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Surface loses, but Windows wins | Reuters

Microsoft Corp's lineup of Surface tablets, laptops and desktop computers has always been a paradox. The software company's surprise foray into hardware became a billion-dollar-plus business and even managed to outclass longtime rival Apple Inc with its Surface Studio desktop machine last fall, according to some tech critics. At the same time, the Surface range competes with Microsoft's longstanding PC maker partners, such as Dell Technologies, ... Full story

Nearly 20,000 lose power in L.A. County as strong winds topple trees

Nearly 20,000 customers lost power late Thursday as powerful winds hit Los Angeles County, toppling trees and damaging electric lines. The winds ranged from 15 to 40 mph, but the National Weather Service said gusts could reach 65 mph in parts of the L.A. County mountains. More than 14,300 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers had lost power, mostly in central and south L.A., according to Carol Tucker, a spokeswoman for the ... Full story

Russian Navy reconnaissance ship sinks after collision in Black Sea

FILE PHOTO: Russian Navy's reconnaissance ship sails in the Bosphorus © Murad Sezer / Reuters. A Russian Navy reconnaissance ship has sunk after colliding with another vessel near the Bosporus, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The hull of ‘the Liman,’ a 1,560-ton reconnaissance ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, was breached below the waterline in the collision, the Defense Ministry said. The Turkish coast guard said it rescued 78 ... Full story

How will automation affect the retail industry Morning

"CBS This Morning" is launching a new partnership this morning with LinkedIn called "Work in Progress.". Technology available today could automate 45 percent of the jobs people are paid to perform across all occupations. By the early 2030's, 38 percent of current jobs in the U.S. could be automated and one industry could be hit particularly hard. Since at least the industrial revolution, Americans have worried about technology taking their jobs ... Full story

Four Ways That Technology Can Reinvent Work In The Digital Age

This story appears in the {{article.article.magazine.pretty_date}} issue of {{article.article.magazine.pubName}}. Subscribe. In the 1800s, it was machine-powered looms that replaced human hand weavers. Today, digital technology is disrupting work for working people — blue- and white-collar alike — in every occupation. Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence and robotics are making it increasingly possible for machines to perform not ... Full story

Kentucky coal company announces plans to build the state’s largest solar farm

A dump truck moves dirt and rock from a mountaintop removal coal mine in Kentucky. CREDIT: AP Photo/Roger Alford. A Kentucky coal company announced Tuesday that it is planning to build a solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine and that the project would bring both jobs and energy to the area. Berkeley Energy Group, the coal company behind the project, billed it as the first large-scale solar farm in the Appalachian region, which ... Full story

The Commute of the Future Will Be Driverless, Flying and Electric

Disruption Is Coming. The Question Is When. We’re not whizzing around in flying taxis just yet. But this week, we found several of Silicon Valley’s biggest risk takers getting serious about the technology. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been working on a secret airship that looks like a zeppelin. His partner, Larry Page, also has a secret vehicle project: flying cars that can take off and land vertically . Uber said it is working with ... Full story

Uber’s Anthony Levandowski out as Advanced Technologies lead amid legal fight

Uber’s Anthony Levandowski, who founded Otto and then became head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) once Otto was acquired by the ride-sharing company, is stepping aside from his role as head of ATG. The move comes as Uber continues a legal fight with Waymo, which began as Waymo accused Levandowski of using trade secrets stolen during his time at the then-Google self-driving car project to create lidar tech used by Otto and then Uber ... Full story

Cassini survives first harrowing Saturn dive

An unprocessed image shows Saturn's atmosphere from up close. The Saturn-studying Cassini spacecraft triumphed through its first daring dive between the planet and its famous rings on Wednesday. The craft shot through the narrow gap and came within 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of Saturn's clouds. "No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before," Cassini Project Manager Earl Maize of NASA said . "We could only rely on predictions, ... Full story

Washable heartbeat sensors can now be embroidered onto clothing

Embroidery is usually used to adorn fabric with festive designs, but it can now be used to measure heart rates too. In a new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface , researchers unveiled a fiber optic material that can be produced quickly and then woven, knit, or embroidered into existing fabrics, forming flexible, wearable sensors that seamlessly integrate into clothes. And yes, it's also machine washable—even if you're ... Full story