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Everyone’s Favorite Climate Solution Has a Fire Problem

The explosion ruptured the dusk settling over the desert in Surprise, Arizona. For hours, smoke had poured from a metal shed packed with lithium-ion batteries at a small electric substation. The batteries were tied to the electric grid, and somehow …

How Big Tech is Helping Transform Cars into Smartphones

LAS VEGAS — Technology companies transformed smartphones and televisions into continuous fountains of revenue. Now, big tech wants to work with automakers to do the same thing for your car. With the widespread rollout of autonomous vehicles still years away, …

Junkyard Billionaire Built Fortune on Spare Parts

The 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast is a beast by any measure. With 789 horsepower and a top speed of 211 miles per hour, it retails new for about $363,000. It could be yours for a fraction of the price, if …

Google’s Secret ‘Trashy Video’ AI Cleans Up YouTube Homepage

YouTube is littered with extreme and misleading videos, and the company has been criticized for not doing enough to limit the dreck. But one place the Google unit has managed to clean up is YouTube’s homepage. Behind the scenes, Google …

IBM-Backed Project Creates Wi-Fi Network For Natural Disasters

About the photo: Hardware from Project OWL, an IoT software solution that keeps first responders and victims connected in a natural disaster, at their work space in Brooklyn, New York on May 2, 2019. Photographer David Williams/Bloomberg. From a cramped …

Smartphones May Tempt, but May Also Prevent Selfie Deaths

Smartphones might ironically be the answer to selfie-related deaths, two wilderness medicine specialists say. Hundreds of people have lost their lives in pursuit of daring selfies to impress their social media followers. But smartphone technology that uses global positioning system …

Commentary: Smartphones Keep Young People Off the Road

Over the winter break, my teenage children observed, based on their friends and acquaintances, that young adults are much less eager to get their driver’s licenses than they once were, and that in general fewer young people have them. I …

Drivers Less Distracted by Google Glass Than by Smartphones

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded – but there is a twist. In the study texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles …

New Proof of Insurance Law Puzzling Some Police

A new Illinois law that allows motorists to provide proof of insurance using their smartphones is puzzling some police departments. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports some law enforcement agencies are still trying to figure out how the new …

States That Allow Electronic Proof of Insurance

The number of states that allow electronic proof of insurance via smartphones has increased to 25, with the recent addition of Indiana and Florida. The states that allow electronic proof of insurance coverage are: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, …