Report: Japan pushing for Trans-Pacific Partnership without US

Tokyo (dpa) – Japan is attempting to keep the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement alive by pushing for a new deal without the United States, local media reported Saturday. Tokyo is currently trying to persuade the TPP’s other members to continue without the US and is planning a meeting of ministers from the deal’s 11…

VW’s US chief defends open markets in face of Trump protectionism

New York (dpa) – The chief executive of Volkswagen’s North American operations defended free trade and open markets in the face of US President Donald Trump’s “America First” trade policy. “The openness of markets has been a guarantee of success for all producers in recent decades,” Hinrich Woebcken told dpa in an interview at the New…

Delta OKs offers of up to $9,950 to flyers who give up seats

ATLANTA — Delta is giving airport employees permission to offer passengers up to almost $10,000 in compensation to give up their seats on overbooked flights. Delta’s move comes as United Airlines struggles to recover from images of a passenger’s forced removal from a sold-out flight. The passenger, David Dao, was already seated on the plane when…

Apple Will Start Testing Self-Driving Cars In California

Apple is now allowed to test self-driving cars in California, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles’ webpage. Few details have been revealed about Apple’s autonomous driving plans, but the company has hinted about its interest in the field recently. In December, Apple confirmed in a letter to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration…

Easter Weekend Also Includes Big Sales

The Easter holiday is far more of a shoppers’ weekend than many might think. It coincides with spring sales and seasonal turnover for retailers, but it can be a big spending holiday, from the candy to the Easter apparel purchases. The National Retail Federation estimated that consumers were expected to spend a record amount for 2017—about…

The Whole US Energy Picture in a Single Chart (Almost)

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has released their annual US energy consumption chart (Click for larger image). Yes, it looks like spaghetti, but it contains a lot of useful information. It shows, on one page, how much energy we used in 2016, and specifically, what sources we got it from and what we used…

China’s self-driving truck passes test

CHANGCHUN — A Chinese-made self-driving truck has passed a navigation test, heralding the era of intelligent, automated heavy vehicles. FAW Jiefang, the leading truck manufacturer, debuted the self-driving truck at FAW Tech Center in Changchun city, Jilin province. The truck was able to recognize obstacles, slow down, make a detour, and speed up. The truck reacted…

Apple Is Considering Teaming Up With Foxconn To Bid For Toshiba Chip Unit

Apple is reportedly considering getting together with its iPhone assembler Foxconn Technology to bid for Toshiba’s semiconductor business, a Japan public broadcaster NHK reported Friday, according to Reuters. Apple would be making its own bid next to Foxconn’s bid, and is considering investing at least several billion dollars for a stake of more than 20 percent.…

What to Know About Investing in the Internet of Things

This story originally appeared on The Motley Fool. The stock market today offers investors a plethora of compelling portfolio candidates to take advantage of the Internet of Things — that is, the trend of adding internet connectivity to everyday things in our lives — ranging from early-stage businesses to massive, well-established tech juggernauts. Let’s explore the…