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FACEBOOK-OCULUS/RIFT:Oculus to sell virtual reality headsets for consumers from early 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.
Comcast is showing its kinder, gentler nature with two product introductions Tuesday at the INTX 2015 internet and cable trade show - one content-based, the other a hardware refinement.
MIAMI (AP) - Investigators do not need a search warrant to obtain cellphone tower location records in criminal prosecutions, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a closely-watched case involving the rules for changing technology.
NEW YORK (AP) - It should have been a proud moment for TV: A much-hyped sports event drawing in millions of paying viewers and showcasing the clout still held by traditional media heavyweights.
The creatures came to take souls. They were hovering very close, in a virtual reality demo - formally called "Into the Further 4D Virtual Reality Experience" - that opened for scary business over the weekend on Second Street near South.
Bills that jump inexplicably. Technical problems. Customer-service nightmares. Nobody mentioned getting a statement addressed with an unprintable epithet - this winter's now-legendary Comcast customer-service fail. But other all-too-familiar frustrations were again on display last week as dozens of Philadelphians spoke at public ses
The Street: The Apple Watch already has 3500 apps ready for download, a lot of which are probably mainly a means of killing time. Some will make you smile knowing that you invested wisely in Apple Watch, because these are the apps that make you money, or at least save you money and help you spend smartly
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The United Arab Emirates' planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet's atmosphere and be appropriately named "Hope," members of the project team revealed Wednesday.
BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads - in this case Nevada's highways - not only for testing, but business, too.
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese police have visited Uber offices in a second city in a widening investigation into the company's operations in China.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, though it's as isolated from the rest of the world as the country itself, and the vast majority of North Koreans lack the technology to use it.
HOOVER DAM, Nev.-Ariz. Border (AP) - Daimler officials rolled out their truck of the future Tuesday night, a driverless big rig that negotiated some very tight turns - but with a driver.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Apple Watch isn't so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up.