A protester appears behind Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, at a hearing of the House intelligence committee this week in Washington.
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November 1, 2013 This week we learned that the scope of surveillance by the National Security Agency reportedly includes Google and Yahoo data centers. We also explored the subject of kids and technology. And as it heads toward its initial public stock offering, Twitter gave itself a new look.
Can he get that cracker up on to the shelf and safely away?
November 1, 2013 Jump little mouse! Jump! Will he be able to carry that cracker away? It's a mice ... oops nice ... story of determination.
Coachella Valley High School math teacher Eddie Simoneau uses iPads with his students.
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November 1, 2013 As more school districts roll out tablet computers to students, they're debating how much to restrict access to certain websites and games. Some districts shut down wide parts of the Internet, but others are trying to take a more nuanced approach.
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October 31, 2013 Texting terms of endearment seems to shore up relationships. Affectionate affirmations help mitigate hurts and frustrations, a study finds. But men who get flooded with texts from their significant other tend to say the relationship is unsatisfactory. Women tend to say the more texts the merrier.
A California driver who received a ticket for wearing a Google Glass headset this week says the existing laws are unclear.
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October 31, 2013 The Google Glass is a hands-free device, but that didn't stop a California driver from getting a ticket for wearing the headset during a traffic stop this week. Cecilia Abadie was ticketed for speeding — and for wearing a device that could block her view of the road.
October 31, 2013 The decision means that soon fliers won't have to turn off their e-books, tablets and other devices during some parts of their flights. Still not OK: using cellphones to make calls.
October 31, 2013 In Los Altos, Calif., a modest white ranch-style house trimmed in blue attracts tourists because the garage is legendary. It was in the garage and the living room of this house that a young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computers. This week, a Silicon Valley historical commission designated the house a historic site.
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Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., asks about website security questions Wednesday at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on problems with HealthCare.gov.
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October 31, 2013 To the long list of problems plaguing HealthCare.gov, add data security. The enrollment site for the new health insurance exchanges had a security flaw that didn't get patched up when the exchange marketplace went live.
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October 30, 2013 For months, customers have complained of the odor in the Latitude 6430u, but the company says the problem is solved and the computers coming off the assembly lines now are less odoriferous.
October 30, 2013 The Internet can offer support and encouragement to teens at risk. Public health authorities should enhance those resources while being on guard for negative information that can jeopardize the health of vulnerable young people.
He's not checking your blood glucose levels. He's playing Words with Friends.
October 30, 2013 Mobile health apps have gotten a lot of attention, but most are not being used, according to an industry analysis. The top-selling apps are diet and fitness trackers. Most apps don't let people enter their own data, and very few are actually designed to help people manage an illness.
Virgin America released a song-and-dance themed safety video this week.
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October 30, 2013 Airlines know well that frequent fliers tune out the familiar in-flight safety messages. These new efforts to present funny-yet-informative safety videos are getting some well-deserved attention.
Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, is being pursued by U.S. Special Forces and African armies. If he can raise enough money, adventurer Robert Young Pelton will be tracking him, too.
October 30, 2013 Adventurer Robert Young Pelton is trying to raise money to track down Kony, the notorious warlord from Uganda. Pelton thinks he can succeed even though several militaries, including U.S. Special Forces, haven't been able to locate him.
These days, pedestrians tapping away while walking are hard to miss.
October 30, 2013 They're everywhere — smartphone users who wander the sidewalks, and sometimes into other people, tapping away at their cellphones. Is resistance futile?
When charged, the Bulb Flashlight can stay on for three hours.
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October 30, 2013 With this dual-purpose device, you won't have to fumble around for a flashlight for trick-or-treating, or the next time the power goes out. The Bulb Flashlight is a low-heat, rechargeable LED bulb that doubles as a handheld flashlight.
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