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  • ‘St-riike!’ Ex-OF Eric Byrnes calls computer balls, strikes

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — “St-riike! … And we’re talking outside of outside corners.” “Ball!” “St-riiike! … Inside of inside corners.” Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching…

  • IBM’s Watson computing technology learns Japanese

    TOKYO (AP) — The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the…

  • Sony quarterly profit up 3-fold on currency gains, sensors

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony said quarterly profit rose threefold as foreign exchange gains and sales of image sensors and Playstation 4 software helped offset declines elsewhere. The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant reported Thursday that…

  • Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick

    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toyota’s new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for “human support robot,” comes with a single mechanical arm that can…

  • Stressed by the wine list? There’s an app for that: Tipsi guides diners through dinner

    Ordering a bottle of wine for the table to enjoy with dinner? That’s a task that is downright daunting for many diners. But a new app can help.

  • Nokia Q2 profit at $383 million on strong networks growth

    HELSINKI (AP) — Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. says second-quarter net profit was €347 million euros ($383 million), with growth particularly strong in its core networks division. Overall sales increased 9 percent to…

  • For North Korea, Iran-style nuke deal not an option

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has…

  • California Guard uses drone to search for missing teacher

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California National Guard is using a drone to search El Dorado National Forest for a missing San Francisco teacher, marking the first time the Guard has used an unmanned aircraft…

  • Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

    DETROIT (AP) — In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to…

  • Facebook 2Q results soar as user base, mobile ads grow

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is attracting advertising dollars to where its users are — on mobile devices. The world’s largest online social network surpassed expectations on all fronts in the second quarter. It grew…

  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya’s care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia…

  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya’s care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia…

  • Facebook stock slides even as 2Q results soar

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s second-quarter revenue barely squeaked past Wall Street’s outsized expectations, sending its high-flying stock down in after-hours trading. While the results surpassed forecasts on all fronts, some investors may have been…

  • Zero-percent financing turns heads, but may not be best deal

    DETROIT (AP) — When a car dealer offers to loan you the money to buy a car at zero interest, it gets your attention. Yet that cheap money might not be the best deal you…

  • Twitter stock tumbles as user growth stalls

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tepid user growth and ongoing uncertainty about its leadership dragged Twitter’s stock to its lowest level in over a year Wednesday, even though the short-messaging service reported sharply quarterly higher revenue.…