• Google searching for cancer cure

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Google is searching for a cancer cure. The company announced Tuesday that it is experimenting with designing nanoparticles that would detect cancer and other diseases before their onset. Andrew Conrad, head of Google (GOOG) Life Sciences division, said it would be to the body what an oil change is to a car.

  • Government accuses AT&T of misleading 'unlimited data' customers

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    AT&T is back in the government's crosshairs. The Federal Trade Commission announced a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that AT&T (T, Tech30) misled mobile customers with "unlimited" data plans, deliberately slowing their connection speeds in a practice known as throttling. The FTC said AT&T "failed to adequately disclose" the fact that when unlimited customers reached a certain data limit in a billing cycle, it reduced their connection speeds by as much as 90%. As a result, the complaint alleged, many common smartphone applications -- like web browsing, GPS navigation and streaming video -- became "difficult or nearly impossible to use."

  • This is Verizon's new completely insane Droid Turbo

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Verizon's latest Droid smartphone is totally nuts. But it's not a gimmicky phone. The Droid Turbo is tricked out in ways you might actually appreciate. Gigantic battery. The Droid Turbo, made by Motorola, has just about the biggest battery ever put into a smartphone. It's more than twice the size of the iPhone 6 battery and even more than a third bigger than the giant iPhone 6 plus and Samsung Galaxy S5.

  • Kim Kardashian hoards BlackBerries

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Kim Kardashian West can't get enough of BlackBerry. The device is her "heart and soul." She even keeps extras on hand in case one breaks or the company goes "extinct." "I love a BlackBerry(BBRY, Tech30), and every time I say that, people are like horrified that I have a BlackBerry -- and I don't understand that reaction," she said Monday at the Code/Mobile technology conference in California.

  • Shopping? The robot will help you now

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Forget sales associates, or even personal shoppers. The shopping assistant of the future is a human-sized, multilingual robot, and it will be rolling down the aisles of a California store just in time for the holidays. Two robots, called OSHbots, will make their debut at an Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose, Calif., in the next few weeks. They can respond to people, wheel around the store and identify and track down items.

  • YouTube considering paid subscriptions

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    How much would you pay for ad-free YouTube videos? Google (GOOGL, Tech30) acknowledged late Monday that it is considering a subscription service that would allow viewers to skip the ads that run before many YouTube videos. That move would dramatically change the revenue model for the video colossus. Most of YouTube's services are free, so the site largely relies on advertising to pay the bills.

  • Tim Cook: Apple Pay signup is 'fantastic'

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Consumers sure love their Apple products. More than 1 million credit cards were activated to work with Apple Pay in the 72 hours following its debut, and the service is already the industry leader in contactless payments, Tim Cook said Monday during an interview at a Wall Street Journal tech conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.

  • $3.2 million Superman comic looks 'amazing' online\

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Superman is looking better than ever. In August, a pristine copy of Action Comics No. 1, containing the origin story of the Man of Steel, sold for more than $3.2 million on eBay. But even if you don't have that kind of dough, you can see what the historic issue -- rated 9 out of 10 by CGC Comics, an independent grading authority -- looks like thanks to a scan the company posted on its website.

  • Twitter user growth disappoints

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Shares in Twitter dropped as much as 10 per cent in after-hours trading after third-quarter earnings renewed fears about slow user growth, just days before its first anniversary as a public company. Twitter reported the number of people logging on each month grew by 5 per cent quarter-on-quarter to 284m.

  • Tiny houses save Orlando owners money

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Emily Lindahl's house has all the amenities she needs to live, despite the fact that it's only 120-square-feet in size. "I used to live in almost 2,300 square feet, so it's about five percent of the size of my old house," Lindahl said. Her home includes a small kitchen with a refrigerator, sink and microwave. Lindahl converted a small "second bedroom" into a closet and her bed sits in a loft above her small living area.

