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  • The Internet Is Now Officially Too Big as IP Addresses Run Out

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The Internet as we know it is now officially too big for its britches, NBC News reports. The organization that assigns IP addresses in North America — the numbers that identify every computer, smartphone and device connected to the Internet — ran out of numbers overnight Wednesday. It's not...

  • Chicago extends taxing power to online movies, music, more

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made...

  • One of the Most Important Tools in Science Now Fits Inside Your Phone

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    We use them to spy on exoplanets, diagnose skin-cancer, and ID the makeup of unknown chemicals. They're on NASA spacecraft flying around Saturn's moons right now. Yes, right alongside the microscope, the optical spectrometer—an instrument that breaks down the light that something reflects or...

  • California slips back to No. 8 economy in world

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Less than a month after edging out Brazil, California has slipped back to its ranking as the eighth-largest economy in the world based off an update of global economic data released Wednesday. According to the World Bank, Brazil's gross domestic product now stands at...

  • Review: Gadgets for the beach and getting you there

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you're headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don't forget these "essential" gadgets. Of course, no technology is truly essential. You're at the beach! Disconnect! Go swimming! Build sandcastles! Still can't leave the gadgets behind? Well, consider these: ___...

  • Apple busted for price fixing, fined $450M

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A federal appeal court Tuesday upheld a ruling charging Apple of illegally conspiring to inflate e-book prices to consumers, despite a vigorous legal battle from the company, USA TODAY reports. The appeal is a win for the Justice Department which accused the gadget maker in 2012 of...

  • Facebook Launches 'Celebrate Pride' Tool Which Puts A Rainbow Filter Over Profile Pictures

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Facebook has launched a tool that lets users show their support of marriage equality, says Forbes. Facebook’s “Celebrate Pride” tool was announced by co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. The tool was launched shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is...

  • New job creation requires funding commitment from policymakers

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Scott Meacham, president and CEO of i2E Inc., takes a look at Oklahoma’s recently completed budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

  • No more fee: T-Mobile's new phone-upgrade program explained

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is revamping its phone-upgrade program by eliminating a $10-a-month charge for the most popular phones. The wireless carrier shattered longstanding industry practices two years ago by eliminating two-year service contracts and letting customers upgrade phones before...

  • Lexus Builds a Functional Hoverboard Prototype

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    atch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future, says Bloomberg. The automaker has hinted it’s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. That’s right, an actual working hoverboard. It’s real, but not for sale. Yet.

  • Window shopping

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Retail briefs for June 25, 2015

  • Review: Apple has best smartwatch, but rivals have strengths

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — As much as I wish the Apple Watch could do more, I find it the best smartwatch available, given its polished design and wide range of apps. But there may be reasons to consider something else. For one thing, Apple Watch requires an iPhone. Pebble Time, in particular, works with...

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Active one-ups all its competition

    By Richard Hall Digital Media Specialist rhall@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Richard Hall: While it doesn't have the looks, clean lines and thin and light physique of the Galaxy S6, the S6 Active makes up for it with a larger battery, drop and shock protection and waterproofing.

  • Social media helps businesses see what they’re doing right – and what needs to change

    By Siali Siaosi, Digital Desk dsiaosi@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Nowadays, it seems most people are looking for any excuse to stray from technology and computer screens. But you might think twice about unplugging and ‘going off the grid’ – especially if you’re a business owner. “Social media is a powerful medium,” said Kim Holzer, brand strategist and owner...

  • Death toll from defective GM ignition switches rises to 117

    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by three to 117. Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM last year. In addition, Feinberg will make offers...

  • New top-level domains challenge businesses, offer opportunities

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Daily business Q&A with Drew T. Palmer

  • Advanced medical alert systems now offer GPS, fall detection

    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The choices are numerous. Medical alert systems have advanced far beyond the basic pendants that enable a loved one to summon assistance. Today's range of products includes wristbands, watches and cellphones equipped with emergency buttons or apps. Their capabilities have also expanded to...

  • Doctoral student's presentation results in trip to Philadelphia

    BY LILLIE-BETHBRINKMAN For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Rebba C. Boswell-Casteel, who is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, won top honors at the recent Graduate Research Education and Technology Symposium for her research in how proteins transport medicines to cells.

  • Agriculture grabs focus of many Oklahomans at BIO convention

    BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Representatives of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Oklahoma State University were among those attending the Biotechnology Industry Organization convention in Philadelphia.

  • Tech Tips: Stay safe by reducing reliance on passwords

    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — So many online accounts, so many passwords. No wonder it's tempting to turn to apps and services that promise to keep track of your passwords. But these password managers are like treasure chests for hackers. If your master password is compromised, all your accounts potentially...

  • This 1961 AT&T Video Predicts Online Shopping

    Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The earliest efforts to envision the Internet didn't begin until the 1960s. But AT&T was ahead of the game, as evidenced by this 1961 film showcasing the predicted technologies of the future.

  • Uber driver is employee, not contractor: California Labor Commission

    Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    A San Francisco-based driver for smartphone-based ride-hailing service Uber is an employee, not a contractor, according to a ruling by the California Labor Commission.The ruling, filed o

  • New chip credit cards putting squeeze on small businesses

    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses. The cards being rolled out by banks and credit card companies are aimed at reducing fraud from counterfeit cards. As chip cards are phased in, magnetic stripe cards, which are easier for...

  • Tips to help businesses make the transition to chip cards

    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Hey small business owners: If you haven't prepared for the transition to chip-embedded credit and debit cards, you don't have long. Here are some tips to help you meet the Oct. 1 deadline to get new card readers and software that can handle the chips: —Before ordering new card readers and...

  • Oklahomans make several connections at biotech event

    BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma Bioscience Association’s delegation on Tuesday traveled from Oklahoma to Philadelphia to promote the state’s bioscience sector during the 2015 international convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).