Archive for category: Technology

NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes

17 Dec 2017 0 Comments
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- NASA on Friday successfully dropped a replica Orion spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft to a southwestern Arizona desert site to test the craft's ability to cope with a partial parachute failure. The test used two of Orion's three main parachutes to simulate the failure of the third and still sufficiently slowed the spacecraft for a landing. Previous attempts were thwarted by a failure of the C-17 plane's cargo doors to open at the drop altitude of Read more [...]

German government says it backs ‘open and free internet’

17 Dec 2017 0 Comments
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government says it backs an "open and free internet" following the U.S. decision to repeal net neutrality rules. A spokeswoman for the Economy Ministry said Friday that Germany had "taken note" of the U.S. move but declined to comment directly on it. However, spokeswoman Beate Baron said the German government supports rules introduced across the European Union last year forbidding discriminatory access to the internet. Baron told reporters in Berlin that Read more [...]

Amazon making nice, prepares sales of Apple TV, Chromecast

17 Dec 2017 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Amazon is angling for a truce in its two-year battle with Apple and Google over streaming gadgets: It says it is preparing to put Apple TV and Chromecast back on sale. A spokeswoman for Amazon confirmed Friday it is preparing to sell the devices. However, fresh links for the products that went live on Thursday indicate they are still unavailable. Amazon stopped selling Apple TV streaming devices in late 2015 in retaliation for Apple not making Amazon's Prime Read more [...]

Facebook: Social media scrolling can make you feel bad

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health. The social media giant whose platform has become a daily addiction for hundreds of millions of people sheds light in a blog post Friday on what it says are two sides of the issue. It notes research showing an increase in teen depression with technology use. It also points to Read more [...]

Inflammatory letter sheds light on Uber’s alleged misconduct

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals' trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers. Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs, who was fired earlier this year, made Read more [...]

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, California (AP) -- The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism. Take, for instance, the fractured world of Marvel superheroes. For years, the X-Men (Wolverine, Storm, Professor X and the crew) and the Fantastic Four (Thing, Invisible Woman, et al) have battled bad dudes from the studios of 20th Century Read more [...]

What the FCC rollback of ‘net neutrality’ means to you

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you? In the short term, the answer is simple: Not much. But over time, your ability to watch what you want to watch online and to use the apps that you prefer could start to change. Your mobile carrier, for instance, might start offering you terrific deals for signing up to its own video service, just as your YouTube app Read more [...]

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney is buying a large part of Fox, including its movie and television studios, for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. Disney's all-stock deal for the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox gives it the studios that produce the Avatar movies, "The Simpsons" and "Modern Family." Murdoch will form a new company to keep the U.S. television networks, including Fox News Channel, Read more [...]

US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest a year ago. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah cites the digital currency's volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when Aaron Shamo was arrested on drug charges, but the value of the digital currency Read more [...]

Trump’s Alabama evolution _ a tale told in tweets

14 Dec 2017 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump likes to trumpet his opinions on Twitter, even when they change dramatically. He put his presidential weight behind two different candidates for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, and both lost. A look at Trump's tweets over the course of the race: BEFORE AUG. 15 PRIMARY Aug. 14 "Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border Wall, the military, tax cuts law enforcement." Aug. 15 "Big day in Alabama. Vote Read more [...]
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