• Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that


    Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time. The American Automobile Association forecasts that the Wednesday through Sunday period will see more than 46 million Americans travel at least 50 miles from home — the most Thanksgiving road warriors since 2007. About nine in 10 are expected to drive — or be driven — with about 3.6 million flying. Here are some ways to make the journey a bit less taxing. PLANES FlightAware tracks not only your flight's status but also any del

  • Senate giving old computers to Arkansas schools


    DEER, Ark. (AP) — A handful of computers no longer used at the U.S. Senate are going to five rural schools in Arkansas. The office of Sen. John Boozman takes part in the chamber's Computers for Schools program. Computers no longer used in the Senate are donated to classrooms across the country. Boozman said sharing surplus computers is a way to help Arkansas students develop computer skills. The five schools receiving HP 7900 computers plus monitors, mice and keyboards are Deer, Scranton and Strong high schools, Hillcrest High School in Strawberry and Dermott Elementary.

  • Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal


    NEW YORK (AP) — Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget? Not to unboxers and the millions of people who watch their videos on YouTube. For the uninitiated, unboxing is the recording and sharing of the big reveal, whether it's Dad behind the camera on Christmas Day or a geek reviewer fawning for his tech-specific fans. The phenom covers everything from Happy Meals to gaming consoles, usually in minute detail accompanied by either great goofiness or hardcore earnestness — or both. Unboxing videos leave toddlers wide-eyed by the surprises inside chocolate eggs cracked open by disembodied hands.

  • Nokia Lumia 830 is one of the best Nokias yet

    By Richard Hall, Web Editor | Yesterday

    The Nokia Lumia 830 gives users an exceptional experience without an insane price tag

  • CMU unveils lunar rover for Google's space race


    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic Technology have unveiled a lunar rover they hope will win their team $20 million in an international competition sponsored by search engine company Google. The rover nicknamed Andy is a solar-powered, knee-high, four-wheeled robot. Under terms of Google's LunarX prize, the winner must get their rover to the moon and have it travel about a third of a mile on the lunar surface by the end of 2015. The device must also be able to transmit video of its progress to Earth.

  • Pennsylvania Turnpike: 11 disciplined over porn


    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials said Tuesday the agency has disciplined 11 people for using its email system to forward and receive pornography. A spokesman said the punishment ranged from suspension for the most serious violations to letters of reprimand. Turnpike chief executive Mark Compton said no senior level employees were implicated in what he described as "an unfortunate but isolated incident." "We sent a clear message to those involved, and they received it," Compton said in a release. "As a follow-up, we will undertake an effort to remind all turnpike employees of our email-use policy.

  • Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors


    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling. The technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced. In clinical trials, the Liftware spoons reduced shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76 percent. "We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run," Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari said.

  • Home Depot faces dozens of breach-related lawsuits


    Home Depot faces at least 44 lawsuits in the United States and Canada over a massive data breach earlier this year that affected 56 million debit and credit cards. The nation's biggest home improvement retailer said Tuesday in a regulatory filing that several state and federal agencies also are looking into the data breach and it may face more litigation from customers, banks, shareholders and others. Home Depot said the litigation and the investigations may distract management and affect how it runs its business. It also could lead to additional costs and fines. But those expenses aren't clear yet because the cases are in early stages, the company said in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Gift Guide: Lots of tablet choices, oh my!


    NEW YORK (AP) — Time for a tablet? People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has. Although it's possible for Android owners to have Apple's iPads, for instance, there are advantages to sticking within the same system. You often can buy apps just once and share them across both devices, and you don't need to learn two different systems. Here are some buying tips organized by system. Prices listed are for base models. You can typically spend more for additional storage or LTE cellular connectivity. ___ APPLE'S iOS The iPad remains top of the line among tablets. The selection of apps desi

  • News 9: New Study Reveals Shocking Trends For Teens On Social Media

    Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    A new study revealed an alarming trend about what our kids are witnessing on social media sites and it's something parents will not 'like,' says News 9. The study called 'Teens and the Screen' by the internet security company McAfee revealed 87 percent of kids have witnessed cyberbullying, and that's three times more than in 2013 and of those kids, 26 percent of them are ...

  • Transcript: Men debated killing final victim


    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Late at night, the two convicted sex offenders exchanged text messages debating whether to kill their next victim or spare the life of the pretty, young woman they had picked up just hours before. "I thought the next one, you were going to go at it," read the message that popped up on Steven Gordon's cellphone, according to testimony from a custodian of mobile phone records before a Southern California grand jury. "I can't," read the reply from a phone authorities say was being used by co-defendant Franc Cano. "Cat is beautiful.

