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Keyboard catapults Microsoft into artificial intelligence race

The humble keyboard hasn't changed much since it was first invented. Even the jump from physical keyboards to the digital ones you use on your smartphone still look virtually identical — save for the new emoji keys we've grown accustomed to punching into a text message or...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Business Wire

Feds use malware to ensnare child porn users

WASHINGTON — The user’s online handle was Pewter, and while logged onto a website called Playpen, he allegedly downloaded images of young girls being sexually molested.

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World

Follow the data to the best job in the U.S.

What's the best job in America right now? Being a test driver for Tesla? A visual-effects designer for Lucasfilm? A taster in the quality-control department at New Belgium Brewing?At least according to the folks at Glassdoor, it's something far less flashy.A new...

Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire

New Mexico sues Volkswagen over emissions scandal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is suing Volkswagen and other German automakers over an emissions cheating scandal that involves millions of cars worldwide, the first state to do so but almost certainly not the last.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire

New rules make truck drivers more monitored than ever

For his entire career in truck driving, Bryan Spoon has tried to move toward being his own boss.

Date: 12/25/2015 | Nation & World

Hello Kitty hackers access childrens’ data

HONG KONG — The Japanese company that owns the Hello Kitty brand said it has fixed a security leak in an online fan site for the character that compromised the personal information of 3.3 million users.

Date: 12/23/2015 | Nation & World

Sanders regains access to political database

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. —The Bernie Sanders campaign has regained access to the Democratic Party’s crucial voter database after hundreds of thousands of voters protested the party’s decision to cut the campaign off for accessing private files owned by Hillary...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Nation & World

VW gets OK to fix diesel cars in Europe

Volkswagen won regulatory approval for technical plans to fix 8.5 million diesel engines in Europe equipped with software that cheats on emissions tests, enabling the company to start resolving a scandal that has hurt sales since September.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Business Wire

VW admits 'chain of mistakes' on diesels

Volkswagen executives released more details Thursday about the company's global emissions scandal, saying that even after a fix for the U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions was available, it was not used.Describing the process as a "whole chain of mistakes" rather than...

Date: 12/10/2015 | Business Wire

VW cheating software may be on more vehicles, EPA says

WASHINGTON — Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal widened Friday as the Environmental Protection Agency said that software allowing six-cylinder Volkswagen diesel engines to cheat on pollution tests is on more models than originally thought.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire

VW faces costly options to fix polluting diesel cars

DETROIT — When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.It can install a bigger exhaust system to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, or it can retrofit a chemical treatment process that...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire

Gmail will now write (some) emails for you

Google just gave a little bit of help to anyone tired of typing out the same reply to emails over and over again. Now, software will do some of the work for you.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Tesla autopilot lets cars drive, change lanes

DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves.Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla's system automatically keeps the car...

Date: 10/14/2015 | Nation & World

Volkswagen CEO resigns after emissions scandal

BERLIN — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world's top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure.No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a scandal that has...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

VW chief under fire after emissions scandal and stock slide

BERLIN — Volkswagen's chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than $15 billion from the company's market value in a single trading session.The stock plunge followed revelations that the German carmaker had rigged...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Business Wire

EPA: VW diesels violate air standards

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered Volkswagen to fix nearly 500,000 VW and Audi diesel cars that the agency said are intentionally violating clean air laws by using software that evades EPA emissions standards.VW, which owns Audi, faces...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Business Wire

Windows 10 devices begin to roll out

BERLIN — Computer manufacturers are unveiling the first big batch of devices running Windows 10 at the IFA home electronics show opening in Berlin on Friday.The industry has seen sluggish sales in recent years as consumers opt to spend their money on smartphones and...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Business Wire

Estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter

SAN FRANCISCO — A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. tech workers fall in love with wacky job titles

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — It is a corporate feel-good movement sweeping the nation: titlemania.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Business Wire

