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Apple boss Tim Cook: Apps are future of TV

Cook was speaking at a meeting of tech and other startups in Amsterdam, two months after Apple announced software enhancements for its TV system, Apple TV, and knocked $50 off the price of its smart watch. Since launching Apple TV, "it's...Show More Summary

Smaller cities across US opening high-tech crime centers

(AP) — Live video feeds from cameras across Hartford, Connecticut, light up a wall of flat-screen monitors in a high-tech room at the city's old police department, while computers take in data from license plate readers and a gunshot...Show More Summary

Solar plane's flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania postponed

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane's planned flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania has been postponed. Officials say that during a failure of the cabinet of the Solar Impulse's mobile hangar, the plane was briefly touched by the hangar's fabric.

Facebook makes changes to 'trending topics' after review

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views.

Romania: health chiefs, Hewlett Packard probed

Anti-corruption prosecutors said Monday that from 2007-2009 Romania's National House of Health Insurance signed amendments to an existing contract with HP Romania SRL, the Romanian office of the software company, for updating the institution's software.

Zuckerberg to raze 4 houses surrounding Palo Alto home

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to bulldoze four houses surrounding his Palo Alto home home — including one he paid $14 million for — and replace them with four smaller houses.

New NYC buses have Wi-Fi but no tech to avoid those on foot

[...] as modern as the buses are, with USB charging ports and free Wi-Fi, most will still initially lack technology to address perhaps the worst safety issue with the big vehicles, hitting pedestrians while making turns. "Amenities like...Show More Summary

The Latest: Solar-powered plane lands in Ohio

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed in Dayton, Ohio, late Saturday after taking off from Tulsa International Airport before 5 a.m. The flight to Dayton International Airport took 17 hours. The plane is expected to make at least one...Show More Summary

NYC mentorship program puts startup staffers in schools

Azariah and her classmates spent the past week developing product ideas and as part of a mentorship program that sends engineers and designers from New York City's burgeoning tech industry into high-poverty public schools. Backers hope...Show More Summary

EgyptAir crash: Perfect security elusive at Paris airport

Security agents at the main airport in Paris are trained to detect all manner of increasingly sophisticated devices that could doom a flight. Airport authorities in France and elsewhere are painfully aware of the risks, but hesitantShow More Summary

Solar-powered plane's latest leg: Oklahoma to Ohio

The Solar Impulse 2's wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. The crew was forced to stay in Oahu, Hawaii, for nine months after the plane's...Show More Summary

Airbus unit unveils 3D-printed electric motorcycle

BERLIN (AP) — What weighs 77 pounds, goes 50 mph (80 kph) and looks like a Swiss cheese on wheels? Manufactured by its subsidiary APWorks, a specialist in additive layer manufacturing, the motorcycle uses hollow frame parts that contain the cables and pipes.

Apple's stores getting new look as other retailers struggle

Apple provided a glimpse at its revised approach to retailing Thursday, the 15th anniversary of the company's first stores. The San Francisco store is supposed to conjure the ambiance of a town square where people can gaze through giant windows to savor views of the city as they stroll through spacious aisles.

Oculus responds to Sen. Al Franken's VR privacy questions

Oculus says collecting the physical movements of users is a necessary tool to deliver "a safe, comfortable and seamless VR experience." The company says it relies on Facebook's data centers and technical infrastructure to host its VR platform, as well as over 200 security professionals from Facebook to keep data secure.

Computer poem: A floor by any other name would still be ...

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — In a Dartmouth College computer vs. humans contest, specifically how computers compared with people in writing poetry, scientists designed artificial intelligence algorithms to generate Shakespearean sonnets, ofShow More Summary

Why your phone may never get Android's latest features

NEW YORK (AP) — Better graphics and the ability to run two apps side by side are coming to Google's latest version of Android, dubbed N. Last week, two federal agencies asked them to explain why they're so slow to update Android, asShow More Summary

Computers and warrants: Some senators oppose Justice plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators took a first step Thursday to blocking a Justice Department proposal that they say would make it too easy for the government to hack into computers during investigations. Justice Department...Show More Summary

Dartmouth contest shows computers aren't such good poets

Scientists in a Dartmouth College competition reached that conclusion after designing artificial intelligence algorithms that could produce sonnets. The competition was a variation of the "Turing Test," named for British computer scientist Alan Turing, who in 1950 proposed an experiment to determine if a computer could have humanlike intelligence.

Apple will open India office to develop its Maps feature

A company statement said the venture will be located in the technology hub of Hyderabad and will create about 4,000 jobs. While details of Cook's schedule have not been made available, local news reports say he's expected to meet with...Show More Summary

Floating home marks return to Dubai's man-made World islands

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Surrounded by 300 deserted man-made islands, Dubai's newest real-estate wonder has all the amenities of a luxury hotel — plus views of the bottom of the sea. Dubai is already home to the world's tallest building, an indoor ski slope and man-made islands viewable from space. [...]Show More Summary

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