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Basketball star Yao Ming retires

Basketball star Yao Ming announced his retirement on Wednesday after a trailblazing career that made him China’s best-known athlete and helped spur the game’s global growth. The towering 2.29m (7ft 6in) star made the announcement, which had been widely expected, during a press conference in his home city of Shanghai…

Computer crushes human ‘Jeopardy!’ champs

CHICAGO – An IBM computer crushed two human champions Tuesday in the second round of a man vs. machine showdown on the popular US television game show “Jeopardy!” “Watson,” a supercomputer named after Thomas Watson, founder of the US technology giant, dominated the game by beating his human opponents to…

Apple iPod Nano may pose fire hazard, says Japan

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s industry ministry has ordered Apple to report on measures it will take regarding cases of its iPod Nano music player overheating and catching fire, an official said Thursday. Overheating of the 2005 iPod Nano while charging has caused at least 27 incidents, including six fires that…

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