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Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:15:17 GMT2017-01-20T03:15:17Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics said Friday it will announce on Jan. 23 the reason why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones overheated and caught fire....



How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:37:27 GMT2017-01-19T23:37:27Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country....



US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:55:13 GMT2017-01-19T19:55:13Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tesla Motors Inc. won't face a recall or fine as a result of a fatal crash involving its Autopilot system, but U.S. safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving....



NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:36:32 GMT2017-01-19T17:36:32Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel are blaming social media companies including Facebook and Twitter for facilitating communications among terrorists....



Spain arrests Russian wanted by US for alleged hacking

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:52:32 GMT2017-01-19T16:52:32Z

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish officials say a Russian computer programmer wanted by the United States on hacking allegations has been jailed while a decision is made on whether to extradite him....



It's getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:06:05 GMT2017-01-19T15:06:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans....



German anti-trust case against Audible, Apple dropped

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:13:43 GMT2017-01-19T12:13:43Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's anti-trust agency says it's dropping its investigation of Amazon subsidiary Audible and Apple after the two companies agreed to end exclusivity deals for audiobook supply and distribution....



Facebook to build its 3rd data center outside US in Denmark

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:37:10 GMT2017-01-19T10:37:10Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Facebook will build a 56,500 square meter (608,161 square foot) data center in central Denmark, its third such center outside the United States....



Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:34:49 GMT2017-01-19T09:34:49Z

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045....



Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:50:29 GMT2017-01-19T00:50:29Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix's original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player - one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service....



US sues Oracle, says it pays white men more than others

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:47:05 GMT2017-01-18T22:47:05Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Oracle, claiming that the technology giant has a "systemic practice" of paying white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles....



Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:24:24 GMT2017-01-18T21:24:24Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source - even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each other's....



Esquire network will transition from cable to online channel

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:07:47 GMT2017-01-18T21:07:47Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Esquire Network said Wednesday it is shutting down as a cable channel and will transition into a digital online outlet....



Correction: Wind Energy story

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:57:10 GMT2017-01-18T19:57:10Z

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- In a story Jan. 17 about a wind energy project, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the Long Island Power Authority's plans. LIPA spokesman Sid Nathan says the utility plans to vote on whether to award a contract to Deepwater Wind, not that it plans to award the contract....



For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:16:35 GMT2017-01-18T19:16:35Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Imagine you're behind the wheel when your brakes fail. As you speed toward a crowded crosswalk, you're confronted with an impossible choice: veer right and mow down a large group of elderly people or veer left into a woman pushing a stroller....



California finishes safety review of wells after blowout

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:18:17 GMT2017-01-18T06:18:17Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California natural gas storage facility where a blowout spewed methane for nearly four months has completed a safety review required to resume operations, though it might never return to full capacity, state officials said Tuesday....



Donald Trump praises wrong Ivanka in Twitter shout-out

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:07:30 GMT2017-01-17T13:07:30Z

LONDON (AP) -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump wanted to praise his daughter on Twitter - instead he accidentally sent his message to another Ivanka....



New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:17:39 GMT2017-01-17T11:17:39Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess....



Baidu hires Microsoft expert in artificial intelligence push

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:39:42 GMT2017-01-17T09:39:42Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular Internet search engine, says it has hired a former Microsoft executive with a background in artificial intelligence to improve its competitiveness in the field....



Report: Trucking firms using gadgets to cheat on emissions

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:46:38 GMT2017-01-16T16:46:38Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German public broadcaster ZDF reports that trucking companies in Europe may be using electronic equipment to commit large-scale emissions fraud....



Facebook introduces measures to tackle fake news in Germany

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:15:39 GMT2017-01-15T21:15:39Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Facebook says it's introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election....



Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:48:36 GMT2017-01-15T05:48:36Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm....



SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 03:10:49 GMT2017-01-15T03:10:49Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company's first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago....



The Latest: SpaceX launch places satellites in orbit

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:24:27 GMT2017-01-14T19:24:27Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on the launch of a SpaceX rocket in California (all times local):...



