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Self-driving chairs soon at Japanese restaurants

Tokyo - Nissan has unveiled what it's calling the self-driving chair designed for those who hate queuing at their favorite restaurant.

Microsoft says QWERTY keyboards 'will die out' in the near future

A Microsoft executive responsible for predicting future technologies ahead of time has said the QWERTY keyboard is set to die out in the face of emerging input methods. Microsoft expects voice input, gesture tracking and facial recognition to take over.

Millennials would rather delete their phone than Snapchat

Millennials hate calling on the phone so much that they'd rather delete their main phone app altogether than lose Snapchat. That's according to a new study from LivePerson, which surveyed 3,000 US smartphone users ages 18 to 65.

Electric car breaks world land-speed record

An electric vehicle built in 2013 has smashed the world land-speed record during a recent run on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Obama endorses self-driving cars as U.S. issues safety checklist

Washington - In an opinion piece published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, United States President Barack Obama endorsed self-driving vehicles as long as they are safe, as the U.S. government outlined a new policy on autonomous cars.

Briton accused of US govt hack can be extradited: court

London - A British man accused of hacking into thousands of United States government computers can be extradited to the US to face trial, a court in Britain ruled Friday.

Twitter to live-stream video programs on business, tech, media

In a move aimed at expanding its audience, Twitter announced it is tapping finance news app Cheddar to deliver live video programs on business, media and technology to its millions of users.

French terror investigators grapple with smartphone app Telegram

Paris - Smartphone app Telegram, favoured by the Islamic State group thanks to the encrypted messaging it offers, is proving a headache for French anti-terror investigators.

China's high-speed railways now more than 20,000 kilometers

Beijing - China's high-speed railways have reached more than 20,000 kilometers in length following the recent opening of an important line linking two major provinces.

Will technology allow us to talk to our dogs?

Some scientists are hopeful that a device will be created to allow humans to 'directly' communicate to their dogs. This is based on dogs being able to 'understand' some aspects of human vocabulary.

Uber avoids ban, strikes one-year deal with Quebec to stay

Montreal - American ride-sharing service Uber will continue to operate in the Canadian province of Quebec, at least for a year under a test program, following the signing of an agreement between the company and the provincial government.

Driver killed in Tesla Model S sedan crash in the Netherlands

Another accident involving Tesla, this time in the Netherlands, occurred when a man driving a Model S sedan was killed after his car crashed at high speed into a tree and caught fire.

What the Internet is saying about the new iPhone and Apple Watch

Apple unveiled its new software and hardware products at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The highlights were definitely the new iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2. The Internet was abuzz with reactions to the new products.

Technology leads the way forward at Toronto Fan Expo 2016

Technology continues to drive pop culture and fandom, allowing enthusiasts and hobbyists to engage with their idols and obsessions — and that was clearly on display at this year's Toronto Fan Expo.

EU defends 'free roaming' pledge despite 90-day limit

Brussels - The EU insisted Wednesday it had not scrapped its popular pledge to end roaming charges for mobile phone users despite unveiling a proposal to limit the measure to 90 days.

Contractors hired for drone operations an ominous sign

The US Air Force has turned to using contractors to fly drones, according to the Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Times.

Spacecom demands $50 million, free flight from SpaceX

Space Communication Ltd is reportedly seeking compensation from SpaceX over last week’s explosion that destroyed the Israeli company’s communications satellite.

Controversial DNA research sparks ethical debate

Honolulu - Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes' ability to carry disease are pushing ahead, raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world, experts say.

Childhood cancer rates soar 40 percent in past 16 years

The rate of new cases of cancer in children has leaped 40 percent in the last 16 years, according to researchers from the charity Children with Cancer UK.

A tiny particle just punched a hole into a huge satellite

On August 23, a space particle the size of a tiny pebble smacked into the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinal-1A satellite, ripping a hole into one of its solar wings.

The restaurant of the future might be entirely robotic

It must have seemed like a revolutionary idea to diners of the 1920s — people on roller skates delivering food straight to their driver's side window.

Facebook refuses to wear the label of 'media company'

Facebook is a social network. Facebook is a conglomerate (it owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR). Facebook is a hardware company. Facebook is a software company.

EpiPen maker says it will market generic version of allergy RX

Canonsburg - Pharmaceutical maker Mylan NV has agreed to begin offering a generic version of its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment after enduring widespread criticism for sharply raising the sales price of the device.

Grim search for bodies continues in earthquake-hit central Italy

Amatrice - Searchers are looking for at least 10 residents missing in the wreckage of Amatrice following last week's powerful earthquake that killed hundreds of people and destroyed several historic towns in Italy's central mountains, 65 miles east of Rome.

Swiss Post to test self-driving robots to deliver goods

Switzerland’s national postal service is testing next month autonomous robots to assess their suitability to deliver goods in the future.

Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

Singapore - The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to roll out the revolutionary technology.

Ultrasound used to 'jump-start' a 25-year-old man's brain

Bradley Crehan was hit by a car after walking out of a bar in Santa Monica, California, last February. The 25-year-old's head slammed to the ground, causing a severe brain injury.

Mobileye and Delphi to create automated driving solution

British automotive equipment maker Delphi and Israeli technology company Mobileye are teaming up to develop a system for autonomous driving.

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Kallon - Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose.

Costco's switch to Visa from Amex hits unanticipated challenges

Issaquah - If it isn't one thing, it's another complicating discount retailer Costco's switch to Visa-branded credit cards from American Express.
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