Yelp serves restaurant reviews to Microsoft's Bing
2012-06-15 07:36:30 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yelp is feeding its online reviews of restaurants and other local merchants to Microsoft's Bing search engine in a move to compete against Zagat ratings on Google.
Beginning Thursday, people using Bing to search for information about neighborhood businesses will be able to...
New app designed for sports fans on Twitter
2012-06-15 07:25:33 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — When Philip Sanford goes to his favorite bar to watch his beloved Seton Hall Pirates, he brings along his phone charger so he also can follow the game on Twitter.
Heather Carleton looks to the social media website for clarification when there's a disputed call involving the San ...
Bulgaria: 'Vampire' skeleton going on display
2012-06-14 16:13:49 UTC
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Ever since archaeologists announced last week that they have found two ancient skeletons in Bulgaria with iron rods thrust through their chests, the media have been reporting how Bulgarians once did that to prevent the dead from emerging from the grave as vampires.
NASA chief views history-making SpaceX capsule
2012-06-14 07:32:27 UTC
McGREGOR, Texas (AP) — Marred by just a few scorch marks from its re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere, the world's first commercial supply spacecraft to visit the International Space Station weathered its maiden voyage well, NASA and SpaceX officials said Wednesday.
"It's almost untouched," Spa...
NASA launches X-ray telescope over Pacific
2012-06-13 17:03:29 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA has a new X-ray eye in the sky.
The space agency's latest X-ray telescope was boosted into orbit Wednesday to begin a two-year mission to search for black holes and other hard-to-see celestial objects.
The telescope was launched by a rocket released from a carrier ai...
Apple kicks Google Maps off iPhone, adds Facebook
2012-06-12 06:13:50 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steve Jobs' vendetta against Google remains alive, eight months after the Apple co-founder died feeling betrayed by a company he once embraced as an ally.
Apple is escalating the feud between two of the world's most influential companies by dumping Google's mapping service...
Apple expected to show fresh software, new Macs
2012-06-11 08:21:48 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to show off new iPhone software, updated Mac computers and provide more details on future releases of Mac software when he kicks off the company's annual conference for software developers on Monday.
The announcement of new software for the iPhone...
Virgin Mobile gets iPhone for $549, $30 per month
2012-06-07 20:26:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's brands for prepaid, no-contract phone service, said Thursday it will start selling the iPhone on June 29, charging $549 for a basic model.
The high price of the phone comes with an upside: service will start at $30 per month.
That means the...
China looks to boost Internet limits on microblogs
2012-06-07 20:17:37 UTC
SHANGHAI (AP) — China plans to stiffen restrictions on Internet service providers as it seeks even greater control over the opinions voiced on the country's lively microblogs and other web forums.
A list of proposed changes to Beijing's Internet law released by the Cabinet on Thursday includes...
Samsung fights Apple move to block Galaxy sales
2012-06-07 20:08:16 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it will fight Apple's move to stop U.S. sales of its new Galaxy phone in the latest flare-up of an intellectual property battle between the world's top smartphone makers.
Samsung said it will vigorously oppose Apple's request for ...
Sony pumps life into PS Vita, Move controller
2012-06-05 18:24:14 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Corp. has breathed new life into its handheld Vita and announced a tie-up with author J.K. Rowling that could cause Harry Potter fans to fly on broomsticks into the world of games.
The Japanese console maker indicated Monday it could be years before it comes up with new...
Google buys maker of Quickoffice mobile app
2012-06-05 18:16:21 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is buying Quickoffice, the maker of a widely used mobile application for working on documents created in Microsoft's programs for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
The deal announced Tuesday gives Google Inc. more tools to undercut Microsoft Corp., on...
5 US carriers to sell new Samsung Galaxy in June
2012-06-05 00:45:57 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will be launched by all of the Big 4 national U.S. wireless carriers this month, starting at $199, the phone maker said Monday.
The phone will be carried by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA, a...
Kids could someday get on Facebook, without lying
2012-06-05 00:43:32 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Though Facebook bans children under 13, millions of them have profiles on the site by lying about their age.
The company is now testing ways to allow those kids to participate without needing to lie. This would likely be under parental supervision, such as by connecting childre...
Israel asks Arab visitors to open emails to search
2012-06-04 22:53:42 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — When Sandra Tamari arrived at Israel's international airport, she received an unusual request: A security agent pushed a computer screen in front of her, connected to Gmail and told her to "log in."
The agent, suspecting Tamari was involved in pro-Palestinian activism, wanted ...
Venus takes center stage in upcoming rare sky show
2012-06-03 06:58:04 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a spectacle that won't repeat for another century — the sight of Venus slowly inching across the face of the sun.
So unless scientists discover the fountain of youth, none of us alive today will likely ever witness this celestial phenomenon again, dubbed a "transit of V...
SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth, ends historic trip
2012-06-03 06:59:57 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Triumphant from start to finish, the SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to exploration.
"Welcome home, baby," said SpaceX's elated...
Saving Dominican forest and an elusive songbird
2012-05-30 07:53:14 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic (AP) — An elusive songbird that wings its way each year from austere mountaintops of the northeastern U.S. to the steamy forests of the Caribbean has inspired the creation of what conservationists hope will be a new model for nature reserves in a count...
New lab turns SD gold town into scientific hub
2012-05-30 07:46:19 UTC
LEAD, S.D. (AP) — Nestled nearly 5,000 feet beneath the earth in the gold boom town of Lead, S.D., is a laboratory that could help scientists answer some pretty heavy questions about life, its origins and the universe.
It's hard to spot from the surface. Looking around the rustic town, there a...
Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US
2012-05-30 07:40:21 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.
Back-to-back asteroids harmlessly fly past Earth
2012-05-30 07:33:42 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A newly discovered small asteroid has harmlessly zipped close to Earth — just as scientists expected.
The 16-foot-long space rock, discovered on Memorial Day, passed by early Tuesday at a distance of 8,950 miles from the Earth's surface.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laborat...
Dragon makes history with space station docking
2012-05-25 22:21:39 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The private company SpaceX made history Friday with the docking of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, the most impressive feat yet in turning routine spaceflight over to the commercial sector.
It marked the first time a business enterprise delive...
Yahoo seeks to shake up search, Web browsing
2012-05-24 20:47:02 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joining the battle to redefine Internet search, Yahoo is taking aim with a new browser enhancement it calls "Axis."
It alters browsers made by other companies to display search results in a more convenient and visual format.
The troubled Internet company Yahoo Inc. rele...
New Google data shows Microsoft's piracy problems
2012-05-24 19:43:50 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's Internet search engine receives more complaints about websites believed to be infringing on Microsoft's copyrights than it does about material produced by entertainment companies pushing for tougher laws against online piracy.
A snapshot of Microsoft's apparently ...
Wanted: Bigfoot hair samples for European study
2012-05-23 18:20:27 UTC
LONDON (AP) — European researchers are planning to use new techniques to analyze DNA that could help crack the mystery of whether Bigfoot exists.
In a project announced this week, Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology scientists appealed to museums, scientists and Yeti aficionados t...