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  • App teaches kindergartners basic computer programming, lets them craft interactive stories
    Oct 1, 2014 2:04 AM CDT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games. With ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements in their project move, jump,...

  • App teaches kindergartners basic computer programming, lets them craft interactive stories
    Oct 1, 2014 1:25 AM CDT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. Children as young as 5 can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games. They don't even have to know how to read. In the free app ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements move, jump, talk and change size. The co-developers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University...

  • App teaches kindergartners basic computer programming, lets them craft interactive stories
    Oct 1, 2014 12:59 AM CDT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. Children as young as 5 can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games. They don't even have to know how to read. In the free app ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements move, jump, talk and change size. The co-developers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University...

  • App teaches kindergartners basic computer programming, lets them craft interactive stories
    Oct 1, 2014 12:47 AM CDT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. Children as young as 5 can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games. They don't even have to know how to read. In the free app ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements move, jump, talk and change size. The co-developers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University...

  • Will soon-single PayPal court other mobile payment players to better fight Apple competition?
    Sep 30, 2014 11:02 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long. Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player. "In light of the development of strong competition such as the advent of Apple Pay, the sooner these...

  • Jimmy Kimmel is the 'most dangerous celebrity' on the Internet, according to McAfee study
    Sep 30, 2014 10:45 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company said Tuesday that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. The company has used its own site ratings to make the determination for the past eight years. Other celebrities McAfee deems dangerous this year include Ciara,...

  • Netflix takes aim at Hollywood's theatrical window for movie releases
    Sep 30, 2014 8:28 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's carefully controlled system of movie rollouts is officially under siege. Windowing — the practice of opening a movie first in theaters and then in other stages of home video, streaming and television release — has been under increasing pressure as smaller screens fight against the prominence of the theatrical big screen. Now, Netflix has sounded the most notable blow against windowing, announcing plans to release a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on the day...

  • Single PayPal likely to partner with eBay competitors, aggressively fight for mobile space
    Sep 30, 2014 6:47 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division. The move marks a 180-degree turn for eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe, who had been adamant in spurning activist investor Carl Icahn's call months ago to spin off PayPal. Donahoe,...

  • Film Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' doesn't click
    Sep 30, 2014 6:00 PM CDT

    If ever there was a movie that needed a window to be opened, a blast of fresh air to be let in, it's Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children." The film, adapted from Chad Kultgen's novel, is about dreary faces in front of digital screens. A grim overview of the way the Internet, smartphones, sexting and all manner of cyber evils are corrupting our waking hours, "Men, Women & Children" makes "Frontline" look like a laugh riot by comparison. Reitman's suburban tale artfully weaves a handful...

  • Microsoft Windows 10 tries gradual approach as it attempts to bridge PCs, tablets and phones
    Sep 30, 2014 5:31 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices. The company on Tuesday gave an early preview of the new Windows 10 software, which it aims to begin selling by the middle of next year. Although the current version is called Windows 8, Microsoft says it's skipping ahead to Windows 10 to emphasize its effort to move forward....

  • Gov't data on industry's ties to doctors, top hospitals shows $3.5B in payments and benefits
    Sep 30, 2014 4:54 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine. The value of industry payments and other financial benefits totaled nearly $3.5 billion in the five-month period from August through December 2013, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which released the data. The...

  • EU targets Apple's overseas tax model, says Ireland appears to grant firm illegal rebate
    Sep 30, 2014 3:23 PM CDT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there. In a preliminary report into the company's overseas tax practices, the 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said the low tax treatment Ireland is granting Apple counts as state aid and could be illegal under EU law. If the finding is confirmed, Apple Inc. could face a huge repayment...

  • NASA to conduct full-scale military helicopter crash test at Langley in Virginia
    Sep 30, 2014 1:28 PM CDT

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA engineers on Wednesday will crash a former military helicopter that's been retrofitted with various composite subfloors to see how the material affects the likelihood of injuries. Interest in using carbon composites in airframe design has grown because it is a lightweight material, but NASA officials say there hasn't been a lot of safety testing done on a full-scale level. "One of the things that concerns me with carbon composites is how crashworthy it is, and knowing...

  • Feds say hacking ring targeted Microsoft, video game companies, accessed Army computer system
    Sep 30, 2014 12:53 PM CDT

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware. David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey, each pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement. They face up to five years...

  • Education Department awards $75 million in innovation grants to colleges, universities
    Sep 30, 2014 12:49 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department has awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities to foster innovation in college value and efficiency. The new competition is called "First in the World" and 500 schools applied. Applicants submitted proposals with plans in areas such as improving graduation rates, making it smoother to transfer between schools and increasing enrollment in science and technology programs. For example, Purdue University in Indiana says it will use its winning $2.3...

