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'We have not misled investors': MoviePass denies wrongdoing in N.Y. fraud investigation

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:07:40 -0400

The New York attorney general’s office launched an investigation into whether the parent company of MoviePass misled investors about its finances.


NASA names constellations after the Hulk, Godzilla and more

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:47:32 -0400

Astronomers recently put together a series of fun (and unofficial) constellations to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.


Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy chip story

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:12:55 -0400

Bloomberg Businessweek should retract its story about Chinese computer chips spying on Apple, the tech company's CEO Tim Cook says.


Did you know you can make pasta in a coffee pot?

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:22:40 -0400

Is there an easier way to make pasta than your regular stove method? Grab your coffee pot and give this a shot! No boiling water or colander needed.


Scientists spot a rare asteroid with its own moon

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:08:46 -0400

When Asteroid 2018 EB flew by Earth in early October, scientists noticed it was a unique double asteroid.


Death of black man in police custody hits home at Facebook and in Silicon Valley

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:22:54 -0400

Facebook exec Ebele Okobi is drawing national attention to the death in police custody of her 36-year-old brother.


Brouhaha averted as Apple adds cream cheese schmear to its bagel emoji

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:42:24 -0400

Apple has cooked up a more pleasing bagel emoji for its smartphone users. The new version now comes with cream cheese slathered on it.


Apple to host special event in Brooklyn Oct 30. Are new Macs, iPads or AirPods on the way?

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:33:06 -0400

Apple is hosting a press gathering on Oct 30 with the tagline "There's more in the making." It will be held in Brooklyn, not at its Apple Park headquarters.


10 things you should never buy at Target

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:07:05 -0400

Here's where to get them instead.


Apple launches privacy website to show exactly what data it has on you

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:02:10 -0400

Apple launches privacy website to allow users to download their data. Elizabeth Keatinge has more.


Does your iPhone take better pictures than a real camera?

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:57:48 -0400

We compared the iPhone 8 Plus to a $750 camera to find out


Remembering Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:54:36 -0400

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died. He was 65.


Listen to this: Weird, spooky noises heard in Antarctic ice shelf

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:46:02 -0400

Everyone's getting in on the eerie Halloween mood these days, even the ice in Antarctica.


Apple's cheaper iPhone XR is now available for pre-order

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:48:52 -0400

And if you woke up late the delays aren't that bad.


UPDATED - From Costco to Nordstrom: These 70-plus stores will be closed on Thanksgiving

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:19:44 -0400

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are weeks away but a popular holiday website has released a list of stores staying closed on Turkey Day.


Looking for a new iPad, Mac or AirPods? You really should wait until the end of the month

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:50:23 -0400

Thinking of buying new Apple gear ahead of the holiday shopping season? You really should wait for the company's next event.


Richard Branson on dyslexics: We're wired differently

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:29:08 -0400

Billionaire businessman Richard Branson dealt with dyslexia as a kid. He's now part of an organization fighting to change perceptions of dyslexia.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk touts new Model 3, but it's a bit pricier than the one many expected

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:06:17 -0400

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a new Model 3 that is going on sale, but it's pricier than the model people expected.


Facebook to fight fake news in election war room

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:45:53 -0400

Facebook has unveiled its new election war room designed to assist employees with finding and deleting fake news and bogus accounts aimed at interfering with elections. (Oct. 18)


'Big Bang Theory's geekiest cameos

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 09:39:19 -0400


We tried HelloFresh's new Thanksgiving meal kit—here's what happened

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:16:04 -0400

The meal kit company wants to give you a drama-free holiday dinner.


Scientists have figured out why birds can see magnetic fields

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:03:23 -0400

Birds have a "magnetic compass" that guides them during their winter migration, giving "bird’s eye view" a whole new meaning.


Facebook does, indeed, want to track your calls on device

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:43:11 -0400

The social network had promised to be hands off, privacy wise, but in an update now admits it will track the calls and time spent when making video chats on its new Portal video speaker.


Bugs could be the future of food

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 21:28:35 -0400

We can't get rid of them, so we might as well eat em'. Buzz60's Tony Spitz has the details.


Streaming wars, an update: Apple, Warner, MGM, Katzenberg and Walmart

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:55:26 -0400

Warner and Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg are joining the streaming wars with new services, adding to Netflix, Hulu, Disney's planned movie service and many more in the works.


Can the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL get you to break up with your iPhone or Galaxy Note?

