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'Move to Gibraltar' among British Google searches after vote

Google also reports one of the top questions asked by UK users since the Brexit referendum results were released is "what is the EU?" Search interest in the British pound is at its highest level ever.

Use of drones for disaster missions put to the test

Experts say drones are becoming a more valuable tool in many humanitarian operations, where the unmanned aircraft can be quickly launched and used to collect data and images and help locate people who might be injured or trapped. The...Show More Summary

3-D pens, moldable earbuds take stage at tech show in NY

3-D pens, moldable earbuds take stage at tech show in NY NEW YORK (AP) — From a 3-D pen that lets kids safely doodle with melted plastic to an electrically charged glass that makes beer taste bubblier, there was no shortage of fun and...Show More Summary

Agency hopes apps will keep drones away from wildfires

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are seeking a high-tech solution for the increasing problem of hobby drones flying over active wildfires and endangering airplane and helicopter pilots trying to put out blazes. The U.S. Interior...Show More Summary

Twilio soars more than 70 percent in stock market debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Twilio shares soared more than 70 percent after the technology company's stock market debut Thursday. The San Francisco company makes software that helps companies communicate with their customers and employees through text messages, phone notifications and in other ways.

Instagram to allow users to translate posts with button

The photo sharing app says the button will appear on feed stories and profile bios written in languages different from the language a user's phone or tablet is set to.

How do you teach human interaction to a robot? Lots of TV

MIT says a computer that binge-watched YouTube videos and TV shows such as The Office, ''Big Bang Theory and Desperate Housewives learned how to predict whether the actors were about to hug, kiss, shake hands or slap high fives — advances...Show More Summary

Fiat Chrysler adds Maseratis to transmission recall

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding 13,000 Maseratis to a recall of vehicles with confusing gear shifters like one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin. The company says it's adding 2014 and 2015 Quattroporte and Ghibli (GIB-lee) sedans to the recall under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Swiss officials say solar-powered plane lands in Spain

LONDON (AP) — Swiss officials say an experimental solar-powered airplane has completed a three-day flight across the Atlantic in the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage. The Solar Impulse 2's wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries.

Daring flight removes 2 sick workers from South Pole station

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Two people who fell ill while working at the U.S. research station at the South Pole have been evacuated by a small plane that made the daring rescue flight in Antarctica's harsh winter. The National Science Foundation...Show More Summary

Can Google Glass help autistic children read faces?

The facial recognition software was developed at Stanford University and runs on Google Glass, a computerized headset with a front-facing camera and a tiny display just above the right eye. Julian is one of about 100 autistic children...Show More Summary

APNewsBreak New technology speeds massive coral reef survey

Researchers at the XL Catlin Global Reef Record told The Associated Press that creating the virtual reality scenes allows hundreds of thousands of images to be analyzed within weeks rather than years. Coral reefs are essential to food...Show More Summary

Uber, Lyft battle governments over driver fingerprint checks

Following incidents where Uber drivers were found to have criminal records, a number of state and local officials have proposed fingerprint background checks for ride-hailing drivers — often with the support of local taxi companies. Uber...Show More Summary

Senate blocks access to online data without warrant

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday blocked an expansion of the government's power to investigate suspected terrorists, a victory for civil libertarians and privacy advocates emboldened after a National Security Agency contractor's...Show More Summary

Mark Zuckerberg legitimizes our hacker fears, tapes up his webcam

There's an oft-recited tech conspiracy theory you've probably heard: hackers will break into your webcam and spy on you.

A new vision for video game consoles

At last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry forecast a future where Xboxes and PlayStations are updated almost as frequently as smartphones. The move to release more consoles with varying features may mark the...Show More Summary

Click here when I die: Sites lay out plans for loved ones

Some of the sites charge fees, but others are free or offer a free service through financial planners or employee benefits. Financial advisers say everyone should write down important financial information and funeral wishes in a safe...Show More Summary

Riding Segway's hoverboard is like skiing on LA's streets

Like a comfortable pair of shoes, it takes you places, but on wheels. Unlike a skateboard that can shoot out from under you, Segway's MiniPro — and all hoverboards for that matter — try to stay under your center of gravity. In the couple...Show More Summary

UN climate accord panel wins major Spanish prize

MADRID (AP) — The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Accord panel have been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias award for international cooperation. Award organizers said Wednesday the prize was awarded for "more...Show More Summary

Tesla seeks to bring SolarCity into its orbit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is offering to buy solar panel maker SolarCity for up to $2.8 billion in an attempt to create a one-stop shop for cleaner energy as consumers become more concerned about fossil fuels hurting the environment. Tesla is pursuing SolarCity 14 months after introducing a home battery system that stores solar energy.

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