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TECH 10 Dec 2018 | 3:00 AM

US retailers embrace payment apps to sidestep US$90bil in swipe fees

US retailers have been trying for years to escape the clutches of the credit-card companies, which this year will levy more than US$90bil in swipe fees on an industry already struggling to navigate the shift online. Some believe the answer lies in payment apps.

TECH 19 Nov 2018 | 9:00 AM

Phones fail in California fires, highlighting vulnerability

As wildfires raged across California, mobile phones went silent as towers and lines succumbed to the flames.

TECH 19 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

SoftBank’s next robot after Pepper skips chit chat, mops floors

SoftBank Group Corp is introducing a new robot, but unlike the talkative Pepper that went on sale three years ago, this one will skip the chit chat and just mop the floors.

TECH 15 Nov 2018 | 5:43 AM

Hello Amazon, so long Crystal City: builder sees old name fading

Hello National Landing. Goodbye Crystal City. Inc’s arrival won’t just create a new name for the area in northern Virginia. It may also kill the old one.

TECH 15 Nov 2018 | 3:00 AM

Big question for Amazon’s two chosen cities: Will it pay off?

The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?

TECH 14 Nov 2018 | 8:00 AM

Cheers, fears as Amazon unveils HQ plan

It’s exciting for some, worrisome for others: The arrival of a massive headquarters of technology giant Amazon in two East Coast communities is certain to bring huge changes.

TECH 09 Nov 2018 | 6:30 AM

Paris region to launch world’s biggest fleet of electric bicycles

The Paris region plans to launch a large fleet of electric bicycles in a state-funded scheme aimed at getting commuters to cycle to work and reducing congestion and pollution.

TECH 09 Nov 2018 | 2:30 AM

Bay Area voters decide tech industry should pay its dues

The technology industry has turned the Bay Area into an economic powerhouse that many of the world's most valuable companies call home.

TECH 08 Nov 2018 | 1:30 AM

French hotels sue Airbnb claiming unfair competition

The main trade group for French hotels has sued the home-sharing giant Airbnb, accusing it of unfair competition by "knowingly violating" rules imposed as part of a crackdown in one of the US giant's biggest markets.

TECH 02 Nov 2018 | 2:00 AM

Why countless US commuters are ditching bikes and buses for scooters

What at first might seem like a toy could well be the affordable and environmentally friendly transport innovation desperately needed by many cities around the world.