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Google employees stage worldwide walkout

Thu, 1 Nov 2018 21:06:05 -0400

Hundreds of Google employees plan to stage a walkout Thursday to protest the company's response to allegations of sexual misconduct.


Listen to the Talking Tech podcast

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:27:20 -0500

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.


Mars InSight Lander captured in first photos From Space

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:09:35 -0500

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped the first shots of the InSight Lander in Elysium Planitia, InSight’s flat lava plain landing sight.


Colin Kroll, a co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, found dead at 35

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 13:12:09 -0500

Colin Kroll, co-founder and CEO of the popular HQ Trivia app and a co-founder of Vine, was found dead in his apartment Sunday by the NYPD. He was 35.


The Geminid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Thursday night

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:13:18 -0500

There's a cool space doubleheader this week: In addition to comet 46P/Wirtanen, the often spectacular Geminid meteor shower will also make its annual appearance.


The best weekend holiday deals on Amazon

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:51:27 -0500

These deals make great last minute gifts.


Were your Amazon packages stolen? Porch pirates run rampant this holiday season

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:16:30 -0500

Package theft is a growing problem as more Americans buy goods online and have them delivered to their homes. And the solutions aren't that great.


First look: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for NASA astronauts

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


Hoax bomb threat cyber extortion emails similar to sex video threats

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:47:42 -0500

A wave of hoax bomb threats that swept the United States on Thursday were a variant on a relatively new cyber extortion scheme.


Facebook software bug exposed photos of up to 6.8 million users

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:35:50 -0500

Facebook revealed that about 6.8 million users might have had their pictures exposed to third party app developers without their permission because of a software bug. Veuer's Natasha Abellard has the story.


It's Free Shipping Day—here are the best deals

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:59:13 -0500

If you haven't ordered your gifts yet, today is the day to do it! Check out all of the best deals you can get for today only.


10 tricks every iPhone user will wish they knew sooner

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:05 -0500

You can customize almost everything you see and hear, and just when you think you’ve got a handle on it all, a new trick comes along.


Amazon's extending free shipping and same-day delivery for last-minute shoppers

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:27:42 -0500

The online retail giant has extended its free shipping for all customers with no minimum purchase amount to Dec. 18, and Prime members get even more flexibility to finish their shopping!


Study: Americans continue to go cashless

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:19:38 -0500

Seems like more americans are making it through the week without using cash. Buzz60's Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more.


The best laptops of 2018

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:37:43 -0500

Find the right laptop for you.


Black Friday has officially started—these are the best deals

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 17:38:20 -0500

Reviewed is making it easy to find all the best Black Friday 2018 deals. Check back daily to see the latest, best sales for holidays from retailers like Amazon, eBay, Nordstrom, Lowe's, Home Depot, Houzz, and more.


Oddball young star seems to be forming like a planet

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:01:19 -0500

Scientists discovered a protostar with an unlikely companion star that's forming more like a planet than a star.


The best Free Shipping Day deals on the internet: Amazon, Nordstrom, Walmart and more

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:45:26 -0500

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What and when is Free Shipping Day 2018?

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:42:58 -0500

Friday is one of the last chances to have presents arrive by Christmas without paying a ton on shipping.


Are Americans hard at work or shopping online?

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:25:17 -0500

The Internet is making about 57% of Americans not work as hard for their money.


This cute llama will clean your house

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:49:09 -0500

Treat yourself to this adorable duster this holiday season! Get cleaning with your new fuzzy buddy.


This is YouTube's new most disliked video

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:23:33 -0500

Move over Justin Bieber’s 'Baby', there’s a new most disliked video on YouTube and it’s…..YouTube? Buzz60's Mercer Morrison has the story.


These awesome holiday gifts are on sale right now

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:33:54 -0500

Just because it's Christmas present crunch time doesn't mean you have to spend all your money.


Want your gifts by Christmas? Order by these dates

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:17:21 -0500

Order your gifts from retailers like Nordstrom, Target, Amazon, Sephora and more by these dates to ensure they arrive by Christmas.


Facebook's controversial Portal video chat device gets browser, games: It may not matter

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:16:23 -0500

Facebook is adding a variety of new features to its Portal video-calling devices. Buyers turned off by privacy breaches are unlikely to care


Consumer robots are dead; long live Alexa

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:00:25 -0500

Jibo and Kuri couldn't make it, but the popular robots crushing it are Alexa, Siri and the Google Assistant, argues guest columnist Bret Kinsella.


