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  • Tiny power plants hold promise for industry under scrutiny, new global nuclear chief says
    Apr 17, 2014 4:06 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. Size is relative - the modular plants could be about as big as a couple of semi-trailers - easily fitting on the dimensions of coal plants they're ultimately intended to replace in the U.S. They would have factory-built...

  • Record labels sue Internet radio provider Pandora over royalties for songs from before 1972
    Apr 17, 2014 3:55 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees. The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the Beatles' "Hey Jude" are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York. The labels say artists and labels have been deprived of tens of millions...

  • Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry as broadcasters challenge it in Supreme Court
    Apr 17, 2014 3:46 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. For as little as $8 a month, Aereo subscribers in New York and 10 other markets can watch shows live or record them using Aereo's online digital video recorder. Subscribers access programming with computers, smartphones and other devices, as well as with TVs with Roku or Apple TV streaming devices. Aereo resembles...

  • Chinese social media company Weibo's shares jump in US stock market debut
    Apr 17, 2014 3:44 PM CDT

    Chinese social media company Weibo Corp.'s shares soared in their U.S. market debut Thursday. Weibo was launched four years ago by Chinese online media company Sina Corp. Weibo provides a Twitter-like service that allows users to post a feed of up to 140 Chinese characters to share with others. Users can also attach multimedia, such as photos and videos, to their posts. The company has 61.4 million average daily active users, according to its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission....

  • FDA discourages electronic fibroid procedure due to risk of cancer spread in some women
    Apr 17, 2014 3:17 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the procedure, which uses an electronically powered device to grind and shred uterine tissue so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen. Known as laparoscopic power morcellation, the technique is widely used to treat painful fibroids,...

  • Facebook launches location-sharing feature 'Nearby Friends' with lots of precautions
    Apr 17, 2014 3:10 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. The "Nearby Friends" feature must be turned on by the user, so people shouldn't expect to broadcast their location unknowingly. It will use your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby — provided they have the feature turned on as well. Rather than share your exact location, it will show only that you are nearby,...

  • Vintage-look electric car that could replace horse-drawn carriages goes on display in NYC
    Apr 17, 2014 2:53 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City has been revealed. The "Horseless eCarriage" prototype was unveiled Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. It was commissioned by NYCLASS, a group advocating for a ban on carriage horses. The group says it's inhumane to have the animals toiling in an urban environment. The prototype car seats eight people and is made to look like it's from the early 20th century, with lots of brass...

  • Secret Service: Identifying Target hackers could take years, arrests could take longer
    Apr 17, 2014 2:50 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December. But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal information from as many as 70 million people in the pre-Christmas breach. And it may take even longer to bring the offenders to justice. The federal investigation...

  • American researcher says he's fooled fingerprint check on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5
    Apr 17, 2014 2:32 PM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. Ben Schlabs, who works for Security Research Labs, says the trick is identical to the one hackers used to unlock Apple's iPhone 5s last year. The S5 flaw is potentially more serious because Schlabs says he was also able to trick the electronic payment app PayPal, which uses Samsung's fingerprint authentication....

  • Column: In saving fuel, Formula One saves itself, too
    Apr 17, 2014 4:17 AM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — As Earth's atmosphere warms alarmingly and fills with heat-trapping gases, and the writing on the wall — "People, we're in trouble!" — looms ever larger, Formula One has steadily become a guilty pleasure, the motorsport equivalent of blue whale burger or wearing panda fur. All that precious fuel going up in smoke, speed, and outrageous noise. Unsustainable and increasingly unjustifiable. So F1 deserves a pat on the back for now doing its little bit for the planet. Let's not kid...

  • Police charge Canadian man in Heartbleed privacy breach at Canada's tax agency
    Apr 16, 2014 8:22 PM CDT

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday that Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of computer equipment. Solis-Reyes is a computer science student at Western University, a spokesman...

  • Railroads: Most freight train track won't have safety technology by installation deadline
    Apr 16, 2014 8:07 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday. The Association of American Railroads said in a report that about 20 percent of the approximately 60,000 miles of track being equipped with the technology will meet the deadline of Dec. 31, 2015. Previously, the association had estimated 40 percent would...

  • Firing pays off for former Yahoo chief operating officer who gets $58 million in severance pay
    Apr 16, 2014 7:36 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. The disclosure in a regulatory filing Wednesday may lead to more second-guessing about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to hire de Castro as her second-in-command in October 2012. Mayer dumped de Castro in January after concluding he wasn't executing on her plan for reviving Yahoo's lackluster...

  • IBM's 1st-quarter earnings hurt by reorganization charge; revenue slips amid hardware drop
    Apr 16, 2014 7:16 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets. The world's largest technology services company has been working to expand into new areas as its hardware business falters, but the latest results show that these efforts have yet to fully pay off. The company in the process of selling its low-end server business to China's...