  • AOL to deliver more video, news to Microsoft's MSN in bid to sell more digital advertising
    Sep 30, 2014 11:34 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — AOL will provide Microsoft's MSN with more video and additional news stories from popular sites such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch in an expansion of a deal aimed at selling more digital advertising. The arrangement announced Tuesday builds upon a partnership that AOL Inc. and Microsoft Corp. struck in April. AOL already has been distributing clips from its collection of nearly 900,000 videos on MSN's web sites and apps built for Microsoft products such as Windows phones....

  • The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks
    Sep 30, 2014 10:45 AM CDT

    iBook charts for week ending September 29, 2014: Top Paid Books 1.Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - 9780307588388 - (Crown Publishing Group) 2.Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard - 9780805096699 - (Henry Holt and Co.) 3.The Maze Runner by James Dashner - 9780375893773 - (Random House Children's Books) 4.The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks - 9781455502547 - (Grand Central Publishing) 5.Personal by Lee Child - 9780804178761 - (Random House Publishing Group) 6.Edge of Eternity by Ken...

  • This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store
    Sep 30, 2014 10:41 AM CDT

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending September 29, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Inc. 2FIFA 15 Ultimate Team by EA SP..., Electronic Arts 3YouTube, Google, Inc. 4Turbo Dismount, Secret Exit Ltd. 5Pinterest, Pinterest, Inc. 6Diamond Digger Saga, King.com Limited 7Netflix, Netflix, Inc. 8Facebook, Facebook, Inc. 9Crazy Hair Salon - Pretty Girl..., Kids Fun Club by TabTale 10Calculator for iPad Free, International Travel Weather Calculator Top Free...

  • News Corp. to buy online real estate business Move for$950 million in cash
    Sep 30, 2014 10:30 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. will pay about $950 million to buy the online real estate business Move Inc. in a deal that aims to speed up the media company's digital expansion. The New York company said Tuesday that it will pay $21 per share in cash for each outstanding share of Move. That represents a 37 percent premium over the stock's closing stock price of $15.29 on Monday. Move operates the website realtor.com. News Corp. said Move displays more than 98 percent of all for-sale properties listed...

  • A look at eBay and PayPal as separate businesses
    Sep 30, 2014 9:25 AM CDT

    E-commerce company eBay said Tuesday that it is spinning off its mobile payment service PayPal into a separate and publicly traded company next year. The companies have been intertwined since eBay bought PayPal 12 years ago for $1.3 billion. Ebay connects buyers and sellers, and both can use PayPal to make or accept payments. Besides online payments, PayPal users can also pay for items in some physical stores. The split comes as competition in the mobile payment industry heats up. Apple Inc....

  • EBay to split PayPal business off into separate company next year
    Sep 30, 2014 6:03 AM CDT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — EBay to split PayPal business off into separate company next year.

  • China approves iPhone 6 after Apple promises no 'backdoors'; Apple says sales start Oct. 17
    Sep 30, 2014 4:45 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start Oct. 17. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's announcement reflected Chinese unease about the reliability of foreign communications technology following disclosures about widespread U.S. government eavesdropping. China is one of...

  • Supervalu, Albertsons say there's been a 2nd hack of credit and debit card data systems
    Sep 29, 2014 6:16 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Card data of Supervalu and Albertsons shoppers may be at risk in another hack, the two supermarket companies said Monday. The companies said that in late August or early September, malicious software was installed on networks that process credit and debit card transactions at some of their stores. Albertsons said the malware may have captured data including account numbers, card expiration dates and the names of cardholders at stores in more than a dozen states. Supervalu said...

  • Officers say speeding driver was too fast, but he smelled good, a little too good
    Sep 29, 2014 5:43 PM CDT

    LEBANON, Ore. (AP) — Officers in western Oregon say a suspect they tried to collar at a traffic stop drove too fast for pursuing officers, but eventually he was just too fragrant. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1ywUlp0) that the driver gave officers in Linn County the slip in a high-speed chase before dawn Sunday, doing better than 100 mph in a red Honda Prelude whose hood flew off. But Lebanon police later saw the car parked and launched a search by foot. That's when officers...

  • Social Security Administration opens new national data center in western Maryland
    Sep 29, 2014 3:42 PM CDT

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Social Security Administration has a new national data center. Officials held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the center Monday in wooded hills near Frederick, Maryland. It replaces a 34-year-old building at the agency's Baltimore-area headquarters, about 40 miles away. Officials say that at 300,000 square feet, the two-story, beige-and-glass complex along Interstate 270 is about 35 percent smaller than the building it replaces and will use about 30 percent less electricity...

  • Next version of Windows software could be crucial for Microsoft's future
    Sep 29, 2014 2:36 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system. Although the new software won't be formally released until next year, analysts already consider its success crucial for Microsoft and Satya Nadella, who has made mobile devices and Internet-based services priorities since becoming CEO in February. With its tablet-like touch controls, Windows 8 had...

  • A Closer Look: Gaming on Amazon Fire TV and Roku 3 is a mixed bag, but priced fairly
    Sep 29, 2014 1:03 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory. Amazon's Fire TV and the Roku 3 both offer a multitude of games, alongside apps to stream video on the big television screen from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The game offerings — some free, some for a fee — are a mixed bag thus far, ranging from solid to silly. Here's a look...