Vitaminwater will pay you $100,000 to give up your phone for a year

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:35:28 -0500

Vitaminwater wants you to put down your smartphone. And they’re willing to pay you $100,000 to do it.


This is how 9 sexual predators got hundreds of girls to trust them

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:34:02 -0500

Nine online predators manipulated hundreds of girls with dares, contests and even created pretend therapy for suicidal teens to win their trust.


What to do if the gift you're giving isn't going to arrive on time

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:24:39 -0500

If the gift you've ordered isn't going to ship or arrive on time, you aren't out of luck. Check out these suggestions for instantaneous gifting.


Apple expanding in Austin, other US locations

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:25:14 -0500

Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and soon expand in other U.S. cities, too. (Dec. 13)


20 amazing gifts for the tech lover in your life

Tue, 4 Dec 2018 14:43:15 -0500

This year, stuff their stocking with gadgets and gizmos.


This $10 kitchen staple is the best thing I own—here's why

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:43:47 -0500

And you might already have one, too


Facebook apologizes for bug that may have exposed photos of 6.8 million people

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:42:39 -0500

Facebook says the bug has been fixed but indicated some third-party apps “may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual.”


NASA's InSight lander snaps first selfie from Mars

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:06:50 -0500

Want more proof of NASA's InSight lander arriving safely on Mars? The spacecraft captured a selfie while on the Red Planet.


Astronomers discover 'evaporating' planet

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:55:59 -0500

This exoplanet is sizzling away.


NASA's Hubble telescope discovered an 'evaporating' planet, study says

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:58:06 -0500

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble telescope discovered an exoplanet with an atmosphere evaporating at a high rate.


Google is adding screen time limits and other parental controls for Chromebooks

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:56:13 -0500

Google is strengthening the Family Link app on Chromebooks. Parents can restrict website kids can visit, approve apps, and impose time limits.


Apple's remodeled flagship Santa Monica store

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:42:25 -0500

Apple is one third of the way through a big remodel of its flagship Apple Stores. The latest is Santa Monica, in the Santa Monica Promenade.


'Donald' makes annual list of worst passwords of the year

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:07:23 -0500

For the first time, 'donald' made software company SplashData's annual list of the Top 100 worst passwords, coming in at No. 23.


'Massive mom fail': This popular holiday toy feeds on screams of terror

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:15:06 -0500

Yellies! are controversial collectible toys featured on Amazon's holiday toy list. The toys "skadoodle" when they hear clapping, singing and yelling.


Branson: 'couldn't be happier' about rocket test

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:54:33 -0500

Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. (Dec. 13)


Uber reveals its most popular tourist destinations in 2018

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:33:47 -0500

The company looks back at the top 15 most popular travel destinations of 2018. Buzz60's Mercer Morrison has the story.


Mars InSight landing energizes focus on Red Planet

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:46:43 -0500

NASA’s $814 million InSight mission, which plans to study Mars’ deep interior, will take its turn six years after the Curiosity rover.


NASA snaps first-ever photos from inside Jupiter's rings

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:37:18 -0500

NASA's Juno probe made its way through violent planetary radiation to capture the first glorious images from inside Jupiter's rings.


Apple announced plans to build a campus in Austin, Texas

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:36:51 -0500

It’ll be a $1 billion project.


Buy a gift card, get a freebie at these restaurants, businesses

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:31:03 -0500

This holiday season, when you purchase gift cards at many popular restaurant chains including Applebee's and the Cheesecake Factory, get a bonus.


'The ultimate adventure': Virgin Galactic's space tourism plan demands courage and $250K

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:23:26 -0500

USA TODAY went on an exclusive tour of Virgin Galactic's facilities in California's Mojave Desert as the company eyes a 2019 launch.


Apple Watch, Google Pixel 3, Amazon Fire TV: Talking Tech's 10 favorite gadgets of 2018

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:55:36 -0500

Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook, yes, the social network, make the cut for top honors of 2018. What's on your list?


Samsung's best and worst smartphones

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


Amazon-owned Whole Foods ends partnership with Instacart

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:59:26 -0500

The move comes a little over a year after Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Amazon has its own delivery service called AmazonFresh.


Best Buy's '20 Days of Doorbusters' promises exciting deals in December

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:16:47 -0500

Doorbusters aren't just for Black Friday. Best Buy has "20 Days of Doorbusters" going on now through Dec. 20.