  • Yahoo nominates company co-founder, stock brokerage magnate, former Wal-Mart CEO to board
    Apr 16, 2014 5:52 PM CDT

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Yahoo co-founder David Filo is vying to rejoin the Internet company's board after an 18-year absence. The 47-year-old Filo is among three board candidates hoping to be elected at Yahoo's annual meeting scheduled for June 25. Yahoo Inc. disclosed the candidates to fill recently vacated positions in a regulatory filing Wednesday. The other nominees to the board are Charles Schwab, the founder of a stock brokerage that still bears his name, and H. Lee Scott Jr., the former...

  • Google's first-quarter results miss analyst targets as company's mobile ad headaches persist
    Apr 16, 2014 5:31 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google's Class A stock shed $17.10, or 3 percent, to $546.80 in extended trading. Although it remains among the world's most profitable companies, Google Inc. is struggling to adjust to a shift...

  • Film Review: Wally Pfister's sci-fi 'Transcendence' like a clunky TED talk
    Apr 16, 2014 12:20 PM CDT

    HAL has come a long way. First, we had Scarlett Johansson as a human-like operating system. Now, Johnny Depp has been uploaded. If the singularity — when artificial intelligence surpasses human smarts — is indeed coming, at least it has decent taste in movie star avatars. First-time director Wally Pfister's "Transcendence" isn't so much the "Him" to Spike Jonze's "Her" as it's a more dystopian vision of the meeting of human consciousness and computer intelligence. It turns out that when computers...

  • Review: Forward to the past with Windows as update restores traditional ways of doing things
    Apr 16, 2014 12:13 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past. The divide between old and new is less pronounced in the latest, free update. That's a welcome change, as that's one of the things that annoy me most about Windows 8. As sales of smartphones and tablets grow rapidly, Microsoft reshaped Windows so that PCs came to look, work and feel more like mobile devices. Windows 8 has a full-page, tablet-like...

  • Ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson acknowledges he heard hacked voicemails in 2004
    Apr 16, 2014 11:56 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the tabloid. Coulson told a London jury that he was "shocked" in 2004 when a reporter at the newspaper — owned by magnate Rupert Murdoch — said he had heard voicemails that showed Cabinet minister David Blunkett was having an affair. Coulson said he felt this was "an apparent breach of privacy" and ordered the reporter to drop...

  • Forgetting to take your medicine? Smartphone apps help patients remember and track doses
    Apr 16, 2014 11:53 AM CDT

    Several smartphone apps are available to help patients take their medications as prescribed. Here's a sampling of several free apps, noting some of their special features: 1. MedCoach. Includes feature to connect to your pharmacy to order refills. 2. RxmindMe. From Walgreens. Offers the ability to easily export prescription information. 3. Pill Monitor. Enables you email a log of prescriptions taken. 4. Care4Today. From a unit of Johnson & Johnson. It includes options to monitor the medication...

  • Have trouble remembering to take your medicine? Try apps for personal reminders, other help
    Apr 16, 2014 11:48 AM CDT

    Medicine only helps if you take it properly. And adhering to an exact schedule of what to take, and when, can be challenging for patients who are forgetful or need to take several medications. Doctors warn about the consequences and urge patients to use various techniques, such as using divided pill boxes or putting their pill bottles beside their toothbrush as a reminder to take their morning and bedtime medicines. Still, only about half of patients take medication as prescribed, resulting in...

  • Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange headed for liquidation after court rejects bankruptcy protection
    Apr 16, 2014 8:45 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application. Mt. Gox said Wednesday the Tokyo District Court decided the company, which was a trading platform and storehouse for the bitcoin virtual currency, would not be able to resurrect itself under a business rehabilitation process filed for in February. An administrator will try to sell the company's assets, and many creditors, including those who had bitcoins with...

  • Yahoo shares soar in premarket trading on optimism about Asia investments, ad revenue pickup
    Apr 16, 2014 7:42 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo soared 8 percent in trading before the opening bell Wednesday after quarterly results showed an aggressive push into Asia and a slight pickup in advertising revenue. Still, some analysts that follow the company say they need to see evidence that CEO Marissa Mayer is developing Yahoo's core business, with an IPO for Alibaba imminent. Most of Yahoo's profits are coming from its holdings in two Asian Internet companies — China's Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan. Marketers are...

  • San Francisco supervisor to propose legalizing short-term rentals on sites such as Airbnb
    Apr 15, 2014 8:15 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco lawmakers are considering making it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported. Supervisor David Chiu introduced legislation Tuesday that seeks to lift a ban on short-term housing rentals, according to the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1qXNLPc ). Other cities, including New York, have similar prohibitions. New York's attorney general...