  • The living house

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    On 300 acres between Williamsburg and DUMBO, the former Brooklyn Navy Yard had shipbuilders once construct war ships. Now, the property is being used as a green manufacturing center, a new kind of factory for inventors cultivating the next "big thing." Harvard graduate, MIT PhD, and now NYU professor Mitchell Joachim is working on environmentally friendly ways for us to live.

  • Amazon wants your vote on which books to publish

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Amazon e-book readers now have a say in which books will be published. Launched on Monday, Amazon's Kindle Scout program provides excerpts of unreleased books. Your mission: Read the excerpts and vote on which books you think deserve a shot at being published and sold through Amazon.

  • 'Smart' luggage will text you when it gets lost

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    When an airline loses your luggage, it can take hours or even days to get someone to tell you where it ended up -- if it ever turns up at all. Wouldn't it be easier to hear from the luggage itself? That's the promise of "smart luggage," in which GPS tracking chips are embedded in bags capable of transmitting their locations to travelers and even contacting airlines directly when they get lost. The jumbo jet maker Airbus introduced a concept design for smart luggage at the Paris Air Show last year. The product, known as Bag2Go, can be tracked via a smartphone app. It also allows for self-service check-ins and can weigh itself to ensure that it meets airline requirements.

  • Actress harassed online over #Gamergate - CNN.com

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    (CNN) -- In a blog post late Wednesday, actress and avid gamer Felicia Day weighed in on the roiling #Gamergate controversy, saying that by doing so she feared retribution from someone who might leak personal details about her online. "I have had stalkers and restraining orders issued in the past, I have had people show up on my doorstep when my personal information was HARD to get," wrote Day, best known for her roles on the CW show "Supernatural" and the web series "The Guild."

  • Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like. Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence. He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about artificial intelligence," warning it may be "our biggest existential threat."

  • Facebook all-time high

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Speaking solely in Mandarin in front of a Chinese audience was probably really hard for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. But satisfying Wall Street's extremely high expectations for his company when Facebook reports its third quarter results on Tuesday may prove to be even more difficult. Shares of Facebook (FB, Tech30) hit an all-time high of above $80 a share on Friday.

  • Minn. African restaurant owner forced to change sign over Ebola fears

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Concern over Ebola has forced a Minnesota restaurant owner who serves African food to cover up part of her sign and reconsider her Liberian-themed menu. Kellita Whisnant has owned Mama Tis African Kitchen in Brooklyn Park, Minn. for three years.

  • CVS follows Rite-Aid, shuts off Apple Pay

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Last Thursday drug store chain Rite Aid Inc. (RAD) reportedly stopped accepting payments made through the just launched Apple Pay system from Apple (AAPL). On Saturday, CVS Health (CVS) was reported to have followed suit at its CVS pharmacy stores, USA Today reports. The issue appears to be a conflict between Apple Pay and a mobile payment system called CurrentC that is being developed by a retailer-owned mobile technology outfit called Merchant Customer Exchange ( MCX ). Unlike Apple Pay, CurrentC does not use an NFC chip, but instead generates a QR code that is displayed on the merchant's checkout terminal. Customers who have already linked their bank accounts to the CurrentC system scan the QR code from the terminal and the transaction is completed.

  • (NEW PHOTOS) Jennifer Lawrence buys 'romantic' home that Jessica Simpson sold last year

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Jennifer Lawrence just bought herself a pretty house with a pretty fabulous celebrity pedigree in Beverly Hills. E! Online first reported Lawrence's purchase, and Yahoo Homes has confirmed that the house was purchased through a trust associated with her dad. It sold for $8,225,000, according to the listing agents' websites. That's more than the asking price: It was listed in July for $7.9 million.

  • Why Costco pays its retail employees $20 an hour

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Last week, we wrote about The Container Store and its "1 = 3" theory, which says that one "great" employee is just as productive as three workers who are only "good." Kip Tindell, the company's CEO and founder, says this rule allows him to pay his retail employees an average salary of nearly $50,000 a year — almost twice the retail industry average. Of course, The Container Store isn't the only major retail chain that professes a commitment to paying its workers a livable wage.