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China defends tech crackdown in meeting with Wall Street chiefs

HONG KONG — China’s top regulators defended their market-roiling crackdown on various industries in a meeting with Wall Street executives, while reassuring them the stricter rules aren’t aimed at stifling technology companies or the private sector.

China Securities Regulatory Commission Vice Chairman Fang Xinghai said recent actions were ...Read more


Tracking fake science journals that don't play by the rules

AUSTIN, Texas — Like the Texas Rangers of yore rounding up gangs of cattle rustlers and gunslingers, another Texas outfit led by Kathleen Berryman is after a different kind of outlaw: fraudsters in the wild, wild west of internet email scams.

But the scammers Berryman tracks down run a sophisticated scheme targeting the one group of people ...Read more


Review: ‘Lost in Random’ gambles, and succeeds, with dark fairy tale vision

Zoink Games mixes action RPG and collectible card game elements to create a compelling adventure

A girl, some dice and a board game world — those seemingly incidental images came together in a painting, and from that image, the idea of “Lost in Random” sprouted. For creative director Olov Redmalm, a distinct vision grew out of that ...Read more


CNET: Best treadmills for 2021

Treadmills have always been one of the most popular pieces of at-home workout equipment, but when gyms shut down in 2020, demand for a home treadmill went through the roof. As such, most home fitness brands have responded by developing better, more advanced models than their predecessors. Many of the best home treadmill options now have smart ...Read more


Dallas entrepreneur Ben Lamm embarks on a new adventure: bringing back the woolly mammoth

His colossal plans include using genetic engineering and $15 million in seed funding to return the pre-historic creature to the Arctic.

DALLAS — Dallas serial tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm has never been one to shy away from a challenge — even a colossal one.

By the age of 39, he had created five companies, many of which were acquired for ...Read more


Gadgets: Cobra PRO 2500W Professional Grade 2500 Watt Power inverter useful for long trips

The Cobra PRO 2500W Professional Grade 2500 Watt Power inverter brings standard power to areas that don’t generally have power port options.

Adding a device like this is almost a necessity for long trips in cars, campers, RVs and even in marine vehicles for smartphone charging, power tools, even small appliances. And what makes it even ...Read more


Tips: How to build effective decks in ‘Lost in Random’

Players need to craft their 15-card decks with a focus in mind and change it for each situation

One of the best parts of “Lost in Random” is how it combines action role-playing and card game elements. It’s a little bit of “The Legend of Zelda” here and huge dollop of “Hearthstone” there. Mixing the two different genres creates ...Read more


Tech giants used 'loopholes' to duck merger reviews, FTC says

Hundreds of deals by U.S. technology giants flew under the radar of merger watchdogs, fueling the companies’ unchecked growth in the digital economy, according to a Federal Trade Commission study.

The data on acquisitions by Apple Inc., Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, and Microsoft Corp. show that antitrust enforcers must be more ...Read more

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Nikola showcases German plant nearing first production of electric trucks

Nikola Corp. offered the public a look at the production line the company is counting on to start delivering trucks to customers in the wake of its founder being charged with securities fraud.

The U.S. manufacturer hosted an event Wednesday in Ulm, Germany, where its partner Iveco — the commercial-vehicle unit of CNH Industrial NV — is ...Read more

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What does the Epic Games v. Apple court fight mean for iPhone owners?

The way you buy things inside of apps on your iPhone, like news subscriptions or a signature dance move on Fortnite, is poised to change.

Last week, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, handed down a ruling in the high-profile Epic Games v. Apple antitrust case that has the potential ...Read more

Sound Advice: Mix and match components when building a new system

Q. I want to buy myself a retirement gift. In my youth I had a wonderful Technics system with loud volume, deep lows, clear highs and great sound throughout. Back then you could go to the store and buy a complete, perfectly matched system like that. Today I have no idea where to even start.

My LP collection is gone so I will listen to CDs and ...Read more

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How auto techs, trade schools are prepping for EV future

DETROIT — Greg Patton says he's not like other mechanics with more than 40 years of greasy auto repair experience because he gets the coming electric vehicle future.

In the last four decades, he's watched manufacturers work to adapt their technology for better fuel economy to the point where vehicles now shut off when stopped. There's not ...Read more

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Need a bite at Seattle-Tacoma airport? A robot will now deliver food to you at your gate

You don't have to leave your gate or get in line to order food at the airport anymore, thanks to "Gita," the robot that delivers.

Airline passengers can now order from McDonald's and other restaurants at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport by using the online food delivery service Order SEA. For a $2.99 fee, Gita, the robot on wheels, escorted...Read more

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Seattle rocket scientists turn attention to mining, nearing completion of zero-emission engine for huge, industrial dump truck

A Seattle engineering company is building one of the world's first zero-emission engines for a massive mining truck in a warehouse packed with "Star Wars" memorabilia and machines named after "Saturday Night Live" characters.

The company, called First Mode, is led by a former NASA rocket scientist. It will soon ship the 45,000-pound engine to a...Read more

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Tech Q&A: How to change your iPhone's photo format to print pictures

Q: I haven't been able to send my iPhone photos to Walgreens and Walmart for printing due to a format issue — the photos were in the HEIC (High Efficiency Image Coding)file format the iPhone uses. I then saved the photos in the JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) file format the stores wanted, but I was told that some JPEG photos also aren...Read more


Should you get paid when websites record your mouse clicks? Here's what a judge said

It looks like Florida internet users won’t be getting paid for visiting commercial websites that track their mouse clicks and keystrokes.

Activity tracking software used by wholesale club Costco did not violate a state law barring wiretapping because it doesn’t intercept any “content,” a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale has ruled. ...Read more

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Epic Games appeals ruling in Epic v. Apple to the Ninth Circuit after partial victory

Epic Games has asked for a higher court to review a California judge’s decision in the high-profile Epic Games v. Apple antitrust cases, filing an appeal on Sunday to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

On Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, ...Read more

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Seattle cracks down on food delivery apps with one of the strictest laws in country

SEATTLE — During the pandemic, restaurants around Seattle started to notice they were getting more food orders from different versions of their menus that sometimes dated as far back as 2014. Worse, when the kitchens couldn't fulfill orders from such outdated menus, those angry customers posted negative reviews about the restaurants online or ...Read more

Right-wing and left-wing authoritarians, pretty much the same, report says

Right-wing authoritarians and left-wing authoritarians have more in common than they’d like to think, a new study from researchers at Emory University seems to indicate. Those findings, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggest dictatorial types may be driven by personality traits more so that ideology.

“It’s ...Read more

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Sens. Schiff, Warren ask Amazon to curtail COVID-19 misinformation

Two federal lawmakers have requested that Amazon CEO Andy Jassy address concerns about the company's role in pushing shoppers toward books and products that promote misinformation about the coronavirus.

Nearly 18 months into the pandemic, merchandise touting unproven COVID-19 remedies and anti-vaccine conspiracy theories continues to land near ...Read more