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Growing problem: Pot lights give ham radio operators a buzz

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:47:13 GMT2017-02-28T05:47:13Z

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Ham radio operators say their frequencies are increasingly getting a harsh buzz from a component of the indoor lamps used to grow pot....



Report: Uber exec out after failing to disclose allegation

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:54:21 GMT2017-02-28T00:54:21Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A top engineering executive at Uber, Amit Singhal, is out five weeks after his hire was announced. According to a report in the tech blog Recode, Singhal failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation....



Supreme Court skeptical of sex offender social media ban

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:00:27 GMT2017-02-27T19:00:27Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a nod to the importance of social media in American life, the Supreme Court signaled Monday it could strike down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites....



AT&T-Time Warner deal may have easier path to approval

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:51:26 GMT2017-02-27T18:51:26Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner may be getting an easier path to approval after the chief telecommunications regulator says it isn't likely to review the deal....



Buffett's bite of Apple even bigger than thought

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:27:15 GMT2017-02-27T18:27:15Z

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Billionaire Warren Buffett, famously leery of technology companies, has loaded up on Apple shares after noticing how inseparable iPhone users are from the gadget once they get one in their pocket....



Chatting robots and music: fun gadgets on show in Barcelona

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:39:42 GMT2017-02-27T17:39:42Z

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- While smartphones get top billing at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it's the quirky, under-the-radar products that are getting a lot of the visitors' attention....



The Latest: Buffett says $143B Unilever talks soured quickly

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:09:57 GMT2017-02-27T13:09:57Z

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The Latest on investor Warren Buffett's comments on a variety of topics (all times local):...



Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:30:12 GMT2017-02-26T21:30:12Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung's product showcase Sunday is notable for what's missing: a new flagship phone....



New LG phone influenced by Samsung's Note 7 troubles

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:42:08 GMT2017-02-26T14:42:08Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung's fiasco with its fire-prone Note 7 phone has pushed its rival LG to take additional precautions with its next smartphone....



Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:01:37 GMT2017-02-26T13:01:37Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight....



New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:32:51 GMT2017-02-24T21:32:51Z

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."...



The Latest: Hotly contested Pinelands pipeline approved

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:25:23 GMT2017-02-24T16:25:23Z

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- The Latest on vote to permit natural gas pipeline in New Jersey's federally protected Pinelands (all times local):...



The Latest: Protests disrupting New Jersey pipeline hearing

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:30:29 GMT2017-02-24T15:30:29Z

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- The Latest on vote to permit natural gas pipeline in New Jersey's federally protected Pinelands (all times local):...



India police arrest cheap mobile maker on fraud charges

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:14:04 GMT2017-02-24T08:14:04Z

LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- The director of an Indian company that claimed it was selling the world's cheapest smartphone was arrested Thursday on fraud charges, police said Friday....



Vote expected on hotly contested New Jersey pipeline project

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:55:26 GMT2017-02-24T05:55:26Z

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey regulators are set to vote on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state's federally protected Pinelands region, which includes more than a million acres of farms, forests and wetlands....



Google-bred company accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:24:22 GMT2017-02-24T01:24:22Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A self-driving car company founded by Google is colliding with ride-haling service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed....



Former tech CEO gets prison in US after self-exile in Africa

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:56:27 GMT2017-02-23T21:56:27Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A wealthy former CEO who dodged securities fraud charges by spending a decade in Africa with a $50 million nest egg was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison by a judge in New York City who blasted him as "foolish" for hatching his scheme and fleeing justice for so long....



INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:07:40 GMT2017-02-23T20:07:40Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade lawmakers across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road....



When test-driving a new car, take the technology for a spin

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:01:49 GMT2017-02-23T15:01:49Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Car shopping isn't just about kicking the tires anymore. It's also about testing the technology....



