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Sep 17, 2013

Heavy wind forces pause in America’s Cup showdown

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – High winds on San Francisco Bay forced a postponement of 34th America’s Cup sailing on Tuesday, delaying a potential final showdown between series leader Emirates Team New Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA.

A seasonally strong out-flowing tide on San Francisco Bay running against incoming wind created conditions that exceeded safety limits set for the delicate 72-foot (22-meter) catamarans, organizers said.

Sep 17, 2013

Sailing-Heavy wind forces pause in America’s Cup, buys Oracle time

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – High winds on San Francisco Bay forced a postponement of 34th America’s Cup sailing on Tuesday, delaying a potential final showdown between series leader Emirates Team New Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA.

Racing was called after the boats headed out to the race course starting area near the Golden Gate Bridge, as whitecaps underneath grew frothier.

Sep 17, 2013

Oracle fights tooth and nail to keep America’s Cup from Kiwis

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Emirates Team New Zealand hopes to clinch the 34th America’s Cup on Tuesday by winning the final two races it needs to snatch the trophy from increasingly tenacious defender Oracle Team USA.

New Zealand dominated racing between the two teams in the first week of the America’s Cup finals on San Francisco Bay but it ran into trouble over the weekend when a vastly improved Oracle won its second and third matches, interrupting the Kiwis’ momentum.

Sep 17, 2013

Sailing-Oracle fights tooth and nail to keep America’s Cup from Kiwis

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Emirates Team New Zealand
hopes to clinch the 34th America’s Cup on Tuesday by winning the
final two races it needs to snatch the trophy from increasingly
tenacious defender Oracle Team USA.

New Zealand dominated racing between the two teams in the
first week of the America’s Cup finals on San Francisco Bay but
it ran into trouble over the weekend when a vastly improved
Oracle won its second and third matches, interrupting the Kiwis’
momentum.

Sep 14, 2013

Oracle win narrows gap in America’s Cup after Kiwis almost capsize

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA won the first of two scheduled America’s Cup races on Saturday, chipping away at Emirates Team New Zealand’s extensive lead after the Kiwis nearly capsized their yacht.

New Zealand began the eighth match in the Cup finals with a lead over Oracle, but in a maneuver during an upward leg skipper Dean Barker temporarily lost control when the boat’s 135-foot-tall wing sail got stuck. The AC72 catamaran teetered on one hull for several seconds before dropping back in the water.

Sep 14, 2013

Sailing-Oracle win narrows gap in America’s Cup after Kiwis almost capsize

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA won the first of two scheduled America’s Cup races on Saturday, chipping away at Emirates Team New Zealand’s extensive lead after the Kiwis nearly capsized their yacht.

New Zealand began the eighth match in the Cup finals with a lead over Oracle, but in a maneuver during an upward leg skipper Dean Barker temporarily lost control when the boat’s 135-foot-tall wing sail got stuck. The AC72 catamaran teetered on one hull for several seconds before dropping back in the water.

Sep 14, 2013

Oracle in imminent danger of losing America’s Cup to New Zealand

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA is in imminent danger of relinquishing the 34th America’s Cup this weekend to the formidable Emirates Team New Zealand.

Aggressive tactics and near-perfect maneuvers have helped the Kiwis dominate racing on San Francisco Bay since the final series of 17 match races for the 162-year old trophy began last week. Barring a catastrophic misstep by Dean Barker, skipper of New Zealand’s high-tech 72-foot catamaran, experts say Oracle has little chance of catching up.

Sep 14, 2013

Sailing-Oracle in imminent danger of losing America’s Cup to New Zealand

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA is in imminent danger of relinquishing the 34th America’s Cup this weekend to the formidable Emirates Team New Zealand.

Aggressive tactics and near-perfect maneuvers have helped the Kiwis dominate racing on San Francisco Bay since the final series of 17 match races for the 162-year old trophy began last week. Barring a catastrophic misstep by Dean Barker, skipper of New Zealand’s high-tech 72-foot catamaran, experts say Oracle has little chance of catching up.

Sep 12, 2013

Engineers searching for smartphone innovation look within

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – As Apple and other
smartphone makers find it harder to wow consumers with new
devices, engineers think future breakthroughs may depend more on
finding new ways to integrate existing components than on
inventing more powerful chips.

Apple’s new iPhone 5S introduced on Tuesday shows how
difficult it is to keep coming up with compelling innovations
after years of blockbuster hits. The new device boasts a
fingerprint reader and a beefed up processor, but it failed to
inspire a rally on Wall Street typical of past smartphone
launches by the Cupertino, California, company.

Sep 10, 2013

Intel prepares ultra-small chips for Dick Tracy-style gadgets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel is working on a new line of ultra-small and ultra-low-power microchips for wearable devices like smartwatches and bracelets, a bid by the company to make sure it will be at the crest of the next big technology wave after arriving late to the smartphone and tablet revolution.

The new line of chips, called Intel Quark, will ship next year and include an ingestible version aimed at biomedical uses, Intel’s president, Renee James, told reporters late on Monday.

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