  • Wireless industry, carriers volunteer to offer anti-theft software on smartphones by 2015
    Apr 15, 2014 7:54 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the companies including Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc., U.S. Cellular Corp., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. have agreed to provide...

  • Intel reports lower 1st-quarter net income amid PC slump but revenue inches higher
    Apr 15, 2014 7:24 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services. Intel Corp. is the world's largest maker of microprocessors, which act as the "brains" of computers. Intel has historically been strong in selling chips for personal computers, but that business is declining as people buy smartphones and tablets instead. Intel has been...

  • Dish Network denies wrongdoing but will refund Washington state customers $2M for surcharge
    Apr 15, 2014 6:53 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Dish Network Corp. will reimburse Washington state customers about $2 million for a surcharge officials called deceptive, but the satellite TV provider denied wrongdoing in the agreement announced Tuesday by the state attorney general's office. The Colorado-based company also will give existing customers who were charged the fee cash credit or access to free programming and pay the state nearly $570,000. Dish denies the fee was illegal or deceptive, saying the state raised its...

  • Yahoo's 1st-quarter results propelled by Alibaba investment while ad sales start to pick up
    Apr 15, 2014 6:25 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up, if ever so slightly, under CEO Marissa Mayer. The positive signs in the Yahoo's first-quarter report overshadowed a 20 percent decline in the company's earnings during the opening three months of the year. Yahoo's stock gained $2.19, or 6.4 percent, to $36.40 in Tuesday's extended trading. Even if the shares rally similarly in Wednesday's regular...

  • Appeals court rejects state and industry challenges to EPA mercury standards for power plants
    Apr 15, 2014 3:05 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA's determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and...

  • At multimedia-rich Tribeca Film Festival, movies are only part of the story
    Apr 15, 2014 2:02 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival is now a teenager. And like most teens, its eyes are on a lot of screens. The 13th annual New York festival, which debuts Wednesday night, will present not just 80-plus feature films, but also an "Innovation Week" that seems designed to capture some of the tech energy of South by Southwest. The festival will, for the second year, feature a category called Storyscapes, with transmedia exhibits that use multimedia techniques to tell stories. Video games,...

  • This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store
    Apr 15, 2014 1:33 PM CDT

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 14, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1 A Dark Room, Amirali Rajan 2 Monument Valley, ustwo 3 R.B.I. Baseball 14, MLB.com 4 Sleep Cycle alarm clock, Northcube AB 5 Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 6 Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 7 Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 8 Afterlight, Simon Filip 9 Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 10 SkinneePix, PrettySmartWomen LLC Top Free iPhone Apps: 1 2048 - The Game, Ketchapp 2 Flappy Smash - The End of a Ti...,...

  • Wally Pfister and Johnny Depp reunite for sci-fi mystery 'Transcendence'
    Apr 15, 2014 12:54 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For more than a decade, cinematographer Wally Pfister brought director Christopher Nolan's cinematic visions to life. Now, he's the one calling the shots. His directorial debut, the new sci-fi mystery "Transcendence," has many elements of a Nolan blockbuster — eye-popping visual effects, a mind-bending story and an A-list lead in Johnny Depp. All of those things translate into high expectations for Pfister, who jokingly likens his newly christened director's seat to an "electric...

  • Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update, though fewer apps than iPhones, Android
    Apr 15, 2014 11:20 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple's Siri and Google Now. The updated Windows Phone system has Cortana, which combines Siri's personality with Google Now's knack for anticipating what you need before you even ask. Meanwhile, Windows Phone's lack of a central hub for checking notifications from Facebook and other services has been addressed...

  • Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip for undisclosed sum
    Apr 15, 2014 11:04 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day — to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers. Twitter Inc. said Tuesday that Gnip has already played a "crucial role" in collecting and digesting the public data that people share on its short messaging service. Twitter says it plans to offer more sophisticated data analysis with the help of Gnip. Founded in Boulder,...

  • In court, former editor Andy Coulson denies knowing about News of the World phone hacking
    Apr 15, 2014 9:35 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged he hadn't known at the time that the practice was illegal. Andy Coulson was asked by his lawyer in court whether he was "ever party to or in agreement with phone hacking at the News of the World." Coulson answered: "No, I was not." Coulson said he would have considered the practice...

  • Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal, adds Oscar winner 'The Great Beauty'
    Apr 15, 2014 8:01 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films. Terms of the deal, revealed exclusively to The Associated Press, weren't disclosed, but both Hulu and Criterion said it will run for several years. Since 2011, Criterion Collection films have streamed exclusively on Hulu Plus, Hulu's monthly subscription streaming service. In a fractured streaming landscape, the partnership...