  • Tibco Software to sell itself to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $3.98 billion
    Sep 29, 2014 12:48 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tibco Software Inc. said Monday that it is selling itself to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for about $3.98 billion. Tibco, based in Palo Alto, California, makes software for companies to use on site or through cloud computing. Vista Equity, which owns several software companies, has offices in Austin, Texas, Chicago and San Francisco. The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, will take Tibco private. Vista Equity will pay $24 for each share of Tibco,...

  • Examples of 2014 videos showing police using force
    Sep 29, 2014 11:48 AM CDT

    Sometimes videos of police using force seem to justify those actions; other times, they appear to prove officers acted wrongly. In either circumstance, seeing such videos might give viewers a false sense of understanding what happened when they don't have full context. Video involving law enforcement has factored into perception of numerous police use-of-force cases this year. Some examples: ___ FEB. 14: Las Vegas Dramatic cellphone video recorded by stopped motorists and obtained by a newspaper...

  • Caught in the act? Videos of police using force don't always tell the whole story
    Sep 29, 2014 11:46 AM CDT

    BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object — a gun? — as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction. Eight minutes later, surveillance video from a different angle shows him farther away. Suddenly he drops the object and crumples to the floor. Two more people come into view, walking toward him with firearms drawn. Was it a justified fatal...

  • 5 questions, answers on government effort to regulate the Internet: What is 'net neutrality'?
    Sep 29, 2014 9:17 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether Internet providers should be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. It's a topic that has attracted record-setting public attention. The agency received 3.7 million comments on the subject — more than double the number filed to the regulatory agency after Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...

  • Lenovo looks to boost growth after acquisition of IBM low-end server business
    Sep 29, 2014 5:28 AM CDT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday. The $2.1 billion acquisition is due to close Wednesday following a successful review by a U.S. government security panel and European and Chinese regulators, the company said. The IBM assets will add a "growth engine" to a growing array of businesses that...

  • Boston, Cambridge become unlikely battlegrounds in fight over tech business regulations
    Sep 28, 2014 3:00 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries. Boston, prompted by the arrival of the mobile app Haystack, recently banned services that allow people to offer their public parking spaces for sale. Now the City Council is considering...

  • For gays in countries which outlaw gay sex, social networking can be a blessing and a curse
    Sep 28, 2014 11:10 AM CDT

    For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse. High-tech dating apps and social media have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and lovers in settings that are hostile to any overt trace of homosexuality. Yet the same technology that they gratefully embrace can expose them to the risk of blackmail, arrest and violence. In one chilling case earlier this year in Pakistan, police arrested a paramedic on...

  • A look at how cities are regulating new mobile-based businesses
    Sep 28, 2014 10:36 AM CDT

    CAR SERVICES: —New York City: Allows car services to operate so long as they follow the city licensing process for operating as a for-hire "black car" livery service. —California: Requires licensing from state public utilities commission as well as criminal background checks, driver training programs, and at least $1 million in insurance coverage. —Chicago: Assesses licensing fees and requires companies to submit to background checks, vehicle inspections, drivers' tests and random drug screens...

  • INFLUENCE GAME: What US regulators, big business have to do with binge watching on Netflix
    Sep 28, 2014 10:21 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster? The Federal Communications Commission is tackling that question this fall after the public submitted a record 3.7 million comments on the subject — more than double the number filed with the regulatory agency after Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl. The FCC's chairman, former industry...

  • China cracks down on smuggling of iPhone 6 ahead of official release on the mainland
    Sep 28, 2014 4:10 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release here, with officials on Sunday reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai. Hundreds more were seized during three separate busts Thursday through Saturday in Hong Kong, including from men with a speedboat who were loading contraband onto a wooden sampan-style boat in a mangrove, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The latest seizure...

  • Ohio man who raised $55K to make potato salad throws party to celebrate crowd-sourcing success
    Sep 27, 2014 8:20 PM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party Saturday that promised "peace, love and potato salad." PotatoStock 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer vendors and, yes, plenty of potato salad. With more than 3,000 pounds of potatoes, the charity-minded party was open to people of all ages. Zack Brown had jokingly sought $10 on Kickstarter in July...

  • Poll: Confused by health law, government surveillance, interest rate policies? Join the club
    Sep 27, 2014 1:40 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confused by President Barack Obama's health care law? How about the debate over government surveillance? The way the Federal Reserve affects interest rates? You're far from alone. Most people in the United States say the issues facing the country are getting harder to fathom. It's not just those tuning out politics who feel perplexed. People who vote regularly, follow news about November's election or simply feel a civic duty to stay informed are most likely to say that issues...

  • Major California cities threaten ride-sharing firms with legal action over business practices
    Sep 26, 2014 5:58 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices. The cities' district attorneys sent letters to the three companies, warning they could face legal action if they fail to change the practices. The company Sidecar publicly released a copy of the letter it received Thursday from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon....

