• Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States. A recent American decision to hold back on the delivery of advanced Hellfire missiles offered dramatic manifestation of a relationship that appears to be deteriorating in large part due to strained ties between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Since both came into power in early 2009, they have been unable to see eye-to-eye on a host of issues — most notably on how to handle Iran's nuclear program and on peace talks with the Palestinians. There also seems to be little personal chemistry.

  • US safety agency offers online recall check

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov. Drivers can key in their vehicle identification number to get the results. The number can be found on the dashboard near the windshield or on the driver's door post near the latch. Also starting Wednesday, automakers must keep the same data on their own websites, and they have to update it at least once per week. The safety agency's site will show data if there's an open recall, or it will tell drivers there are none.

  • No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." "I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there for anyone to look at," says Rao. "When you meet a new person and go to their account, you can look them up, look at photos, videos, know that they are traveling.

  • Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinians were killed. The burst of violence, which erupted in the hours before a temporary truce was set to expire, left the Egyptian mediation efforts in tatters and raised the likelihood of a new round of fighting in a war that has already claimed more than 2,000 lives, most of them Palestinians. The fighting broke out when Gaza militants fired several rockets into Israel Tuesday afternoon.

  • Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president has declared a curfew and is imposing a quarantine of a major slum in the capital Monrovia as the death toll mounts from Ebola. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced late Tuesday that movements now would be restricted between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The country is already under a state of emergency, and the latest action also will block all movement in and out of West Point, home to at least 50,000 people. Over the weekend, residents angered over the placement of an Ebola center in West Point looted the facility and 37 patients left who were supposed to be under surveillance. Health officials said that all of those later returned.

  • Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at Stanford in the fall and USC next spring. Microsoft Corp. published Ballmer's resignation letter on its website Tuesday along with a response from current CEO Satya Nadella thanking him and wishing him well. The 58-year-old says he plans to hold on to his Microsoft stock and will continue to offer feedback on products and strategy. With 333.3 million shares worth $15 billion, Ballmer's 4 percent stake in the company makes him the l

  • How Smartphones Could Someday Correct Your Vision

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Say goodbye to glasses. A new high-tech smartphone accessory can bring images on your device's screen into focus without a trip to the eye doctor, according to LiveScience. This "vision-correcting display" is a thin, transparent material that fits on top of the screen of a smartphone or other device. It works in conjunction with a software program to correct the viewer's focal distance — the range at which the eye can bring objects into focus.

  • Tom Hanks Made the App Store's No. 1 iPad App

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Apps are like a box of chocolates--people are gobbling them up. Tom Hanks can add “created most popular iPad app” to his long list of accomplishments. The Oscar-winning actor’s Hanx Writer app, which gives the illusion of typing on a manual typewriter, sat at number one on iTunes’ app store for the iPad as of Monday evening, according to TIME. Hanx Writer, which was launched on Aug. 14, mimics the look and feel of old typewriters on a touchscreen, complete with the ding noise at the end of a line. Unlike real typewriters, however, this version has a handy delete key. The app is free, though users can purchase different colors, texts and styles.

  • Social media 'Purge' campaigns spark fear of bloody copycats

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    "In five seconds, you will experience anarchy." So begins the theatrical trailer for The Purge: Anarchy. The horror movie, released July 18, creates a world in which the government lifts every law for a 12-hour period, making all crimes — including murder — legal and suspending all emergency services, according to USA TODAY. After a social media scare in Louisville that started with a "fun" post from a high school student, officials in Colorado, Tennessee and other states are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge."

  • This Instagram Account Captures The Most Beautiful Shoe Selfies Ever

    Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Earlier this summer, the Instagram account "IHaveThisWithFloors" formed as a place to repost photos of people's shoes on top of beautiful floors, which were tagged with the same label, according to BuzzFeed. The hashtag has quickly gained in popularity, and the curated account now has over 12,000 followers. The users of the account (and the account itself) have taken to calling this genre of photograph “selfeet,” which is definitely one of the cuter variants of “selfie” developed thus far.

  • Robin Williams to star in 'Legend of Zelda' video game?

    Richard Hall | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    An online petition urging Nintendo to immortalize Robin Williams in a “Legend of Zelda” video game has caught the company’s attention. Williams, who died last week, named his daughter after the title character, Zelda, because he loved the video game series so much. Nintendo responded earlier today to the petition and had this to say: […]

  • The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Everyone points to the Wright Brothers as the inventors of human flight. But centuries earlier, it was Leonardo da Vinci who recognized how birds used concepts like lift and wing shape to glide high above us. Now scientists have uncovered new details about the man you might call "the da Vinci" of modern brain science. He was a physiologist named Angelo Mosso who lived in Italy during the 19th century, and until several years ago his manuscripts were mostly collecting dust in the archives of an Italian university. Inside the manuscripts, researchers found sketches of a contraption built in 1882: the first machine designed to watch the brain at work. It didn't resemble modern brain scanners in any sense. "It looks like some kind of medieval torture device. I mean it's got a big strap to kind of stop the person moving around too much," says David Field, a psychologist at the University of Reading and an expert on Mosso's machine, called the "human circulation balance." He even .

  • Bio Matters: Oklahoma researcher on quest to cure sickle cell disease

    By Jim Stafford, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Jim Stafford: Persistence leads to funding for research on compound aimed at reversing malady.

  • BBB alerts Oklahoma residents of 'Microsoft' tech support scam

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Fraudulent telemarketers, claiming they’re with Microsoft, are telling consumers their computers are infected by viruses, which they can remove — for a fee.

  • Members named to Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum's 2014-15 Teen Board.

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Twenty-three high school students will serve on the teen board of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

  • Amazon debuts mobile payment app, reader

    By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets, is Amazon’s entry into mobile payment systems, such as Square.

  • Facebook will track ads across devices

    By Sarah Frier, Bloomberg News | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Facebook’s new ad tracking will show where a user saw an ad, the device they used, and which device was used to finally make a purchase.

  • OMRF anthrax research receives $14.5 million grant extension

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The National Institutes of Health awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a five-year, $14.5 million grant to continue its research into the human immune system’s response to the deadly anthrax bacteria.

  • Amazon walks line as prices keep 'antitrust cops' at bay

    By Todd Shields and David McLaughlin, Bloomberg News | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    While Amazon’s dispute with Hachette Book Group has raised concerns about the online retailer’s market power, the company’s actions don’t make it a target for an antitrust lawsuit, said John Kirkwood, a law professor at Seattle University who has been chosen by the American Antitrust Institute to monitor the battle between Amazon and Hachette.

  • Technology goes to college with Oklahoma students

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The growing number of wireless devices students bring to college both challenge bandwidth capacity and enhance learning, experts say.