Federal study warns of sudden climate change woes
2013-12-03 23:20:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than climate change's bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the federal government concluded Tuesday.
The 200-page report by th...
Tumblr brings hipster twist to year-end lists
2013-12-03 09:32:27 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tumblr is where the Internet's cool kids hang out. That's why Yahoo paid $1.1 billion to buy the blogging site in one of this year's most buzzed-about deals.
Now, Tumblr is flaunting its hipster credentials with a first-eve...
Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future
2013-12-02 19:24:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less — via self-guided drone.
Consider it the modern version of a pizza delivery boy, minus the boy.
Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called P...
Strong earthquake hits Indonesia; no casualties
2013-12-02 06:48:32 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia early Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.3-magnitude quake was centered 343 kilometer...
Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates
2013-11-30 08:11:15 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of v...
Watchdog: Google breaching Dutch privacy law
2013-11-30 08:07:53 UTC
Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection ...
Small company helps Twitter make money
2013-11-29 09:04:11 UTC
DENVER (AP) — Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money.
Wayin has part...
Facebook CEO Says Government "Blew It" with NSA Spying
2013-11-25 20:46:40 UTC
Palo Alto — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) needs to find a balance between protecting the country and staying transparent -- but he didn't say it in that nice of a way.
According to ABC News, Zuckerb...
Studies provide no certainty in shipwreck search
2013-11-24 19:30:33 UTC
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five months after divers searched a remote section of Lake Michigan for a mysterious 17th century ship and retrieved a wooden slab the group leader believes is part of the vessel, it's still uncertain whether they are o...
Will icy comet survive close encounter with sun?
2013-11-24 19:25:17 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that's zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the sun.
The moment of truth comes Thursday — Thanksgiving Day.
The sun-grazing Comet ISON, now t...
Mid-Atlantic rocket launch gives East rare view
2013-11-21 06:56:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rocket streaked along the eastern U.S. early evening sky Tuesday in an unusual sight as NASA put a smartphone and 28 other tiny satellites into orbit.
NASA and the Air Force launched the private Minotaur rocket from Wallops ...
Volcano raises new island far south of Japan
2013-11-21 06:08:23 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts said.
Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 200 m...
Retailers take on Silicon Valley
2013-11-15 09:26:46 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.
At first glance, th...
Samsung says it owes Apple $52 million
2013-11-14 06:14:32 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — How much does Samsung Electronics owe Apple for copying vital features of the iPhone and iPad?
Apple says $380 million. Samsung counters with $52 million.
It's possible a jury presiding over a patent trial in a San Jo...
New version of iPad Mini now available
2013-11-13 07:40:17 UTC
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple began selling a new iPad Mini on Tuesday without the usual fanfare.
Apple usually announces the availability date in advance, allowing loyal customers to line up at stores overnight to be among the first to buy on...
Biometrics researchers see world without passwords
2013-11-12 09:03:14 UTC
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — You may never need to memorize another password. That's the goal of researchers at Purdue University's International Center for Biometrics Research.
Stephen Elliott is the director of international biometric research...
Testimony to begin in Apple-Samsung patent trial
2013-11-13 07:43:46 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom.
Lawyers for rivals Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. were scheduled to deliver opening statem...
Scientists expect satellite crash next week
2013-11-08 20:44:59 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its GOCE research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or during the day on Monday, but debris is unlikely to cause any casualties.
Scientists say the 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite ...
Hurricane? Cyclone? Typhoon? Here's the difference
2013-11-08 20:41:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday and moved out to the South China Sea:
HURRICANE? CYCLONE? TYPHOON? They're all the same, officially tropical cyclones. But they just use distinctive terms for a storm in differe...
Twitter is powerful, but where are the profits?
2013-11-06 11:21:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It can help overthrow dictators. But can it make money?
Protesters famously used Twitter to organize during the Arab Spring three years ago. President Barack Obama announced his 2012 re-election victory using the short messaging...
What is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?
2013-11-05 09:20:00 UTC
San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.
Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to co...
Google: NSA spying on our data centres 'outrageous'
2013-11-05 11:16:44 UTC
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has attacked the US government for apparently breaking into the connections that link the company's data centres around the world as "outrageous" and described other surveillance practices as "possib...
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel talks sexts and growth
2013-11-04 07:07:47 UTC
Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Spiegel's fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few s...
Metamorphosing beast center-stage in Sony game
2013-11-04 07:02:58 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Knack was created to be the perfect beast to show off the spectacularly vamped up visual powers of the PlayStation 4 game console. The hero of the game, which is also called "Knack," is made up of 5,000 parts that cluster together and...
Steroids boost muscles for the long haul
2013-11-02 06:31:25 UTC
Experiments in mice suggest effects don’t end when doping does.
Steroids may continue to boost muscle-building capacity long after a person stops taking the drugs, a new study of mice suggests. The finding could mean that athletes who cheat by ...