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Google employees sign petition protesting work on secret Chinese search engine project

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:32:24 -0400

Hundreds of Google employees have signed a petition protesting a secret project to develop a search engine for China, the latest example of tech workers rebelling against corporate policies that push moral boundaries.


Samsung's best and worst smartphones

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 12:01:30 -0400


These are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:31:23 -0400

Snag these products before the weekend!


Elon Musk's Boring Company plans high-speed tunnel to Dodger Stadium

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:39:33 -0400

Between the constant traffic and pollution it causes, getting to and from Dodger Stadium is no fun for baseball fans and concert-goers. Enter, Elon Musk.


Scientists figure out why stellar black holes explode in size

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:18:30 -0400

Two stellar black holes stealing material from a supermassive black hole? Things could get messy.


How Amazon could change your evening at the movies

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:03:48 -0400

The move would provide Amazon another avenue to promote the Prime Video entertainment lineup, which is locked in a battle with no. 1 streamer Netflix. Landmark is co-owned by TV and sports mogul Mark Cuban and is based in Texas.


Sorry, but you're drinking beer wrong

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:33:15 -0400

Here's how to drink beer like a class act—without seeming snobby.


Previously unseen, ancient galaxies discovered

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:07:04 -0400

It might sound like Star Wars, but these galaxies from far, far away are some of the oldest in the universe.


10 things you should never buy used

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:52:42 -0400

Sometimes, there’s a bigger price to pay for secondhand items


T-Mobile adds free Pandora Plus subscription as latest wireless perk

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:20:08 -0400

T-Mobile has partnered with Pandora for music streaming, becoming the latest wireless company to offer a music service as part of its unlimited plans. The new perk will be available to subscribers August 28 through the wireless carrier's "T-Mobile Tuesday's" app.


First look: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for NASA astronauts

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:12:30 -0400


The 5 best big-screen TVs for watching football this year

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:58:39 -0400

If you want to really enjoy the big game, you ought to have a big screen to watch it on


You won't have to lug around your bags with this new app

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:14:31 -0400

This app called StoreMe helps you find a safe place to keep your bags. Elizabeth Keatinge has more.


Your fridge could be making you sick—here's what you need to know

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:08:34 -0400

Don't let your refrigerator slip into 'the danger zone'


Hottest known exoplanet is so hot it vaporizes heavy metals

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:06:18 -0400

KELT-9b won the metal for hottest exoplanet at more than 6,800°F, and now scientists have detected iron and titanium in its atmosphere in a first for science.


Italian composer creates world's largest robot orchestra

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:36:31 -0400

Music to your ears? Italian composer Leonardo Barbadoro uses more than 50 instruments played entirely by robots for upcoming album 'Musica Automata.'


Scientists say multiple 'mini-moons' could be orbiting Earth

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:18:39 -0400

Researchers say tiny asteroids may be getting snatched up by our orbit. A new telescope is going to try to track them down.


It's not just for books anymore: 11 tech perks available at your public library

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:56:13 -0400

How does a place full of hardbacks and CDs keep pace with the digital universe? By adapting to its logic and evolving with the times. Here are just a few of the tech perks your local library has to offer.


These are the 5 best deals on Amazon this weekend

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:21:18 -0400

Summer's almost over, so it's time to upgrade the way you watch!


8 smart home gadgets that make life so much easier

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:46:28 -0400

In case you needed more reasons to invest in smart tech.


Apple gains a foothold in the smart speaker market: A Foolish Take

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:10:01 -0400

Despite fierce competition, the HomePod has a 6 percent share of the smart speaker market.


Mind blown: Oldest galaxies in the universe found

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:49:03 -0400

At 13 billion years old, the galaxies began to form "only" about 100 million years after the Big Bang.


These are the 5 best Amazon deals right now

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:26:38 -0400

Thursday's looking good if you're thirsty for good deals on great stuff.


Facebook allows landlords to discriminate on housing ads, HUD charges

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:11:28 -0400

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act because its targeting systems allow advertisers to exclude certain audiences, such as families with young children or disabled people, from seeing housing ads.


Tune in now: your daily Talking Tech podcast

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:48:46 -0400

Jefferson Graham's daily Talking Tech podcast is a quick hit on tech news, gadget reviews and trends in tech world. You can listen to the show on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio and other online audio sources.


Facebook removes fake pages and accounts

Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:41:17 -0400


Scientists discover strange 'inside-out' nebula

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:39:19 -0400

Is this a foreshadowing of what might happen to our sun?