Town pays ransom to keep computers running

ALBANY, N.Y. — A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said.The comptroller's office, which has audited 100...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Business Wire

Windows 10 fixes annoyances in earlier versions

NEW YORK — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire

Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs as phone sales flag

NEW YORK — Microsoft will cut 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge as it attempts to revive its flagging phone hardware business.The new cuts come on top of the 18,000 jobs that were trimmed last year and just over a year after the company made an...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Business Wire

Ford to recall cars for software update

Ford is recalling about 433,000 of its 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles for a problem with the body control module.The software glitch could allow the engine to continue to run after the ignition is turned off and the key removed or the after pressing the Engine Stop button.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire

Why Americans are getting new credit cards

NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire

Move to digital medical files will need time

I rarely do follow-up columns. I'm averaging one every 10 years. And while my last such exercise resulted in a written apology from the White House (for accusing me of making up facts over its removal of Churchill's bust), today's is not a complaint. It's merely a recognition that the...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Pong,’ ‘Tetris’ join Video Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The first inductees into the new World Video Game Hall of Fame include "Pong," the game that introduced millions to electronic play, "Doom," which triggered a debate over the role of games and violence in society, and "Super Mario...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire

Robot teaches retirement home exercise class

They aren't on Snapchat. They aren't livestreaming their adventures on Periscope and Meerkat. And they definitely won't be recording 360 videos from drones.Yet for residents of Vughterstede — average age 87 — technology isn't just the bastion of the young. When...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

GoPro meets virtual reality with 16-camera array

GoPro is moving into virtual reality with the announcement of a 16-camera, 360-degree array that can capture stereoscopic and spherical video. But this early model is too big to wear on your head.The rig, meant to be mounted on a tripod, has yet to be priced. It will support...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire

That cute new robot may take your job

Willie McTuggie looks like a photocopier on wheels. But he — it, actually — has the engineered brain of a reasonably smart human, and acts like one when when he rolls up to a nurse's station, opens a drawer, retrieves a dose of pills and glides off to make a delivery.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire

Suit challenges app tracking of worker phones

When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smartphone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.In the lawsuit, Arias,...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

Microsoft excites customers again

Something very weird is happening in the tech world: Microsoft looks cool again.The guileless, style-less suburban dad of digital America — maker of Clippy, Vista and the Zune — is suddenly intriguing developers, exciting customers and building things people...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire

Autonomous cars could leave you queasy

DETROIT — From a technological perspective, the future of autonomous vehicles is bright.From a pragmatic perspective, there are a few basic human hurdles.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Business Wire

F-35 fighter pilots to wear $400,000 helmets

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II is one of the most complicated weapons systems ever developed, a sleek and stealthy fighter jet years in the making that is often called a flying computer because of its more than 8 million lines of code.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World

Tesla updates Model S to ease mileage anxiety

DETROIT — Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge — and is hinting that in the future drivers can take their hands off the wheel altogether.Tesla's latest update — which will be...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Business Wire

Expand access to computer sciences

There are 20,000 open computing jobs in Washington state. And yet there were only 1,200 computer science graduates at the university level here last year. Only 260 high school girls took the Advanced Placement computer science exam last year, along with just 48 black or Hispanic...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Commentary

Google targets malware-infected websites

SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Business Wire

March 9 event set for Apple Watch

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has sent out invitations to an event on March 9 in San Francisco, where it will unveil details for the release of the Apple Watch, a person with knowledge the matter said.Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said last month that the smartwatch will...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Business Wire

Computer bests humans at ‘Space Invaders'

WASHINGTON — Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders."Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire

YouTube to release video app for kids

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Business Wire

Visa wants to track your smartphone

NEW YORK — Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Business Wire

Robots learn not to crush you

MUNICH — Robots long ago earned a place in factories, where their pneumatic pumps and steel welding arms help manufacture everything from cars to planes. Now, they're learning to behave around people, bringing them one step closer to the Jetsons-esque dream of automated servants...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Business Wire

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