Technology

Money men tally cost of climate change

NEW YORK — Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience. The report, released Tuesday, is designed to convince businesses to factor in the cost …

Philippines, among 15 countries to receive UK research fund

MANILA, Philippines – The British government has recently launched the Newton Fund, with the goal of supporting global collaboration in the areas of science and innovation that will focus on economic development. The fund, 375-million-euro (P27.5 billion) in total, is meant to increase the research and innovation capacity of 15 developing countries over a period …

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

DOVER, Delaware — Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in Delaware by the name of Stephanie Kwolek. Kwolek, …

Report says Apple smartwatch to come this fall

NEW YORK — Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal also said Friday that Apple Inc. is planning multiple screen sizes for the device, which some people have dubbed the …

Facebook, Twitter, Google score during World Cup

NEW YORK — Twitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy this week as millions of people around the world took to social media to share in the ups and downs of the matches. Defending champion Spain’s stunning elimination Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Chile generated a lot of buzz, though not …

Crime data from New York City show iPhone ‘kill switch’ cut crimes against users

ALBANY, N.Y.—New crime data show Apple’s addition of a “kill switch” to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday. Their report from a year-old initiative called “Secure Our Smartphones” said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The …

Dreamworks mixing faves, newbies in YouTube debut

LOS ANGELES — When AwesomenessTV launched as a YouTube channel two years ago, it was a bet by veteran TV and movie producer Brian Robbins on the ability of teen and tween audiences to find videos they love to watch online. On Monday, Robbins kicks off DreamWorks TV, another YouTube channel that represents one of …

Amazon launches music streaming from prime members

LOS ANGELES — Amazon’s newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings -including grocery delivery and streaming TV. The announcement comes just days ahead of the expected unveiling of the company’s first …

Roku CEO discusses state of internet video, TV

SAN FRANCISCO — If Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is the star of the Internet video-streaming phenomenon, then Roku CEO Anthony Wood is the best supporting actor. Both men play pivotal roles in popularizing technologies that are shaking up the entertainment and broadband industries. While Hastings gets marquee billing for building an Internet video service with …

Gadget Watch: Huawei’s Mate2 phone good at $299

NEW YORK — Mention Huawei in the U.S., and you’re likely to get a blank look. Either that person has never heard of the Chinese phone maker or has heard something about security concerns raised by lawmakers in Washington. Huawei Technologies Co. believes it can overcome all that as it makes a bigger push in …

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