  • Pennsylvania State Police: Ambush suspect researched manhunts, hard drive search reveals
    Sep 26, 2014 5:15 PM CDT

    Trooper ambush suspect Eric Frein performed extensive Internet research on how to avoid police manhunts, experimented with explosives and might have booby-trapped the woods where authorities are looking for him, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday, two weeks after the deadly attack outside a rural barracks. Police looked through the hard drive of a computer used by Frein and found a search history that indicates he had been planning an attack for several years, Lt. Col. George Bivens said....

  • USDA says unapproved genetically modified wheat is found again, this time in Huntley, Montana
    Sep 26, 2014 4:50 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods. USDA said Friday that the incident is on a smaller scale than a similar finding in Oregon last year that...

  • Yahoo faces pressure from investor urging AOL takeover, better management of Alibaba stake
    Sep 26, 2014 4:47 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is getting some unsolicited advice on how to turn around the long-struggling Internet company, just like some of her predecessors who tangled with investors dissatisfied with management's performance. In a letter Friday, activist investor Jeffrey Smith urged Yahoo Inc. to buy another fallen Internet star, AOL Inc. and take steps to reduce the future taxes on the company's lucrative stake in China's Alibaba Group. He also chastised Mayer for spending...

  • Always on: New European flight safety guidelines allow handset connections at all times
    Sep 26, 2014 11:47 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights. Under the guidelines issued Friday by the European Aviation Safety Agency, European airlines can allow passengers to use electronics during the entire flight, without putting them into "airplane mode." "We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call...

  • Plane failures expose army's struggle to meet new German foreign policy ambitions
    Sep 26, 2014 11:34 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — First a group of German army instructors got stranded in Bulgaria en route to Iraq when their plane malfunctioned. Then the weapons they were meant to train Kurdish fighters to use got stuck in Germany because a Dutch military plane — brought in because no functioning German aircraft was available — broke down. As other countries including the United States and France hit Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq, Germany's army has struggled mightily to conduct the considerably more...

  • Correction: Movie Drones story
    Sep 26, 2014 11:23 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about the Federal Aviation Administration granting permits for drones to be used in moviemaking, The Associated Press reported erroneously that ConocoPhillips was the only company previously granted a permit for commercial drone fights. BP also had been granted a permit. A corrected version of the story is below: Drones for moviemaking win FAA approval Movie, television production firms get FAA permission to fly drones, more industries lining up By JOAN...

  • European Space Agency sets Nov. 12 date to attempt first comet landing
    Sep 26, 2014 11:09 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at 0835 GMT (0335 EST). Because of the 28 minutes it takes the signal to travel back to Earth, confirmation of a successful landing won't arrive until about shortly after 1600 GMT (1100 EST). ESA said in a statement Friday that it has a backup plan...

  • BlackBerry posts $207 million second-quarter loss, smaller deficit than a year ago
    Sep 26, 2014 10:09 AM CDT

    TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry posted a smaller loss of $207 million in the second quarter on Friday just days after the embattled company launched a new phone. Chief Executive John Chen said on a conference call with analysts that BlackBerry is "definitely in the first half" of an eight quarter turnaround. "We might not be at the lowest point but we are near the bottoming out of this revenue," Chen said. Chen, who became CEO 10 months ago after a failed sale attempt, reiterated that he wants the...

  • Seeking larger share of world's largest mobile market, Intel invests up to $1.5B in China
    Sep 26, 2014 8:57 AM CDT

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics. The Chinese chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics are controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-owned company funded by Tsinghua University in Beijing. Intel is also attempting to become a tougher competitor in the mobile chip business, which it has been unable to dominate the...

  • Lawyers for Russian man charged with hacking into US firms to argue vs. conflict of interest
    Sep 26, 2014 8:01 AM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether lawyers for the son of a Russian lawmaker charged with hacking into U.S. businesses will be allowed to stay on the case. Attorneys for Roman Seleznev plan to tell a judge Friday morning that the Fox Rothschild law firm took his case and later learned one of his alleged victims was a former client. They say no conflict of interest exists because the hacking case and the work they did for the other client was different. But a victim...

  • More legal woes for rideshare app Uber in Germany after court upholds Berlin ban
    Sep 26, 2014 6:56 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — Popular ridesharing service Uber is facing more legal issues in Germany after a Berlin court upheld the capital's ban on the app. Berlin authorities in August banned Uber, saying it put customers at risk by allowing them to ride in cars that hadn't been checked, and with drivers neither vetted nor properly insured. The Berlin regional court agreed Friday, saying the San-Francisco based company isn't "a mere facilitator of travel services" and had an obligation to ensure passenger...