Parent group calls for Netflix to pull 'Desire,' calling it 'child porn'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:45:29 -0400

A parents group wants Netflix to pull "Desire." The film's director said it's fiction and how you think of it depends "on your level of depravity."


Artificial intelligence has a racial bias problem. Google is funding summer camps to try to change that

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:10:21 -0400

Artificial intelligence has been criticized for its use as a surveillance tool and for racist algorithms built into software. Nonprofit organization AI4All wants to show people that AI can be used to better humanity, starting with creating tech spaces for minorities while they're still young.


Scientists are baffled by mysterious space object nicknamed 'the cow'

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:01:44 -0400

A strange, never-before-seen flash has scientists trying to figure out what the bizarre object is all about.


Back-to-school smoking: Juul Labs e-cigarette sales growth vexes teachers

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:16:08 -0400

Juul is growing in popularity and racking up revenue. It's also vexing parents and teachers who want to discourage young people from nicotine intake.


Your flip flops are gross—here's how to clean them

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:15:40 -0400

It's summertime and the feet are stinky.


What you can see with a drone: Amazing photographs

Sat, 4 Aug 2018 11:19:08 -0400


New eco-friendly approach to protect crops involves fake caterpillars

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:16:46 -0400

Scientists may have figured out a more environmentally friendly way to protect crops from bugs. But instead of pesticides, it involves fake caterpillars made of Play-Doh and fake larvae made of orange pinheads.


China tariffs could raise consumers' tech bill $3.2 billion higher in 2019, trade group says

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:18:13 -0400

Consumers could pay between $1.6 billion and $3.2 billion more in 2019 for electronic products such as smart speakers, smartwatches and other Bluetooth-enabled products, according to a new study published Friday by the Consumer Technology Association.


Kroger's will start driverless grocery delivery in this town

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:41:16 -0400

Customers of Kroger subsidiary Fry's in Scottsdale, Arizona will be able to place online orders starting today.


Which computer is best for your student?

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:03:00 -0400

Columnist Marc Saltzman helps parents and students decide between laptops, hybrids, desktops and all-in-one computers.


Robots come alive in Beijing

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:15:45 -0400


Those inflatable chairs from the ’90s are back—here’s where to buy them

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:25:56 -0400

Target's glitter-filled inflatable chair sold out, but you can get them elsewhere


Military reinvents the wheel with shape-shifting vehicle

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:59:22 -0400

Check out these tech advancements that make US military vehicles look more like Transformers.


I asked 1,000 parents for their best hacks to save money and reduce stress for back to school. Here's what they said

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:26:11 -0400

Back-to-school season can be just as stressful for parents as it is for some students. While new technology might be to blame for some of the stress, it can also provide fantastic fixes for some of our biggest daily dilemmas.


18 things that will make you wish it was already fall

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:02:18 -0400

Cue happy dance because it’s almost autumn.


We now know the original recipe for embalming mummies

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:12:40 -0400

An over 5,000 year old mummy named Fred just gave us the original recipe used to embalm mummies. .


Follow these 3 steps to buy the right computer or laptop for your student

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:24:10 -0400

Students heading back to school are faced with an important question: what tech to use for note-taking, online research, and writing assignments? Here are some considerations to help you decide what’s best for you.


I stopped using disposable straws for 2 weeks—here's how it went

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:37:33 -0400

How I embraced the new trend of banning straws.


Tesla whistleblower claims rampant theft, drug dealing at Nevada Gigafactory

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:52:39 -0400

A former Tesla employee is claiming the company improperly spied on workers and ignored or covered up complaints of rampant theft and drug dealing at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory. He is represented by the same lawyer as whistleblower Martin Tripp.


New 5G networks aimed at cord cutters

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:02:22 -0400

Wireless giants are investing millions to bring faster networks for consumers. They promise lightning fast speed for phones, but at first, they will positioned as cable TV alternatives.


Melania to attend cyberbullying summit one week after Trump's 'dog' tweet about Omarosa

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:18:35 -0400

The first lady's plan to attend the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit in the Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland, comes just four days after the president referred to former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a "dog" on Twitter.


This is your last chance to get All-Clad cookware at an amazing price

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:19:54 -0400

Use the code "ACSUMMER18" to access the 48-hour sale.


Amazon may be buying Landmark Theaters

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:51:38 -0400

Amazon may be buying Landmark theaters.


How to hack your way to a less stressful school year

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:25:51 -0400

Columnist Jennifer Jolly asked parents on Facebook their tips for saving money and getting kids to focus, without the stress back-to-school often brings. Here are her favorites.