Apple’s fiscal 2Q revenue, profit sag amid iPhone slump
Apr30

Apple’s fiscal 2Q revenue, profit sag amid iPhone slump

Apple’s sales are still shrinking amid weakening iPhone demand, despite the company’s effort to emphasize services designed to bring in a steady flow of money from the 1.4 billion of its devices still in use. Revenue for the January-March quarter fell 5% from the same time in 2017 to $58 billion, the company said in its earnings report Tuesday. That downturn followed a 5% drop in the previous quarter. It’s the first...

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US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says
Apr30

US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says

U.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and are being conducted for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims going through electronic devices without a warrant is unconstitutional. The government has vigorously defended the searches, which rose to 33,295 in fiscal 2018,...

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Dreams of ubiquitous social robots still aren’t coming true
Apr30

Dreams of ubiquitous social robots still aren’t coming true

Hopes that the tech industry was on the cusp of rolling personal robots into homes are dimming now that several once-promising consumer robotics companies have shut down. The latest casualty was San Francisco startup Anki, maker of the playful toy robot Cozmo, which upon its release in 2016 seemed like the start of a new wave of sociable machines. That dream ended this week when Anki CEO and co-founder Boris Sofman gathered many of...

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Space rock left big crater on moon during full lunar eclipse
Apr30

Space rock left big crater on moon during full lunar eclipse

A space rock left a big crater on the moon during January’s total lunar eclipse. Spanish scientists reported Tuesday the meteoroid hit the moon at 38,000 mph (61,000 kph), carving out a crater nearly 50 feet (15 meters) across. It was the first impact flash observed during a lunar eclipse. The scientists — who operate a lunar impact detection system using eight telescopes in Spain — believe the object was a comet fragment up to...

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The Latest: Facebook takes another stab at virtual reality
Apr30

The Latest: Facebook takes another stab at virtual reality

The Latest on Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote speech at Facebook’s annual developers conference (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Facebook will launch its latest attempt to widen the appeal of artificial worlds on May 21 with this release of its Oculus Quest headset. The company unveiled its plans for the Oculus Quest last fall without disclosing when the $399 headset would be available. Facebook has been trying to get more people...

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