A new Burger King TV commercial is designed to trigger Google's voice-controlled speakers in viewers' homes, adding a wrinkle to the debate over whether such devices have become too invasive.
Four years ago, Robert Kyncl, YouTube's business lead, confessed a mistake. "I thought that YouTube was like TV. But it isn't," he said at Google's annual advertising show. "YouTube talks back. It's interactive. And YouTube is everywhere."
One of the first tourists to travel in outer space found it to be a bit of a buzzkill. Sure, he loved every minute-even if he was physically miserable part of the time. The next wave of space tourists will need a high tolerance for discomfort.
While Google shuttered its Titan drone project, Facebook is planning to ramp up test flights for its own experimental solar-powered glider. Facebook will begin launching a couple of flights a month of its Aquila drone, Jay Parikh, head of engineering and infrastructure, said in an interview Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Despite President Donald Trump's campaign vows to support American ethanol producers, the $24 billion corn-based ethanol industry finds itself short on allies in the new administration. Trump's nominees to lead the three agencies that have the most interaction with the industry have either criticized the nation's biofuel mandate, known as the renewable fuel standard, or hail from states with influential constituencies opposed to the policy.
Rain has finally been falling hard in California, where reservoirs are filling up fast. After six years of punishing drought, that's obviously a good thing. But it creates a balancing-act challenge for the state's water managers. Keep too much holed up in storage and the system will overflow if the precipitation keeps coming. Open the hatches too much and, if Mother Nature doesn't provide any more deluges, California will be parched when the rain stops.
Congressional Republicans seeking traction with an unpredictable and untried President-elect Donald Trump are embracing an emissary: Vice President-elect Mike Pence. The former six-term House member met with Republicans on both sides of the Capitol last week to discuss repealing Obamacare and other issues. In addition to his traditional Senate office, he'll have one in the House -- a Capitol footprint not seen since Dick Cheney was vice president.
Children keep getting more expensive to raise -- fashion is pricier and so are doctor visits and day care, according to the U.S. government. At least food's still relatively cheap. The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2015 to age 18 is $233,610, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, the Department of Agriculture said Monday.
Barnes & Noble Inc. posted its first decline in holiday sales in three years, hurt by a downturn in the coloring-book category, bringing another sign that the Christmas season wasn't kind to retailers.
The Gigafactory has been activated. Hidden in the scrubland east of Reno, Nevada, where cowboys gamble and wild horses still roam-a diamond-shaped factory of outlandish proportions is emerging from the sweat and promises of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It's known as the Gigafactory, and Wednesday its first battery cells are rolling off production lines to power the company's energy storage products and, before long, the Model 3 electric car.