New Mac operating system goes on sale Wednesday
2012-07-25 08:33:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. will release its new operating system for Mac computers on Wednesday, with features borrowed from mobile devices and a tighter integration with online file storage.
Dubbed Mountain Lion, the new software narrows the gap between the PC and phone software packages, mak...
AP Exclusive: Webcams make Alaska bears accessible
2012-07-25 08:28:17 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new video initiative is bringing the famed brown bears of Alaska's Katmai National Park directly to your computer or smartphone.
Without having to go there, you'll be able to watch mature bears compete for salmon at Brook Falls and other sites and cubs tumbling over ...
Apple sags as consumers buy cheaper iPhones
2012-07-25 08:12:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — More consumers are buying the least expensive iPhones and iPads, a new phenomenon that is causing Apple's breakneck growth rate to slow.
On Tuesday, Apple Inc. revealed that both revenue and net income posted increases of just over 20 percent — cause for celebration at most com...
How Apple's phantom taxes hide billions in profit
2012-07-24 06:46:16 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — On Tuesday, Apple is set to report financial results for the second quarter. Analysts are expecting net income of $9.8 billion. But whatever figure Apple reports won't reflect its true profit, because the company hides some of it with an unusual tax maneuver.
Apple Inc., alread...
Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61 -VIDEO
2012-07-24 03:08:52 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space used to be a man's world. Then came Sally Ride, who blazed a cosmic trail into orbit for U.S. women. With a pitch perfect name out of a pop song refrain, she joined the select club of American space heroes the public knew by heart: Shepard, Glenn, Armstrong and Aldrin.
Big tech stocks rally after early earnings reports
2012-07-23 17:30:32 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — That wasn't so bad, after all.
That's the sentiment among investors as they digest last week's smorgasbord of quarterly results from technology companies that included Intel Corp., IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. Although reports from the industry bellwethers al...
Lobstermen finding more odd colors in the catch
2012-07-22 18:16:36 UTC
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When a 100-pound shipment of lobsters arrived at Bill Sarro's seafood shop and restaurant last month, it contained a surprise — six orange crustaceans that have been said to be a 1-in-10-million oddity.
"My butcher was unloading them and said, 'Oh, my gosh, boss, they se...
Can a former Clinton spinmeister make Microsoft cool?
2012-07-22 09:41:04 UTC
On the surface, it looked like another routine personnel move with a new corporate suit moving into the executive suite, but Microsoft's decision this week to hire former Clinton political operative Mark Penn as a vice president in charge of "strategic and special projects" -- whatever that means...
Navy's new ship sails the seas on half the gas
2012-07-22 09:34:15 UTC
SAN DIEGO (CNET NEWS) -- The U.S. Navy spends a fortune every year on energy, so for a ship to complete a deployment having burned through just half the cash it had available for fuel is a very good sign of things to come.
For some time, the Navy has been saying many of the right things about it...
New lab working on security shoe sole to ID people
2012-07-21 21:01:43 UTC
PITTSBURGH (AP) — High-tech security? Forget those irksome digital eye scans. Meet the biometric shoe.
A new lab is working to perfect special shoe insoles that can help monitor access to high-security areas, like nuclear power plants or special military bases.
The concept is based on resea...
Yahoo's 2Q earnings, revenue remain flat
2012-07-17 22:53:54 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo turned in another lackluster performance in the second quarter.
The results announced Tuesday underscore the challenges facing Yahoo's newly hired CEO Marissa Mayer as she tries to turn around the Internet company after a 13-year career as a top Google executive.
Study: Viewers turning to YouTube as news source
2012-07-16 04:49:54 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A new study has found that YouTube is emerging as a major platform for news, one to which viewers increasingly turn for eyewitness videos in times of major events and natural disasters.
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism on Monday released their exam...
Microsoft, NBC dissolve MSNBC.com joint venture
2012-07-16 04:41:19 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is pulling out of the joint venture that owned MSNBC.com, freeing the world's largest software maker to build its own online news service.
The breakup announced late Sunday dissolves the final shreds of a 16-year marriage between Microsoft Corp. and NBC News, whi...
Iran parliamentarians call for nuclear ships
2012-07-15 17:36:17 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semiofficial news agency says a parliamentary committee has approved a bill requiring the government to design nuclear-powered merchant ships and provide them with nuclear fuel.
Iran says it is designing a nuclear submarine. But nuclear-powered ships other than w...
Blackberry maker loses patent suit over software
2012-07-16 00:04:30 UTC
A federal jury in San Francisco has found beleaguered Blackberry maker Research in Motion Ltd. liable for $147.2 million in damages for infringing on patents held by Mformation Technologies Inc.
Amar Thakur, a lawyer for Mformation, said Saturday that the verdict late Friday followed a three-w...
US social media account in China disappears
2012-07-13 21:11:43 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A widely read microblog written by the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai and known for its sometimes tongue-in-cheek comments about China's social and political issues was inaccessible Friday.
Sina Weibo, China's most popular microblog site that hosts the consulate's account, said it c...
Apple returns to environmental ratings list
2012-07-13 21:00:22 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. said Friday that it is putting its products back on an environmental ratings registry, saying it made a mistake in removing them from the list.
The Cupertino, Calif., company said all of its eligible products are back on the Electronic Product Environmental Assessmen...
Massive landslide in Alaska sweeps over glacier
2012-07-13 06:11:27 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Even by Alaska standards, the rock slide in Glacier Bay National Park was a huge event.
It was a monumental geophysical event that was almost overlooked until a pilot happened to fly over where the cliff collapsed and snapped some photographs nearly a month later.
Apple pulls out of environmental ratings registry
2012-07-12 21:52:07 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's withdrawal from an environmental ratings registry has prompted at least one city — San Francisco — to stop buying its computers.
The decision does not apply to iPads or iPhones. But Francis Tsang, spokesman for Mayor Edwin Lee's office, says the city's rules requir...
Yahoo confirms theft of 450,000 users' passwords
2012-07-12 21:49:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Some 450,000 Yahoo users' email addresses and passwords have been leaked because of a security breach, the company confirmed Thursday, adding that just a small fraction of the stolen passwords were valid.
The company said in a statement that an "old file" from the Yahoo Contribut...
Yahoo's interim CEO faces off with shareholders
2012-07-12 21:40:31 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's restless shareholders let interim CEO Ross Levinsohn know that they won't give him much time to fix the troubled company if he gets the job on a permanent basis.
Levinsohn faced skeptical questioning at Yahoo's annual shareholders meeting Thursday as he tried to co...
China wants to censor online video content
2012-07-11 06:02:14 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's broadcasting and Internet regulators have told Internet video providers that they must prescreen all programs before making them available, tightening state censorship of increasingly popular online drama series and mini-movies.
The new rule was issued jointly by the Sta...
Source: Google to pay $22.5M fine in privacy case
2012-07-11 05:54:50 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is poised to pay a $22.5 million fine to resolve allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who rely on Apple's Safari browser, according to a person familiar with settlement.
The person who spoke to The Associated Press...
India: Enough about Higgs, let's discuss the boson
2012-07-10 20:24:28 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — While much of the world was celebrating the international cooperation that led to last week's breakthrough in identifying the existence of the Higgs boson particle, many in India were smarting over what they saw as a slight against one of their greatest scientists.
Science official: Ocean acidity major reef threat
2012-07-09 11:08:24 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the "osteoporosis of the sea" and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a U.S. scientific agency said Monday.
The speed by which the oceans' ...