jul 17, 2:50pm -