On the autofarm: China turns to driverless tractors, combines to overhaul agriculture

Xinghua, China (Reuters) – A brand new combine harvester buzzes up and down a field in eastern China without a driver on board, chopping golden rice stalks and offering a glimpse of what authorities say is the automated future of the nation’s mammoth agricultural sector. The bright green prototype was operating last autumn during a trial of driverless farm equipment […]

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Activision Blizzard cuts ties to ‘Destiny’ studio

Activision Blizzard Inc. is cutting ties with the videogame studio behind one of its biggest hits, a surprise move that knocked its stock down more than 6.5% and adds to questions about whether the company has a robust enough slate of games for 2019. Bungie Inc., the Bellevue, Wash., development studio responsible for the science-fiction shooter "Destiny," is purchasing the […]

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Exoskeleton suits: can ‘superhuman’ frames cross into the mainstream?

Companies that make exoskeleton suits are hoping the devices might soon become as commonly provided as wheelchairs. Private medical insurers and at least three state health providers have agreed to cover the cost of the cyborg-type wearables for people unable to walk. Germany made a landmark decision this year when it registered exoskeletons – normally prohibitively expensive at prices in […]

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Q&A: Does the stock market sell-off mean a recession is coming?

Does the stock market know something the economy doesn’t? The S&P 500 index has plunged 17.5 percent since its Sept. 20 peak. The rout intensified last week, stirring fears of a looming recession despite an economy that, by most measures, seems to be on solid footing. Economics reporter Paul Davidson sorts out the split-screen messages. What is a recession? A recession […]

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How Toys for Tots is overcoming Toys R Us closure, natural disasters to deliver gifts to kids in need

Erie Jackson received “by far the coolest toy” for Christmas when he was a kid: a toy truck that would follow directions drawn on it. But Jackson, now 21 and a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, wouldn’t have unwrapped that gift without the help of one program: Toys for Tots. “They gave us amazing toys for Christmas when I was […]

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Television is still the most dominant media, but more young adults are connecting via Internet

Middle-age Americans spend the most time consuming video, online content and other media, but younger adults are more likely to be digitally-focused using internet-connected TV devices, apps and the web, a new Nielsen survey finds. Consumers, on average, spent about 10 hours and 24 minutes interacting with media each day during the April-June 2018 period, according to Nielsen’s Q2 2018 Total Audience Report, […]

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