Woman pleads not guilty to framing husband's ex as stalker

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:14:47 GMT2017-01-14T18:14:47Z

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A former Southern California woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she framed her husband's ex-girlfriend, portraying her as a stalker who made death threats and set up a bizarre "rape fantasy" scheme....



Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:07:04 GMT2017-01-14T16:07:04Z

HAVANA (AP) -- Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba's state-owned telecommunications company....



Auto show concepts: Would you build them or forget them?

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:37:56 GMT2017-01-14T15:37:56Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Car companies don't just show current models at auto shows. They also unveil prototypes that could be built in the future. These so-called concept cars help them gauge the public's reaction to new designs or technology. They can also amp up excitement about a company's future....



Military's shift away from oil clashes with Trump's promises

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:51:16 GMT2017-01-14T14:51:16Z

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) -- At a sprawling desert base, a Marine recharged his radio's batteries simply by walking, while nearby fellow troops examined a rocket artillery system and a drone - both powered by the sun....



Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:00:53 GMT2017-01-13T21:00:53Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street....



Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:50:13 GMT2017-01-13T08:50:13Z

TOKYO (AP) -- The Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for 29,980 yen (about $260) in Japan, starting March 3, the same date as its global rollout in the U.S. and Europe. The Japanese company promises the device will be packed with the fun features of all its past machines and more....



Phone hacking company falls victim to hackers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:58:49 GMT2017-01-12T23:58:49Z

Cellebrite, a digital forensics firm known for helping law enforcement crack into locked smartphones, has itself fallen victim to hackers....



Court revives suit alleging Apple monopoly on iPhone apps

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:45:27 GMT2017-01-12T22:45:27Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing Apple of having an illegal monopoly on the sale of iPhone apps....



Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:54:20 GMT2017-01-12T21:54:20Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans - and the sharp contrast the e-commerce powerhouse strikes against traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, many of which are cutting jobs and closing stores ....



Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:02:33 GMT2017-01-12T20:02:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease....



Facebook takes on a bigger role in journalism

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:09:28 GMT2017-01-11T23:09:28Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is launching a journalism project aimed at strengthening its ties with media organizations to help them expand their audiences, come up with new products and generally promote trusted news in today's "post-truth" era....



DirecTV Now: A trial is free, but it's a hard sell for some

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:28:15 GMT2017-01-11T20:28:15Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T says the market for its new internet cable service , DirecTV Now, could be as large as 20 million households. To put it to the test, I farmed out part of this review to several friends and relatives. It's TV, it's fun, it's a free trial with no hassle. Why wouldn't people jump at the chance to try something new?...



Surviving Carpenters member sues over digital royalties

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:20:30 GMT2017-01-11T18:20:30Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Grammy winner Richard Carpenter sued Universal Music Group on Wednesday for millions in royalties he contends are owed from licensing Carpenters songs for online services such as Apple's iTunes....



Twitter: Obama's 'thank you' tweet his most popular ever

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:55:11 GMT2017-01-11T16:55:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's tweet following his farewell address to the nation has become the most popular post on the presidential account....



Norway starts tuning out analog radio in favor of digital

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:59:21 GMT2017-01-11T10:59:21Z

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway began shutting down analog radio technology Wednesday as the Scandinavian country becomes the first in the world to phase out the FM signal for national and some regional broadcasting....



US warns of unusual cybersecurity flaw in heart devices

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:07:26 GMT2017-01-11T00:07:26Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department warned Tuesday about an unusual cybersecurity flaw for one manufacturer's implantable heart devices that it said could allow hackers to remotely take control of a person's defibrillator or pacemaker....



Italy arrests siblings accused of huge VIP hacking campaign

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:21:42 GMT2017-01-10T22:21:42Z

ROME (AP) -- Police have arrested a brother-and-sister team suspected of conducting an ambitious, years-long campaign of hacking that targeted thousands of accounts belonging to some of the leading political and business figures in Italy....