  • Asia stocks down after Wall Street stumbles on economic data, Apple glitch
    Sep 25, 2014 10:33 PM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks sank Friday after Wall Street had its worst day since July, with benchmarks weighed down by uninspiring U.S. economic data and Apple's iPhone software glitch. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 1 percent to 16,212.07 and South Korea's Kospi lost 0.3 percent to 2,028.68. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.3 percent to 23,699.95 while the Shanghai Composite Index on mainland China edged up 0.1 percent to 2,347.52. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.1 percent...

  • Apple's apology for iPhone software glitch may soothe ill feelings
    Sep 25, 2014 7:45 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself. As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing by quickly acknowledging and apologizing for the problem — which it was slower to do with earlier iPhone problems. Apple released a new update late Thursday that the company said...

  • Police chief, top environmental official among 8 named in Pennsylvania porn office emails case
    Sep 25, 2014 6:41 PM CDT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eight former employees of the state attorney general's office sent or received inter-office emails containing pornography, including one man who sent more than three dozen and received more than 400, officials said Thursday. Among the ex-employees identified by Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office are two top state officials: Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Environmental Protection Secretary Christopher Abruzzo. Kane's office disclosed the eight men's identities...

  • FBI Director Comey: Apple, Google phone encryption puts people beyond law's reach, risks lives
    Sep 25, 2014 6:32 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI director on Thursday criticized the decision by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphones data so it can be inaccessible to law enforcement, even with a court order. James Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters that U.S. officials are in talks with the two companies, which he accused of marketing products that would let people put themselves beyond the law's reach. Comey cited child-kidnapping and terrorism cases as two examples of situations where quick access by authorities...

  • Business Highlights
    Sep 25, 2014 4:59 PM CDT

    ___ Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US NEW YORK (AP) — The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. By the end of the year, up to 30 states could have an average gasoline price of less than $3 a gallon. The average in Springfield, Missouri, is already below $3, according to Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price...

  • Q&A: Security experts warn of 'Bash Bug.' What are the risks?
    Sep 25, 2014 4:39 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Internet security experts are warning that a new programming flaw known as the "Bash Bug" may pose a serious threat to millions of computers and other devices such as home Internet routers. Even the systems used to run factory floors and power plants could be affected. So, is it time to panic? Here are some common questions and answers about the latest security scare. ___ Q. What is the Bash Bug, and why is it a big deal? A. The bug, also known as "Shellshock," is in a commonly...

  • County officials seek US Army Corps of Engineers' help with road options for Hawaii lava flow
    Sep 25, 2014 3:32 PM CDT

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Officials on Hawaii's Big Island are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help with solutions for the possibility of lava covering a major highway. Hawaii County officials said they are asking whether something could be constructed — possibly a temporary span over the flowing lava. The county also is looking at the possibility of removing a portion of the highway before the lava arrives, which is estimated to be weeks or more away, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported...

  • Technology companies swoon, leading a broad decline in US stocks; Apple sinks on iPhone woes
    Sep 25, 2014 3:09 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A swoon in technology stocks left the market with its worst drop since July. Apple sank nearly 4 percent after the company pulled a software update for the iPhone after users complained that they weren't able to make calls. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 264 points, or 1.5 percent, to 16,945 Thursday. That wiped out the Dow's gain of 154 points the day before. The index down 2 percent for the week. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 32 points, or 1.6 percent, to 1,966....

  • Technology companies swoon, leading a broad decline in US stocks; Apple sinks on iPhone woes
    Sep 25, 2014 10:53 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are leading a broad decline in U.S. stocks at midday. Apple sank 3 percent after the company pulled a software update for its iPhones late Wednesday after users complained that they weren't able to make calls. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 219 points, or 1.3 percent, to 16,990 as of noon Eastern time Thursday. That wiped out the Dow's gain of 154 points the day before. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 25 points, or 1.3 percent, to 1,972....

  • Oil-rich Emirati capital Abu Dhabi to host start and finish of globe-spanning solar flight
    Sep 25, 2014 10:20 AM CDT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft will start and attempt to finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday. The choice of Abu Dhabi as the launch site for the historic journey is likely to bolster the wealthy emirate's efforts to position itself as a champion of renewable energy. It controls the bulk of the vast petroleum reserves...

  • Apple shares falls as software update glitch gets more headlines
    Sep 25, 2014 10:08 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Apple Inc. are down more than 3 percent as a glitch in an iPhone software update garnered more headlines. The software update caused some customer's new iPhone models to block calls. Apple offered a fix for the issue on Wednesday, telling customers to manually reverse the update by plugging the phone into a computer and to download a file. Shares of the Cupertino, California-based company fell $3.21, or 3.2 percent, to $98.54 in morning trading Thursday. Its shares...

  • Dow Jones industrial average drops 200 points as tech leads decline in US stocks; Apple sinks
    Sep 25, 2014 9:52 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are leading a broad decline in U.S. stocks that has pulled the Dow Jones industrial average down 200 points. Apple sank 3 percent after the company pulled a software update for its iPhones late Wednesday as users complained that they weren't able to make calls. The Dow was down 208 points, or 1.2 percent, to 17,002 as of 10:50 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. The plunged wiped out the Dow's gain of 154 points the day before. The Standard & Poor's 500 index...

