Japan sees future business in Fukushima cleanup
2014-03-08 09:29:21 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technology and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will on...
Boeing 777: 1 of the most popular, safest jets
2014-03-08 09:27:59 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Search and rescue crews across Southeast Asia scrambled to find a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday with 239 people ...
Turkish PM threatens to ban Facebook, YouTube
2014-03-07 09:21:32 UTC
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is fighting a corruption scandal, has threatened further steps to censor the Internet, including shutting down Facebook and YouTube.
His comments late Thursday came as the I...
Hubble Telescope captures shattering asteroid
2014-03-07 02:42:56 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid.
Asteroid P/2013 R3 was detected in September in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It appeared as a fuzz...
Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug
2014-03-08 08:56:15 UTC
Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.
The experimental drug has only been tested for prevention in monkeys...
US companies spend heavily on big mergers in 2014
2014-03-06 05:53:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — So far, 2014 is looking like the year of the big deal.
Flush with cash and high stock prices, companies are buying up the competition at levels not seen since the dotcom bubble. And with Washington providing more clarity on gove...
Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales
2014-03-05 21:18:49 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.
A similar policy will be applied to Instagram, the compa...
Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars
2014-03-03 22:10:41 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva.
Smartphone cameras step closer to high-end power
2014-03-02 08:00:04 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year.
Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrade...
Report: UK spies intercept webcam pics, nudity
2014-02-28 07:52:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users' webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swe...
Stores can see where you go by tracking your phone
2014-02-20 10:16:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?
Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at ...
Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19B
2014-02-20 08:32:47 UTC
San Francisco — Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.
The world's biggest social netw...
Academy honors scientists behind special effects
2014-02-16 09:13:26 UTC
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes, spectacular explosions and other only-in-the-movies effects possible have their own Oscar ceremony.
Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film ac...
Kerry presses China to ease Internet controls
2014-02-15 06:12:12 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday he urged Chinese leaders to support Internet freedom and promised to look into whether American companies help Beijing curb access to online material.
"Obviously, we think that...
New gender options for Facebook users
2014-02-14 07:17:43 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral. In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, formerly Femal...
French president meets tech execs in San Francisco
2014-02-12 19:28:11 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is meeting with city officials and tech kingpins in San Francisco, and offering his government's support to French entrepreneurs seeking to gain a foothold in Silicon ...
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013
2014-02-10 08:30:48 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in Decemb...
In Israel, a push to bring Arabs into tech sector
2014-02-09 07:12:20 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Ibrahim Sana worked for a global tech company, then broke off to start his own venture. Last year, he was crowned one of Israel's seven most promising young entrepreneurs by a financial newspaper.
Sana's story isn't typical — h...
California leaders push for smartphone kill switch
2014-02-09 07:10:56 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen — a move that could be the first of its kind in the country.
Happy 10th birthday, Facebook
2014-02-04 09:33:06 UTC
<h3>Facebook - the project that began in a student's dorm and went on to become one of the greatest internet success stories of all time - is celebrating its 10th birthday.</h3>
In the last decade, it has attracted millions of people who use it...
San Francisco: Google must move 'mystery' barge
2014-02-04 03:19:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google must move a mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a state official said Monday.
The notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conse...
Cancer cases expected to soar by 70% over next 20 years
2014-02-03 22:25:37 UTC
<h3>New cancer cases expected to grow from 14m a year in 2012 to 25m, with biggest burden in low- and middle-income countries</h3>
Cancer cases worldwide are predicted to increase by 70% over the next two decades, from 14m in 2012 to 25m new ca...
Exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered
2014-01-27 19:25:02 UTC
An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 m...
Ocean water may reach upper mantle through deep sea faults
2014-02-01 10:39:53 UTC
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from Earth's oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought.
Water is carried mantle by deep sea fault zones which p...
Samsung, Google sign patent agreement
2014-01-27 18:35:43 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the t...