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Tech Fix: Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019 (and What’s Overhyped)

Imagine a future where you are never truly alone. Even when your spouse is on a business trip or your children are away at summer camp, you will always have someone (or something) to talk to. In the morning, you could ask the microwave to heat up a bowl of oatmeal. In your car, you could tell your stereo to put on some ’90s music. And when you walk into the office, you could ask your smartphone, “What’s on my calendar today?”This is increasingly the world the tech industry is building with a bloating portfolio of devices that can react to voice commands — and that the…

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Lion Air ends search for black box, Indonesian investigators plan own probe

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Lion Air has ended its search for the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from its Boeing 737 MAX jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, but Indonesian investigators said they plan to launch their own probe as soon as possible. Indonesian customs officers patrol at a search area for Lion Air flight JT610 in Karawang waters, Indonesia, November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar SuThe crash, the world’s first of a Boeing Co 737 MAX jet and the deadliest of 2018, killed all 189 people on board. Contact with flight JT610 was lost 13 minutes after it took off on Oct. 29 from the capital Jakarta…

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No-deal EU exit ‘far more likely’ if parliament rejects PM May’s deal: minister

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the EU Stephen Barclay arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain, December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON (Reuters) - Britain is more likely to end up leaving the European Union without a deal if parliament rejects the agreement Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with Brussels, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Thursday. With less than three months until Brexit lawmakers will make a pivotal decision later this month: accept May’s plans for a managed exit and relatively close economic ties, or reject the deal and spawn huge uncertainty about the country’s next steps. “No deal will be far more likely if MPs…

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U.S. drugmaker J&J’s India sales dip 3 percent in 2017/18: filing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) sales in India dipped 3 percent in the year to March 2018, a regulatory filing showed on Thursday, as the U.S. drugmaker grappled with the country’s stringent medical device pricing policies. FILE PHOTO: A bottle of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/IllustrationThe company, currently mired in a controversy surrounding the safety of its baby talcum powder, reported overall sales of 58.28 billion rupees ($829 million) in India for the year, its filing with the country’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs shows. But its after-tax profit for…

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Death toll jumps to 37 in Russian apartment block collapse: agencies

Russian Emergencies Ministry members take part in a search operation at the site of a partially collapsed apartment block in Magnitogorsk, Russia in this handout photo released by Russian Emergencies Ministry January 3, 2019. Russia's Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.MOSCOW (Reuters) - Thirty-seven bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a Russian apartment building that partially collapsed this week after an apparent gas explosion, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday. The blast in the early hours of December 31 damaged 48…

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China ‘lifts mysterious veil’ by landing probe on moon’s dark side

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, the space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first in the country’s space program. A model of the moon lander for China's Chang'e 4 lunar probe is displayed at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, or Zhuhai Airshow, in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China November 6, 2018. Picture taken November 6, 2018. Wang Xu/China Space News via REUTERS The Chang’e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the “soft landing” at 0226 GMT and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the dark side of the moon,…

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Lion Air ends search for 2nd black box from crashed Boeing 737

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Lion Air said on Thursday it had ended its search for the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from its Boeing 737 MAX jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October but Indonesian investigators plan to launch their own as soon as possible. Indonesian customs officers patrol at a search area for Lion Air flight JT610 in Karawang waters, Indonesia, November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar SuThe crash, the world’s first of a Boeing Co 737 MAX jet and the deadliest of 2018, killed all 189 people on board. Contact with flight JT610 was lost 13 minutes after it took off from the capital Jakarta heading north…

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At Brazil’s Petrobras, a ‘Chicago Boy’ takes the reins

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Depending on who you ask, Roberto Castello Branco, the new chief executive of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA), will either save the indebted oil major - or strip it to the bone. FILE PHOTO: Economist Roberto Castello Branco, next chief executive of Petroleo Brasileiro SA, arrives for a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File PhotoTapped by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who took power on Tuesday, Castello Branco had said in a June newspaper column he thought Petrobras - as the company is known - should be privatized, a hardcore proposal even in an administration packed with free market advocates.…

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Apple, China worries pummel Asian shares; ‘flash crash’ jolts currencies

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures fell and Asian shares stumbled on Thursday after a rare revenue warning from Apple Inc added to worries about slowing global growth and weaker earnings and jolted currency markets. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic board showing stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan December 27, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonEuropean markets were expected to follow, with bookmakers predicting London's FTSE .FTSE and Frankfurt's DAX .GDAXI would open 0.4 percent lower and Paris' CAC40 .FCHI down 0.6 percent. Apple blamed fewer iPhone upgrades and slowing sales in China in its most recent quarter, its first such warning since 2007. Its…

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Apple cuts sales forecast as China sales weaken; iPhone pricing in focus

SAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday took the rare step of cutting its quarterly sales forecast, with Chief Executive Tim Cook blaming slowing iPhone sales in China, whose economy has been dragged down by uncertainty around U.S.-China trade relations. The news, which comes as a spotlight grows on Beijing’s attempts to revive stalling growth, sent Apple shares tumbling in after-hours trade, hammered Asian suppliers and triggered a broader selloff in global markets. The revenue drop for the just-ended quarter underscores how an economic slowdown in China has been sharper than many expected, catching companies and leaders in Beijing off balance and forcing some to readjust…

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