Backpage execs refuse to testify at sex-trafficking hearing

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:56:38 GMT2017-01-10T17:56:38Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Executives at the advertising website Backpage.com refused to testify before Congress Tuesday following a Senate report that accuses the site of systematically editing its "adult" ads to remove words that indicate sex trafficking....



Ethiopia says to launch satellite into orbit in 3 to 5 years

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:18:33 GMT2017-01-10T14:18:33Z

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia says it will launch a civilian satellite into orbit in three to five years to better predict weather conditions and for remote sensing activities inside the country....



Spy chief says Germany needs ability to counter cyberattacks

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:28:47 GMT2017-01-10T12:28:47Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says the country needs to be able to return fire during a cyberattack, including the ability to disable equipment that's being used to target Germany....



Messaging app Snapchat to put European base in UK

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:42:16 GMT2017-01-10T10:42:16Z

LONDON (AP) -- The company behind messaging app Snapchat will place its European base in Britain in a vote of confidence in the economy following the vote to leave the European Union....



High Court won't hear appeal over Backpage.com escort ads

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:52:04 GMT2017-01-10T02:52:04Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear an appeal from three sex trafficking victims who accuse advertising website Backpage.com of helping to promote the exploitation of children....



Yahoo to change name, trim board if Verizon deal gets done

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:42:47 GMT2017-01-10T01:42:47Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo will adopt a new corporate identity and slash the size of its board if the proposed $4.8 billion sale of its digital services to Verizon Communications goes through....



Apple proved a phone can change the world in just 10 years

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:55:23 GMT2017-01-09T23:55:23Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Few people realized it at the time, but the world shifted fundamentally a decade ago when Steve Jobs pulled the first iPhone from Apple's bag of technological tricks....



Cellphone, Wi-Fi coverage goes live at NYC subway stations

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:58:03 GMT2017-01-09T12:58:03Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cellphone and Wi-Fi coverage is now being provided for commuters at each of New York City's many underground subway stations, one year ahead of schedule....



Waymo self-driving minivan will start test drives this month

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:36:35 GMT2017-01-09T00:36:35Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, will start testing its new fleet of minivans on public roads in California and Arizona later this month....



Apple CEO Tim Cook's pay slumps along with iPhone sales

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:15:51 GMT2017-01-07T00:15:51Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple penalized CEO Tim Cook for the iPhone maker's first sales slump in 15 years with a 15 percent pay cut....



Officials: Foreign government may have breached health data

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:14:28 GMT2017-01-07T00:14:28Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A foreign government may have been behind a cyber breach of health insurance company Anthem Inc. that compromised the records of more than 78 million consumers, investigators said Friday. They declined to identify the hackers or the foreign government....



The Latest at CES: Albert Einstein as an educational robot

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:57:15 GMT2017-01-06T22:57:15Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Latest at CES gadget show in Las Vegas (all times local):...



Jeans that give directions? Products get, um, 'smart' at CES

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:25:39 GMT2017-01-06T20:25:39Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Here's a morning routine for you....



Cyber experts report 'chasing ghosts' after US warning

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:50:10 GMT2017-01-06T18:50:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After the U.S. government disclosed its first technical report publicly connecting Russia's intelligence services to U.S. hacking, the phones started ringing inside cybersecurity firm Rendition Infosec LLC....



Norway embarking on shutdown of FM on national broadcasts

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:33:42 GMT2017-01-06T16:33:42Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norway will start next week on becoming the first country to phase out the analogue frequency modulation technology, or FM, for national and some regional broadcasting....



The Latest at CES: Personalize backpacks with photo screen

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:17:34 GMT2017-01-06T15:17:34Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Fashionistas, particularly millennials, like to personalize what they wear....



Samsung's profit jumps 50 percent despite Galaxy fiasco

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 04:19:04 GMT2017-01-06T04:19:04Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday that its profits in the last quarter of 2016 surged 50 percent to the highest level in more than three years, despite the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco....