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  • Hands-on with Microsoft’s hologram device

    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft didn’t use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering…

  • Tips for proper disposal of old tech

    PHOENIX – Q: Where can I take my old electronics for proper recycling? A:  This time of year, many of us are asking this question after getting new electronics during the holiday season. The vast…

  • Got Battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix

    NEW YORK (AP) — At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery…

  • ‘Malvertising’ the latest threat to computer security

    WASHINGTON — The recent barrage of stories about computer security attacks are enough to make you unplug your computer and go back to reading books and writing letters. Well, it turns out there’s another one…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Markets waiting for key European Central Bank announcement UNDATED (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly unchanged today, ahead of a well telegraphed announcement of additional European Central Bank stimulus. Hong Kong’s Hang…

  • LG to launch curved G Flex 2 smartphone next week

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. said it will start selling a new curved smartphone next week in its latest effort to bring the curve to a mass market. The South Korean company…

  • Microsoft shows off Windows 10 and ‘HoloLens’

    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens. The company showed the new headset, which lets…

  • Review: Open e-book format comes with headaches

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the world of e-books, you largely have a choice between Amazon’s Kindle and everyone else. Amazon.com Inc. distributes its e-books in a proprietary format that isn’t compatible with other devices…

  • Worst passwords: Is yours on this year’s list?

    WASHINGTON — Some people never learn. And, by the way, they’re not very creative. The 2014 list of worst Internet passwords, as compiled by the security company SplashData, shows many users continue to put themselves at risk…

  • The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending January 19, 2015: Top Paid Books 1. American Sniper (Enhanced Edition) by Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice & Scott Mcewen – 9780062190963 – (William Morrow) 2. Fifty Shades of Grey by…

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending January 19, 2015: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Trivia Crack (Ad Free), Etermax 2. Minecraft – Pocket Edition, Mojang 3. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 4. Five Nights…

  • Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille,…

  • Rafael Nadal’s new racket comes with a power switch

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s new high-tech tennis racket looks and feels like his old one. Except for the on-off switch. Call it a “smart racket,” the latest advance in tennis technology tells you…

  • Snowplow tracking apps hold cities accountable for cleanup

    CHICAGO (AP) — As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she’d get to work. Like an increasing number of snowbound city dwellers, she had a ready tool at hand: an app…

  • Virtual reality: What it is, and what it could be

    WASHINGTON — You can get immersed in virtual reality in your living room now, but the question of whether VR will become mainstream can’t be answered yet. I had my first experience with a virtual-reality headset recently, as…