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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Trade war escalates as China announces tariffs on U.S. imports

China on Tuesday announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s latest duty increase in a dispute over Beijing’s technology policy.

Proposal to ban drones in Spokane Valley parks raises concerns among hobbyists, commercial operators

As drones gain popularity among hobbyists and commercial operators, the Spokane Valley parks department is grappling with how to balance their use with public safety and privacy.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

Getting There: Driverless technology is closer than you might think

Driverless technology is already here. The first sector to really use it is the shipping industry, with its American fleet of two million tractor-trailers.

Schools eye facial recognition technology to boost security

The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade. Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against …

UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Why they fight: US and China brawl over high technology

To understand why the United States and China stand on the brink of a trade war, consider the near-death experience of American Superconductor Corp.

UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Spark Central nonprofit receives $100,000 grant

The Washington Women’s Foundation gave a grant of $100,000 to Spark Central, a Spokane nonprofit, on Wednesday. The money will go toward teaching innovative technologies like programming, robotics and media …

Blokable builds on idea

This summer is shaping up to be a big one for Blokable, the Seattle construction technology company that hopes to upend the market for new affordable housing.

UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee pushes rural broadband access, slams Trump on net neutrality and immigration

The governor said in a wide-ranging podcast interview this week that Washington needs to continue to do more to bring high-speed internet to far-flung areas of the state. The Democrat, …

Review: Wearable tech is a body-horror nightmare in not-so-futuristic ‘Upgrade’

What makes “Upgrade” work is the tangible realities and fears that it plays on – we all wear FitBits – how long until criminals are getting functional guns implanted in …

UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 8:01 a.m.

New Forest Service app puts more information at fingertips of Pacific Northwest adventurers

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and there is a new way to plan your three-short days of freedom. The Pacific Northwest Forests app.

WSU research off to space

Two remote-manned laboratories – expected to aid local research – are destined for the International Space Station and will launch into orbit Sunday.

Stocks jump as technology, industrials and banks rally

U.S. stocks are climbing Thursday morning as technology companies, banks and industrial companies rally. Companies including Delta Air Lines and BlackRock are rising after they reported strong results in the …

Sue Lani Madsen: At WSU, sometimes appropriate tech bests high-tech

Walk into The Spark on the WSU Pullman campus and it’s clearly all about high-tech high-performance. Except the bathrooms.

Under Armour hit by data breach affecting 150 million users

Sports apparel merchant Under Armour has become the latest victim of a massive digital theft of sensitive information about tens of millions of customers.

The latest apps for home layouts, inside and out

Planning out how to arrange furniture in your home – or plants in your garden – used to involve a pencil, graph paper, a measuring tape and a lot of …

Female Microsoft workers file 118 gender-bias complaints in 7 years; firm finds only 1 was ‘founded,’ lawsuit plaintiffs say

Female Microsoft employees in technical roles filed 118 complaints of gender discrimination with the company between 2010 and 2016, according to court documents. Microsoft’s internal investigation unit concluded just one …

Spokane explores publicly owned broadband network intended to open up internet services, drive down costs

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs has proposed the creation of a working group that would explore the possibility of the city getting into the high-speed internet industry.

UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such …

Washington pot industry faces major setback after delivery routes, vehicle data hacked

Washington marijuana businesses are struggling after a data breach to the state’s online tracking system allowed hackers to access information on delivery vehicles, routes and approximate travel times.

Robert J. Samuelson: China and the global race for knowledge

China has become – or is on the verge of becoming – a scientific and technical superpower.

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

What’s on center stage at the CES tech show? Your voice

What’s the hottest thing in the world of technology these days? Your voice.

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Friends make tactile Rubik’s Cube for visually impaired

Sasha Thomas, 18, and his friend Carson Mowrer, 17, are both big fans of solving Rubik’s Cube, and they had been talking for more than a year about ways to …

Ask Dr. Universe: Mountain temperatures have less to do with proximity to the sun and more about air pressure. Or lack of it.

Why is it so cold up in the mountains if heat rises and it’s closer to the sun?

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Smart homes not just for tech geeks anymore

NEW YORK – Internet-connected lights, locks and laundry machines are close to becoming everyday household items, thanks in part to voice-activated speakers such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home. Market …

East Valley students in Spokane Valley embrace the use of take-home laptops

East Valley High School students use laptops to bolster education as district tries different way of leveraging technology spending.

Ten years ago, Amazon changed Seattle, announcing its move to South Lake Union

Ten years ago Thursday, Amazon announced it would move to South Lake Union, consolidating the company’s growing footprint into an 11-building campus and abandoning the former hospital building on Beacon …

Ask Dr. Universe: How do refrigerators work?

Ask Dr. Universe column for Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

Technology leads U.S. stocks higher, following overseas gains

Stocks climbed around the world on Friday following a stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report and a breakthrough in talks for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 12:14 p.m.

Tech is taking over our lives, and our 401(k) accounts

Surging prices for technology stocks around the world mean the industry is making up a larger proportion of global markets.

Spokane takes step to become a ‘Smart City’ research center

A local public-private-university collaboration called Urbanova is using street lamps to shed light air pollution.