China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large loads of people. All are ostensibly civilian … Read more

Getty Says ‘No’ to AI-Generated Images

Getty Images is fine with altered photos or artistic images, as long as they were created by human hands.Photo: Wirestock Creators (Shutterstock) Deepfakes are no longer desired, fakes are now forlorn, and any AI-originated content will be ostracized from the image hosting website Getty Images. Getty provided a communication originally sent to the site’s contributors … Read more

Getty Says ‘No’ to AI-Generated Images

Getty Images is fine with altered photos or artistic images, as long as they were created by human hands.Photo: Wirestock Creators (Shutterstock) Deepfakes are no longer desired, fakes are now forlorn, and any AI-originated content will be ostracized from the image hosting website Getty Images. Getty provided a communication originally sent to the site’s contributors … Read more

Semiconductor alliances between the US and Asia could hold back China

Leading chipmaking nations including the US are forming alliances, in part to secure their semiconductor supply chain and to stop China from reaching the cutting-edge of the industry, analysts told CNBC. Places including the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which have strong semiconductor industries, have looked to forge partnerships around the critical technology. … Read more

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is going to be a TV event of a lifetime for many. But could it be one of the last great events of the TV era?

CNN Business — The BBC credits Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 as the “event that did more than any other to make television a mainstream medium.” Fitting, then, that her funeral on Monday marks the end of TV’s dominance that began when she came to the throne. Back then, the lack of TV sets … Read more

US leaders avoid victory dance in Ukraine combat advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — US leaders from President Joe Biden on down are being careful not to declare a premature victory after a Ukrainian offensive forced Russian troops into a messy retreat in the north. Instead, military officials are looking towards the fights yet to come and laying out plans to provide Ukraine with more weapons … Read more

US, Mexico to cooperate on semiconductors, electric vehicles

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico and the United States plan to take advantage of the Biden administration’s massive investment in semiconductor production to push the integration of their supply chains and cooperate on expanding the production of electric vehicles through Mexico’s nationalized lithium industry, officials from both countries said Monday Both efforts seek to eat … Read more

In parts of the Mideast, power generators spew toxic fumes 24/7

BEIRUT (AP) — They literally run the country. In parking lots, on flatbed trucks, hospital courtyards and rooftops, private generators are ubiquitous in parts of the Middle East, spewing hazardous fumes into homes and businesses 24 hours a day. As the world looks for renewable energy to tackle climate change, millions of people around the … Read more

Ukraine energy chief: Russia trying to ‘steal’ nuclear plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Ukraine’s atomic energy operator accused Russia on Thursday of trying to “steal” Europe’s largest nuclear plant by cutting it off from the Ukrainian electricity grid and leaving it on the brink of a radiation disaster. The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has been without an external source of electricity … Read more

Albania cuts diplomatic ties with Iran over July cyberattack

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania cut diplomatic ties with Iran and expelled the country’s embassy staff over a major cyberattack nearly two months ago that was allegedly carried out by Tehran on Albanian government websites, the prime minister said Wednesday. The move by Albania, a NATO country, was the first known case of a country … Read more