  • Ohio man who generated $55K from crowdfunding site to make potato salad is throwing huge party
    Sep 25, 2014 7:56 AM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party. Zack Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus featuring bands, food trucks, beer vendors, potato-sack races and definitely potato salad. His effort on Kickstarter in early July to buy potato salad ingredients took on a life...

  • Vast, man-made caverns in Utah hold promise for balancing out renewable energy supply, demand
    Sep 25, 2014 2:37 AM CDT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air. The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome...

  • FAA expected to give movie, television production companies permission to fly drones
    Sep 24, 2014 9:14 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision. However, the permits are expected to come with limitations, including that the unmanned aircraft be used only on closed sets and that they be operated by a three-person team,...

  • Vast, man-made caverns in Utah hold promise for balancing out renewable energy supply, demand
    Sep 24, 2014 6:51 PM CDT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air. The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome...

  • Apple said it stopped providing an update to its new iOS 8 software after user complaints
    Sep 24, 2014 6:00 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's newest iPhones ran into some glitches Wednesday after users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, while a widely circulated video showed the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending. Apple said it would stop providing the software update, which it began distributing Wednesday morning to fix several issues in last week's iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads. The decision to pull the update came after some people complained...

  • Vermont's Norwich University blocks access to anonymous social media site
    Sep 24, 2014 4:13 PM CDT

    NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont college president has blocked access to an anonymous social media site because he says it was being used for cyberattacks against some students. Norwich University President Richard Schneider says he realized his decision to block access to the Yik Yak application via the school's computer system is largely symbolic because students can access it elsewhere, but he says he had to do something. "I just know that it is hurting my students right now," he says. "They...

  • Some lenders reissuing credit, debit cards in wake of Home Depot customer data breach
    Sep 24, 2014 4:10 PM CDT

    Some lenders are preparing to reissue credit or debit cards to customers to head off possible losses following the breach of customer data at Home Depot. Capital One Financial and JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Wednesday they are preparing to assign new cards to accountholders due to the data theft at the home-improvement retailer. Earlier this month, Home Depot confirmed that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit...

  • Republicans embrace technology to target voters in Louisiana's US Senate race, build database
    Sep 24, 2014 3:45 PM CDT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Dustin Brewster's door-knocking journey across a Baton Rouge neighborhood zigged — then zagged. After each home, he looked down at his phone, found his next target and approached another, armed with a list of questions and a pocketful of placards promoting Republican Bill Cassidy's campaign for U.S. Senate. At roughly 1 out of 3 homes he visits, a door opens. "I'm here with the Louisiana Republican Party. We're just going door to door, trying to gauge support for the...

  • Review: Samsung Alpha phone impressive on design, but falls short of being iPhone challenger
    Sep 24, 2014 3:21 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone. The new iPhones measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally, up from 4 inches before. Still, that's smaller than the 5.1 inches on the Galaxy S5 and the 5.7 inches on the Galaxy Note 3 and 4 phones. But even Samsung is stepping back from its recent practice...

  • Embattled BlackBerry launches new large screen, square sized smartphone
    Sep 24, 2014 1:38 PM CDT

    TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry launched a new smartphone Wednesday as the embattled Canadian company hopes for a comeback. Chief executive John Chen unveiled a large-screen, square sized phone called the Passport to a Toronto audience. London and Dubai also hosted launch events. No event was held in the U. S. where analysts say there is little demand or carrier interest. BlackBerry has increasingly lost relevance as a smartphone company in the years since the 2007 launch of Apple's touchscreen iPhone...

  • New Amazon.com office to be warmed by Internet, recycling Seattle data center cooling water
    Sep 24, 2014 12:44 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A new Amazon.com office building under construction in Seattle will be warmed by the Internet, in a sense. Heated water from the cooling system at a data center in another downtown building will be piped through Amazon offices and then recycled. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports (http://bit.ly/1yr3ort) the system is being constructed by Eco District LLC, a partnership of Clise Properties, which owns the building with the data center, and mechanical contractor McKinstry,...

  • 'The Boxtrolls' come to life through old-fashioned, stop-motion animation with high-tech help
    Sep 24, 2014 12:14 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Archibald Snatcher, "The Boxtrolls" villain voiced by Ben Kingsley, did not walk between sets during filming. Instead, he was delicately perched on a pillow and wheeled gingerly through the studio. This wasn't a Hollywood diva demand that required Snatcher to be treated like precious cargo. As an 18-inch-tall, hand-made puppet actor, he actually IS precious cargo: the result of countless hours of conceptualization and craft; a work of art with a jointed metal skeleton, silicone...

  • FTC alleges Kansas bitcoin company cost consumers up to $50 million; company vows to fight
    Sep 24, 2014 11:38 AM CDT

    LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas company that offered bitcoin-generating computers is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission, which said it bilked more than 20,000 consumers out of as much as $50 million. The Leawood-based company, Butterfly Labs, failed to deliver the machines or sent worthless equipment, according to the FTC's complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. The court had issued a temporary restraining order that shut down the business, according to an FTC statement...

