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Google signs up writers from Pixar and The Onion to give its AI helper a personality

To make its assistant more human, Google has hired comedy writers from Pixar and The Onion to build its personality. The goal is to make users feel more emotionally connected to the virtual assistant.
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Best Buy, the electronics giant left for dead a few years ago, is bucking America’s retail slump by turning its cavernous stores from a potential drag on its business into a way to fend off Amazon.
(Reuters) - GameStop Corp, the world's largest retailer of videogames and gaming consoles, reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Thursday, but left its full-year earnings forecast unchang
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Giant Motors, an automaker partially owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is working on a prototype electric taxi to replace the gas-guzzling cabs polluting Mexico City's
For owners of 4K TVs, native 4K content can sometimes be tricky to find. However, Xbox One S owners will soon have another place to find some 4K movies. Microsoft has started rolling out 4K high dyna
As summer approaches so does hurricane season for the Atlantic and the East Coast of the United States. Each year storms that form in the tropics and eventually make landfall threaten residents in th
Texas Gov. Greg Abbot will sign a bill into law Monday that will set statewide regulations on ride-hailing services, as well as allow companies Uber and Lyft to resume operation in the city of Austi
Experts at the University of London have found when using a smartphone we tend to make make rational and unemotional decisions and when using a desktop our actions are based on intuition.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday, 12 years after dropping out to focus on what's now the world's biggest social networking company
Roughly two weeks after the death of her cousin, Rosario Dawson broke her silence on the event Wednesday. The “Unforgettable” actress reportedly found 26-year-old Vaneza Ines Vasquez dead in Dawson’s
Ancient hunter-gatherers and farmers may have had a much closer relationship than previously assumed, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Potsdam in Germany analyzed four ancie
Experts at the University of Lincoln have explained how 'trick of the light' alters how we see things and creates visual illusions. The team found it all comes down to the way light reflects off t
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge the world's major industrialized nations on Friday to unite to force technology companies to tackle "extremist material" and stop mili
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Hundreds of thousands of computers were hit by the WannaCry ransomware. Several major hospitals were among its more notable victims.
Fix your home's spotty Wi-Fi and engage in some back yard binge-watching.        
When President John F. Kennedy addressed Congress on May 25, 1961, he set space exploration by the United States on the fast track to the moon. His request for funding for space exploration came just
A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry.
New research suggests ancient Himalayan sediments account for the severity of the 2004 earthquake in Sumatra.
Biologists have shown what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events.
Mark Zuckerberg gave a commencement speech at Harvard, the university he dropped out of to create Facebook
After several notable boxing events in 2017, perhaps the most prominent matchup in the most talent-rich division will take place Saturday when British star Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) defends his IBF w
Our daily pick of the best free software – a beautifully crafted and weirdly engaging game of facial topiary,
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg returned on Thursday to Harvard University, the school he dropped out of to start the pioneering social network, to urge its graduating cl
The map created by the US Department of the interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is crafted from 3-D seismic data, captures ‘house-sized pixels’ miles beneath the surface.
The corals of the Great Barrier Reef have undergone two bleaching events in successive years, raising experts' concerns about coral reef survival under global-warming induced events.
NOAA forecasters say the hurricane season, from June 1 through November 30, has a 45 percent chance of above-normal activity, and a 70 percent chance of seeing 11 to 17 named storms.
The static fire test in McGregor, TX last week is a major step towards bringing the ‘world’s most powerful rocket’ a step closer to its maiden launch.
USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham unboxes and checks out the new DJI Spark drone that can be controled with simple hand gestures.        
(Reuters) - GameStop Corp, the world's largest retailer of video games, reported its first increase in sales in five quarters, as robust demand for the Nintendo Switch gaming console helped offset wea
Scientists expected to see an enormous star explode in a supernova but they may have watched it collapse into a black hole instead.
As records continue to reveal more information about the late athlete, it’s becoming ever clearer that Aaron Hernandez’s life behind bars was at times unusual. One such incident, according to reports
In an effort to curb 'Plug and Play' piracy, Facebook follows Amazon and eBay’s leads by prohibiting the sale of Kodi boxes.
A number of people who had their personal information used to post anti-net neutrality comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s website are asking for the commission to investigate.
Once it began skimming Jupiter's cloud tops last year, NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted chaotic weather, including enormous cyclones over the planet's

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