High court uphold FCC power in cell tower disputes
2013-05-20 17:55:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has affirmed the authority of federal regulators to try to speed local government decisions on proposals to build or expand cell phone towers.
The court voted 6-3 Monday to uphold an appeals court ruling in favor the Federal Communications Commission.
Tiny camera in Illinois offers bug's eye view
2013-05-19 07:03:49 UTC
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A tiny new camera developed at an Illinois university is giving researchers a bug's eye view.
The camera created by a research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is about the size of a penny and mimics insects' bulging eyes. It features 180 micro-lens...
'Sonic' video games coming to Nintendo
2013-05-18 16:34:06 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sonic the Hedgehog is rolling with Nintendo.
Sega says it will exclusively release the next three games starring the popular blue critter on Nintendo platforms. The first title will be called "Sonic Lost World" and is set for release on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS lat...
Canada trying to lure Silicon Valley tech workers
2013-05-18 05:28:30 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian government has launched an aggressive campaign to lure Silicon Valley tech workers frustrated by U.S. visa policies northward, just as Congress wrestles with a long-sought overhaul of America's immigration system.
Canada's minister of citizenship, immigra...
Congress gets mixed advice on regulating drones
2013-05-18 04:30:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing use of unmanned surveillance "eyes in the sky" aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but Congress is getting mixed advice on what, if anything, to do about it.
A future with domestic drones may be inevitable. While civilian drone use is currently l...
Google challenger in Vietnam redirecting queries
2013-05-17 04:18:48 UTC
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Russian-financed search engine seeking to challenge Google's dominance in Vietnam is redirecting queries for some politically sensitive terms to the American company's search engine, apparently as a way of avoiding government anger or legal liability for sending surf...
Dell's dismal 1Q illuminates PC maker's challenges
2013-05-17 04:13:34 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dell's financial decay worsened during its latest quarter as the company slashed its personal computer prices in response to the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets.
The dismal performance announced Thursday provided the latest evidence of a technological...
NASA craft's planet-hunting days may be numbered
2013-05-16 05:09:04 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing the search for other worlds where life could exist outside our solar system.
If engineers can't find a fix, the failure could mean an end to the $600 million mission's search, although the spa...
Google unveils maps, photo, music features
2013-05-16 04:47:59 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's sixth annual conference for software developers opened Wednesday with a chance for the company to showcase its latest services. Announcements included new features for online games, maps and search, a new music-streaming service and enhancements to its Google P...
Nokia unveils metallic smartphone, stock tumbles
2013-05-15 07:14:51 UTC
HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its first Lumia smartphone with a metal cover, low-light camera features and new social network apps. But the new model failed to impress investors, who sent the company's stock down more than 5 percent.
The features on the Lumia 925 — slimmer ...
Microsoft embraces a Google service for a change
2013-05-15 07:13:14 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's disdain for Google doesn't extend to all of its rival's products.
In a rare bit of cooperation, Microsoft's Outlook.com is giving users of its free email service the option of logging into Google Chat to exchange instant messages and engage in audio or ...
TV-over-Internet service hits Atlanta next month
2013-05-15 06:34:52 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Aereo, the startup that offers live television broadcasts over the Internet starting at $8 a month, said it will start service in the Atlanta market on June 17, following an expansion to Boston on Wednesday.
Until this week, the service had been available only in the N...
Google poised to show off latest devices, services
2013-05-15 06:28:49 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to use its annual software developers' conference to showcase the latest mobile devices running on its Android software, while also unveiling other features in its evolving product line-up.
The gathering, scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in ...
Update to address Windows 8 confusion will be free
2013-05-14 17:30:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A planned Windows 8 update to address complaints and confusion with Microsoft's new operating system will be made available for free this year, the company said Tuesday.
Microsoft also announced a name for the update: Windows 8.1.
Not charging extra for Windows...
Big 4 cellphone carriers unite on anti-texting ads
2013-05-14 06:39:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile will ...
Spacewalk may be needed to fix space station leak
2013-05-10 17:30:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two astronauts on the International Space Station are preparing for a possible impromptu spacewalk to work on a leaking coolant line.
NASA spokesman Rob Navias (NA'-vee-us) says the line will run out of ammonia coolant late Friday morning. The line chills power ...
Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable
2013-05-09 19:12:25 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — When Michael Gore stands, it's a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight...
T-Mobile US sells 500,000 iPhones in a month
2013-05-08 16:36:17 UTC
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc., the last of the major U.S. carriers to start carrying iPhones, is selling them at a brisk pace, it reported Wednesday.
T-Mobile US, the No. 4 U.S. carrier, said it has sold half a million iPhones since it started on April 12. That puts ...
Police, politicians push surveillance post-Boston
2013-05-06 04:31:06 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on their streets.
From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, efforts include tr...
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 ...
New efforts to curb cellphone theft
2013-05-05 05:11:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials across the country are looking to the wireless industry to help find a cure.
In San Francisco, where half the robberies were phone-related last year, District Attorney...
US Cellular embraces iPhone after rejecting it
2013-05-04 16:32:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Cellular, the only major U.S. wireless carrier to resist the iPhone, says it's going to start selling it this year.
CEO Mary Dillon announced the reversal Friday on a call with investors and analysts. She didn't specify exactly when the company would start selling ...
B&N to add Google Play app store to its Nook HD
2013-05-03 04:59:39 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets.
The bookstore chain says it will add Google's Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products in the U.S. and U.K. via a software update Friday....
Sore thumbs? US text messaging declines
2013-05-02 19:17:39 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are saying CUL8TR to text messaging, a wireless industry group says, as Internet-based applications such as Apple's Messages are starting to taking over from what was once a cash cow for phone companies.
CTIA — The Wireless Association says Americans sent 2.2 tr...
Mobile ads help grow Facebook's 1Q revenue 38 pct.
2013-05-02 04:56:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, Facebook was just testing the waters of mobile advertising, causing plenty of headaches for investors ahead of its massive initial public offering.
It has since eased those worries.
On Wednesday the world's biggest social networking company said nearly a th...