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FILE - In this July 13, 2015 file photo, a shopper walks in front of Nintendo's Super Mario characters at an electronics store in Tokyo. Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen that boosts overseas earnings. Nintendo Co., the Japanese video-game maker of the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, said Wednesday, July 29, April-June sales rose 20 percent to 90.2 billion yen ($729 million). (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president

Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen, but did not announce a new president to lead the company after the death this month of Satoru Iwata. Quarterly sales at Nintendo Co., the Japanese video-game maker ...

This photo provided by Oculus shows a scene from the short animation film, "Henry." Oculus’ second virtual reality film premiered Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Oculus via AP)

Oculus debuts virtual reality film 'Henry'

Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers — and Hollywood — about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium. The VR company, which Facebook acquired for nearly $2 billion last year, debuted a 10-minute narrative experience starring the lonely hedgehog ...

Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious. Siebold was aware that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo had violently disintegrated but then blacked out. When ...

File - In this Nov. 7, 2013, file photo, a Twitter sign is draped on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange before its IPO in New York. Twitter reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Twitter 2Q revenue grows sharply but user growth stays slow

Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google. The beleaguered company is searching for a permanent CEO to replace Dick Costolo, who ...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo, exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet July 28 to determine what likely caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error

The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, specifically the co-pilot unlocking a braking system too quickly and triggering the accident that killed him, federal investigators said Tuesday. In its finding, the National ...

This product image provided by Motorola shows the Moto X smartphone. Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung. (Motorola via AP)

In Tech: New Motorola smartphones; faster future memory chip

Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung. These new models — the Moto G, Moto X Play and Moto X Style — will appeal largely to people who ...

Senator objects to anti-terrorism rules for online sites

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and skeptic of broad government surveillance, objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity. The proposal, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had been tucked ...

FILE - In this April 29, 2015 file photo, a Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, July 29, 2015, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means

Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. The company is counting on ...

FILE - This is a Thursday, July 4, 2013  file photo of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as he speaks during the digital festival TagDF in Mexico City.  Scientists and tech experts  including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak  and Stephen Hawking  warned Tuesday July 28, 2015 of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. (AP Photo/ Marco Ugarte/File)

Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. In an open letter with hundreds of signatories, the experts argued that if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous ...

FILE - In this April 29, 2015 file photo, a Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, July 29, 2015, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means

Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. No one's expected to line up overnight for Windows 10, the way people did ...

Nike offers partial refund to end FuelBand lawsuit

Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned. A website maintained by Gilardi & ...

In this July 2, 2015 photo, asthma sufferer Elizabeth Ortiz, who uses the Asthma Health smartphone app daily to track her condition, poses for photos at her apartment, on New York's Lower East Side. Ortiz measures her lung power each day by breathing into an inexpensive plastic device and then typing the results into the app, which also asks if she’s had difficulty breathing or sleeping, or taken medication that day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life. Yet since she enrolled in a clinical study ...

You can't steal one-liners on Twitter anymore

If you plagiarize on Twitter, beware: The social media network is monitoring your stolen jokes.  It looks like the seemingly strict crackdown started after a Twitter user complained about a stolen tweet. After Los Angeles freelance writer Olga Lexell posted this tweet: "Saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse ...

Stephen Hawking fields questions on artificial intelligence

Have a question about artificial intelligence and think theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the man to ask? Hawking is giving the Internet-going public a rare chance to pose direct questions to him on Reddit, the user-powered news and discussion forum. The celebrity scientist is speaking on the perils and promises ...

Documents are photographed in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in a unique lawsuit challenging whether Ethiopia can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The federal case alleges Ethiopian government agents gobbled up months of a Maryland man’s Skype calls and his family’s Internet activities. But the man, known in court filings as Kidane, born in Ethiopia and now an U.S. citizen, isn’t wanted for a crime _ but instead helps out a political opposition group outlawed in his home country. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. The federal case alleges Ethiopian government ...

Pope Francis uses a tablet computer to sign himself up for next year’s World Youth Day in Poland, during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, July 26, 2015.  The pontiff was joined by two young people as he extended an invitation to the world’s Roman Catholic youth to join him in Krakow from July 25-31, 2016.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet

Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing. The pontiff was joined by two young people as he extended an invitation to the world's ...

FILE - In this July 16, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, puts on his seat belt getting into an Uber car after speaking at Thumbtack, an online startup in San Francisco. The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new “sharing” economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in

The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new "sharing" economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry. In New York City this past ...

In this April 30, 2009 file photo, coral reefs grow in the waters of Tatawa Besar, Komodo islands, Indonesia. Rising demand for copper, cobalt, gold and the rare-earth elements vital in manufacturing smartphones and other high-tech products is causing a prospecting rush to the dark seafloor thousands of meters (yards) beneath the waves. The Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority has issued 27 separate 15-year contracts that allow for mineral prospecting on over 1 million square kilometers (over 390,000 sq. miles) of seabed in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners. But now, the era of deep seabed mining appears to be ...

FILE - This file combo made from file photos shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning clearance from the Federal Communications Commission, according to reports, Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/File)

AT&T buys DirecTV, now biggest traditional TV provider in US

Even as TV watchers increasingly go online, AT&T has become the country's biggest traditional TV provider with its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. It got its regulatory approval Friday from the Federal Communications Commission after more than a year. The Justice Department had already cleared the deal on Tuesday. AT&T ...

Amazon's value surpasses Wal-Mart after surprise 2Q profit

It's official: Amazon is bigger than Wal-Mart. Amazon shares surged almost 10 percent on Friday after the e-commerce powerhouse reported a surprise second-quarter profit and a better-than-expected 20 percent jump in revenue. The sharp increase in shares brought Amazon's market value to $247.77 billion, more than its biggest rival, Wal-Mart ...

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