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U.S. Team Beats Iranians in Robocup Football Final

A team of American humanoid robots defeated foes from Iran on Wednesday in the final of an annual football tournament for intelligent sporting machines held in China.

In a tightly fought final, a team designed by the University of Pennsylvania and named THORwIn scored five goals compared to four from Iranian team Baset Adult-Size, organizers said.

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Time Will Tell if Apple Watch Catches on, as Apple Fans Wait

For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming.

Sure, it can do many useful, even delightful things, such as showing us incoming texts and email, tracking our heart rate during exercise or letting us send digital doodles to friends. But is that enough to spend $350 or more, especially when it requires wearing a watch again? After all, smartphones have negated the need for watches to tell time.

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Gun-Firing 'Drone' Built by U.S. Teen under Investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating an online video that shows an alleged home-made "drone" firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside.

The 14-second video called "Flying Gun" shows a homemade multi-rotor hovering off the ground, buzzing furiously and firing a semiautomatic handgun four times at an unseen target. 

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Toshiba President, Top Executives Quit over $1.2 Bn Scandal

The president of Toshiba and seven other high-level executives and directors resigned on Tuesday over a $1.2 billion accounting scandal blamed on management's overzealous pursuit of profit that has battered one of Japan's best-known firms.

Hisao Tanaka and vice chairman Norio Sasaki -- also a former president -- stepped down after an independent report found senior management complicit in a years-long scheme to pad profits.

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Apple Has Cash Cow in iPhone Even as Phone Industry Slows

Smartphone sales may be slowing for some tech companies, but not for Apple.

Analysts expect another powerhouse performance from the California tech giant when it reports quarterly financial results Tuesday. Apple's signature iPhones remain popular, even as other smartphone makers are seeing demand slow down.

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University of Michigan Opens Test 'City' for Autonomous Cars

Automakers and researchers say a new simulated city at the University of Michigan could help speed the development of driver-less and connected cars.

The 32-acre site on the university's campus officially opened Monday. The $10 million testing ground will be run by the Mobility Transformation Center, a partnership between the university, state and federal governments and auto and technology companies.

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PayPal Jumps in First Trades after Spinoff

Shares in PayPal jumped Monday in the first day after being spun off by eBay, with the online payments group seeing a market value higher than its former parent.

At the closing bell on the Nasdaq exchange, PayPal was up 5.42 percent at $40.47, equating to a market capitalization of more than $49 billion. The share price rose another percent in after-market trades.

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Russian Social Network VK Launches Photo Sharing App

Russia's most popular social network VK has launched a photo-sharing mobile application to rival Facebook's popular Instagram service.

Snapster, available on Apple and Android phones since the weekend, allows users to share pictures modified with digital filters.

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Toshiba Bosses Blamed for $1.2 Bn Accounting Scandal

Toshiba "systematically" inflated profits by $1.2 billion over the past six fiscal years with the involvement of top executives, an independent panel said Monday, in a stinging indictment of one of Japan's best-known firms.

Current President Hisao Tanaka and his predecessor are both expected to resign over the profit-padding scandal after investigators uncovered irregularities stretching back to 2008.

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IS bans Private Internet Access in Syria Bastion

The Islamic State group is banning private internet access in its Syrian bastion Raqa, forcing residents and even its own fighters to use internet cafes where they can be monitored, activists say.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activist group Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently both reported the new restrictions on internet access.

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