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Tech reaches humble work boot

posted: 06/26/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

PITTSBURGH -- At first glance, there's nothing remarkable about SolePower's latest work boot prototype.

ON COMPUTERS: With Ask My Buddy app, a friend is within the sound of user's voice

posted: 06/26/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Ask My Buddy is a free app for sending an alert to everyone you know, without reaching for your phone or computer. It works just by voice on a Windows 10 computer, a Google Home device or the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Plenty more like these are coming out soon.

Amazon to start Prime Wardrobe

posted: 06/26/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

SEATTLE -- For many people, buying clothing online is not worth the hassle of getting a pair of pants or a shirt that does not fit. Many retailers have sought to eliminate that risk by offering free returns on clothing, but now Amazon is going even further.

Newest Uber board member has extensive experience guiding startups

posted: 06/26/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Uber Technologies Inc.'s new board member, David Trujillo, spearheaded TPG's investments in four startups now valued at more than $5 billion each. After a misstep by his boss, he's taking a seat at one of the biggest -- and most precarious -- of them, whose fate increasingly lies in the hands of its investors.

Foxconn dangles $10B to create jobs in U.S.

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Terry Gou is intent on building Foxconn Technology Group's international footprint.

Absence at Uber prompts concern

posted: 06/19/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

When chief executive officers take leaves of absence, it's typically because they have serious problems. So when Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick announced last week that he was going on indefinite leave, people took notice.

Firm aids disabled in surfing the Web

posted: 06/19/2017 2:04 a.m. Discuss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Surfing the Web is an entirely different experience for someone with a physical disability. Something as simple as buying an outfit online or sending messages to co-workers can be challenging on many sites and Web applications for someone who can't see the screen or has trouble moving a mouse.

Machines crawl through pipelines, give clearer picture of wear, tear

posted: 06/19/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

SAN DIEGO -- It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

Robot to swim into nuke danger

posted: 06/19/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

YOKOSUKA, Japan — Last week, a Japanese industrial group introduced a robot designed for underwater probes of damage from meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

ON COMPUTERS: Would-be novelists can find literary agents through online database

posted: 06/19/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

It seems like a lot of the people we meet want to be writers. And they have a great subject for a novel: themselves. A good start might be finding an agent. Nowadays, you can find them online.

Startup tackles distracted driving

posted: 06/19/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

SEATTLE -- In the near future, a driver's phone might be smart enough to know whether he is driving a car or going along for the ride.

Gore's firm raises $55M for clean bus

updated: 06/19/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Environmentalist Al Gore's investment management firm has led a $55 million fundraising round for clean-bus maker Proterra Inc.

Apple CEO confirms work on tech for self-driving cars

posted: 06/19/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

It may be the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley that Apple has been working on something having to do with cars. The issue is, nobody outside of Apple could really say what the project has been about -- until now.

Tech workers forgo goodies, do good deeds

posted: 06/12/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- In the cutthroat technology industry where companies go to great lengths to attract and retain talent, employers have offered workers high salaries, company stock and unlimited vacation time. They've done free breakfasts, free lunches, free dinners and free booze. There's kombucha on tap, pingpong and pool, nap rooms, yoga rooms and on-site gyms.

Robot cars can't count on people

posted: 06/12/2017 2:06 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Three years ago, Google's self-driving car project abruptly shifted from designing a vehicle that would drive autonomously most of the time while occasionally requiring human oversight, to a slow-speed robot without a brake pedal, accelerator or steering wheel. In other words, human driving was no longer permitted.

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