  • Relativity's last-minute bid for Maker rebuffed; sale to Disney to close in weeks
    Apr 14, 2014 9:18 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relativity Media, a film financier and movie distributor, was rebuffed in a last-minute bid for Maker Studios, the YouTube video creator that agreed to be bought by The Walt Disney Co. last month. On Sunday, privately held Relativity offered cash and stock worth $525 million for Maker, plus up to $500 million in cash and stock if performance targets were met. Relativity also offered stock worth up to $75 million to key Maker talent and executives who did not have a stake in...

  • Hot IPO market may face cooler reception as stock swings make investors nervous
    Apr 14, 2014 6:26 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors. IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014, according to Dealogic. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week's sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down. Auto financing company Ally Financial and hotel operator La Quinta Holdings...

  • California police chief says sex offenders wore GPS tracking devices during serial killings
    Apr 14, 2014 6:26 PM CDT

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — California police chief says sex offenders wore GPS tracking devices during serial killings.

  • Netflix's partnership with Comcast produces fastest video-streaming speeds in 17 months
    Apr 14, 2014 5:57 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network. The data released Monday by Netflix Inc. may become another flash point in a debate about whether the Federal Communications Commission should draw up new rules to ensure that all online content providers are treated the same by Internet service providers. The equal-treatment doctrine,...

  • Google buys Titan Aerospace, maker of atmospheric satellites
    Apr 14, 2014 4:05 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Google Inc. said Monday that atmospheric satellites could also be used in disaster relief and assessing environmental damage. Titan's atmospheric satellites, which are still in development and not yet commercially available, can stay in the air for as long as five years,...

  • A list of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism and the arts
    Apr 14, 2014 2:33 PM CDT

    The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, and the judges' comments: ___ JOURNALISM — Public Service: The Guardian US and The Washington Post for the revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. The committee cited the Post for authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security. It cited The Guardian US for aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship...

  • Pew Research study shows more people falling victim to online thefts of personal information
    Apr 14, 2014 1:08 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday. According to the survey conducted in January, 18 percent of online adults have had personal information stolen such as their social security number, credit card or bank account information. That's up from 11 percent in a July 2013 Pew survey. The number of adults who had an online account compromised or taken over without...

  • Ex-News of the World editor Coulson tells hacking trial affair with Rebekah Brooks was 'wrong'
    Apr 14, 2014 12:39 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson took the stand at Britain's phone hacking trial Monday, saying his affair with fellow executive Rebekah Brooks was wrong but didn't lead him to share work secrets with her. Coulson, who is on trial alongside Brooks and five others, also denied knowing while he was editor that a private investigator employed by the tabloid had been hacking phones. Britain's hacking scandal erupted in 2011, when it emerged that the scoop-hungry News of...

  • Lions Gate partners with online video creator RocketJump
    Apr 14, 2014 12:22 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another Hollywood studio is tying up with a video creator that has made it big on YouTube. Lions Gate Entertainment on Monday announced a multi-year partnership with RocketJump Studios, maker of hit online show "Video Game High School," which is now in its third season. RocketJump was founded by Freddie Wong, Matt Arnold and Dez Dolly four years ago. It has amassed 6.8 million subscribers and nearly a billion views on multiple platforms including its own website. The companies...

  • Study finds new Samsung phone more durable than recent Android phones, but iPhone has edge
    Apr 14, 2014 11:41 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds. The S5 scored well given its water resistance and a sturdy back panel made of plastic, according to SquareTrade, a provider of extended protection plans. The iPhone 5s won points for being just 4 inches diagonally, compared with about 5 inches for the Android phones. That makes...

  • Review: Siri-like Cortana fills key gap in Windows phones, offers nice blend of features
    Apr 14, 2014 9:43 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Yay, it's Nick! How can I help?" Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft. With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games. The new...

  • Twitter says CEO, co-founders don't plan on selling stock after lockup expires on May 5
    Apr 14, 2014 9:05 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says its CEO Dick Costolo and co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams have no plans to sell any of their shares when the company's post-IPO lock-up expires on May 5. Lock-up periods prevent company insiders from selling stock following an initial public offering. Twitter went public on Nov. 7, pricing its stock at $26 per share. The stock later soared as high as $74.73. On Monday, the stock was trading at $40.49, up about 1 percent. Twitter Inc., based in San Francisco,...

  • 900 ID numbers stolen from Canada's tax agency in Heartbleed bug breach
    Apr 14, 2014 8:58 AM CDT

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's tax agency says the ID numbers of roughly 900 people were stolen from its systems, which were left vulnerable by a computer bug called "Heartbleed." The Canada Revenue Agency blocked public access to its online services for several days last week until it addressed the security risk, but said Monday there was nonetheless a data breach over a six-hour period. The agency said Monday everyone affected will receive a registered letter and free access to credit protection...

