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Late Nintendo president's book outlines vision for company

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Nintendo's late president Satoru Iwata oversaw the video-game maker's global growth as Super Mario and Pokemon became household names. "Ask Iwata" was published after his death from cancer in 2015 at age 55. This month, VIZ Media is publishing the English translation of the book, which came out in Japanese… Read

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UAE partners with Japan's iSpace to send rover to the moon in 2022

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Lunar exploration company ispace will transport a United Arab Emirates rover to the moon in 2022, the company said on Wednesday, as the UAE pushes for rapid expansion in the space exploration business to diversify its economy. The UAE is using its space program to develop its scientific and technological… Read

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Biden's chip dreams face reality check of supply chain complexity

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To understand President Joe Biden's challenge in taming a semiconductor shortage bedeviling automakers and other industries, consider a chip supplied by a U.S. firm for Hyundai Motor Co's new electric vehicle, the IONIQ 5. Production of the chip, a camera image sensor designed by On Semiconductor, begins at a factory… Read

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Hey Siri, when is Apple's next event? April 20

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Siri, Apple Inc's virtual assistant, might have spilled the beans by telling users on Tuesday that the iPhone maker is going to host a special event on April 20. Siri, who is proficient at stone walling curious Apple fans quizzing it about new products and upcoming events by re-directing them… Read

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Fortnite maker Epic Games valued at $28.7 bil in funding round

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The U.S. company behind video game sensation Fortnite said Tuesday that it was valued at $28.7 billion in a round of funding from investors including PlayStation maker Sony. Epic Games announced that it raised $1 billion, with $200 million of that coming from Sony. The Japan-based video game and consumer… Read

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Once 'green' plug-in hybrid cars suddenly look like dinosaurs in Europe

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Remember when plug-in hybrid cars were the go-to technology for the climate-conscious driver? Turns out, they're not good for the environment, according to some experts, and they could be phased out by carmakers in the face of tougher European rules. EU policy plans for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), which contain… Read

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Microsoft buying speech recognition firm Nuance in $16 bil deal

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Microsoft, on an accelerated growth push, is buying speech recognition company Nuance in a deal worth about $16 billion. The acquisition will get Microsoft deeper into hospitals and the health care industry through Nuance's widely used medical dictation and transcription tools. Microsoft will pay $56 per share cash. The companies… Read

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High stakes at sea in global rush for wind power

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Global competition for offshore wind power is so hot that license auctions now resemble the oil and gas competitions of just a few years ago, and some of the names are familiar also as global oil majors move aggressively into renewable energy. The drive among top fossil fuel producers to… Read

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Electric trucks may soon challenge diesel if charging hurdle cleared, study shows

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Electric heavy trucks will soon be able to compete economically with diesel trucks as battery technology rapidly improves, a study by Sweden-based think tank the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) shows. A green shift in the transport sector, which generates roughly a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions, is seen as… Read

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S Korean electric vehicle battery firms settle trade dispute

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Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one of them to move ahead with plans to make batteries in Georgia, a person briefed on the matter says. LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation reached the settlement, ending the need for… Read

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