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Weird shipment heading to International Space Station

Fri, 18 May 2018 16:20:29 -0400

A shipment including lasers, E. coli bacteria and sextants is being delivered to the International Space Station.


Cell phones thrown in the trash are exploding, causing 5-alarm fires in garbage trucks

Sun, 20 May 2018 14:19:30 -0400

Thrown into the trash or even the recycling bin, lithium-ion batteries are causing fires at trash and recycling centers.


Top smart TVs stream your favorite shows to the big screen

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:54:39 -0400


A cord-cutters' holiday, National Streaming Day means free shows and price cuts on Roku

Sat, 19 May 2018 14:37:13 -0400

Four years ago, the streaming video company began celebrating the arrival 10 years ago of the first Roku device with a National Streaming Day.


Trump's White House doesn't trust its own staff, taking phones away

Fri, 18 May 2018 14:50:07 -0400

With just 13 percent of Americans in a new Survey Monkey poll say they find the President honest and trustworthy, apparently those inside the Trump White House don’t even trust their own staff. Veuer's Nick Cardona has that story.


Don't throw your phone away! The battery inside could start a fire

Fri, 18 May 2018 13:52:27 -0400

Improper disposal of lithium-ion batteries has become a real hazard for waste disposal plants. Tony Spitz has the details.


Hey Houston! Astronaut forgets GoPro's SD card

Fri, 18 May 2018 10:55:51 -0400

We’ve all left the house in a hurry and left something essential behind. Generally, it’s something banal like forgetting to pack socks for vacation, but even though NASA astronauts have extraordinary jobs, they’re human too!


Lyft driver in Indianapolis orders gay couple out of his car after they kiss

Sat, 19 May 2018 14:36:42 -0400

A Lyft driver booted two gay men from his car after the couple kissed during a ride from Butler University in Indianapolis. The driver, the company said, has been "deactivated," but the men aren't satisfied with the company's response.


24 years of Amazon

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:54:40 -0400


Flying from NYC to L.A. in less than 3 hours is closer than you think

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:52:02 -0400

Soon enough you’ll be able to jump on a plane and go cross country in less than 3 hours just in time for dinner. Susana Victoria Perez has more.


Stars formed just 250 million years after the Big Bang, study finds

Fri, 18 May 2018 01:36:55 -0400

Science is inching closer to the beginning of the cosmos after discovering stars that may have formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang.


After a Tesla crash, more doubts drivers can be trusted with driver-assist tech such as AutoPilot

Fri, 18 May 2018 15:59:59 -0400

The driver of a Tesla Model S that crashed in Utah repeatedly misused the car's Autopilot system to check her phone then hit a stationary truck at 60 mph.


GE reportedly close to deal to merge transportation unit with Wabtec

Sun, 20 May 2018 15:52:10 -0400

GE which makes locomotives may be merging its transportation business with Wabtec. Result company could be worth more than $20 billion.


Here's what to check on Amazon to avoid a crazy $7,000 shipping bill

Sat, 19 May 2018 18:57:28 -0400

In the case of the woman charged $7,000 for an Amazon toilet paper delivery, the take-home message is: Check the full charge before you click the Buy button.


PayPal is buying payments start-up iZettle for $2.2 billion ahead of IPO

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:03:21 -0400

PayPal will pay $2.2 billion for payments start-up iZettle, which provides mobile card readers to small businesses, move that will pressure Square.


Instagram 'mistakenly' deleted Kim Kardashian West post touting appetite suppressant

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:42:58 -0400

Instagram apologized to Kim Kardashian West for 'mistakenly' deleting a post on the service promoting appetite-suppressing lollipops that led to online backlash.


Favorite Apple products over the years

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:17:14 -0400


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says trade war is 'on hold' after progress in U.S.-China talks

Sun, 20 May 2018 15:07:09 -0400

The Trump administration had threatened to impose up to $150 billion in tariffs on Chinese products. China responded by targeting $50 billion in U.S. products.


The latest in tiny technology: smart rings let you hide the phone but see alerts, discreetly

Sat, 19 May 2018 14:02:44 -0400

Smart rings from Blinq, Motiv and NFC send alerts and track fitness on this small wearable.


Cambridge Analytica files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation after debilitating scandal

Fri, 18 May 2018 14:01:03 -0400

Cambridge Analytica, the political intelligence firm whose tactics came under fire and sparked a whirlwind of scrutiny over Facebook data, has submitted papers in the U.S. to begin liquidating. The move comes less than three weeks after Cambridge Analytica announced it would shut down.


Elon Musk says a ride on the Boring Company's tunnels beneath Los Angeles will cost $1

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:07:31 -0400

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO's Boring Company aims to ease gridlock by tunneling under traffic.


Forget road trips: These cars can fly

Wed, 9 May 2018 15:22:46 -0400


We've seen the new RED holographic smartphone: A sneak peek

Sun, 20 May 2018 14:43:56 -0400

Media event lets filmmakers and tech enthusiasts check out the next big thing in smartphones--4D--over the weekend at Hollywood studio


Do it now! Protect your router from Russian hackers

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:26:02 -0400

Home routers have been compromised by state-supported Russian hackers, says the U.S. government. Here are ways to protect yourself.


YouTube is relaunching a $9.99/monthly music service to replace Google Play Music

Thu, 17 May 2018 17:18:58 -0400

What Google knows about you will differentiate it from rivals such as Spotify and Apple, company says


Cord cutters, here's your guide to streaming the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan

Fri, 18 May 2018 18:18:43 -0400

You think the royal family is fab and want to watch the wedding Saturday morning, but you don't own a TV. How can you stream it? We give you options.


