Gadgets

  • Studio to comb N.M. landfill for bad Atari games
    Et-game-screenshot-620x350_620x350 2013-06-09 17:52:43 UTC
    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city commission agreed to allow a Canadian studio to search a landfill where old, terrible Atari games are rumored to be buried. Alamogordo commissioners decided last week that they will allow Fuel Industries to search the landfill for games, according to...

  • Music service, mobile software expected from Apple
    2013-06-03-image-5 2013-06-09 17:49:03 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers. Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Fra...

  • Software fix for scarce items in Venezuela
    App4that 2013-06-09 17:10:26 UTC
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Harried Venezuelans who devote hours scouring supermarkets for increasingly scarce food basics and toilet paper have just received some digital help thanks to a young software developer. A free application for mobile devices written by Jose Augusto Montiel lets ...

  • Microsoft says used games will work on Xbox One
    Xbox_one_header1 2013-06-09 17:03:11 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be able to play used games, clearing up a worry among gamers and video game retailers such as GameStop, which trade in used games. That means video games discs users buy will not be limited to one Xbox One device, and players ...

  • Intelligence chief defends Internet spying program
    81d3a5ef168a1c13340f6a706700d9a3 2013-06-09 04:54:52 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to quell a domestic furor over U.S. spying, the nation's top intelligence official stressed Saturday that a previously undisclosed program for tapping into Internet usage is authorized by Congress, falls under strict supervision of a secret court and cannot intent...

  • Casinos ban gamblers from using Google Glass
    Image 2013-06-07 04:15:17 UTC
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casinos in several states are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet. Regulators say the gadgets could be used to cheat at card games. The New Jerse...

  • Tech Tips: Ways to improve online life, save money
    311complaint-ap03043006458-ap-676x450 2013-06-07 04:10:26 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — As the year began, I decided I would get serious about digital cleanup — to save money and improve my online life. For a while, I had been putting off tasks such as backing up computer files and canceling the premium cable channels I never watch. Usually, I'd remember t...

  • Israel leads global drone exports as demand grows
    19e10691d80fe912330f6a706700e099 2013-06-06 07:12:41 UTC
    BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel (AP) — In an expansive hangar in central Israel, workers toil on one of the world's most contentious aircraft, fitting dozens of drones with advanced sensors, cameras and lasers before they are shipped to militaries worldwide to perform highly sensitive tasks. ...

  • A hunch is enough for searching your laptop
    Laptop-searches-512x280 2013-06-06 07:02:55 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. border agents should continue to be allowed to search a traveler's laptop, cellphone or other electronic device and keep copies of any data on them based on no more than a hunch, according to an internal Homeland Security Department study. It contends limiting such se...

  • Gov't scooping up Verizon phone records
    Verizon_building 2013-06-06 06:43:11 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency currently is collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, Britain's Guardian newspaper said Wednesday. The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Ap...

  • ITC rules for Samsung, bans iPhone 4 imports
    Diaalnews 2013-06-05 17:26:28 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China, the import ban would end Apple's a...

  • Americans talk, surf more than Europeans on cells
    M22586207 2013-06-01 05:29:44 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans pay more for their cell service than Europeans, but they're getting a lot more use out of their phones, a global wireless trade group said Wednesday. In releasing the report, GSM Association urged European regulators to take cues from the U.S. The group pointe...

  • EU seeks to abolish data roaming charges in Europe
    041812hubpmmidseat_512x288 2013-05-30 17:00:39 UTC
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official says mobile phone network operators should be forced to end charging customers for data roaming when traveling across the 27-nation bloc. European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes told the European Parliament on Thursday the roaming fees sh...

  • Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1
    9zm5-800 2013-05-30 16:45:20 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers. The revisions to W...

  • Roku raises $60M from Hearst, News Corp, others
    B2a3591600744412330f6a706700a169 2013-05-30 05:31:19 UTC
    SARATOGA, Calif. (AP) — Roku Inc., the streaming video device maker, said Wednesday that it has raised $60 million in its sixth round of funding. Media giant Hearst Corp. and an unnamed institutional investor joined existing backers such as News Corp. and its subsidiary British Sky Broadcasting...

  • Dish tops Sprint's bid for Clearwire ahead of vote
    Dsc_4155_large_verge_medium_landscape 2013-05-30 05:25:52 UTC
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Satellite TV operator Dish Network Corp. on Wednesday raised its bid for Clearwire Corp., valuing the wireless network operator at $6.9 billion, in an attempt to outbid Sprint Nextel Corp. two days before Clearwire shareholders are meeting to vote on a deal. Dish's b...

  • Texas plant to make first US-assembled smartphones
    Bits-smartphones-blog480 2013-05-30 05:23:35 UTC
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cellphone pioneer Motorola announced Wednesday that it's opening a Texas manufacturing facility that will create 2,000 jobs and produce its new flagship device, Moto X, the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. The company has already begun hiring for the For...

  • Pentagon programs target of China cyber threat
    Chinese-hackers 2013-05-29 05:29:16 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — New revelations that China used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 Pentagon weapons programs and almost 30 other defense technologies have increased pressure on U.S. leaders to take more strident action against Beijing to stem the persistent breaches. The disclo...

  • Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000
    20130525-apple-1-auction 2013-05-25 17:39:21 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — An auctioneer says one of Apple's first computers — a functioning 1976 model — has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000). German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the so-called Apple 1, which the tech company's found...

  • The new consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony
    1abc362c08d28211320f6a706700a3a8 2013-05-24 16:31:19 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is the last of the three big video game console makers to unveil its latest gaming system. The unveiling comes nearly eight years after the Xbox 360 went on sale. It follows last fall's debut of Nintendo's Wii U and a preview in February of the upcoming PlayStati...

  • Obama sees narrower terror threat, defends drones
    090dff2446cab311320f6a706700e7bc 2013-05-24 04:35:54 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought Thursday to advance the U.S. beyond the unrelenting war effort of the past dozen years, defining a narrower terror threat from smaller networks and homegrown extremists rather than the grandiose plots of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida. In a l...

  • More doctors, hospitals using electronic records
    Altercare1 2013-05-23 04:43:48 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says more doctors and hospitals are embracing technology as adoption of computerized medical records reaches a "tipping point" in America. A report Wednesday from Health and Human Services says more than 50 percent of doctors' offices and 4 in 5 hos...

  • Jennifer Lopez to open cellphone stores
    1028579-jennifer-lopez-617-409 2013-05-23 04:38:06 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — "Jenny from the Block" wants the block to buy Verizon phones from her. Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez says she's opening a chain of cellphone stores and a website under the Viva Movil brand. The aim is to sell Verizon phones and services to Latinos. The first store ...

  • HP's 2Q offers hope even as revenue slump deepens
    49caed5025578f11320f6a706700ca92 2013-05-23 04:29:14 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is still scrambling to meet the growing demand for more versatile and less expensive mobile devices as a slump in its personal computer sales deepens, but the company's cost-cutting measures and focus on more profitable areas of technology appear to be...

  • Microsoft touts Xbox One as all-in-1 entertainment
    3c17d25308bc8211320f6a7067003ef4 2013-05-22 04:34:17 UTC
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft thinks it has the one. The company unveiled the Xbox One, an entertainment console that wants to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies, sports and other entertainment. It will go on sale later this year, for an undisclosed ...