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Alibaba sets out to grab a slice of China’s surging travel bookings

Alipay, the online payments unit of Chinese internet giant Alibaba, is teaming up with world airlines to let its 800 million account holders purchase flights without a credit card. The company’s deal with UATP (Universal Air Travel Plan), a private network run by airlines like Air New Zealand, …

Toyota RAV4 Latest Small SUV To Flunk New Crash Test

Back in May we reported that only two small SUVs of 13 tested – the Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – garnered passing grades in the recently added “small overlap” frontal crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Now we can add the Toyota RAV4 to the …

Lamborghini Countach 5000S

Life in the whips-and-chains lane.<p>From the December 1983 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>You shouldn't have this car. Nobody should have this car. That's obvious from what happens to people when they are exposed to it. On the freeway, fellow motor­ists tuck into your blind spot, watching from where they …

Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize for Human-Powered Helicopter

Author: Jason Paur. Jason Paur Autopia<p>Date of Publication: 07.11.13.<p>Time of Publication: 2:14 pm. 2:14 pm<p>The Canadian AeroVelo team has done what …

BMW Active Tourer Outdoor Concept: A Car for Cyclists That's Not for Cyclists

BMW's latest concept car can store up two bicycles within its trunk-mounted rack. But don't be fooled: It's not for people who ride bikes regularly.<p>At first glance, BMW's Active Tourer Outdoor concept makes a fair amount of sense for bicyclists. Take a compact car, add relatively cavernous cargo …

Chrysler recalls 667,000 cars, vans for safety problems

Chrysler Group is recalling nearly 667,000 vehicles because passenger safety restraints could fail to work properly due to electrical problems.<p>Two separate recalls are taking place, and they don't involve the same models or the same parts.<p>It's hardly the kind of news Chrysler needs. The automaker …

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …

Associated Press News

NY judge: Apple conspired to raise e-book prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. broke antitrust laws and conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing "compelling evidence" from the words of the late Steve Jobs.<p>U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said Apple knew that no publisher could risk acting …

Apple E-Books Ruling Won’t Do Much for Consumers

A federal judge’s ruling that Apple conspired with publishers to raise the prices of e-books may have broad implications for the publishing industry …

Instagram invades the Web with embeds for photos and videos

Instagram is bringing its photos and videos to the rest of the Web with a new embedding feature.<p>The Facebook-owned application, which has more than 130 million active users, announced Wednesday that it has updated with Web embeds for its photos and videos. There's now a share button you can click …

Japan Air Force Fighters Scrambled Against North Korean Jets For First Time In Four years

According to Japan's Defense Ministry, Japan Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets were scrambled nine times against North Korean military aircraft between April and June, Japan Times reported on Jul.10.<p>These alert launches of Japanese fighter jets against North Korean planes were the first since …

Autonomous X-47B drone successfully lands on Navy aircraft carrier for the first time

Score one more for our robot overlords: the US Navy's next-generation autonomous drone, the X-47B, successfully landed on the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush today during a milestone test run off the coast of Virginia. Following another historic test which took place in May, the feat makes the …

Tired of helping CIA? Quit Facebook, Venezuela minister urges

CARACAS — A Venezuelan government minister on Wednesday urged citizens to shut Facebook accounts to avoid being unwitting informants for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, referring to recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs.<p>Edward Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency …

5,000-year-old 'Chinese characters' discovered

Chinese archeologists have unearthed ancient inscriptions dating back around 5,000 years that some believe could represent the earliest known record of Chinese characters.<p>The inscriptions were found on pieces of pottery and rock dug up from the Zhuangqiao excavation site in the eastern province of …

As cash piles grow, nations struggle to patch tech industry's tax loopholes

Transnational tech companies are causing major headaches for tax regulators around the world<p>With all the conflict, competition, and trash talk going on between them, tech companies can often appear to be more different than they are alike. One area where their practices overlap almost completely, …

US unmanned drone jet makes first carrier landing

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/993000/993911_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534476047_8f1026a7836c6424d46b134f86a9a109<p><b>In a key development for the future of robotic flight, a pilotless US jet has landed aboard an aircraft carrier.</b><p>The US Navy X-47B drone touched down on …

On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 Billion by 2050

How do demographers devise projections for global population?<p><b>As of Thursday, which the United Nations has declared World Population Day, there are 7.2 billion people and counting on planet Earth.</b><p>By 2050, demographers from the United Nations project that the population will reach 9.6 billion.<p>But …

The Microsoft reshuffle further consolidates CEO Steve Ballmer’s power

Microsoft announced sweeping changes today to its corporate structure, eliminating the many division presidents the company once employed to focus on software and devices. In a memo called “One Microsoft,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the move is aimed at consolidating its sprawling units under …