First self-sustained floating nation could house citizens by 2022

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:49:33 -0400

Blue Foundations and Peter Thiel are building the first proof-of-concept island that may one day house those displaced by rising sea levels. Tony Spitz has the details.


That royal wedding quiz filling your Facebook could put you at risk for identity theft

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:24:39 -0400

It sounds fun, but a Facebook prompt asking you to create a royal wedding guest name using details of your past could put you at risk for identity theft.


Eyes on the road! Your high-tech car can't drive for you yet, nor will it fly to Mars

Sat, 19 May 2018 09:34:29 -0400

Pay attention, people. Tesla's Autopilot and similar smart tech in new cars are meant to assist you. They do not, we repeat, not turn your vehicle into a self-driving car.


For $250, laptops don't get better than this

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:25:33 -0400

The Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) Laptop Review


Samsung ad pokes fun at throttled iPhone to get customers to move on to Galaxy

Sun, 20 May 2018 10:22:35 -0400

Samsung ad shows women with poky iPhone slowed down by because of aging iPhone battery. The message: upgrade to a Galaxy S9.


Spending on Mobile ads will overtake TV ads this year: A Foolish Take

Sat, 19 May 2018 06:02:58 -0400

Marketing dollars are flowing from TVs onto smaller screens. eMarketer recently reported that advertisers would spend more money on mobile ads than TV ads in 2018, and that the gap would widen over the next four years. eMarketer expects this transition to bolster ad prices as demand outstrips supply.


Coca-Cola, Bluetooth let you make personalized drinks

Fri, 18 May 2018 00:01:05 -0400

Coca-Cola is unveiling a new fountain drink machine this weekend that lets you use Bluetooth technology to play mixologist for your fountain drinks. It rolls out in 2019.


News publishers protest Facebook's new political ad rules

Fri, 18 May 2018 21:51:39 -0400

Major news organizations, including USA TODAY, have told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg they object to Facebook's plans to apply the same rules to ads promoting their political news coverage as to political advocacy ads.


Protect your router from Russian hackers

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:09:20 -0400

U.S. officials have warned Russian hackers have targeted home and business routers and other devices. Kim Komando has tips on keeping intruders out.


These are the 5 best Amazon deals of the weekend

Sun, 20 May 2018 09:12:23 -0400

Shop till you drop!


All of the iPhone 9 rumors we could find—even the crazy ones

Fri, 18 May 2018 18:00:32 -0400

Where does Apple go from here?


Google confused? Here's how Google is changing your back-up and music offerings

Sun, 20 May 2018 11:15:46 -0400

Google Drive and YouTube had major, confusing changes this week. Here's what's happening to your online backup and music choices for Google.


7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked

Sat, 19 May 2018 14:05:22 -0400

Computers, phones and routers are vulnerable to cyber-criminals. Here's how to determine if a slow or oddly behaving device has been prey to hackers.


Uber's flying taxi boss takes flight

Fri, 18 May 2018 14:25:32 -0400

Jeff Holden recently appeared at the company's second annual Elevate conference, but is decamping for an unnamed opportunity.


Yowza! These YouTube personalities are paid!

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 23:08:53 -0400


Apple's HomePod speaker is selling, but it's no iPhone, iPad or even Apple Watch sized hit

Fri, 18 May 2018 15:11:31 -0400

Apple's HomePod speaker is in 4th place to Amazon, Google and Alibaba, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. This suggests the $349 speaker isn't on its way to becoming an iPhone, iPad or even Apple Watch-sized hit.


This new smartphone feature should be used by every driver, from teen to seasoned commuter

Sun, 20 May 2018 08:00:01 -0400

Giving your phone a rest when you’re driving is always a good call, but the tools Apple and Google offer to help you focus on the road can be easy to miss.  Here’s a reminder of how to the iPhone's 'Do not disturb' mode and a similar feature in Android Auto.


Holographic smartphone - sneak peek of Red's advanced new device

Sun, 20 May 2018 14:03:08 -0400

Jefferson Graham checks out the Red Hydrogen One holographic smartphone, which shots photos and videos in 4D, at a media event in Los Angeles./


Prom season is here! How to take those Instagram-perfect photos using your smartphone

Sat, 19 May 2018 09:34:56 -0400

In the social media age, lighting up your Instagram more important than ever. Here are 10 tips for taking flawless, Insta-worthy shots on prom night.


Elon Musk went on a weird tweet storm about a snail

Fri, 18 May 2018 14:46:48 -0400

Tesla CEO and multibillionaire Elon Musk went on a cryptic Twitter rant against L.A. government bureaucracy.


Rocks falling into oceans, not climate, causing seas to rise, congressman suggests

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:12:01 -0400

"Because now you’ve got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up," Rep. Mo Brooks said during the science committee hearing.


'Grey's Anatomy' star Jesse Williams has message for Silicon Valley: Stop excluding black people

Sat, 19 May 2018 12:02:36 -0400

Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams is using his star power to open doors for people of color in tech. His message: Stop excluding black people.


April 2018 was Earth's 400th consecutive warmer-than-average month

Thu, 17 May 2018 18:47:33 -0400

April marked the 400th consecutive warmer-than-average month for Earth, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.


These are the 5 best Amazon deals right now

Fri, 18 May 2018 10:49:30 -0400

These deals will get you to the weekend.


Why you should never throw away lithium batteries

Fri, 18 May 2018 18:44:31 -0400

The lithium-ion batteries that power our phones, laptops and even power tools are dumpster fires waiting to happen. Here's why.


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