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Theme parks’ Halloween scare tactics becoming frightfully high-tech

Theme parks’ Halloween scare tactics becoming frightfully high-tech

October 1, 2014


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Microsoft warns of major Internet Explorer bug; no fix for Windows XP

June 6, 2014


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By Salvador Rodriguez Los Angeles Times (MCT) Windows XP users are getting their first taste of life without security updates after the discovery of a major flaw within the Internet Explorer Web browser. Microsoft Corp. issued a warning regarding the flaw this weekend, saying it affects Internet E...

4.5 Million Smartphones Were Lost Or Stolen In US In 2013

4.5 Million Smartphones Were Lost Or Stolen In US In 2013

April 17, 2014


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By Salvador Rodriguez Los Angeles Times (MCT) A report released Thursday said 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. last year, up from 2.8 million in 2012. Thefts were largely responsible for the increase in devices that were permanently separated from their owners, accord...

Growing App Industry Has Developers Racing To Keep Up

April 17, 2014


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By Andrew Wyrich The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (MCT) Smartphone application developers say they are challenged by the glut of apps as well as the need to update their software to keep up with evolving phone technology, making creative pricing strategies essential to finding their niche. “The co...

In The Digital Age, What’s Old Is New Again For Some

In The Digital Age, What’s Old Is New Again For Some

April 17, 2014


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By Maria Recio McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — Ralph Nader looks like the original geek. Intense, driven, focused on detail, slightly disheveled, the consumer advocate and former presidential candidate has a large electronic footprint on the Internet and social media. ...

Microsoft Extends Reach Into TV Pogramming Via Xbox

Janet I. Tu

April 14, 2014


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It wasn’t so long ago that broadcast and cable networks were just about the only companies vying to produce original programming. Now more and more tech companies want in on the action, from Netflix and Amazon.com to Microsoft, Sony and, reportedly, Yahoo. Microsoft’s efforts will accelerate...

Bitcoin Gets Easier For Consumers To Buy, Spend

Bitcoin Gets Easier For Consumers To Buy, Spend

Heather Somerville

April 10, 2014


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It’s getting easier for consumers to buy and spend bitcoin, the cybercurrency that has captured much of the tech world. With each passing month, entrepreneurs are rolling out new technology for consumers to buy and store bitcoin, shop online with the virtual currency and send it to friends. Last...

Building An Indoor 3-D Map On The Spot, Via Smartphone

Building An Indoor 3-D Map On The Spot, Via Smartphone

Steve Alexander

March 20, 2014


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The view from the basement laboratory is breathtaking. Not the one out the tiny windows of the half-underground office. It’s on a smartphone that computer science Prof. Stergios Roumeliotis is using while walking around the depths of the University of Minnesota’s Walter Library. On the screen, a three-d...

Apple Upgrades Low-Cost iPad Option, Offers Cheaper iPhone 5C

Apple Upgrades Low-Cost iPad Option, Offers Cheaper iPhone 5C

Jeremy C. Owens

March 20, 2014


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As Google’s Android operating system chips away at Apple’s market share in tabloids and smartphones, the world’s most valuable company announced Tuesday that a newer iPad model will be offered at a reduced price and a cheaper iPhone is on sale in certain markets outside the United States. In...

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