Gadgets

  • Americans talk, surf more than Europeans on cells
    M22586207 2013-06-01 05:29:44 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans pay more for their cell service than Europeans, but they're getting a lot more use out of their phones, a global wireless trade group said Wednesday. In releasing the report, GSM Association urged European regu...
  • EU seeks to abolish data roaming charges in Europe
    041812hubpmmidseat_512x288 2013-05-30 17:00:39 UTC
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official says mobile phone network operators should be forced to end charging customers for data roaming when traveling across the 27-nation bloc. European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes told the E...
  • Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1
    9zm5-800 2013-05-30 16:45:20 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format desi...
  • Roku raises $60M from Hearst, News Corp, others
    B2a3591600744412330f6a706700a169 2013-05-30 05:31:19 UTC
    SARATOGA, Calif. (AP) — Roku Inc., the streaming video device maker, said Wednesday that it has raised $60 million in its sixth round of funding. Media giant Hearst Corp. and an unnamed institutional investor joined existing backers such as News...
  • Dish tops Sprint's bid for Clearwire ahead of vote
    Dsc_4155_large_verge_medium_landscape 2013-05-30 05:25:52 UTC
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Satellite TV operator Dish Network Corp. on Wednesday raised its bid for Clearwire Corp., valuing the wireless network operator at $6.9 billion, in an attempt to outbid Sprint Nextel Corp. two days before Clearwire share...
  • Texas plant to make first US-assembled smartphones
    Bits-smartphones-blog480 2013-05-30 05:23:35 UTC
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cellphone pioneer Motorola announced Wednesday that it's opening a Texas manufacturing facility that will create 2,000 jobs and produce its new flagship device, Moto X, the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. ...
  • Pentagon programs target of China cyber threat
    Chinese-hackers 2013-05-29 05:29:16 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — New revelations that China used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 Pentagon weapons programs and almost 30 other defense technologies have increased pressure on U.S. leaders to take more strident action against Beij...
  • Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000
    20130525-apple-1-auction 2013-05-25 17:39:21 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — An auctioneer says one of Apple's first computers — a functioning 1976 model — has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000). German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the...
  • The new consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony
    1abc362c08d28211320f6a706700a3a8 2013-05-24 16:31:19 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is the last of the three big video game console makers to unveil its latest gaming system. The unveiling comes nearly eight years after the Xbox 360 went on sale. It follows last fall's debut of Nintendo's Wii U a...
  • Obama sees narrower terror threat, defends drones
    090dff2446cab311320f6a706700e7bc 2013-05-24 04:35:54 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought Thursday to advance the U.S. beyond the unrelenting war effort of the past dozen years, defining a narrower terror threat from smaller networks and homegrown extremists rather than the grandi...
  • More doctors, hospitals using electronic records
    Altercare1 2013-05-23 04:43:48 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says more doctors and hospitals are embracing technology as adoption of computerized medical records reaches a "tipping point" in America. A report Wednesday from Health and Human Services says more ...
  • Jennifer Lopez to open cellphone stores
    1028579-jennifer-lopez-617-409 2013-05-23 04:38:06 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — "Jenny from the Block" wants the block to buy Verizon phones from her. Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez says she's opening a chain of cellphone stores and a website under the Viva Movil brand. The aim is to sell Verizon p...
  • HP's 2Q offers hope even as revenue slump deepens
    49caed5025578f11320f6a706700ca92 2013-05-23 04:29:14 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is still scrambling to meet the growing demand for more versatile and less expensive mobile devices as a slump in its personal computer sales deepens, but the company's cost-cutting measures and focus o...
  • Microsoft touts Xbox One as all-in-1 entertainment
    3c17d25308bc8211320f6a7067003ef4 2013-05-22 04:34:17 UTC
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft thinks it has the one. The company unveiled the Xbox One, an entertainment console that wants to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies, sports and other entertainment. It wi...
  • Microsoft expected to reveal next-generation Xbox
    Bf200e96ca5b4f10320f6a706700c706 2013-05-21 16:55:00 UTC
    REMOND, Wash. (AP) — Will Xbox mark the spot once again for Microsoft? The company is set to reveal the next generation of its Xbox entertainment console during a presentation Tuesday at its headquarters in Redmond, Wash. It's been e...
  • High court uphold FCC power in cell tower disputes
    3110634749_67ae4d3537 2013-05-20 17:55:16 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has affirmed the authority of federal regulators to try to speed local government decisions on proposals to build or expand cell phone towers. The court voted 6-3 Monday to uphold an appeals court ruling in...
  • Tiny camera in Illinois offers bug's eye view
    80b42b164f09f110310f6a7067003b83 2013-05-19 07:03:49 UTC
    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A tiny new camera developed at an Illinois university is giving researchers a bug's eye view. The camera created by a research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is about the size of a penny and mimics...
  • 'Sonic' video games coming to Nintendo
    881c3fc38c611e10320f6a70670042ac 2013-05-18 16:34:06 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sonic the Hedgehog is rolling with Nintendo. Sega says it will exclusively release the next three games starring the popular blue critter on Nintendo platforms. The first title will be called "Sonic Lost World" and is...
  • Canada trying to lure Silicon Valley tech workers
    Silicon-valley 2013-05-18 05:28:30 UTC
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian government has launched an aggressive campaign to lure Silicon Valley tech workers frustrated by U.S. visa policies northward, just as Congress wrestles with a long-sought overhaul of America's immigration sy...
  • Congress gets mixed advice on regulating drones
    Us-pakistan-drones-and-jets.jpeg-1280x960 2013-05-18 04:30:35 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing use of unmanned surveillance "eyes in the sky" aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but Congress is getting mixed advice on what, if anything, to do about it. A future with domestic drones may be i...
  • Google challenger in Vietnam redirecting queries
    Allofgoogles 2013-05-17 04:18:48 UTC
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Russian-financed search engine seeking to challenge Google's dominance in Vietnam is redirecting queries for some politically sensitive terms to the American company's search engine, apparently as a way of avoiding go...
  • Dell's dismal 1Q illuminates PC maker's challenges
    Dell_0 2013-05-17 04:13:34 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dell's financial decay worsened during its latest quarter as the company slashed its personal computer prices in response to the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets. The dismal performance announced Thursd...
  • NASA craft's planet-hunting days may be numbered
    5b120ebd4fbff410310f6a7067008705 2013-05-16 05:09:04 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing the search for other worlds where life could exist outside our solar system. If engineers can't find a fix, the failure could mean an end to t...
  • Google unveils maps, photo, music features
    Bluetooth_bugs_bedevil_billions_of_android_devices_ 2013-05-16 04:47:59 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's sixth annual conference for software developers opened Wednesday with a chance for the company to showcase its latest services. Announcements included new features for online games, maps and search, a new music-...
  • Nokia unveils metallic smartphone, stock tumbles
    W460 2013-05-15 07:14:51 UTC
    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its first Lumia smartphone with a metal cover, low-light camera features and new social network apps. But the new model failed to impress investors, who sent the company's stock down more than 5 pe...