Saturday, July 4, 2015

Technology

Solar-powered airplane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking 5-day flight from Japan

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Solar-powered airplane due to land in Hawaii after 5-day flight from Japan

HONOLULU — An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii Friday after a five-day journey across the Pacific from Japan.
The flight is the longest leg of an around-the-world voyage planned by two Swiss pilots who have been taking turns flying the single-seat airplane. It is also the riskiest because the plane has nowhere to land in an emergency.

Robot grabs worker, causing fatal injuries at Volkswagen plant in Germany

BERLIN — A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.
The man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said.

From antennas to swipe screens, cellphones mark 30 years in Canada

TORONTO — Victor Surerus says the $2,700 he paid for his first cellphone 30 years ago was worth every penny.
It was July 1985 and Surerus says he needed the phone to help run his business as a travelling funeral director out of Peterborough, Ont. The phone attached to an aerial in his car and came with its own carrying bag.

From Madonna to Mariah Carey, acts look to dating apps like Tinder, Grindr to promote music

NEW YORK — In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hook-up, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music.

US railroad regulators ask digital map makers to add audio, visual alerts for track crossings

LOS ANGELES — The federal agency that oversees railroads is asking digital mapping companies to alert users as they approach track crossings.
The Federal Railroad Administration announced Monday that, so far, Google has agreed.

Navy pays tribute to once-secret submarine now on display at Connecticut museum

GROTON, Conn. — A once-secret submarine in U.S. military research and expeditions is being celebrated for its advanced technology, exploration of the ocean floor and role as a workhorse.

Google’s ‘undo’ feature may be godsend for Gmail users who regret hitting ‘send’

TORONTO — It might be called “send regret,” that panic that sets in after firing off an email or text that you suddenly realize was inappropriate, addressed to the wrong person, or just plain wrong.
Google is trying to save Gmail users from their own misguided missives by granting them a window of sober second thought.

Panel of doctors give a warming Earth a physical and say kick the coal habit immediately

WASHINGTON — Some top international doctors and public health experts have issued an urgent prescription for a feverish planet Earth: Get off coal as soon as possible.

California reveals details of self-driving car accidents after pressure to change policy

LOS ANGELES — California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads.

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