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  • Pew: Millennials look to Facebook for political news

    WASHINGTON — When it comes to politics, millennials are looking to Facebook for their news coverage. A Pew Research Center survey found that 61 percent of millennials said they got political news from Facebook when…

  • Hollywood dipping toes into virtual reality worlds

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality is creeping into our world. Once seen as a tool for alien-blasting gamers, movie studios, television producers and artists are now adopting the technology, which immerses people in faraway…

  • BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest’s Typo reach settlement

    NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry said Monday that it reached a patent infringement settlement with Typo, a maker of iPhone keyboards co-founded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest. The Canadian smartphone maker had accused Typo…

  • Ryan Seacrest startup settles with BlackBerry over keyboard case

    WASHINGTON — The company co-founded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has agreed to stop selling iPhone cases that made typing on touch screens similar to using a BlackBerry. In a news release released by…

  • Google unveils Android’s latest technological tricks

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in…

  • Apple buys a maker of futuristic augmented-reality software

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has bought a company that makes augmented-reality software, which adds information or images to real-world scenes when viewed through a special headset or even a smartphone camera. It’s the latest…

  • How to Hide Your Location on Facebook Messenger

    (NEW YORK) — Every step you take, every move you make, your friends may be watching you, thanks to a new Chrome extension that can track a user’s location based on Facebook Messenger. Aran Khanna,…

  • FCC head unveils proposal to narrow ‘digital divide’

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access. The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, has…

  • Data Doctors: How to sniff out scam websites

    PHOENIX, Ariz.  — This week, a reader asks Data Doctor’s Ken Colburn about falling victim to scam sites and malware. I think I have fallen for a scam. My desktop said my computer was compromised with…

  • As TV goes online, Suddenlink latest to hook up with Hulu

    NEW YORK (AP) — TV watchers are going online, and cable companies are following them there. Suddenlink, which has 1.1 million TV subscribers, is the latest to hook up with Hulu. It said Wednesday that…

  • iPhone bug crashes phones with just a text

    WASHINGTON — A text message that causes iPhone messaging apps to crash is the latest bug for users of Apple’s most popular mobile device. The text message, which consists of a string of nontraditional characters,…

  • Pakistan judge orders CEO held for faked diploma allegations

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani judge ordered police Wednesday to hold and question the embattled CEO of a software company for a week on allegations he oversaw a global diploma mill, as broadcasters aired…

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending May 25, 2015: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Alto’s Adventure, Snowman 3. Enlight, Lightricks Ltd. 4. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 5. Dark…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asia stocks gain as China announcements spur Shanghai TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly gained today after China promoted an array of infrastructure projects as open to private investment and said it was…

  • YouTube’s 1st decade shows sharing free content pays off

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube’s legacy extends beyond its pioneering role in the Internet’s video revolution. The 10-year-old site provided a stage for exhibitionists, narcissists and activists to broadcast their opinions, show off their talents,…