Friday, October 24, 2014


China launches experimental spaceship in preparation for unmanned moon return trip

BEIJING — China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

California start up creates gun technology that tells dispatch how, when cop guns are fired

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer’s weapon has been fired.
The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer’s gun is taken out of its holster and when it’s fired. It can also track where the gun is located and in what direction it was fired.

FBI director: Cellphone encryption has “very serious consequences”

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

Up in the sky, and soon landing on Earth, a mystery space plane - but why? US military mum

LOS ANGELES — What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B?
Must be a secret space weapon.
Or something to rocket next-generation spy gear into orbit.
Or maybe a decoy to keep China’s military guessing.

Google tries to appeal to more affluent consumers with latest Nexus tablet, smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Rogers unveils new camera angles for NHL games in GameCenter Live apps

TORONTO — The glowing puck experiment in the 1990s was a loathed and derided bust. Rogers hopes hockey fans will be much more supportive of a few experiments it’s integrating into broadcasts this season.
But you won’t see them on TV. And if you’re not a Rogers customer, you’re out of luck.

Protesters disrupt groundbreaking, Hawaiian blessing for Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea

HONOLULU — A groundbreaking and Hawaiian blessing ceremony came to an abrupt end before it could really get underway Tuesday because of protesters who oppose plans to build one of the world’s largest telescopes near the summit of a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

GM uses Facebook, calls to reach 1.2M car owners who still haven’t gotten deadly switch fixed

DETROIT — Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.
At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now the problem is people.

High-performance Corvette can go 0-60 in 2.95 seconds; fastest car GM has ever made

DETROIT — General Motors says a new high-performance version of the Chevrolet Corvette can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds.
The 2015 Corvette ZO6 is the fastest car GM has ever made. The company says it can hit 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and can finish a quarter-mile in just under 11 seconds. It can reach 127 mph in one-quarter mile.

BlackBerry aims to rework reputation with new phone

TORONTO—Whether you love BlackBerry or hate it, the Canadian smartphone-maker is banking on its new Passport device to help reshape perception of the company in a highly-competitive market.
“We are determined to win back the Canadian home crowd,” chief executive John Chen told the audience at the Toronto launch yesterday that included an appearance by Wayne Gretzky.

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