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How Trump’s tariffs could help — or hammer — one beleaguered segment of the U.S. solar industry

February 1, 2018


Filed under Business, Technology

WASHINGTON — Much of the U.S. solar industry is slamming President Trump’s decision to slap a 30 percent tariff on solar equipment made outside of the United States. But Trump’s confrontational approach has provided a glimmer of hope for U.S.-based companies that make polysilicon, a key component...

Aliens on the Vegas Strip? New York-New York adds virtual reality to the Big Apple coaster

February 1, 2018


Filed under Technology, Travel

The New York-New York Hotel & Casino will add a virtual reality experience to the Big Apple roller coaster, taking riders on an aerial adventure through the Nevada desert and over the Las Vegas Strip. The new up-charge virtual reality experience, set to open Feb. 7, combines make-believe computer-animated...

‘Pokemon Go’ creators are making a ‘Harry Potter’ AR game

November 14, 2017


Filed under Technology

By Tracy Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) Accio smartphone! “Harry Potter” fans will soon get a chance to explore the Wizarding World in real life with a new mobile game from “Pokemon Go” creators Niantic. Niantic announced that it will team up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and W...

Amazon’s high-end Kindle gets a recharge as e-reader marks 10th year

Amazon’s high-end Kindle gets a recharge as e-reader marks 10th year

October 17, 2017


Filed under Technology

By Matt Day The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — For its 10th birthday, Amazon’s Kindle is getting a new suit. A refreshed version of the high-end Kindle Oasis, unveiled on Wednesday, sports an aluminum back and larger screen and is the first waterproof device Amazon has rolled out in the decade since l...

Amazon unveils newer, smaller Echo — with newer, smaller price

Amazon unveils newer, smaller Echo — with newer, smaller price

September 28, 2017


Filed under Technology

By Matt Day The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Amazon wants Alexa to be everywhere. The company unleashed a barrage of new hardware on Wednesday, including refreshed Echo speakers, an upgraded Fire-branded streaming device and a new alarm-clock-like Echo Spot. The new devices represent the Seatt...

Early-morning tweet and ‘farmer talk’ leads to Microsoft-Mojang deal

Early-morning tweet and ‘farmer talk’ leads to Microsoft-Mojang deal

May 16, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

SEATTLE — Microsoft’s acquisition of “Minecraft” began with a tweet and a text. Markus “Notch” Persson, the man behind the smash hit world-building game, posted a tweet out of frustration with the fame of running a company with obsessive fans. “Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I...

Entrepreneurship has grown on biotechnology firm’s CEO

Entrepreneurship has grown on biotechnology firm’s CEO

May 9, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

SEATTLE — Leen Kawas was initially confused when her Ph.D. adviser at Washington State University suggested she help start a company focused on the research their team had been developing for the past several years. Entrepreneurship, or any sort of startup work, wasn’t a career path when Kawas w...

For these startups, Silicon Valley’s diversity problem brings big business

For these startups, Silicon Valley’s diversity problem brings big business

May 2, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s one of the tech industry’s biggest embarrassments. But for a handful of startups, Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity is also a money-making machine. Capitalizing on the pressure Bay Area tech companies face to hire and promote more women and people of color, a new class o...

3-D technology is game-changer for recruiting future engineers

3-D technology is game-changer for recruiting future engineers

April 25, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

MINNEAPOLIS — Stratasys Ltd. employees ran a marathon of sorts earlier this month as they dashed to dozens of Twin Cities schools to introduce 3,500 students to the wonderment of 3-D printing. The effort was the company’s first large-scale effort to instantly reach out to thousands of students ...

Large fries? Extra sauce? Why McDonald’s wants to track all your dining habits

Large fries? Extra sauce? Why McDonald’s wants to track all your dining habits

April 18, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

CHICAGO — You know a lot about McDonald’s, but McDonald’s doesn’t know much about you. At least not yet. By year’s end, the world’s largest burger chain will roll out nationwide a mobile ordering system that will collect a wealth of data about the habits of customers — everything from w...

Inside the car-eat-car world of self-driving technology

Inside the car-eat-car world of self-driving technology

April 11, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif. — First, it was just a dream. Then it became a quirky research project undertaken by a handful of the nerdiest engineers in the robotics industry. Now self-driving cars are on the brink of transforming transportation. The industry creating the technology for autonomous vehicles has mor...

Creating a lithium ion battery that won’t catch fire

Creating a lithium ion battery that won’t catch fire

April 4, 2017


Filed under Technology

SAN DIEGO — At American Lithium Energy’s headquarters outside San Diego, President and co-founder Jiang Fan opens a padlocked door to the company’s battery testing chamber. Here, squat machines puncture batteries with nails, crush them with a weight and pump so much voltage into them during rec...

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