Archive for category: Technology

Man accused of posting Prince George info denies terrorism

30 Apr 2018 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group charged with sharing information about Prince George on social media has denied committing terrorism offenses. Prosecutors say a post by 32-year-old Husnain Rashid on the encrypted messaging app Telegram contained a photo of the 4-year-old prince, the address of his school, a silhouette of a jihadi fighter and the message "even the royal family will not be left alone." Rashid also is accused of several other posts allegedly Read more [...]

Port operator DP World now firmly in hyperloop business

29 Apr 2018 0 Comments
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Dubai-based port operator DP World put its name Sunday on the hyperloop technology it has already spent millions of dollars to develop as work continues to make it operational across the grand plans of its designers. The cargo system being designed alongside possible passenger service by Virgin Hyperloop One will be called the DP World Cargospeed, the port operator's CEO and chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem told journalists and others gathered Read more [...]

Greece approves 1.2 billion-euro US deal for F-16 fighters

29 Apr 2018 0 Comments
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A panel of senior Greek government and military officials has approved a 1.2-billion-euro ($1.45 billion) deal to upgrade more than half of the country's American-made F-16 fighter planes. Officials say the deal approved by the Greek cabinet on Saturday will give 85 of Greece's fleet of F-16s capabilities similar to the much more advanced F-35 fighters minus stealth technology. The terms of the agreement call for Greece to pay for the improvements until 2027 Read more [...]

Sprint and T-Mobile agree to combine in all-stock deal

29 Apr 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- T-Mobile and Sprint announced an agreement Sunday to combine into a new company, a deal that would reshape the U.S. wireless landscape by reducing it to three major cellphone providers. The big unknown is whether the combination will win the necessary approval from the Trump administration's antitrust regulators. The merger would help the companies slash costs and could make them a stronger competitor to larger ATT and Verizon. But consumers might see higher prices Read more [...]

AP Explains: A look at DNA-sharing services and privacy

28 Apr 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- The use of a genealogy website to track down a suspected California serial killer illustrates both the extraordinary power of DNA-sharing services and the broad privacy concerns that surround the fast-growing commercial market for genetic analysis. TV commercials for companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com pitch their services as simple and fun ways of learning about family heritage and health. And while those companies on Friday sought to distance themselves from Read more [...]

Theater subscription service MoviePass tightens plans

28 Apr 2018 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- MoviePass, a startup that lets customers watch a movie a day at theaters for just $10 a month, is limiting new customers to just four movies a month. The move comes as the sustainability of MoviePass' business model comes into question. Because MoviePass is paying most theaters the full price of the ticket, the service loses money with just one or two movies in a month. The average ticket price in the U.S. is about $9, though $15 and up is common in big cities. Read more [...]

Earlier search for California serial killer led to wrong man

28 Apr 2018 0 Comments
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators hunting for the so-called Golden State Killer turned to searching genetic websites in 2017 but misidentified an Oregon man as a potential suspect. A year later, after using a similar technique, they are confident they've caught the serial rapist and killer who eluded capture for four decades. In March 2017, an Oregon City police officer, working at the request of investigators in California, convinced a judge to order a 73-year-old man in a Read more [...]

Sleep mode? Tech giants’ kids’ ‘fixes’ amount to baby steps

27 Apr 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is adding a "sleep" mode to its Messenger Kids service to let parents limit when their kids can use it. It's the latest concession that tech companies are making as critics question whether they should be targeting kids at all. Among their chief concerns: The effects on kids are not yet known, and companies might not have children's best interests at heart when tech for kids is such a lucrative market. Rather than kill the services completely, as some critics Read more [...]

Distracted by technology? Microsoft tries to help

27 Apr 2018 0 Comments
Technology companies whose devices and constantly scrolling online services have driven us to distraction are beginning to acknowledge that their products can be a waste of time. Some of them now say they're trying to help. Microsoft is rolling out a free update to its Windows 10 computer operating system Monday with new features to keep people in a distraction-free zone. The "Focus Assist" feature enables workers to temporarily switch off email and social media notifications during times when they Read more [...]

Use of DNA in serial killer probe sparks privacy concerns

27 Apr 2018 0 Comments
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators who used a genealogical website to find the ex-policeman they believe is a shadowy serial killer and rapist who terrified California decades ago call the technique groundbreaking. But others say it raises troubling legal and privacy concerns for the millions of people who submit their DNA to such sites to discover their heritage. There aren't strong privacy laws to keep police from trolling ancestry site databases, said Steve Mercer, the chief Read more [...]
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