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Work From Home Like a Boss: Top Tech for Your Home Office
Working from home -- and making a decent living doing it -- demands discipline, focus and follow-through. Decking your work space out with some of the latest, greatest office tech doesn't hurt either. Having the right gear just might boost your productivity, that is if you don't let it drive you to distraction.   read more..
iPhone 6 deep-dive review: A major new step in design and performance
Apple's latest smartphone offers great hardware, but like all current iPhones, has been hurt by annoying iOS 8 glitches.  read more..
Underwater Robots Could Sniff Out Smuggled Drugs, Weapons
A warning to all smugglers: A new underwater robot could be used to sniff out contraband — including weapons and drugs — hidden aboard ships.  read more..
Nobel Prize goes to co-founder of Fremont light company
Startup lighting company Soraa scored the rarest of Silicon Valley distinctions Tuesday when its co-founder Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize for physics.  read more..
Zapanta: Net neutrality a matter of economics
A protester demonstrates last week across the street from the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Some are calling for further FCC action to allow strong government protections for the open Internet.  read more..
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Tesla's 'D' adds all-wheel drive, safety features  read more..
Women are claiming their place in tech history
Over the years, Ada Lovelace has been called her fair share of names that is, on the occasions when she has been remembered at all.  read more..
Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors
A Facebook worker waits for friends to arrive outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook and Apple, long known for cushy perks such as free meals, laundry service and massages, are among some of Silicon Valley's biggest companies now eyeing reproductive expenses as the next batch of benefits to offer to their employees.  read more..
Amazon hires 80K seasonal holiday workers
NEW YORK Amazon is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its distribution centers as it looks to improve its shipping efficiency during the crucial holiday season.  read more..
IBM to pay $1.5B to shed its costly chip division
NEW YORK (AP) IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research. IBM will make payments to the chipmaker over three years, but it took a $4.7 billion charge for the third quarter when it reported earnings Monday. The company fell short of Wall Street profit expectations and revenue slid 4 percent, sending shares down 7 percent at the open of trading.  read more..
Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.  read more..
Review: Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder of my full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, even though it has a large LCD screen. But as I tested out Apple's new iPad Air 2, I see why people like to shoot pictures with a tablet. Images look great on the large screen, and there's less guesswork about whether or not small details, such as lettering on a sign, will be in focus. And what you see and get with the iPad Air 2 is a better camera. The rear one now matches the iPhone's 8 megapixels, up from 5 megapixels, and incorporates features such as slow-motion video. Packed with a faster processor, the 9.7-inch tablet is also 18 percent thinner and 7 percent lighter than the previous model, at about a quarter of an inch and just under a pound. Apple is also updating its 7.9-inch iPad Mini, though the cameras, processor and dimensions haven't changed. The tablets go on sale this week, starting at $499 for the iPad Air 2 and $399 for the iPad Mini 3. Both now have fingerprint ID technology to expedite online purchases through Apple Pay. Gold joins silver and grey as color choices, and pricier models have twice as much storage as before.  read more..
Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a dialogue with students as a newly-appointed member to the advisory board for Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese at the prestigious Beijing university.  read more..
Apple Pay leaves out several store-branded credit cards
Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Toys R Us, were among the first retailers to accept Apple's new payment system last week, letting some customers check out by flashing their new iPhones near a reader at the register. But Apple Pay left out a large chunk of the retailers most loyal shoppers. The payment system does not yet accept several major store-branded credit cards, which are tied to coupons and reward programs. These cards are major drivers of sales for retailers. Apple's really sabotaging itself, said Burt P. Flickinger, III, managing director of consulting firm Strategic Resource Group. Apple Pay will still revolutionize the industry. It will just revolutionize retail transactions a lot slower than it should.  read more..
Softbank ready to splash $10B on India investments
In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son speaks during a press conference for the Global Green Grouth Summit 2012, in Seoul, South Korea. Japanese telecommunications company Softbank Corp. said Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, it bought stakes in two Indian technology companies and could splash $10 billion on investments in the country over the next decade.  read more..
Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges
A student tries out Samsung's Gear product at a Samsung Electronics shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years. The South Korean company, which climbed from smartphone laggard to top seller in the past three years, had prided itself on responding quickly to market demand and ability to tailor handsets to the needs of users and mobile carriers around the world.  read more..
Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests
Thousands of demonstrators protest against an internet tax planned to be introduced by the Hungarian government for the second time in two days in front of the Ministry of National Economy in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015. The inscription on Guy Fawkes mask reads: "Unity, freedom!"  read more..
Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes
In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 photo, Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai leaves after a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo. Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. The poor result released Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 was despite a 7 percent increase in quarterly sales to 1.9 trillion yen ($17.3 billion) as performance improved in cameras, TVs and game businesses.  read more..