  • As Tuesday's tax deadline approaches, chances of getting audited by the IRS lowest in years
    Apr 14, 2014 2:33 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service's ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s. Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered. "We keep going after the people...

  • Asia's taxi-app wars heat up as Uber's big push into region meets local lookalikes
    Apr 14, 2014 2:31 AM CDT

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There's a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology. The concept Uber helped pioneer just four years ago has transformed some markets before it even had a chance to enter them. Homegrown taxi apps are already slogging it out for dominance in numerous Asian...

  • With no technology allowed at Augusta National, Masters provides throwback experience
    Apr 13, 2014 5:03 PM CDT

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No cellphones. No video screens. No electronic scoreboards. Outside the ropes that line the fairways and tees, the Masters is a throwback to a different golf era. And few people seem to mind. Unlike the other three majors, or any other tournament for that matter, the Masters forces patrons to leave technology behind for hours upon hours every day. They can't take advantage of high-tech phone applications. They don't get to see any replays or action that's not going on in...

  • NASA OKs Monday space station supply launch despite computer outage in orbit, deemed safe
    Apr 13, 2014 5:02 PM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is pressing ahead with Monday's planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe. Mission managers decided Sunday to proceed with the countdown for the SpaceX capsule, Dragon, already a month late in delivering more than 2 tons of cargo. "We're good to go," said NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini. Suffredini noted the many important supplies aboard the Dragon,...

  • Despite emissions growth, cost of fighting climate change still 'modest,' UN panel says
    Apr 13, 2014 4:43 PM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday. Such gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, rose on average by 2.2 percent a year in 2000-2010, driven by the use of coal in the power sector, officials said as they launched the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change's report on measures...

  • Political tensions test Silicon Valley's emerging ties with Russia's tech sector
    Apr 13, 2014 1:15 PM CDT

    SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. "It's safe to say a lot of investors here are taking a step back to see how the situation will unfold," said Alexandra Johnson, who manages a $100 million venture fund called DFJ VTP Aurora, a Menlo Park, Calif., branch of Russian bank VTB. For decades, Russia's sophisticated...

  • As Tuesday's tax deadline approaches, chances of getting audited by the IRS lowest in years
    Apr 13, 2014 10:15 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service's ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s. Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered. "We keep going after the people...

  • National Security Council says disclosing software vulnerabilities is in national interest
    Apr 12, 2014 7:25 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President Barack Obama's National Security Council said Saturday. The statement of White House policy came after a computer bug called "Heartbleed" caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology, the variant of SSL/TLS known...

  • Northwestern players see union push as spark for change to college sports landscape
    Apr 12, 2014 5:02 PM CDT

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No matter how they feel about the push to unionize, at least a few Northwestern players see the movement as a spark for change in college sports. The question is whether forming a union to bargain for better health insurance and work conditions is the right move for them. "This is a real issue that people brought up," linebacker Collin Ellis said Saturday. "It shows the power that people could possibly attain. That in itself speaks volumes, and that in itself could be a...

  • US Navy's stealthy new destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine with bottles of Champagne
    Apr 12, 2014 2:33 PM CDT

    BATH, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew. Named after the late Adm. Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt, the newest destroyer's massive size and angular profile make it stand apart from other U.S. warships. And like its namesake, a reformer who spearheaded changes that helped...

  • A look at predictions of the 1964 New York World's Fair: Some were hits, others misses
    Apr 12, 2014 10:02 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York World's Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million visitors to a range of technological innovations and predictions during its run. Fifty years later, some of those ideas have turned out to be commonplace in our world. Others? Not so much. What they had right: — "Picturephone": Bell System introduced this innovation, which allowed people to see whom they were calling. It didn't go over well at the time, but it's a concept that's an everyday part of our lives now in apps such...

  • Predictions of 1964 World's Fair didn't all come true: Picture phones, yes. Moon colonies, no
    Apr 12, 2014 9:59 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Video phone calls? Yeah, we do that. Asking computers for information? Sure, several times a day. Colonies on the moon and jet packs as a mode of everyday transportation. OK, maybe not. The New York World's Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million visitors to a range of technological innovations and predictions, some that turned out to be right on the money and others that, perhaps thankfully, were way off the mark. At the Bell System pavilion, engineers touted a "picturephone" that...

  • CenturyLink says Washington 911 outage caused by third-party vendor's technical error
    Apr 11, 2014 11:27 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A seven-hour outage in Washington state 911 service that left dispatchers deeply troubled was caused by a technical error by a third-party vendor, CenturyLink said Friday. The unspecified vendor worked with CenturyLink to resolve the issue "as quickly as possible," the company said in a statement, adding the outage was "not related to CenturyLink's network." "CenturyLink continues to work with the 911 centers to ensure that all issues have been resolved," the telecommunications...

