• Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted. But before inspectors ever reach the scene, doubts arose about whether evidence was being compromised. The Ukrainian government and separatist rebels accuse each other of firing a surface-to-air missile at the Boeing 777 with almost 300 people aboard. Many see the hand of Russia, either for its suspected support of the insurgents or perhaps for firing the missile itself. The latest U.S.

  • Gunmen attack Egypt troops, killing 21 near Libya

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guard post Saturday in Egypt's western desert in a brazen assault that killed 21 troops deployed in the province along the border with neighboring Libya. Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called it a "terrorist attack" on soldiers defending the country's borders that will "not go unanswered. "Terrorism will be uprooted from every part of Egypt," a statement from the presidency said. It declared a three-day mourning period. The attack was the second in as many months on the same post, where a border guards company is based. Coming just over a month after el-Sissi took office, the attack is the worst single loss for military troops in recen

  • Amazon launches Netflix-style service for eBooks

    By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The largest U.S. e-commerce site said Friday that the Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle titles such as “The Hunger Games” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

  • New York Is the First State to Propose Bitcoin Regulations

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    New regulations may make Bitcoin safer, Time.com reports. But some people think they will also ruin what made virtual currencies attractive. Bitcoin may have just taken a huge step toward entering the financial mainstream.

  • Fuel efficiency standards lead to high-tech improvements

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The number of electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and vehicles that run on natural gas and diesel on the road have grown in recent years and are expected to continue to increase. But standard gasoline vehicles are still expected to represent almost 80 percent of new sales in 2025 and 78 percent in 2040, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report.

  • Blogger fined for ranking too high on Google

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results, according to BBC News. The judge ordered that the post's title be amended and told the blogger Caroline Doudet to pay damages. Ms Doudet said the decision made it a crime to be highly ranked on search engines, BBC News reports.

  • Man Faces Felony for Using Drone to Film Outside a Hospital Window

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    In the domestic drone debate, critics have argued that personal drones will usher in an era of rampant DIY surveillance, with cameras in the sky everywhere you turn. Proponents of that view have more ammunition this week, as an upstate New York man was arrested and faces felony charges for allegedly using a drone to film outside a medical exam room, according to The Verge. David Beesmer, 49, flew a drone within 15 feet of a hospital window where patients were being examined, according to a police report. There, Beesmer’s drone — a DJI Phantom 2, according to his Facebook page— was reportedly seen by patients and staff at the hospital. On Tuesday, Beesmer excitedly posted videos of the hospital to his page, but yesterday he apologized: “I truly realize that I should have asked first but did not think it would be an issue….only to discover that it sure is…”

  • 5 tips to improve battery life on your phone

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    A smartphone or tablet's low battery warning is the only warning that most people take seriously. A dead battery doesn't have to happen to you. Turning off a few features and changing some settings can give your gadget's battery life a dramatic boost, according to USA TODAY. 1. Let there be (less) light One of the biggest battery drains is your gadget's screen, especially for larger smartphones. The longer the screen is on and the brighter it is, the faster your battery goes. That makes sense. Something has to power those pixels.

  • Justin Timberlake's website appears to have been hacked

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The front page of justintimberlake.com looked a bit different than usual this morning. While everything is now back to normal, it appears someone named Ethical Dragon had hacked the page, according to USA TODAY. It’s unclear who’s behind Ethical Dragon — and if it was a hack at all and not some stunt — but the message seems to convey benevolent intentions concerning security.

  • Business Q&A: Supreme Court's technology decision could affect cloud computing

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Crowe & Dunlevy‘s Drew Palmer discusses the impact of American Broadcasting Cos. Inc. v. Aereo case on consumers’ use of streaming technologies and cloud computing.

  • Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs

    By RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Some cuts had been expected since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile-device unit, but the number amounted to 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce — about twice what analysts had estimated.

  • Malaysian flight passenger's eerie Facebook photo: 'If it disappears, this is what it looks like'

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

      “If it disappears, this is what it looks like.” That’s what a Dutch man named Cor Pan captioned a Facebook photo of his Malaysian Airlines flight, presumably making a joke about the infamous Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared on March 8. Cor’s friends joined in on the joke and commented on his post […]

  • 10 Signs You Might Have An Unhealthy Relationship With Your Cell Phone

    Dave Specht, Deseret News Service | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Cell phones have taken over the lives of people throughout the world. Things are swirling out of control! Here are ten signs that you might have an unhealthy relationship with your cell phone.

  • What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The Uniform Law Commission, whose members are appointed by state governments to help standardize state laws, on Wednesday endorsed a plan that would give loved ones access to — but not control of — the deceased’s digital accounts, unless specified otherwise in a will.

  • Google's Street View cars help locate gas leaks in US cities

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Google's Street View cars have a checkered history; they carry some truly incredible technology, but have also landed the company in hot water, The Verge reports. But a few of Google's cars have taken on an additional task while logging miles across the US. Instead of sniffing for Wi-Fi networks, they're sniffing for gas leaks. Three Street View cars equipped with specialized sensors capable of detecting methane were dispatched in Staten Island, Boston, and Indianapolis. They took 15 million readings in all across those locations, which were chosen because of aging pipelines and other infrastructure issues that make leaks more likely. And the hunches proved correct; Google's cars measured one gas leak for every mile they traversed in the city of Boston, though other test spots like Indianapolis fared significantly better. Methane leaks contribute to climate warming and can even cause explosions under the right circumstances.

  • 'Dronestagram' Photography Contest Gives A Drone's Eye View Of Planet Earth

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The future of photography seems increasingly dependent on the advancement of unconventional devices, Huffington Post reports. Forget the SLR, photo nerds are eagerly developing new tools for smart phones, tablets and -- perhaps, not too surprisingly -- drones. The first ever Drone Photography Competition recently launched, giving aerial imagery fanatics a reason to strap a camera to a remotely piloted aircraft and see where the wind takes them. Organized by Dronestagram, an online sharing space for drone enthusiasts, with support from National Geographic and GoPro, the contest handed out awards for Judge's Choice (1st, 2nd and 3rd place slots) as well as some crowd favorite trophies to the three most "liked" images on the site.

  • First photo posted to Instagram 4 years ago today

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Four years ago today, the first photo was uploaded to popular mobile sharing service Instagram, according to USA TODAY. The cute image of a smiling dog was uploaded by Kevin Systrom, Instagram's co-founder. At the time, the app was called Codename, according to a post published by Instagram in 2012. Perhaps most surprising is this photo does not feature someone's filtered take on their cappuccino or dinner.

  • Download your entire Facebook life ... just in case

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Every day, we throw tons of content online, in photos and emails and fleeting thoughts, but we don’t always back it up somewhere else. Part of this is because we trust the cloud as something constant — something too big to fail. After all, it’s not breakable like our laptops and smartphones. You can’t drop Google in the pool by mistake, according to Wired. It’s probably safe to assume that Twitter won’t disappear tomorrow. But it’s still worth noting which social networking sites have a backup service. Starting with Facebook in 2010 and followed by Google and Twitter in 2011 and 2012, big social networks began including native archive tools that let you download a .zip file of everything you’ve ever posted with the click of a button.

  • U.S. House votes to extend Internet tax moratorium

    By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills.

  • Mini drones are a highlight at air show

    By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    What’s got aviation geeks salivating at Farnborough, this year’s biggest aviation jamboree that features participants from 40 countries, are the commercial possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles — drones to most of us.