Eclipse spectacle set to grip US public

Media playback is unsupported on your device Skywatchers in the United States are preparing for the spectacular sight of a total solar eclipse. The Moon is set to pass in front of the Sun, casting a deep shadow that will sweep over the nation from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east. It is the first such event since 1918 where the path of darkness crosses both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Indeed, it is the first total solar eclipse to make landfall exclusively in the US ...

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Germany: 'Diesel crisis' could hurt our economy

When will hybrids and electric cars really take over? The crisis over dirty diesel engines could hurt the German economy. The German government said Monday that while it was impossible to quantify the potential fallout at this stage, the risk to future growth could not be ignored. In its August monthly report, the finance ministry added the “diesel crisis” to a list of economic threats that includes potential fallout from Europe’s Brexit negotiations with the U.K. and President Trump’s protectionist stance on trade. “Risks remain relating to the shape of ...

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HTC Vive Price Dropped to $599

HTC has dropped the price of its Vive VR headset to $ 599. Down from its original $ 799 price, this is a $ 200 price drop. Unlike Oculus’ $ 399 sale for the Rift, which will kick up to $ 499 after the summer, this is a permanent price drop for the Vive. The deal will include Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie’s Plank Experience. It will also come with a free trial for Viveport, which allows customers to choose up to five additional games a month on HTC’s ...

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Barcelona attacks: Hunt for key suspect extended across Europe

The hunt for the driver who killed 13 people in last week’s attack in Barcelona has been extended across Europe, Catalan officials say. Police say they have now confirmed the driver’s identity, but would not reveal his name. But Catalan official Joaquim Forn told local radio: “Everything suggests the van driver is Younes Abouyaaqoub”. Authorities say they cannot rule out the possibility that he has slipped across the border to France. New CCTV footage appears to show him fleeing the scene of the attack on foot. Three images in El ...

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Xbox One's Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility Feature Still Coming

At E3 2017, Microsoft announced that backwards compatibility support for original Xbox games was coming to Xbox One at some point in the future. We haven’t heard much about that lately, but now Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed the feature is still on the way. Asked if Microsoft is planning to make any announcements about original Xbox backwards compatibility support this year, Spencer said he hopes that happens. “I hope to bring more on [Original Xbox backwards compatibility] this year, yes,” he said. The quote doesn’t make it exactly ...

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'More deaths' warning over faulty white goods

More people will die from fires started by faulty white goods if ministers do not act to implement safety guidelines, the London Fire Brigade, the city’s mayor, and safety groups have warned. In a letter to Theresa May, they say some fridges and freezers are being sold with a flammable plastic backing. And the letter says people continue to use white goods that are subject to product recalls to fix lethal faults. The Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 80 people, started in a fridge-freezer. The letter refers to a fire ...

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Elon Musk backs call for global ban on killer robots

Elon Musk: We should regulate AI to keep public safe The world’s leading artificial intelligence experts are sounding the alarm on killer robots. Tesla(TSLA) boss Elon Musk is among a group of 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence companies who are calling on the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons. “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the experts warn in ...

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US Navy ship collides with oil tanker off Singapore

Ten sailors are missing and five injured after a US destroyer collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, the US Navy says. The USS John McCain was sailing east of Singapore and preparing to stop in the port when it struck the Liberian-flagged vessel. A wide-ranging search and rescue operation is under way. It is the second serious collision involving a US Navy ship in recent months. The collision, which was reported at 05:24 local time on Monday (21:24 GMT on Sunday), happened as the USS John ...

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NAFTA talks: Round 1 is over. Here's what's next

NAFTA explained Buckle up: Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico are trying to rewrite NAFTA by the end of the year. That won’t be easy. Experts say the issues are complex. And President Trump insists he wants major changes to a trade pact he considers a raw deal for American workers — he made reworking it a central promise of his campaign. The first round of talks to redo the three-nation trade pact concluded in Washington on Sunday. Representatives from the three countries said Sunday that negotiations will ...

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WR Boldin retires, to focus on advocacy work

9:04 PM ET Jim TrotterNFL Close Former senior NFL writer at Sports Illustrated Covered Chargers, NFL for The San Diego Union-Tribune Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors since 2006 Football has always been a priority for Anquan Boldin. But after 14 seasons, more than 200 games and nearly 14,000 yards receiving, the veteran wide receiver now feels a higher calling, which is why he left the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after only two weeks with the team and plans to retire. “Football has afforded me a ...

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