  • Is tech sell-off a quick-passing storm or glimmer of gloom looming on stock market's horizon?
    Apr 11, 2014 11:01 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers. Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples instead of companies that promise potential growth from online services that are building huge audiences. Stung by the abrupt change in sentiment, the stocks of recent stars such as Netflix,...

  • Steep drop in high-flying technology stocks stirs debate about stock market's direction
    Apr 11, 2014 6:47 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers. Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples instead of companies that promise potential growth from online services that are building huge audiences. Stung by the abrupt change in sentiment, the stocks of recent stars such as Netflix,...

  • Authors Guild asks federal appeals court to reinstate lawsuit over Google books project
    Apr 11, 2014 5:15 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project. The Guild filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying that Google's effort to create the world's largest digital library was violating the rights of authors and stifling competition in the busy...

  • At a Glance: High-flying tech stocks fall from recent highs
    Apr 11, 2014 4:38 PM CDT

    Investors have clipped the wings of high-flying tech stocks in recent weeks, as they re-focus on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples. Shares of tech favorites such as Facebook, Netflix and Twitter are 19 percent to 46 percent below their recent peaks. Here's a look at how far some tech stocks have fallen from recent highs: — Amazon.com Inc. Peak: Jan. 22 at $408.06 Friday's closing price: $311.73 Decrease: 24 percent — Facebook Inc. Peak: March 11 at $72.59...

  • Court vacates conviction of man imprisoned for stealing 100K email addresses in iPad data case
    Apr 11, 2014 3:47 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors tried him in the wrong state. Andrew Auernheimer, who was living in Arkansas at the time, should not have been indicted in New Jersey, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found. "The improper venue here — far from where he performed any of his allegedly criminal...

  • 3 simple things you can do to protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug
    Apr 11, 2014 3:30 PM CDT

    The "Heartbleed" bug has caused anxiety for people and businesses. Now, it appears that the computer bug is affecting not just websites, but also networking equipment including routers, switches and firewalls. The extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed is unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years. Although it's conceivable that the flaw was never discovered by hackers, it's difficult to tell. There isn't...

  • What you need to know about Heartbleed's effects on networking equipment
    Apr 11, 2014 2:57 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — It now appears that the "Heartbleed" security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment that connects homes and businesses to the Internet. A defect in the security technology used by many websites and equipment makers have put millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information at risk. The extent of the damage caused by Heartbleed isn't known. The threat went undetected for more than two years, and it's difficult to tell if any...

  • Police: Patron's Facebook posts prompted deadly casino fight in Reno; security guard arrested
    Apr 11, 2014 12:13 PM CDT

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno, Nev., police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative Facebook comments about the lounge's security. Authorities say they arrested 24-year-old Stefen Johnson on suspicion of second-degree murder Thursday, four months after the man died. Police say 23-year-old Victor Victoria-Acevedo had posted comments on Bubinga Lounge's Facebook page after people he knew had run-ins with security there. Authorities say he was blocked from entering...

  • Earnings drop at JPMorgan Chase drags bank stocks lower; Technology sector still weak
    Apr 11, 2014 10:54 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in midday trading. Technology and biotech stocks also fell, a day after the worst rout for the Nasdaq composite index since 2011. The Nasdaq fell another 15 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,039 as of noon Eastern time Friday. The index is headed for its third weekly loss in a row. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell six points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,826. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 74 points, or 0.5 percent,...

  • French police investigate possible pimping by online dating site for older men, young women
    Apr 11, 2014 10:10 AM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors are examining whether an online dating site called sugardaddy.fr, which seeks to connect older men with younger women, is actually pimping. The Paris prosecutor's office said Friday that a preliminary investigation of the site for "organized pimping" opened a day earlier. The site claims a connection to a company called Phoenix Corp. based in the French Alps linked to other online meeting sites with names like Cougar Encounter, Nudist Encounter and Biker Meeting....

  • AutoNavi agrees to be acquired by Alibaba in deal valued at $1.5B
    Apr 11, 2014 9:45 AM CDT

    Chinese digital mapping and navigation company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd. has agreed to be acquired by e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. Alibaba will pay $5.25 per share to AutoNavi stockholders, or $21 per American depositary share. That is a 27 percent premium over the company's closing price on Feb. 7, the last day of trading before its talks with Alibaba became public. Alibaba already owns approximately 28 percent of AutoNavi's outstanding stock....

