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Google Tries To Woo iPhone Owners With Android Watch App

September 1, 2015 | by Michael, Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google is introducing an application that will connect Android smartwatches with Apple's iPhone, escalating the rivals' battle to strap their technology on people's wrists.

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NASA Prepares For Mars With Year-Long Simulation In Hawaii

September 1, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Six members of a NASA team recently began the agency's longest-ever simulation of a mission to Mars.


Report: Natural Gas Operations Could Release Harmful Chemicals

September 1, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

​Millions of Americans could be exposed to potentially harmful chemicals released by nearby natural gas wells, according to a recent study by University of Missouri researchers.


Jeep Recalling Cherokee SUVs For Wiper Defect

September 1, 2015 9:38 am

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 206,668 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because the windshield wipers can stop working unexpectedly.


Tesla To Buy Lithium From Mexico For Battery Factory

August 31, 2015 11:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Tesla Motors last week announced an agreement to obtain a supply of lithium for its massive battery factory under construction in Nevada.


MAPI Report Tempers Expectations For U.S. Manufacturing Sector

August 31, 2015 10:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest quarterly forecast from the MAPI Foundation is slightly more pessimistic about the nation's manufacturing sector than three months ago.


Michelin Recalls Truck, RV Tires Prone To Rupturing

August 31, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

Michelin is recalling around 104,000 BF Goodrich tires used for light trucks and recreational vehicles because the sidewalls can rupture under severe use conditions.


Study: Fair Trade Labels Linked To Higher Cost Threshold, Better Taste

August 31, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Participants in a German university study were willing to pay about 30 percent more for foods affixed with a "fair trade" logo.


Appeals Court Reverses Ruling That Found NSA Program Illegal

August 31, 2015 10:14 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans.


Goodyear Retiring Blimps, Rolling Out New Cigar-Shaped Craft

August 31, 2015 10:05 am | by John Rogers & Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

The Goodyear Blimp is getting a brand new design making it a much larger airship and transforming it into a semi-rigid dirigible.


Tech Startups Want To Change The Way You Drive

August 28, 2015 12:04 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

It's no secret that technology is changing the car industry. Here are six startups that want to change the way you drive. 


Silicon Valley To Host Latest Federal Institute On Flexible Electronics

August 28, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Obama administration on Friday announced that a Silicon Valley consortium will host a new public-private institute dedicated to the development of flexible electronics manufacturing.


Apple Schedules New Product Event For Sept. 9

August 28, 2015 10:08 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets.


Lawsuit Targets 10 Large Automakers Over Keyless Ignition

August 28, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A federal class action lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to force automakers to install features that would automatically shut down unattended engines started with a keyless ignition device.


Study Shows Improved Solar Charging Of Lithium Batteries

August 28, 2015 9:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Scientists at an Ohio university recently developed a system that can charge lithium ion batteries with solar power at unprecedented efficiency.


McDonald's, Tyson Cut Ties With Farmer Tied To Abuse Video

August 28, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm.


Report: Union Elections Proceeding More Quickly Following NLRB Rule

August 28, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The average time between a petition for union certification and the beginning of voting by workers declined by 40 percent after new federal standards took effect this spring.


Judge Reverses Manslaughter Conviction Due To GM Ignition

August 28, 2015 9:43 am | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press

A Pennsylvania judge reversed the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a woman Wednesday after determining a faulty General Motors ignition switch contributed to her crashing into a school bus and utility pole, killing her teenage passenger.


Report: California Farmers Post Record Revenue Despite Drought

August 28, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A report from a California think tank says that the state's farmers received record revenues for their crops in recent years despite a historic drought.


Manufacturers Spending Billions On Technologies That Many Motorists Don’t Use

August 27, 2015 10:43 am | by Jake Meister, Digital Reporter

Some of the efforts of auto manufacturers are being made in vain, according to a J.D. Power report, which suggests that the companies are spending billions of dollars on features which motorists choose not to use.


Food Groups: White House Budget Shouldn't Include Fee Increases

August 27, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

More than 60 groups asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to keep food industry registration and inspection fees out of its next annual budget request.



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