Technology

NASA sending spacecraft into sun’s glittering crown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA is sending a spacecraft straight into the sun’s glittering crown, an atmospheric region so hot and harsh any normal visitor would wither. Set to launch early Saturday, the Parker Solar Probe is as heat-resistant as a spacecraft gets, essential for exploring ...

Facebook programs are better at policing nudity than hate speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is challenging for the company because computer programs have difficulties understanding the nuances of human language, the company said Tuesday. In a self-assessment, Facebook said its policing system ...

Nobel-winning tech at heart of rubber band improvements

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) – While it may seem a stretch, an Arkansas company and a university in southeastern England want to use Nobel Prize-winning technology to build a better rubber band. The partnership between Alliance Rubber and the University of Sussex is one of many eyeing graphene for ...

Google showcases AI advances at conference

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference Tuesday, where it announced new features and services imbued with machine learning. The company’s digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, is ...

Apple’s tax break yields $102B boon for shareholders

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Apple’s tax break on its overseas profits is turning into a $102 billion boon for shareholders. The iPhone maker is raising its quarterly dividend by 16 percent to 73 cents per share, matching the largest increase since Apple restored the payment under shareholder ...

Amazon a no go in N.H.

CONCORD – New Hampshire didn’t make the cut for Amazon, as the Internet shopping giant passed on Gov. Chris Sununu’s proposal to bring the firm’s new headquarters to Londonderry. “New Hampshire’s groundbreaking proposal to recruit Amazon was the most comprehensive business ...

Surface Upgraded

Microsoft is refreshing its Surface Pro tablet with longer battery life and faster processors. The new, fifth-generation device – simply called Surface Pro – won’t look or feel drastically different from its predecessor. But Microsoft is hoping its under-the-hood improvements will help it ...