YouTube's new pay channels go from campy to kids
2013-05-10 05:05:32 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roger Corman's campy B movies, children's shows like "Sesame Street" and "Inspector Gadget," and inspirational monologues by celebrities — these are among the offerings on 30 channels that will soon require a paid monthly subscription on YouTube.
Although the ...
Europeans had common ancestors 1,000 years ago
2013-05-08 05:18:00 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Europeans appear to be more closely related than previously thought.
Scientists who compared DNA samples from people in different parts of the continent found that most had common ancestors living just 1,000 years ago.
The results confirm decade-old mathematical ...
YouTube said set to soon launch pay channels
2013-05-07 05:16:23 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube is set to announce within a few weeks a series of channels that will require payment, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.
The content on the new pay channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube....
France defends interest in blocking Yahoo deal
2013-05-06 04:28:59 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The French government has defended its veto over Yahoo Inc.'s attempted takeover of video sharing website Dailymotion, even as the move draws jeers for discouraging much needed foreign investment.
Yahoo this week abandoned plans to take a 75 percent stake in Dailymotion, a...
App lets amputees program their own bionic hands
2013-05-05 05:19:30 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Double-amputee Jason Koger used to fly hundreds of miles to visit a clinician when he wanted to adjust the grips on his bionic hands.
Now, he's got an app.
Koger came to Philadelphia this week to demonstrate the i-limb ultra revolution, a prosthetic developed by ...
Autism scientists seek more brains to aid research
2013-05-03 05:33:13 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Autism scientists are seeking more brain samples for research.
They announced Thursday a new network collecting brain specimens around the country. They say the more they get, the better the chances of finding better ways to treat the developmental disorder.
So far th...
YouTube says the battle with TV is already over
2013-05-02 05:01:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube vs. TV? YouTube says the battle — if there ever was one — is over.
In a flashy presentation to advertisers Wednesday night, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt declined to forecast that Internet video will displace television watching. Instead he declared: "T...
Scientists find cannibalism at American settlement
2013-05-01 16:36:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists say they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists survived harsh conditions by resorting to cannibalism.
On Wednesday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and archaeologists from Jamest...
How Siri, Google Now respond to 5 questions
2013-04-30 06:17:27 UTC
With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves:
Question: What is the m...
It really is monkey-see, monkey-do, research shows
2013-04-28 05:15:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — You don't have to be a teenager to want to fit in at the school lunchroom. New research shows some wild animals seem to follow similar monkey-see, monkey-do eating behavior to follow the crowd.
One study discovered that South African monkeys will switch foods purely ...
Google buys startup that summarizes online content
2013-04-26 17:47:54 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has bought Wavii, a Seattle startup behind an application that condenses online content for time-pressed Web surfers.
Both companies confirmed the deal Friday. As with most of its acquisitions, Google isn't disclosing how much it paid for Wavii.
Internet sales tax embraced by no-tax Republicans
2013-04-25 15:48:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — You don't see this very often: a majority of Senate Republicans voting to make people who buy stuff on the Internet pay state and local sales taxes.
Anti-tax guru Grover Norquist isn't happy about it, and the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioning the senator...
US teens doing better than public realizes: survey
2013-04-24 05:07:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — American teenagers aren't doing as poorly on international science tests as adults think. Despite the misconception, people don't think the subject should get greater emphasis in schools, a survey released Monday found.
More Americans than not wrongly think that U.S. 15...
Russian becomes world's oldest spacewalker at 59
2013-04-24 05:05:44 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 59-year-old Russian cosmonaut became the world's oldest spacewalker Friday, joining a much younger cosmonaut's son for maintenance work outside the International Space Station.
Pavel Vinogradov, a cosmonaut for two decades, claimed the honor as he emerged...
NASA sees distant planets that seem ideal for life
2013-04-20 17:16:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's planet-hunting telescope has discovered two planets that seem like ideal places for some sort of life to flourish. They are just the right size and in just the right place near their star.
The distant duo are the best candidates for habitable planets t...
Sun-powered plane completes California test flight
2013-04-20 17:14:05 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe took to the skies Friday over the San Francisco Bay area in a successful test flight.
Considered the world's most advanced sun-powered plane, the Solar Impulse took off from Moffett Field...
Yahoo adds 2 more applications to mobile arsenal
2013-04-18 17:19:48 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is taking the next step in its effort to make some of its most popular services more appealing and accessible to the growing audience connecting to the Internet on smartphones and tablet computers.
The mobile push being orchestrated by CEO Marissa Mayer has h...
Possible human ancestor in Australopithecus sediba
2013-04-15 07:40:13 UTC
A surprising mix of apelike and humanlike features from head to toe supports a controversial contention that a 2-million-year-old member of the human evolutionary family gave rise to the genus Homo, an international team of researchers reports in six papers published April 12 in Science.
Physicist Stephen Hawking visits LA stem cell lab
2013-04-10 05:51:23 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Hawking toured a stem cell laboratory Tuesday where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurological disorder that has left the British cosmologist almost completely paralyzed.
After the visit, the 71-year-o...
Microsoft escalates advertising assault on Google
2013-04-09 16:54:45 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals.
The missive that began Tuesday marks the third phase in a...
Eye drops reduce signs of macular degeneration in mice
2013-04-07 08:58:16 UTC
Cholesterol-lowering eye drops may one day help preserve sight in people with a common cause of age-related vision loss, a new study suggests.
In old mice, eye drops that stimulate cells to shed cholesterol rejuvenated immune cells to fight off blood vessels encroaching into the retina, a hall...
Antarctic team digs deep to predict climate future
2013-04-06 15:49:03 UTC
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nancy Bertler and her team took a freezer to the coldest place on Earth, endured weeks of primitive living and risked spending the winter in Antarctic darkness, to go get ice — ice that records our climate's past and could point to its future.
Mars missions scaled back in April because of sun
2013-04-04 17:29:14 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's the Martian version of spring break: Curiosity and Opportunity, along with their spacecraft friends circling overhead, will take it easy this month because of the sun's interference.
For much of April, the sun blocks the line of sight between Earth and Mars. Th...
PC, tablet, phone shipments to hit 2.4B in 2013
2013-04-04 17:00:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Research firm Gartner says it expects worldwide PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments to reach 2.4 billion units this year, up 9 percent from 2012.
Gartner Inc. said Thursday that device shipments should continue to grow, hitting more than 2.9 billion in 2017. But the mix of...
British Library sets out to archive the Web
2013-04-04 16:41:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Capturing the unruly, ever-changing Internet is like trying to pin down a raging river.
But the British Library is going to try.
For centuries the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain. Starting Saturday, it will als...