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:57:11 -0400

Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones sport an excellent camera and a feature to turn the table on telemarketers.


First look: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for NASA astronauts

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


Look up! The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:31:06 -0400

Orionid meteor shower should be visible Friday and Saturday nights, but the best views are expected to be Sunday morning after the moon has set but before the sun rises.


Facebook's video ad revenue could top $10 billion by 2020: A Foolish Take

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 07:00:08 -0400

Facebook was the top platform for social network video ads. Its US video ad revenue (including Instagram) could grow to $10.2 billion by 2020.


Tech, social media companies encourage voter turnout as November approaches

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 02:00:03 -0400

From Twitter to Lyft, tech companies and social media platforms have unveiled initiatives to encourage their users to show up at the polls.


Don’t make this huge mistake when buying a new TV

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:23:54 -0400

This mistake ended up costing me.


New iPhones, Apple Watch announced at Apple event

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:55:01 -0400

Apple Watch and iPhone updates are expected at the September 12, 2018 Special Event at Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California


Samsung's best and worst smartphones

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


China plans to launch a huge fake moon into space in 2020

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:25:15 -0400

Chinese city Chengdu wants to replace their city street lights with a reflective satellite eight times brighter than our moon.


5 things you can clean in a washing machine

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:52:28 -0400

Have you ever wondered what else your washing machine can clean? Here's 5 common household items that definitely can use a rinse cycle!


Scientists confirm Earth's core is solid and surprisingly squishy

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:40:03 -0400

The Australian National University created a kind of fingerprint of seismic waves to pinpoint the inner core's properties.


Google Maps for iOS will now allow you to share real-time updates with friends

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:14:50 -0400

Already available on Android since 2017, the feature is a welcome update to the navigation app that brings it in line with Waze, and even Uber and Lyft.


New research indicates the oldest fossils ever found on Earth might just be rocks

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 05:54:55 -0400

The new work was done by NASA astrobiologist Abigail Allwood, who had found the previously oldest fossil at nearly 3.5 billion years old.


First look: RED Hydrogen One hopes holographic screen can lure people from Apple, Samsung

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:46:26 -0400

Apple and Samsung dominate the smartphone market. What might break up that duopoly? How about a phone with a "holographic" screen.


Listen to the Talking Tech podcast

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:04:04 -0400

Your guide to the latest tech news and analysis, with Jefferson Graham's daily podcast, available on Apple and Google Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Spotify and more.


Meet 'Hyperion;' it's a million billion times bigger than the Sun

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:04:42 -0400

A team of astronomers have just discovered what is believed to be the most massive structure to be found in the early universe.


Apple makes it easier to download your personal data

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:03:38 -0400

Apple updates its privacy website to outline its position on collecting personal data and introduces new tools to monitor what Apple keeps on us.


Take advantage of updated iOS12 security settings

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 19:14:32 -0400

Apple’s latest mobile software, iOS 12, tightens up security and privacy issues on iPhones. To get the most out of the updates though, you might have tweak a setting or two. Here’s how to take full advantage of them.


15 things that helped me run two marathons in six months

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:57:37 -0400

26.2 miles requires some serious prep


These are the 10 best deals you can get this week

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:07:13 -0400

It's a great week for scoring deals on products you'll love.


These are the 5 best Amazon deals of the weekend

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:45:03 -0400

You know that phrase 'fall into savings'? These are the kind of deals that fit the bill.


Kids and parents are going to love these room cleaning robots

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:36:30 -0400

This robot that tidies up for you is literally every kid and parents dream.


Spammers, not a nation state, behind Facebook data breach, report says

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 21:18:11 -0400

The spammers aimed to make money through deceptive advertising and masqueraded as a digital marketing company, the Wall Street Journal reported.


Democrat Beto O'Rourke has spent more on Facebook ads than President Donald Trump

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:41:18 -0400

Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke has spent more money on Facebook ads than Donald Trump. Others who want to beat Trump in 2020 are also mining Facebook users.


Facebook takes down ads mentioning African-Americans and Hispanics, calling them political

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:31:25 -0400

USA TODAY found dozens of Facebook ads celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month or mentioning the word Mexican that were removed for being political in error.


Hey Portal, Facebook might want to cut the losses now on the video device

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:14:04 -0400

Facebook's video speaker is a privacy nightmare, with a camera that can follow you around the room and calls that can tracked by the social network.