Technology

Self driving boats: The next tech transportation race

BOSTON— Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years – but autonomous boats could be just around the pier. Spurred in part by the car industry’s race to build driverless vehicles, marine innovators are building automated ferry boats for Amsterdam canals, cargo ships that can steer themselves through Norwegian fjords and …

Apple’s luxury iPhone both copies and innovates

CUPERTINO, Calif. — As soon as you see the iPhone X up close, you’ll realize that it’s nothing like any of the previous models that Apple has released during the past decade. But you might notice striking similarities with some of the sleek smartphones that Samsung, Google and others have been churning out during the …

Nissan decries incremental change, seeks dramatic jumps

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Aiming to get an edge on its rivals in an intensely competitive industry, Japanese automaker Nissan says it’s attempting to foster a corporate culture that will produce manufacturing innovations in leaps and bounds instead of steady incremental improvement. Its discussion of that effort is partly a swipe at bigger competitor Toyota Motor …

Rogue Korean child monitoring app is back, researchers say

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — A South Korean child-monitoring smartphone app that was removed from the market in 2015 after it was found to be riddled with security flaws has been reissued under a new name and still puts children at risk, researchers said Monday. The app “Cyber Security Zone” is part of government efforts …

Apple may test the bounds of iPhone love with a $1,000 model

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that’s become an indispensable part of modern life. The unveiling of a dramatically redesigned iPhone will likely be the marquee moment Tuesday when Apple …

Equifax data hack attracts attention of class action lawyers and privacy watchdog

MONTREAL — A large-scale security breach at credit monitoring company Equifax has already attracted the attention of Canadian class-action lawyers and the country’s privacy commissioner as the fallout from the massive hack gathered momentum Friday and thrust corporate concerns about cybersecurity into the spotlight. Several class-action law firms are circling after the Atlanta-headquartered company revealed …

‘Can’t confirm. Dark’: Officials couldn’t see danger at dam

A towering spillway at the nation’s tallest dam was crumbling, and tens of thousands of people were fleeing for their lives. But as darkness fell, state officials realized dealing with the unfolding crisis in Northern California was about to get even worse: They couldn’t see. For years, federal regulators urged state officials in charge of …

IBM and MIT partner on artificial intelligence research

BOSTON— IBM is planning to spend $240 million over the next decade to create an artificial intelligence research lab at MIT. Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday announced the formation of the new MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab. It will support joint research by IBM and MIT scientists. Its mission will include advancing the hardware, software and algorithms …

Facebook: Accounts from Russia bought ads during US campaign

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of fake Facebook accounts, probably run from Russia, spent about $100,000 on ads aimed at stirring up divisive issues such as gun control and race relations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social network said Wednesday. Although the number of ads is relatively small, the disclosure provides a more detailed peek …

In a high tech world, car designers still rely on clay

WARREN, Mich. — Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car’s curves look just right, they rely on one of the world’s oldest materials: clay. Every vehicle by every major carmaker, from Mercedes to Tesla to Toyota, is formed in clay long before …

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