German federal police say British hacker arrested in London

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:18:10 GMT2017-02-23T10:18:10Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A 29-year-old Briton was taken into custody in London on a European arrest warrant issued by Germany on suspicion of a carrying out a cyberattack on Deutsche Telekom, federal police said Thursday....



Former tech CEO faces sentencing after self-exile in Africa

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:11:52 GMT2017-02-23T05:11:52Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A wealthy former CEO who dodged securities fraud charges for a decade by fleeing to Africa is facing sentencing in New York City....



Judge blocks California law on posting actors' ages

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:07:33 GMT2017-02-23T01:07:33Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California law that restricts a popular Hollywood website from posting actors' ages raises First Amendment concerns and does not appear likely to combat age discrimination in the entertainment industry in any meaningful way, a federal judge said Wednesday....



Rankings in J.D. Power's auto dependability study

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:05:50 GMT2017-02-22T18:05:50Z

The consulting company J.D. Power released its 2017 auto dependability study Wednesday. The study measures problems per 100 vehicles based on responses from 35,186 original owners of 2014 model-year vehicles. The industry average is 156 problems per 100 vehicles, up four from a year earlier....



High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:49:34 GMT2017-02-22T17:49:34Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement case that limits the international reach of U.S. patent laws....



New Apple headquarters to have theater named for Steve Jobs

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:08:32 GMT2017-02-22T15:08:32Z

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple has announced that its new headquarters will open for employees in the spring and will include a theater named for its late co-founder, Steve Jobs....



Study: Technology trouble dents car and truck reliability

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:02:40 GMT2017-02-22T15:02:40Z

DETROIT (AP) -- If you're having issues with your car's technology, you're not alone....



Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:40:35 GMT2017-02-21T21:40:35Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts....



Online options for Oscar-nominated flicks expand Tuesday

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:24:53 GMT2017-02-21T18:24:53Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- More movies and cheaper options arrive online Tuesday for movie fans still needing to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks....



Historic Manhattan cathedral activates eco-friendly power

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:55:49 GMT2017-02-21T17:55:49Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The historic St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan has activated a geothermal plant - part of a series of environmentally friendly upgrades....



Italy cabbies clash with riot police during strike over Uber

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:14:18 GMT2017-02-21T16:14:18Z

ROME (AP) -- Thousands of Italian taxi drivers protesting legislation they say will favor Uber clashed with riot police Tuesday, intensifying a weeklong cab strike that has crippled transportation in Rome, Milan and Turin....



Nigerians starved of electricity access turn to solar

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:56:38 GMT2017-02-21T11:56:38Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options....



NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:15:39 GMT2017-02-21T07:15:39Z

DENVER (AP) -- Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows - water that sustains a substantial share of the global population....



Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:25:18 GMT2017-02-20T22:25:18Z

LONDON (AP) -- Uber's chief executive ordered an investigation Monday into a sexual-harassment claim made by a female engineer who said her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss....



AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:57:54 GMT2017-02-20T18:57:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters....



WhatsApp adds 'status' feature in not do past and future

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:22:47 GMT2017-02-20T17:22:47Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a nod to its past as well as its future, WhatsApp is adding a "status" feature that lets users tell their contacts what they are up to....



New Zealand judge upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:17:35 GMT2017-02-20T06:17:35Z

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge on Monday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges....



Milwaukee to 'Pokemon' monsters: Get a permit to enter parks

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:11:23 GMT2017-02-18T15:11:23Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- "Pokemon Go" monsters can roam virtually wherever they please, but they'll need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks....



Fastest computer in the Rockies tapped for range of projects

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:20:17 GMT2017-02-17T17:20:17Z

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A new supercomputer at a federally funded research center in Wyoming will do important work for a wide range of Earth science research. Among upcoming projects:...



New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:14:55 GMT2017-02-17T17:14:55Z

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs....



Zuckerberg's goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:22:22 GMT2017-02-17T12:22:22Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything - baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence....



Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:50:47 GMT2017-02-17T09:50:47Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup....



