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Astronaut controls robot on Earth from the ISS

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station used an extraterrestrial remote control system on Friday to maneuver a robot rover at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

Apple continues to hint at new products this year

Apple says new products are coming, but don't ask when, or what, or how much -- the company isn't telling.

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San Francisco DA: Microsoft, Google not doing enough on phone thefts

San Francisco's district attorney says he's optimistic that Apple and Samsung are making progress on a system that would render stolen smartphones unusable, but the same isn't true of Microsoft and Google.


Japan, South Korea continue to lead in fiber Internet

The number of fiber Internet subscriptions rose 12.7 percent in the countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Paris-based group said Thursday.

EPEAT green IT registry expanding to mobile phones

The Green Electronics Council plans to expand its EPEAT environmental rating system later this year to include smartphones, the council said Tuesday.

Apple-Samsung phone battle to hit appeals court in August

A court's decision not to prevent multiple Samsung handsets from being sold in the U.S. despite their being found to infringe Apple patents will go before an appeal's court in early August.

High-tech system listens for gunshots from city streets to the African savanna

Audio technology makes possible the operations of ShotSpotter, a service that helps police departments pinpoint the location of gunfire in their city or from poachers in rural Africa.


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T-Mobile to launch its first Firefox phone next week

T-Mobile will begin its rollout of phones based on Mozilla's Firefox OS when it puts the Alcatel One Touch on sale in Poland next week.


PC shipments drop 11.4% in Q2 as Lenovo surpasses HP

Lenovo becomes the top PC seller but the second quarter resulted in another double-digit percentage decline for the global PC market.

Stanford shows new solar car before its cross-Australia race

The world got a glimpse of Stanford's latest solar-powered car Luminos on Tuesday, before it ships to Australia to take part in the world's premier solar-vehicle race.


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Driverless cars yield to reality: It's a long road ahead

Take a drive on Highway 101 between Silicon Valley and San Francisco these days and you might see one of Google's driverless cars in the lane next to you. The vehicles are one of the most visible signs of the increasing amount of research going on in the area related to automated driving technology.


Solar Impulse departs Dulles Airport.

Solar-powered aircraft completes cross-US journey

A one-of-a-kind solar-powered aircraft completed a two-month journey across the United States at just after 11 p.m. EDT Saturday evening (3 a.m. GMT Sunday) when it landed at New York's JFK Airport.

FCC OKs Softbank's $21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved the $21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint by Japanese telecommunications group Softbank, saying it promises to bring consumers faster and more advanced wireless broadband Internet service.

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, has died

Douglas Engelbart, a Silicon Valley engineer who invented the computer mouse and is credited with many of the concepts that underpin modern computing and the Internet, died on Tuesday at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88.

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Police go high tech to tackle trigger-happy Fourth of July celebrations

Police in some U.S. cities will have a high-tech advantage this July 4 in their battle to deter and detect those who celebrate the country's birthday by firing bullets into the air.