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Thanks in a tank: WWII gunner, now 95, gets a nostalgic ride

Feb. 21, 2019 5:02 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The inside of a tank was Clarence Smoyer's home, and the crew was his family. In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since World War II. One of the last surviving WWII tank gunners, Smoyer was surprised with a ride through the streets of Boston in a...

Samsung folding phone is different - but also almost $2,000

Feb. 20, 2019 5:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market. But it's far from clear that consumers will embrace a device that retails for almost $2,000, or that it will provide the creative...

Google's Nest hub has a microphone it forgot to mention

Feb. 20, 2019 5:28 PM EST

Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry's leading collectors of personal information. The company said earlier this month that its voice assistant feature would be available on the system's...

Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Feb. 19, 2019 5:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details. It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates...

Berlin to get single travel app for public, private services

Feb. 18, 2019 10:02 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Travelers in Berlin will soon be able to use a single app to switch seamlessly between public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis without signing up for each service individually, officials said Monday. Lithuanian startup Trafi said Berlin will be the first major European capital...

Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

Feb. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letters. But the process he helped develop and built his small Alabama technology company around has resulted in a more than decadelong...

Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story

Feb. 16, 2019 10:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin's company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15 billion....

The Latest: US announces sanctions against Maduro officials

Feb. 15, 2019 11:16 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuela's oil chief and key intelligence officials under President Nicolas Maduro, tightening pressure on the embattled leader. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven...

Ikea woos India's rising consumer class, tapping new markets

Feb. 15, 2019 12:23 AM EST

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — In Hyderabad's bustling Nampally furniture market, customers explore a crowded, dusty labyrinth of shops, haggle over prices and work with carpenters to design made-to-order housewares. This is the competition Swedish giant Ikea faces in tackling the $40 billion Indian market for...

Sales for Jill Abramson book sluggish during first week

Feb. 14, 2019 6:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Days of relentless publicity, much of it unwanted, did not lead to many sales for Jill Abramson's "Merchants of Truth." The former New York Times executor editor's media critique sold just over 2,800 copies through its first week of publication, according to numbers released Thursday by NPD...