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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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