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Neighbor Unlocks Front Door Without Permission With The Help Of Apple's Siri

The smart home is supposed to make our lives safer and more efficient, but it’s clear the technology still has a long way to go.<p>According to a Reddit post by user “sportingkcmo,” he had his house equipped with an August Smart Lock, a Bluetooth-enabled door lock that users operate using their phone, …

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Saudi, Iran hike oil production before talks on output freeze

Saudi Arabia and Iran are increasing oil production right ahead of a critical OPEC meeting when members are expected to discuss freezing output.<p>The rival producers each boosted output by more than any other nation in the OPEC group of oil exporters last month, according to a new OPEC report on …

Solar is nearly 10 percent cheaper than it was a year ago.

So say two new reports from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.<p>The first report, Tracking the Sun IX<i>,</i> found that the …

Oil price hits one-month high on hopes Russia will strike supply deal with Opec

Oil prices advanced for a third consecutive day to reach a one-month high amid growing hope that the world’s largest producers may agree a deal to combat the stubborn glut of global supplies.<p>The price of Brent crude climbed to $46.61, 10pc higher than at the start of the month but still well below …

Venezuela hikes minimum wage by 50 percent as inflation soars

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday announced a 50 percent minimum wage hike that takes effect on Sept. 1, amid triple-digit inflation that has severely weakened spending power in the crisis-stricken OPEC nation.<p>A vendor weights vegetables for a customer (not pictured) …

Disappointing China July imports suggest cooling domestic demand

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s exports and imports fell more than expected in July in a rocky start to the third quarter, pointing to further weakness in global demand in the aftermath of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.<p>Imports fell 12.5 percent from a year earlier, the biggest decline …

U.S. trade deficit rises to ten-month high in June

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. trade deficit rose to a 10-month high in June as rising domestic demand and higher oil prices boosted the import bill while the lagging effects of a strong dollar continued to hamper export growth.<p>Cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a …

US jobs report: economy added 255,000 jobs in July

Unemployment rates holds steady at 4.9% as Federal Reserve monitors job figures closely amid concerns over ‘soft’ business investment<p>The US economy added a robust 255,000 jobs in July, the Department of Labor announced on Friday, shaking off economic headwinds that had been expected to make the …