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Foreigners Snap Up Record Number of U.S. Homes

Diana Olick reports: Foreign purchases of U.S. residential real estate surged to the highest level ever in terms of number of homes sold and dollar volume. Foreign buyers closed on $153 billion worth of U.S. residential properties between April [...]

The Return of the Roadside Motor Lodge

Kristine Hansen reports: Roadside motels—once the darlings of American travel—had all but faded from the spotlight. Driving by one of these past-its-prime spots might induce a bit of nostalgia (the neon “vacancy” signs, retro architecture) [...]

Amazon Is Leading Tech’s Takeover of America

Tentacles of a handful of tech giants are reaching into industries no one ever expected them to, reshaping our world in their image. Christopher Mims reports: Why does a phone maker get into banking transactions? Why does a social network build a [...]

Outflank China in the South China Sea

Lieutenant Brett Wessley, U.S. Navy, writes: Throughout the history of warfare, the advantage has constantly swung between offense and defense, with new technologies and innovative tactics displacing old doctrines and war plans. The defensive [...]

Apple’s HomePod Puts Siri in a Speaker

Pierce reports: It’s hard not to watch Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant invade millions of living rooms and not feel like Apple blew an opportunity. Almost six years after Apple announced Siri as a feature on the iPhone 4S, Siri’s [...]

Apple Announces HomePod, a Smart Home Audio Speaker

Janko Roettgers reports: Apple is taking on Amazon Echo and Google Home: The company announced a new voice-controlled speaker during its WWDC developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Monday. Dubbed HomePod, the new speaker features voice control [...]