Surprise, surprise. AT&T trumpets its own new unlimited plan

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:26:06 GMT2017-02-16T22:26:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T says any cellphone customer can sign up for unlimited data plans starting Friday. That option had been limited to customers of AT&T-owned DirecTV....



New mosquito trap smart enough to keep just the bad bugs

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:52:58 GMT2017-02-16T21:52:58Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A smart trap for mosquitoes? A new high-tech version is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape - and even record the exact weather conditions when different species emerge to bite....



Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:25:24 GMT2017-02-16T21:25:24Z

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind....



Some excerpts from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's missive

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:24:17 GMT2017-02-16T21:24:17Z

In Mark Zuckerberg's vision, Facebook can help build communities, encourage civic engagement, and keep us safer and more informed. That's the long-term plan at least, years, if not decades, down the line....



AP FACT CHECK: Gates didn't say Trump would be like Reagan

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:02:30 GMT2017-02-16T20:02:30Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- A story shared widely on social media falsely attributes to Bill Gates a tweet saying Donald Trump would be regarded as "one of the greatest presidents," like Ronald Reagan....



Vienna cafe bills patrons to charge cellphones over drinks

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:07:18 GMT2017-02-16T18:07:18Z

VIENNA (AP) -- A Viennese cafe owner has a message for customers who dawdle over drinks while charging their cellphones: Pay up....



Snap values itself at up to $22B ahead of IPO

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:18:21 GMT2017-02-16T17:18:21Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The parent company of the social network Snapchat is valuing itself at up to $22 billion as it prepares for the tech industry's biggest initial public offering in years....



Italian taxi drivers stage wildcat strike over pro-Uber bill

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:32:33 GMT2017-02-16T16:32:33Z

ROME (AP) -- Taxi drivers in Rome, Milan and Turin are staging wildcat strikes to protest proposed Italian legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-sharing services....



Italian teams restore damaged busts from ancient Syrian city

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:51:18 GMT2017-02-16T14:51:18Z

ROME (AP) -- Italian art conservationists have restored two funerary busts from the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria that were badly damaged by members of the Islamic State group....



Yahoo issues another warning in fallout from hacking attacks

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:13:01 GMT2017-02-15T21:13:01Z

LONDON (AP) -- Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data several years ago....



AP, HHMI collaborate on expanded science, health coverage

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:09:52 GMT2017-02-15T19:09:52Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Associated Press is teaming up with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education to expand its coverage of science, medicine and health journalism....



Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:02:57 GMT2017-02-15T14:02:57Z

MALMO, Sweden (AP) -- Something high-tech is happening in the produce aisle at some Swedish supermarkets, where laser marks have replaced labels on the organic avocados and sweet potatoes....



Casting Oscar: Foundry builds each statuette as work of art

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:39:33 GMT2017-02-15T06:39:33Z

ROCK TAVERN, N.Y. (AP) -- Every Oscar fist-pumped or tearfully cradled by Academy Award winners is first cast, buffed and fussed over at a foundry far from Hollywood....



Disney ends deal with YouTube star over anti-Semitic stunt

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:46:31 GMT2017-02-14T18:46:31Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney's Maker Studios and Google's YouTube are distancing themselves from a top YouTube star after he made jokes construed as anti-Semitic and posted Nazi imagery in his videos....



Disney drops YouTube's PewDiePie over offensive videos

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:55:30 GMT2017-02-14T17:55:30Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- YouTube star Felix Kjellberg (SHEHL'-burg), who goes by the name PewDiePie online, has been dropped from Disney's Maker Studios and YouTube has cancelled his reality series following a Wall Street Journal report that he made anti-Semitic videos....



Britain: 65 percent of large companies suffered cyberattacks

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:15:05 GMT2017-02-14T10:15:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's treasury chief has warned that cyberattacks are increasing in severity and sophistication as authorities open a new center devoted to thwarting such threats....