Kodak postpones bankruptcy auction on patents
2012-09-14 16:36:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Kodak is postponing indefinitely an auction of its imaging patent portfolios.
An auction hearing had been scheduled in August for Eastman Kodak Co. to sell more than 1,000 patents as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy protection. The auction kept getting postponed as talks with...
Deadline for Twitter on giving records to NY court
2012-09-14 07:21:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is facing a deadline to hand over about three months' worth of an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets or faces steep fines from a New York judge.
Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. ruled earlier this year that the social networking site must turn over the records in the case...
Now what? 11 things to do with your old iPhone
2012-09-12 21:15:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The iPhone 5, out later this month, is thinner, lighter and has a bigger screen than its predecessors. For hordes of Apple fans who have some money to spare, the question is: What should you do with your old iPhone after you buy a new one?
The new phones will join some 244 mill...
New Apple mobile software to get maps, Siri update
2012-09-12 21:12:03 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Not ready for a new iPhone? Don't worry. Many software features are coming to older iPhones as well.
Apple has said that its iOS 6 software will sport more than 200 new features, though some won't be available on all devices. The new features include an updated mapping ser...
New iPhone with taller screen out next week
2012-09-12 19:10:11 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is holding an event in San Francisco during which it announced a new iPhone, capable of faster data speeds and sporting a taller screen. It also unveiled new iTunes software and new iPod devices.
The iPhone 5 will go on sale next week. It will work with fourth-genera...
Zuckerberg: Time to 'double down' on Facebook
2012-09-12 02:03:00 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't enjoyed seeing his company's stock get pummeled on Wall Street this summer, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove his critics wrong.
"I would rather be in a cycle where people underestimate us because I'd rather be underestimated,...
YouTube offers new iPhone app to fill looming void
2012-09-11 08:38:04 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube is being reprogrammed for the iPhone and iPad amid the latest fallout from the growing hostility between Google and Apple.
The changes are being made because Google Inc. and Apple Inc. didn't renew a five-year licensing agreement that established YouTube's video se...
Silicon Valley isn't sharing Facebook's misery
2012-09-10 19:20:15 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Silicon Valley, it turns out, doesn't revolve around the stock prices of Facebook and its playful sidekick, Zynga.
By most indications, tech companies in this hub of innovation are humming along, even as two of its rising stars endure steep declines in their stock pri...
Al Jazeera says hackers sent false mobile texts
2012-09-09 16:24:56 UTC
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Al-Jazeera says hackers have targeted the Qatar-based TV satellite channel for the second time in a week, sending out false news reports on its mobile phone alert service.
A pro-Damascus group known as the Syrian Electronic Army quickly claimed responsibility...
Samsung says Galaxy S III sales hit 20 million
2012-09-06 05:13:59 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung says global sales of its Galaxy S III smartphone have surpassed 20 million in a little more than three months.
Samsung Electronics Co. launched the flagship smartphone powered by Google's Android operating system in Europe in late May. The release schedule w...
NASA Dawn spacecraft traveling to dwarf planet
2012-09-05 21:54:11 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next and final stop: The biggest object in the asteroid belt.
After spending a year gazing at a giant asteroid, NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Wednesday began the cruise toward an even bigger target — a voyage that will take nearly three years.
Ground controllers received a si...
Plague, hantavirus, West Nile: How to avoid them
2012-09-07 21:28:40 UTC
The "bugs" of late summer are biting. The nation is having its worst West Nile virus season in a decade, and up to 10,000 people who stayed in California cabins are at risk of hantavirus. A second case of bubonic plague in the West has been confirmed — in a girl in Colorado — and scientists fear ...
Cambodia arrests Pirate Bay co-founder
2012-09-03 06:05:56 UTC
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A co-founder of popular file sharing website The Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws, authorities said Monday.
Cambodian authorities arrested Gottfrid Svartholm Warg on Thur...
New 'Seahorse' sees scallops in new way
2012-09-01 18:56:34 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — A new underwater explorer has hit the seas armed with cameras, strobes and sonar and charged with being a protector of sorts to the valuable Atlantic scallop catch.
This summer, the stainless steel Seahorse, which gets its nickname from its s-shaped silhouette, was towed over mil...
Astronauts, family mourn humble hero Armstrong
2012-09-01 05:54:25 UTC
CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong was a humble hero who saw himself as a team player and never capitalized on his celebrity as the first man to walk on the moon, mourners said Friday outside a private service attended by fellow space pioneers, including his two crewmates on the historic Apollo 11 ...
Twitter unveils new targeting tool for advertisers
2012-08-31 09:42:52 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is offering a new way for advertisers to deliver their marketing pitches to the people who are most likely to buy their products and services.
The targeting tool introduced Thursday allows ads to be sorted into different categories of interest. Once an ad has be...
Tokyo court: Samsung didn't infringe Apple patent
2012-08-31 09:38:15 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court on Friday dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent — the latest ruling in the global legal battle between the two technology titans over smartphones.
The Japanese court case addressed only the synchronizing technology that allows media pl...
Spacewalking astronauts stymied by sticky bolts
2012-08-30 23:35:16 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Sticky bolts proved too much for spacewalking astronauts Thursday, forcing them to leave a new power-switching box dangling from the International Space Station instead of firmly bolted down.
NASA scrambled to reduce the power demands of the orbiting lab and balance...
Jupiter-bound spacecraft set for key maneuver
2012-08-30 18:08:40 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A Jupiter-bound spacecraft is set to fire its engine for an important maneuver intended to bring it back toward Earth.
The engine burn Thursday afternoon is the first of two maneuvers planned to set up NASA's Juno spacecraft to use Earth's gravity to accelerate it towar...
Astronauts take spacewalk to fix up space station
2012-08-30 12:56:49 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's another week and another spacewalk at the International Space Station.
Two astronauts — an American and Japanese — ventured out Thursday to replace failed space station equipment.
Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide expect to spend six hours plugging in a ne...
Samsung takes wraps off of Windows 8 desktop PCs
2012-08-28 08:34:16 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung will offer three different choices to people interested in buying a desktop computer equipped with a redesigned version of Windows going on sale this fall.
The personal computers previewed Tuesday by Samsung at a technology conference in Germany provided one of the...
NASA's pioneering astronauts: Where are they now?
2012-08-26 08:45:33 UTC
As space exploration has become more common and the number of astronauts has risen past 300, many names have faded into the background. But some will forever be associated with the golden age of space exploration. Some examples:
From 1969's Apollo 11, the first manned moon landing mission:
Armstrong's small step a giant leap for humanity
2012-08-26 08:15:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — When man first harnessed fire, no one recorded it. When the Wright Brothers showed man could fly, only a handful of people witnessed it. But when Neil Armstrong took that first small step on the moon in July 1969, an entire globe watched in grainy black-and-white from a quarter ...
To hero-astronaut Armstrong, moonwalk 'just' a job
2012-08-26 08:52:46 UTC
CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon.
He commanded the historic landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions and becoming the first man to walk o...
Racism and Xenophobia Still Prevalent in Germany
2012-08-26 07:26:46 UTC
Germany ( Spiegel ) - Twenty years ago, a neo-Nazi mob attacked a hostel for foreigners in Rostock, one of several similar crimes in the early 1990s. Today, however, Germany is still plagued by a significant level of racism and right-wing extremism in both the east and the west. For far too long,...