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Virtual Reality Isn’t Just For Video Games

Virtual Reality Isn’t Just For Video Games

January 12, 2015

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times LAS VEGAS _When people think of virtual reality, they think games. Put on a helmet where VR systems are being demonstrated, and chances are you'll be immersed in a video game. Here you are in a spaceship cockpit. Now you're driving a race car. Oh, look, you're dodging...

Sound Advice: Earphones Good For Running

Sound Advice: Earphones Good For Running

January 11, 2015

By Don Lindich Tribune News Service (TNS) Q: I need some headphones or earphones to use while I run, preferably something that stays in my ear and sounds good. Bluetooth would be nice, but not 100 percent necessary. —Robert S., Willoughby, Ohio A: I recently tested two models recently that take...

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection

January 11, 2015

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times (TNS) Aereo Inc., the online video streaming service backed by businessman and Television Hall of Fame member Barry Diller, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday night, five months after an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling. The service had allowed subscribers to wat...

High-Tech Feeders Free Dairy Farmers

High-Tech Feeders Free Dairy Farmers

November 21, 2014

By Tom Meersman Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) FREEPORT, Minn. — The calves at Rohe Dairy don’t bawl when they’re hungry. They live together in small groups in a tall, well-ventilated barn here, about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis, and they eat whenever they please from an automated ca...

A Battle Between The Newest Movie-Editing Programs

A Battle Between The Newest Movie-Editing Programs

November 5, 2014

By Harold Glicken McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) Well, that was fast. A week ago I was singing the praises of Pinnacle Studio 18, the latest version of one of the premiere budget movie-editing programs. Now, like someone who upgrades his car every fall, when the new models debut, I’m going...

Yik Yak, The New Social Media

Yik Yak, The New Social Media

Jackson Miller, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

October 16, 2014

Yik Yak has come to Norfolk and to the phones of some Northeast Community College students.  The year old, anonymous Twitter-like social media smart phone app has steadily gained in popularity and caused some controversy across the country. The difference between Yik Yak and Twitter is that Yik Yak...

October 15, 2014

Troy Wolverton: With breaches on the rise, time to protect your data By Troy Wolverton San Jose Mercury News (MCT) One of the things that has become crystal clear in recent months is that consumers’ personal information is at great risk of being stolen. Security breaches at Target, JPMorgan Chase a...

Law enforcement grapples with iPhone’s enhanced encryption

Law enforcement grapples with iPhone’s enhanced encryption

October 1, 2014

By Julia Love and Robert Salonga San Jose Mercury News (MCT) Apple is no stranger to disruption, having upended the music business with iTunes and the mobile industry with the iPhone. But now, some law enforcement officials are warning that the company is threatening to disrupt their efforts to figh...

Theme parks’ Halloween scare tactics becoming frightfully high-tech

Theme parks’ Halloween scare tactics becoming frightfully high-tech

October 1, 2014

By Hugo Martín Los Angeles Times (MCT) To re-create a bloody scene from the 1981 horror flick “American Werewolf in London,” crews at Universal Studios Hollywood installed computer-controlled strobe lights behind the walls of a dark maze to simulate the flash of bullets. An actor wearing a rubber ...

Bash bug on Apple, Linux computers leading to attacks, experts say

Bash bug on Apple, Linux computers leading to attacks, experts say

September 29, 2014

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (MCT) A program that comes pre-installed on Apple’s Mac and MacBook as well as millions of other computers has a flaw that could let hackers take control of the computer, cybersecurity experts said Thursday. Hackers would gain access to everything on the comput...

Apple Watch, Apple Pay Unveiled

Apple Watch, Apple Pay Unveiled

September 9, 2014

By Andrea Chang Los Angeles Times (MCT) At the Apple event underway in Cupertino, Calif., Chief Executive Tim Cook unveiled Apple Watch, “the most personal device we’ve ever created,” he said. It’s Apple’s first venture into wearable tech. He says it acts as a health and fitness device ...

Google Testing Project Wing, Its Drone Delivery Project

Google Testing Project Wing, Its Drone Delivery Project

September 2, 2014

By Salvador Rodriguez Los Angeles Times (MCT) Google X — the lab responsible for Google Glass, Google’s self-driving cars and Google’s smart contact lenses — has announced its latest endeavor: self-flying delivery drones. Under the name Project Wing, Google is testing drones that can be pre-progr...

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