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Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

Paul G Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65.He died in Seattle f

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Google Pixel 3 phone aims to automate more daily tasks

There’s not much about the physical details of Google’s new Pixel 3 phone that you can’t find elsewhere. That bigger display and curved design? Apple and Samsung phones already have that.But the Pixel doesn’t intend to wow people with its hardware an

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• Google plans to start charging smartphone makers to pre-install apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps on Android handsets sold in Europe, a response to a record $5bn antitrust fine imposed by the European Union. The US tech company’s announceme

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Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones

Google’s new Pixel phones mirror an industry trend toward lusher, bigger screens and add twists on the camera for better pictures. The third generation of Pixel phones unveiled yesterday at an event in New York features screens that span from one ed

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SpaceX satellite launch lights up night sky, social media

When SpaceX launched a rocket carrying an Argentine Earth-observation satellite from California’s Central Coast, both the night sky and social media lit up.People as far away as San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix and Reno, Nevada, posted photos of th

Facebook wants people to invite its cameras into their homes

Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive.But it’s unclear if people will open their homes to an internet-connected camera sold by a

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Spaceport Colorado sells the future

There was a time we would have marveled at flying to 380,000 feet to experience the curvature of the Earth, weightlessness, and the darkness of space.

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Using AI, immersion to teach students Chinese

To learn Chinese in this room, talk to the floating panda head.

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• NASA technology designed to protect spacecraft from heat and pressure when entering a planet’s atmosphere will be launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico as part of testing.

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Airbus Perlan Mission II glider reaches 76,000 feet to break own altitude record

For the third time in a week, Airbus Perlan Mission II has set a new world altitude record for a glider, this time soaring the engineless Perlan 2 to 76,124 feet, in the process collecting vital data on flight performance, weather and the atmosphere.

Robot boat sails into history by finishing Atlantic crossing

All summer, the small boat drifted steadily eastward across the churning North Atlantic until it neared the Irish coast, where it made history by becoming the first unmanned sailboat to cross the Atlantic.

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• A key opponent of high-tech, automated weapons known as “killer robots” is blaming countries like the US and Russia for blocking consensus at a UN-backed conference, where most countries wanted to ensure that humans stay at the controls of lethal machines.

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• A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organisers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games.

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One professor working to make robots more social

Heather Knight wants to make robots more charismatic.

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Navajo robotics team heads to international competition

A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition.

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