  • German citizen banned from Yellowstone National Park for a year after drone crash
    Sep 24, 2014 10:39 AM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — A German citizen who crashed a drone into a lake in Yellowstone National Park this summer has been banned from the park for a year and was ordered to pay $1,600 in fines and restitution. Andreas Meissner of Koenigswinter, Germany, was charged after a drone he was using to shoot video of a charity bicycle ride through the park crashed near the Great Village Marina on Yellowstone Lake in July. Meissner, 37, appeared via telephone in a federal courtroom in the park Sept. 17 and pleaded...

  • New Mexico company that markets diagnostic tests for lupus files for initial public offering
    Sep 24, 2014 9:52 AM CDT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico company that markets diagnostic tests for lupus and other autoimmune rheumatoid diseases has filed for an initial public offering. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/gYe4Mf) that Exagen Diagnostics Inc. recently filed its registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Exagen President and CEO Ron Rocca says the Albuquerque company has to wait for about three weeks and then officials will visit with bankers and investors....

  • India's Mars mission is boon for its space business and inspiration for homegrown scientists
    Sep 24, 2014 9:41 AM CDT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India celebrated putting a spacecraft into orbit around Mars on Wednesday, hoping the rare feat will show the world it is open for business in space exploration and inspire a new generation of homegrown scientists to help drive growth. Those motivations help explain why India, a poor country of 1.2 billion, even invests in a space program when so many of its people lack access to proper toilets, electricity and health care. For one, boosting its space business has always been...

  • Image of Asia: Reselling the latest iPhones in mainland China
    Sep 24, 2014 8:35 AM CDT

    In this photo by Andy Wong, scalpers try to resell iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices to people leaving an Apple Store in Beijing. Apple's latest smartphones have yet to arrive on the Chinese mainland but are available in Hong Kong. Chinese customs officials say they've intercepted hundreds of the Apple devices smuggled between Hong Kong and the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen. Apple said it sold more than 10 million of the two new models in their first three days on sale.

  • DHL begins Germany's 1st drone delivery service in project serving North Sea island pharmacy
    Sep 24, 2014 8:08 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island. The company said the quad-rotor "DHL Paketkopter 2.0" will begin daily flights Friday, bringing a maximum load of 1.2 kilograms (2.65 pounds) of medicine to the German island of Juist. The island has about 1,500 inhabitants. It's usually served by one ferry per day and an occasional small-aircraft flight, depending on the...

  • Samsung to launch new Galaxy Note 4 phone in China before Apple's iPhone 6
    Sep 24, 2014 1:53 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple's new iPhones. Samsung said all three South Korean mobile operators will begin Galaxy Note 4 sales on Friday. All three Chinese mobile carriers will release the new phone before the end of this month, it said. Samsung's announcement marks the first time the South Korean company...

  • India successfully puts spacecraft into Martian orbit in major boost to its space program
    Sep 23, 2014 11:42 PM CDT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time to maneuver the spacecraft into its designated place around the red planet. "We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and innovation," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, standing alongside...

  • Smart meters eyed as possible cause of Nevada house fires; utility sees no connections
    Sep 23, 2014 6:42 PM CDT

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada utility officials said Tuesday they will turn over all data demanded by state regulators investigating whether smart electricity meters pose a fire danger. The state fire marshal and local fire chiefs sought the preliminary inquiry after investigators linked the meters to nine fires in Reno and Sparks since 2012, with the most recent resulting in a death in July. In recent years, NV Energy has installed 1.1 million of the devices in homes across Nevada to wirelessly transmit...

  • Report says Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus only costs $15.50 more to make than regular iPhone 6
    Sep 23, 2014 4:39 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but an outside research firm estimated Tuesday that it costs Apple only $15.50 more to make the more expensive version. Apple said it sold more than 10 million of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in their first three days on sale. Both have larger screens than earlier iPhone models, and analysts say consumers like the new, bigger sizes. The Plus has a 5.5-inch screen, as measured diagonally,...

  • ACLU sues over Arizona bill targeting 'revenge porn,' calling it too broad, unconstitutional
    Sep 23, 2014 4:00 PM CDT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A new Arizona law making "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists, news photographers and even historians and is therefore unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The civil rights group said the law can make any person who distributes or displays a nude image without explicit permission guilty of a felony. The group says that violates the First Amendment. "On its face it will affect...

  • Should voices be used more on smartphones? Former Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie has an app for that
    Sep 23, 2014 1:00 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other. "When you see nothing but words and numbers, it becomes very mechanical and very transactional," Ozzie said in an interview. "But when you hear the sound of someone's voice, it really brings it much closer...