UK spy chief says Web is command center for terror
A page of the British GCHQ official website, the government electronic and communications spy agency is pictured on a computer, Robert Hannigan, the new head of the agency made remarks in a British national newspaper, London, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Writing in Tuesday's Financial Times, Robert Hannigan said that GCHQ and other British intelligence agencies know that IS extremists use messaging services like Facebook and Twitter to reach their peers with ease. He said spy agencies need to have greater support from the U.S. technology companies which dominate the Web in order to fight militants and those who host material about violent extremism and child exploitation.  read more..
Review: Apple's iOS 8 provides a smarter type
In this Nov. 14, 2014 photo, Associated Press reporter Michael Liedtke demonstrates the Swype keyboard on an Apple iPhone in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) I never would have considered writing this review on my iPhone if I hadn't upgraded to Apple's new operating system, iOS 8. With the free upgrade, typing on the iPhone's touch keyboard doesn't seems as tedious, cumbersome or infuriating as it did before, when a rather dim-witted "auto-correct" system would slip in words that made people look illiterate or, even worse, inappropriate.  read more..
Give your pet something unexpected over holidays
In this undated photo provided by GoPro, a dog wearing two GoPro cameras, one on his back and one on his chest, held on by what is known as a Fetch dog harness, dig into sand at an unknown location. GoPro Inc. Fetch dog harness fits over your dogs chest or back and holds the small, waterproof camera known for attaching to helmets, surfboards, cars and wrists to film rugged adventures. Sony, Garmin and Kurgo also make camera mounts for dogs.  read more..
Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of television-over-the-Internet service Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York. Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome. Kanojia said in a statement Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, on the company's website that the Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo's technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty.  read more..
Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers
Chris Valasek, poses for a picture at the during the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. Valasek, who helped catapult car hacking into the public eye when he and a partner revealed last year they had been able to control a 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Escape by plugging into a port used by mechanics.  read more..
Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money
This June 18, 2014, file photo shows the app that links to shopping on Amazon.com on the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. The best tool for saving money while holiday shopping can be a smartphone packed with the right apps.  read more..
Gift Guide: Gadgets for avid TV viewers
EDISON, N.J. (AP) For avid television viewers out there, the standard digital-video recorder that comes with your cable TV box just isn't enough. TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. Here's a look at what each does and why you might want both.  read more..
IPhone user tries to go back to BlackBerry
In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, file photo, BlackBerry's new BlackBerry Classic phone appears on display during a news conference, in New York. BlackBerry's new Classic aims to please its core users who love a physical keyboard.  read more..
Beyond the Uber surge: How to get around on New Year's Eve
This Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 file photo taken in Newark, N.J., shows smart phones displaying Uber car availability in New York. The ride-hailing app expects this New Year's Eve to be its busiest night ever. Due to such high demand, and because it can, Uber is bringing back its surge pricing, a boon to drivers and a bane to passengers. Fares can increase by as much as sevenfold during the busiest time, which Uber says will be between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.  read more..
Sony case statements could cause bind, depending on evidence
In this Feb. 27, 2014 file photo, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey listens to a question from a reporter during a media conference in San Francisco. The FBI director revealed new details Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, about the stunning cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., part of the Obama administration's effort to challenge persistent skepticism about whether North Korea's government was responsible for the brazen hacking. Speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University, FBI Director Comey revealed that the hackers "got sloppy" and mistakenly sent messages directly that could be traced to IP addresses used exclusively by North Korea.  read more..
Stray satellite signals help measure snowfall in arid West
In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, Kristine Larson, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado, pictured at work on the campus of CU in Boulder, Colo. Larson is using stray GPS signals that interfere with earthquake research as a tool to measure snow depth and soil moisture, providing valuable information to climatologists.  read more..
Obama: With tech advances come privacy risks for US
President Barack Obama speaks at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offices at the Constitution Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, about his plan to improve confidence in technology by tackling identify theft and improving consumer and student privacy. The president wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.  read more..
France sees 19,000 cyberattacks since terror rampage
French president, Francois Hollande, delivers a speech as he visits the Arab Institute building in Paris, France, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. President Francois Hollande says France's millions of Muslims should be protected and respected, but should also respect the nation's strict secular policies. Hollande spoke Thursday after three radical Muslim gunmen killed 17 people in France's worst attacks in decades.  read more..
Google to stop consumer sales of Glass to redesign device
In this Feb. 20 2013 file photo, Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears a Google Glass device in San Francisco. Google on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 announced it will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device.  read more..
VC firms rain down cash on tech startups, is bubble brewing?
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 photo, a woman leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, according to a new report issued Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The two biggest deals in 2014 were separate rounds of investment in Uber Technologies, the high-flying and controversial ride-hailing service, now valued at $41 billion.  read more..

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