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Apple Reversed Its iPhone Slump. But What’s Next?

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has snapped out of the first sales slump in the iPhone’s decade-long history, although the modest upturn doesn’t mean that it has broken out of its innovation funk. If anything, the numbers Apple released Jan. 31 highlight the company’s growing dependence on the iPhone, whose sales tower […]

Gadget Makers Offers Voice Controls Through Amazon’s Alexa

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon doesn’t have an official presence at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas but its Alexa voice control software seems to be everywhere. Whirlpool is adding Alexa voice control to its suite of smart-home appliances, including a stove and refrigerator, launching in 2017. Jason Mathew, senior director of global connected […]

Driverless Electric Shuttle Being Tested in Downtown Vegas

By Ken Ritter LAS VEGAS (AP) — There’s a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped shuttle began running Jan. 10 as part of a 10-day pilot program, carrying […]

Tracking Snow: Springfield Testing Road-Condition Software

By Mary Hansen | The (Springfield) State Journal-Register SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Phil Jones, a snow inspector for the city of Springfield, drove a public works pickup down Laurel Street Thursday morning, Jan. 5. After a few blocks, he pulled over and grabbed the laptop off the mount on the dashboard. Jones clicked the stretch […]

IU Students Still Figuring Out New Engineering Major

By Michael Reschke | The (Bloomington) Herald-Times BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — If you don’t understand exactly what Indiana University’s new intelligent systems engineering major is all about, you’re not alone. “At this point, a lot of us aren’t sure,” said Anthony Tugman, a freshman from Schererville, Ind. He and his peers have just completed their […]