  • This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store
    Sep 23, 2014 11:20 AM CDT

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending September 22, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1 Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Inc. 2 YouTube, Google, Inc. 3 Diamond Digger Saga, King.com Limited 4 Beach Buggy Racing, Vector Unit 5 SwiftKey Keyboard, SwiftKey 6 Calculator for iPad Free, International Travel Weather Calculator 7 Netflix, Netflix, Inc. 8 Plunder Pirates, Rovio Stars Ltd. 9 Spider-Man Unlimited, Gameloft...

  • The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks
    Sep 23, 2014 11:04 AM CDT

    iBook charts for week ending September 22, 2014: Top Paid Books 1.Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - 9780307588388 - (Crown Publishing Group) 2.The Maze Runner by James Dashner - 9780375893773 - (Random House Children's Books) 3.Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett - 9780698160576 - (Penguin Group US) 4.Personal by Lee Child - 9780804178761 - (Random House Publishing Group) 5.If I Stay by Gayle Forman - 9781101046340 - (Penguin Group US) 6.Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James - 9781612130293 - (Knopf...

  • Report: Government's own 'white-hat' hackers give HealthCare.gov mixed review on security
    Sep 23, 2014 9:31 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability — but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features. Those are among the conclusions of a report released Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, who focuses on health care fraud. The report amounts to a mixed review for the federal website that serves as the portal to taxpayer-subsidized...

  • Germany's Goodgame Studios lifts lid on revenue, stays mum on possible IPO
    Sep 23, 2014 9:29 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — German online games company Goodgame Studios has for the first time revealed financial details of its business amid reports it is planning a stock market floatation. Several media reports have claimed that Goodgame could be the latest German tech company to seek an initial public offering, or IPO, after fellow German startups Zalando and Rocket Internet recently announced plans to do so. In a telephone interview, Goodgame's founders described the reports as rumors but declined to...

  • SpaceX Dragon arrives at space station with 1st 3-D printer for astronauts, other supplies
    Sep 23, 2014 8:48 AM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station accepted another SpaceX shipment Tuesday, this one containing the first 3-D printer ever launched into orbit. Two days after blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the SpaceX cargo ship, Dragon, arrived at the space station. German astronaut Alexander Gerst used the robot arm to grab the capsule. "Well done capturing that Dragon," Mission Control radioed. Two hours later, the capsule was bolted into place. The Dragon is delivering...

  • SpaceX founder Musk says company to spend $100M on rocket launch site at South Texas beach
    Sep 22, 2014 6:42 PM CDT

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes and crabs skittering around a tent erected for the groundbreaking, Musk said he expects SpaceX to invest $100 million in the world's first commercial orbital spaceport during the next three...

  • NASA's Maven spacecraft enters Mars orbit; scientists hoping 2nd spacecraft will join it soon
    Sep 22, 2014 5:56 PM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Next up, India. With NASA's Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India's first mission to the red planet. The Indian spacecraft is due to slip into Martian orbit Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in India.) It's India's first interplanetary mission, and no nation has been fully successful getting to the red planet on its first try. There have been more than three dozen attempts, and more than half of them have failed. So U.S. scientists...

  • Yahoo stock falls after Alibaba IPO, amid uncertainty over future of Silicon Valley pioneer
    Sep 22, 2014 4:15 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo may be losing some appeal on Wall Street now that U.S. investors can buy directly into Alibaba. Yahoo's stock fell Monday as investors grappled with uncertainty about CEO Marissa Mayer's efforts to turn around the struggling Silicon Valley company. The sell-off came even though Yahoo reaped more than $9 billion last week from selling some of its stake in Alibaba, as the Chinese e-commerce company held a record-setting initial public offering of stock. Yahoo has promised...

  • A Closer Look: Ways to hide or secure sensitive photos, data on phones
    Sep 22, 2014 2:06 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data. Essentially, your photos, messages and other documents are automatically encrypted when you set up a passcode, with or without a fingerprint ID to unlock the phone. Apple says it cannot bypass that passcode, even if law enforcement asks. Google says it will also encrypt data by default in an upcoming Android update. The option...

  • Video game company deploys Rudy Giuliani to fight lawsuit filed by ex-dictator Manuel Noriega
    Sep 22, 2014 11:37 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining a video game company's legal fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is suing Activision over his inclusion in one of its popular "Call of Duty" games. Activision Blizzard Inc. announced Monday that Giuliani and his firm will ask a Los Angeles judge to dismiss Noriega's lawsuit, which claims his likeness was used without permission in 2012's"Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Giuiliani told The Associated...

  • Apple says it sold 10 million new iPhone 6, 6 Plus models in first weekend after launch
    Sep 22, 2014 9:45 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. It will go on sale in 20 more countries on Sept. 26 and others by the end of the year. CEO Tim Cook said Monday that demand...

  • Civil engineers group calls for a national strategy on mitigating floods
    Sep 22, 2014 9:16 AM CDT

    An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The American Society of Civil Engineers released its recommendations Monday during a conference on water issues in Philadelphia. The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods. It also wants more...

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