  • Broadway-bound magician shows what's up his sleeve

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — One grew up idolizing Harry Houdini. The other worshipped David Copperfield. Now they're both in a place known more for jazz hands than sleight of hand. Italy's star escape artist Andrew Basso and American Adam Trent, who focuses on technology-based tricks, are two of the seven magicians set to play Broadway this winter in the show "The Illusionists." It will run at the Marriott Marquis Theatre from Nov. 26-Jan. 4. "It's been almost 20 years since magic has been on Broadway. To me, it's been long overdue. But maybe it's been gone for a reason. It's been waiting for something like this," Trent said.

  • Nevada justices: Uber case to be fought in Reno

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court decided Monday that a judge in Reno, not Las Vegas, should hear a bid by taxi regulators and limousine firms to block ride-sharing company Uber Technologies from operating in the state. The high court received written arguments from both sides last week on an expedited schedule that allowed the justices to rule before a court hearing set Tuesday in Reno. Washoe County District Court Judge Scott Freeman is scheduled to decide whether to extend a temporary order he issued last month to stop Uber from doing business in the state.

  • Oregon food label measure headed for recount

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Statewide vote totals released Monday show an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods was losing by a mere 809 votes and will go to an automatic recount. Results from all 36 counties three weeks after Election Day showed Measure 92 was defeated by a margin of only 0.06 percentage point, well under the 0.2 percent threshold for a recount. A hand tally of ballots is likely to begin the first week in December after Secretary of State Kate Brown certifies the election results, formally triggering the recount. Oregon is the fourth state in the West to reject a labeling requirement for genetically modified foods, but it was the closest tally yet.

  • Legal opinion: No permission needed for body cams

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — Police don't need permission to record their interactions with citizens using cameras worn on their uniforms, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a legal opinion Monday. Under state Supreme Court rulings, interactions with on-duty police are presumed to be public, Ferguson said, and therefore officers are under no obligation to turn off the cameras if people object to being recorded — even if the event is being recorded in someone's home.

  • Unidentified country likely behind spying software

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that appears to have been used by an as-yet unidentified government to spy on banks, telecommunications companies, official agencies and other organizations around the world. The malicious software known as "Regin" is designed to collect data from its targets for periods of months or years, penetrating deep into computer networks while covering its tracks to avoid detection, according to analysts at Symantec, the Silicon Valley security firm that disclosed the program's existence in a report this week.

  • Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Redbox is raising its DVD rental prices by 25 percent in an effort to wring more revenue from the shrinking audience that still watches movies on discs rather than online. The increase announced Monday means the price to check out a DVD from one of Redbox's nearly 44,000 in-store kiosks will climb from $1.20 per day to $1.50 effective Dec. 2. Redbox's Blu-Ray rental rates are jumping 33 percent, from $1.50 per day to $2. Video game lovers will be even harder hit beginning Jan. 6. That's when Redbox will begin charging $3 per day to rent video games, a 50 percent increase from the current $2. Investors are betting most Redbox customers will shrug off the higher prices. The stock of Redbox's owner,

  • News Corp. invests in India real estate website

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. says it has invested in a real estate website in India as it tries to grow its digital business. The New York-based media company, which is controlled by Rupert Murdoch, owns the Wall Street Journal newspaper and HarperCollins book publisher and runs the real estate website realtor.com. News Corp. said Monday that it paid $30 million for a 25 percent stake in Elara Technologies Pte Ltd., which owns the Indian website, PropTiger.com. A News Corp. executive will join Elara's Singapore-based board. Last year, News Corp. split its newspaper and publishing business from its more-profitable broadcast and entertainment operations, now called 21st Century Fox Inc. Shares of News Corp. rose 29

  • FDA strengthens warning on device linked to cancer

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients. The Food and Drug Administration updated its April safety warning, saying doctors should not use the devices, called laparoscopic power morcellators, for performing a hysterectomy or removing uterine fibroids "in the vast majority of women." The FDA's Dr. William Maisel said there are safer options for the procedures for most patients. But he said the device may be appropriate for a small number of women who need to have fibroids removed, but want to protect their uterus in case they decide to ha

  • 3D Systems to buy Cimatron for $97M

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Printing company 3D Systems Corp. plans to acquire software maker Cimatron Ltd. for $97 million, the companies announced Monday. The deal will bring together software and printing products used in 3-D manufacturing. Cimatron, based in Israel, makes software used for three-dimensional drafting and modeling, including for molds and other tools. 3D Systems, based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, makes printers, print materials and other parts used for 3-D printing. 3D will pay $8.97 for each share of Cimatron, a premium of 48 percent over its Friday closing price of $6.08. The company says the deal will add immediately to its adjusted earnings. The boards of both companies have approved the transaction. It still needs