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California startup Megabots challenges Japan firm to giant robot battle, aims to create sport

OAKLAND, Calif. They’ve been popularized in movies, television and video games, but giant fighting robots still haven’t left the realm of science fiction. That will soon change.

Megabots Inc., an Oakland, California-based startup, has built a 15-foot mechanical gladiator called the Mark II and challenged a Japanese firm to an international battle for robot supremacy.

‘Big-data’ crunching needed

OTTAWA—Federal security agencies risk being overwhelmed by threats—or failing to even foresee them—unless they embrace the digital-age phenomenon of big-data crunching, warns an internal Public Safety Canada presentation.

With billions of people using mobile phones and surfing the Internet, security officials are preoccupied with getting timely access to valuable information.

Handgun makers compete to supply US Army with new handgun that meets long list of criteria

FORT STEWART, Georgia Firearms manufacturers are competing for a rare chance to sell the U.S. Army a new handgun that would replace its current Cold War-era model, and they must meet a lengthy list of requirements to win the lucrative deal.

Google unveils two new smartphones as tech market pushes iPhone alternatives

TORONTO Google is adding two new smartphones to the growing number of iPhone alternatives scheduled to hit shelves before the start of the busy holiday shopping season.

Both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were unveiled by Google on Tuesday, with the technology giant saying they are the first smartphones to use “Marshmallow,” Android’s latest update of its operating system.

Robot revolution transforms China’s factories as part of Beijing’s economic overhaul

SHENZHEN, China In China’s factories, the robots are rising.

For decades, manufacturers employed waves of young migrant workers from China’s countryside to work at countless factories in coastal provinces, churning out cheap toys, clothing and electronics that helped power the country’s economic ascent.