  • Sony advises consumers to quit using some of its Vaio laptops because batteries can overheat
    Apr 11, 2014 9:08 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sony is advising consumers to quit using some of its VAIO laptop computers and unplug them, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat. The company says it's in the process of creating a program to repair or replace the computers, or will refund their purchase price. The packs included in some of Sony's Vaio Fit 11A models, which were released in February, were provided by a third-party supplier. If the packs overheat, it could cause burns to...

  • Earnings drop at JPMorgan Chase drags bank stocks lower; Technology sector still weak
    Apr 11, 2014 8:46 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in early trading. Technology and biotech stocks also fell, a day after the worst rout for the Nasdaq composite index since 2011. The Nasdaq fell another 12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,042 in the first few minutes of trading Friday. The index is headed for its third weekly loss in a row. It's down 7 percent from its recent high reached March 5. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell six points, or 0.4 percent,...

  • Oregon narrows options for troubled health exchange to 2, including linking to federal site
    Apr 10, 2014 10:40 PM CDT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials with Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange say they've narrowed the options for the site's future to two: switching to the federal exchange, or staying with the current technology and hiring a new contractor to fix it. Cover Oregon's interim chief information officer Alex Pettit told board members Thursday that a third option — transferring technology from another state — would be too expensive and take too long. Earlier this month, Maryland chose to replace...

  • Google to give all US residents an opportunity to buy Glass, its Internet-connected eyewear
    Apr 10, 2014 5:47 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. The product will cost $1,500, the same price that Google Inc. has charged for Glass since sales of the device began last year, the company said Thursday. The April 15 sale will take...

  • Amazon says it is buying digital comics company comiXology for an undisclosed sum
    Apr 10, 2014 3:46 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Online retailer Amazon said Thursday its buying digital comics company comiXology for an undisclosed sum. Amazon said the acquisition will help it offer more and better digital comic books and graphic novels. Founded in 2007, comiXology offers digital comic books from more than 75 publishers, including industry giants Marvel and DC, plus independent creators. ComiXology's headquarters will remain in New York. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell $14.79, or 4.5 percent, to $317.amid...

  • Mexican police issue warning about new 'ransom ware' virus
    Apr 10, 2014 3:44 PM CDT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in Mexico City have issued a warning about a new type of "ransom ware" virus that can take over computers' cameras and make the user think they are under surveillance. The Mexico City police department's cyber-crime unit says the virus infects computers, generally after they view or download sexually explicit material. Police say a message appears on the screen from a "supposed police agency" saying the user must pay a fine via electronic transfer. Such viruses have...

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos gives update on online retailer's drone, grocery programs
    Apr 10, 2014 3:41 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery. In the letter released Thursday, Bezos outlined Amazon's offerings, including its fresh grocery business called Prime Fresh, which it has offered for five years in Seattle and expanded to Los Angeles and San Francisco. For $299 a year members get same-day and early morning delivery...

  • Report: US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast TV for the first time
    Apr 10, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose 17 percent to a record $42.8 billion in 2013. Broadcast TV ad revenue, in comparison, was $40.1 billion in 2013. Mobile advertising revenue more than doubled to $7.1 billion from $3.4 billion in 2012...

  • Administration plans to cede oversight of Internet domain names growing into political fight
    Apr 10, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in their attacks on President Barack Obama's trustworthiness. "We've seen enough out of this administration and its imperial presidency politics that I'm not going to just give them a blank pen and then walk away," Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Thursday as a House...

  • EBay, Icahn settle proxy fight; Icahn withdraws proposal that PayPal be spun off from eBay
    Apr 10, 2014 12:17 PM CDT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ebay and billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn have settled their proxy fight ahead of the company's annual meeting. Icahn and eBay had been in an acrimonious tussle over PayPal, the e-commerce company's quickly growing mobile payment arm. Icahn, who owns about 2 percent of eBay's shares, said repeatedly the company should spin off all or part of PayPal, while eBay has said the company is better as a whole. Icahn has also criticized the company's directors including...

  • French IT workers gain new protection against burnout under new labor agreement
    Apr 10, 2014 12:05 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — French IT staff at Google, Facebook and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug. A new agreement with employers gives more than 300,000 tech-sector workers added guarantees that the "always connected" lifestyle enabled by smartphones won't infringe on their rights under France's famous 35-hour workweek. Union official Michel de la Force told The Associated Press that the deal doesn't mean staff will be forced to turn off their phones at 6 p.m.,...

  • Call of cyber duty: Military academies compete against NSA in high-tech security drill
    Apr 10, 2014 10:56 AM CDT

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is spending long days this week in a computer lab trying to fend off threats cooked up by experts at the National Security Agency. The annual Cyber Defense Exercise running through Thursday will determine which of the five service academies can create computer networks that...

