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Foxconn Unit Plans China's Biggest IPO Since 2015

Wed, 23 May 2018 01:58:13 EDT

A unit of Taiwan’s contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group said it plans to raise $4.25 billion through an initial public offering in Shanghai, potentially marking China’s biggest IPO since 2015.

The Nostalgic Appeal of Instant Cameras---and Why They're Back

Fri, 25 May 2018 00:40:32 EDT

With features fit for Instagram addicts, instant cameras are staging a comeback. Here, we test three new models.

Rover Raises $125 Million as Dog-Sitting War Heats Up

Thu, 24 May 2018 09:00:03 EDT

A fresh round of venture capital values Rover at $970 million, coming on the heels of a $300 million financing of its rival Wag Labs Inc.

Elon Musk's Latest Proposal: A Website Named 'Pravda' to Rate Media Credibility

Thu, 24 May 2018 10:21:42 EDT

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, unhappy with media coverage of Tesla Inc., said he plans to create a site to let people rate the credibility of journalists and news organizations, and suggested he would name it after the former Soviet Union’s main propaganda outlet.

How HP Survives in a Shrinking PC Market

Mon, 21 May 2018 17:00:06 EDT

By focusing on sleeker designs and high-performance game machines, HP managed to boost revenue and gobble market share from smaller competitors even as the PC market shrank.

Want to Invest in Jack Ma? Avoid Alibaba's Rivals

Mon, 21 May 2018 10:35:23 EDT

Investors are being caught in the middle of China’s biggest business rivalry, as those looking to get in on a private fundraising by Jack Ma’s financial-technology firm must agree not to invest in companies controlled by major rivals like Tencent Holdings.

Samsung Wants Every Appliance to Talk by 2020

Thu, 24 May 2018 09:16:37 EDT

Samsung plans to put artificial-intelligence features and internet connectivity in all its products in an effort to transform its home appliances into an army of synced devices capable of fielding verbal commands.

Apple Wins $539 Million Jury Award From Samsung in iPhone Patent Battle

Thu, 24 May 2018 23:19:18 EDT

Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing patents related to the iPhone’s design, a federal jury found Thursday.

In a Digital Era, How Do Older Workers Stay in the Game?

Tue, 22 May 2018 18:31:52 EDT

These strategies help veteran employees stay current and valuable as workplaces become younger and more tech-focused.

Amazon Alexa-Powered Device Recorded and Shared User's Conversation Without Permission

Fri, 25 May 2018 14:16:21 EDT

Amazon said that one of its Echo home speakers recorded a private conversation without permission and sent it to a person in the owners’ contact list, an incident that raises questions about the security of such voice-operated devices.

Bull Market in Tech-Company Convertible Debt Rages On

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:09:30 EDT

Publicly traded technology companies have been issuing bonds that convert into equity at a pace unseen since the height of the dot-com bubble as demand for tech stocks surges.

Self-Driving Uber That Hit Pedestrian Wasn't Set to Stop in an Emergency

Fri, 25 May 2018 00:02:10 EDT

An Uber self-driving car involved in a fatal crash in Arizona identified an object on the road six seconds before impact and didn’t determine the need for emergency braking until nearly five seconds later.

Bill Moves to Block U.S. From Buying Chinese Surveillance Equipment

Fri, 25 May 2018 06:55:22 EDT

The government will be banned from buying Chinese-made surveillance cameras under a $717 billion defense-policy bill, the latest move against Chinese technology on the basis of national security concerns.

Next PlayStation Is Three Years Off, Sony Says

Wed, 23 May 2018 22:15:50 EDT

Sony wants to spend three more years readying its next videogame move, the head of the PlayStation business said—a slight slowdown in the six-to-seven-year update cycle for the console since the first one in 1994.

Hot on the Wheels of Grab, Go-Jek Rides Further Into Southeast Asia

Thu, 24 May 2018 19:33:19 EDT

Indonesian motorcycle-taxi service Go-Jek will invest $500 million to expand its operations in Southeast Asia, revving up competition just two months after Uber’s landmark deal to exit from the region.

All Those Red Alert Bubbles on Your Phone Are Driving Your Loved One Crazy

Fri, 25 May 2018 12:09:42 EDT

In an era of nonstop notifications, electronic-alert management is starting to become a dividing line in American relationships.

Intel Faces Age-Discrimination Claims

Fri, 25 May 2018 15:51:00 EDT

The federal watchdog for equal employment is investigating claims that Intel targeted workers for layoffs based on their age.

Microsoft Is Giving Disabled Gamers a Better Controller

Thu, 17 May 2018 15:15:38 EDT

Microsoft is making its first videogame controller designed for people with disabilities, the latest in a growing number of industry efforts to accommodate players who face challenges seeing, hearing and directing the on-screen action.

Does Smart Luggage Really Make Travel Easier?

Fri, 25 May 2018 10:33:57 EDT

High-tech bags preempt the nightmarish struggle to find an outlet at the airport. But they come with their own built-in issues. Here, we explore both sides of the debate.

The Eureka Moment That Made Bitcoin Possible

Fri, 25 May 2018 14:28:40 EDT

A key insight for the technology came to a physicist almost three decades ago at a Friendly’s restaurant in New Jersey.

FBI Moves to Dismantle Network of Hacked Devices Linked to Russia

Thu, 24 May 2018 06:26:28 EDT

The Federal Bureau of Investigation moved to dismantle a large network of hacked routers and storage devices that Cisco Systems Inc. and U.S. and Ukraine authorities said could be used to launch a massive cyberattack or knock hundreds of thousands of internet users offline.

Macron to Silicon Valley: Embrace Europe's Regulations

Thu, 24 May 2018 18:51:18 EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron ratcheted up tensions with U.S. tech giants calling on them to embrace Europe’s regulation of topics ranging from taxation to privacy to artificial intelligence, because Washington is failing to do so.

Why Auto Dealers Struggle to Explain Your Car's Hi-Tech Safety Features

Tue, 22 May 2018 04:14:41 EDT

Most new cars nowadays can be outfitted with advanced safety gear, but salespeople often fail to pitch buyers on the benefits of these potentially lifesaving but costly features.

Best-Paying Industry? It's Not Banking

Fri, 25 May 2018 17:52:40 EDT

More than 100 companies in the S&P 500—many in biotech and energy— routinely paid employees $100,000 or more in 2017.

U.S. Websites Go Dark in Europe as GDPR Data Rules Kick In

Fri, 25 May 2018 15:42:32 EDT

Europe’s new privacy law took effect Friday, causing major U.S. news websites to suspend access across the region as data-protection regulators prepare to brandish their new enforcement powers.

Space Village One: A Vision for Life Beyond Earth

Fri, 18 May 2018 03:48:59 EDT

NASA has commissioned designs for future space stations, among them this expandable colony that would house up to 8,000 people.