  • Artificially cooling planet through geoengineering a sensitive topic for UN climate panel
    Apr 10, 2014 9:58 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly. The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is under pressure from both sides this week as it considers whether geoengineering should be part...

  • Nintendo brings Japanese 3DS game 'Tomodachi Life' to US, Europe
    Apr 10, 2014 7:01 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nintendo is bringing its "Tomodachi" game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan. Called "Tomodachi Life," the game geared mostly toward kids is similar to "The Sims" and Nintendo's "Animal Crossing." Tomodachi means "friends" in Japanese. The game features Mii characters, which can be created by players from scratch or based on a photo of the player. The characters live on their own island, where they eat, sleep, ask each other out and...

  • Israel launches 'Ofek 10' spy satellite into orbit, Iran likely target
    Apr 10, 2014 3:04 AM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it has successfully launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East. According to the announcement, the Israeli-made "Ofek 10" satellite was launched late Wednesday in cooperation with state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. The satellite has already begun transmitting data and visual material. It is expected to be operational within...

  • Answers to common questions about the Heartbleed bug and how to protect against it
    Apr 9, 2014 9:43 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week. The damage caused by the "Heartbleed" bug is currently unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years. While it's conceivable that the flaw was never discovered by hackers, it's nearly impossible to tell. There isn't much that people...

  • Does it have heart? Scientists trying to build functional human heart with 3-D printer
    Apr 9, 2014 9:10 PM CDT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3-D printed heart would ever be put in a person. The technology, though, is not all that futuristic: Researchers have already used...

  • Passwords, other sensitive data exposed to potential theft by Heartbleed security flaw
    Apr 9, 2014 6:10 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. The breakdown revealed this week affects a widely used encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for a variety of online communications and electronic...

  • PC shipments drop for 8th-straight quarter, but rate slows considerably
    Apr 9, 2014 4:51 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry's eighth straight quarter of declines, they also show a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013. Analysts for both firms pointed to a bump in demand, especially in Japan, stemming from Microsoft's retirement...

  • Review: New Galaxy S5 features actually useful as Samsung simplifies phone, focuses on basics
    Apr 9, 2014 4:42 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone —among them, its relative lack of features. Don't get me wrong. The company's new flagship smartphone has plenty of innovations, including water resistance, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint reader to bypass security passcodes. The screen measures 5.1 inches diagonally, which is slightly larger than its predecessor's 5 inches and much bigger than the iPhone's 4 inches. The S5's camera is capable of taking 16 megapixel...

  • Encouraging signals from the Federal Reserve on interest rates send stocks sharply higher
    Apr 9, 2014 4:17 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Once again, it was the Federal Reserve to the rescue for the stock market. Major U.S. indexes rose broadly Wednesday, helped by a report out of the nation's central bank that showed Fed policymakers want to be absolutely certain the U.S. economy had recovered before starting to raise interest rates. Confident that the Fed won't be raising rates until sometime next year, investors once again embraced some of the market's more risky names. Biotechnology and technology stocks, beaten...

  • Swiss team unveils new version of solar plane set for round-the-world flight in 2015
    Apr 9, 2014 2:30 PM CDT

    PAYERNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version of the single-seater prototype that first took flight five years ago. The original plane demonstrated that a solar-powered plane can fly through the night, hop from Europe to Africa...

  • Prosecutors say California woman posted rape ads in revenge scheme against new homeowners
    Apr 9, 2014 1:43 PM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said. The defendant, Kathy Rowe, claims the scheme was a childish prank that got out of control and she intended no harm. Rowe, 52, began by carrying out mild hoaxes on the young husband-and-wife homebuyers — like putting a stop on their mail and sending religious missionaries to their doorstep, U-T San Diego reported Tuesday...

  • Hewlett-Packard paying $108M to resolve charges employees bribed officials in 3 countries
    Apr 9, 2014 12:55 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland. The SEC says an HP division in Russia paid $2 million to make sure the company retained a contract with the federal prosecutor's office there. A Mexican subsidiary paid $1 million to secure a software sale to the country's state-owned oil company, while $600,000 in gifts and bribes were paid to a Polish government official to win...

  • British-US physicist wins $1.3 million technology prize for discoveries in huge data storage
    Apr 9, 2014 11:05 AM CDT

    HELSINKI (AP) — Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin. Parkin won the 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize on Wednesday for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks — findings that enabled all of the above services. The Finnish prize foundation cited the 58-year-old consulting professor at Stanford University in California...

  • British Museum uses new technology to look beneath the bandages of ancient Egyptian mummies
    Apr 9, 2014 10:27 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists at the museum have used CT scans and sophisticated imaging software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, preserved internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers. The findings go on display next month in an exhibition that sets eight of the museum's mummies alongside detailed three-dimensional...

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