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Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Unleashing an IP address upgrade

Something significant on the Net happened recently — it ran out of IP addresses.

1 day ago

Dollar Bank will switch to more secure '.bank' domain

The new domain includes enhanced security features to combat the growing threat of cyber crime.

1 day ago

New chip credit cards may ease travel purchases overseas

Microchips in credit cards -- which have been in use overseas for years -- are designed to prevent hacking of accounts.

3 days ago

Boeing to invest $7.5 million in Big Data initiative at Carnegie Mellon

Their partnership will begin with a $7.5 million investment from the company to start an analytics lab.

5 days ago

Judge OKs $50 million settlement in Comcast suit

A federal judge has approved a $50 million settlement in the long-running Comcast antitrust class action.

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Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Getting to the bottom of polarized reviews

I recently received a handful of emails expressing disappointment with the sound quality from the Modern Portable HiFi Pro Sport earphones.

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 University of Pittsburgh engineering professor Prashant Kumpta is working on using 3-D printing technology to create a new way of repairing bad bone fractures by using magnesium and iron alloys that will repair the bone and then be absorbed or excreted as the fracture heals instead of using metal pins or screws.

Pitt researchers hope to pioneer new 3-D printing treatment for bone breaks

Sticks and stones can break peoples’ bones, but Pitt has a putty for that.

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Steel Valley students help implement iPad use

Students last year used iPads to make videos while on a school trip to Washington, D.C.

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SEC fines advisory firm for shoddy controls after cyber attack traced to China

A St. Louis-based investment advisory firm will pay $75,000 to settle civil charges alleging it failed “entirely" to protect its clients.

2 weeks ago

 Niko Triulzi, founder of AE Dreams, works on a Wi-Fi connected mailbox for kids Monday at the kickoff event for the Maker Faire.

Maker Faire Pittsburgh aims to bring 10,000 to national arts event

The first Maker Faire Pittsburgh will be held Oct. 10 and 11 at the Nova Place community park and the Children’s Museum on the North Side.

2 weeks ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Credit card switchover is less than two weeks away

Plus: New revenue stream; Old technology.

2 weeks ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Finding an app to control your TV

Do you know of any kind of app or add-on that will display the selected channel?

2 weeks ago

Postmates delivery service launching in Pittsburgh

Downtown, Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville, Oakland and Strip among neighborhoods targeted by San Francisco-based company.

3 weeks ago

 The Heinz Endowments is considering a $1.5 million grant application to launch a digital media operation focusing on development, planning, zoning, design and city government in Pittsburgh.

Heinz Endowments considering funding Pittsburgh's media endeavor with development focus

The venture, tentatively titled PlanBurgh, would be modeled after PlanPhilly, part of WHYY in Philadelphia.

3 weeks ago

FCC cites Lyft, FNB Corp. for violating rules regarding autodialed calls, texts

The companies are being told to amend their user agreements and discontinue prohibited calls or texts, or face “significant” penalties.

3 weeks ago

 The Faros Properties vision for a technology hub and campus at the former Allegheny Center on the North Side.

Developer Faros plans collaborative workspace for former Allegheny Center Mall

Alloy 26 would start in early 2016 and be part of a larger technology incubator planned for North Side site.

3 weeks ago

 Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the Apple Watch during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. unveiled latest iterations of its smart phone, forecast to be the 6S and 6S Plus and announced an update to its Apple TV set-top box.

Apple unveils latest iPhone, its own payment system, iPad Pro

New features of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, include an upgraded, 12-megapixel camera and a new capability called 3D Touch.

3 weeks ago

 "Carnegie Mellon University has proven the power of curiosity many times over with its groundbreaking research in computer science and robotics," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a blog post.

Uber giving $5.5 million to CMU to support robotics faculty chair, fellowships

The gift is part of a partnership between the ride-share company and the school’s National Robotics Engineering Center.

3 weeks ago

 So far, more than 1,000 Uber driver partners have gained English language certificates.

Duolingo to partner with Uber on UberEnglish initiative

The service is currently being offered in Colombia. So far, more than 1,000 Uber driver partners have gained English language certificates.

3 weeks ago

 “To be truly successful, Pittsburgh’s technology boom has to be accessible for all,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.

Pittsburgh launches 'inclusive innovation' roadmap

Mayor Bill Peduto laid out a strategy aimed at promoting equitable access to technology, city services and information Tuesday.

4 weeks ago

 David Mims, a fourth-grader at Propel Homestead, and Branden Panell, a fifth-grader at Woodland Hills Academy, work on a project during a July workshop that featured tours of labs, activities and presentations from professionals who work in STEM-based fields.

Science confidence grows, but STEM gains needed, poll finds

Teachers believe schools focus too much on standardized tests and not enough on hands-on science learning, a new Bayer Corp. survey shows.

3 weeks ago

Newfangled machines aim to hook younger casino players

Time and technology are catching up with traditional slot machines.

4 weeks ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Pittsburgh to host its first Mini Maker Faire

A national Maker Faire in 2012 drew a crowd of 120,000, and spun off smaller Mini Maker Faires across the country.

4 weeks ago

 State governments have long been the first responders to technology’s encroachments, and Pennsylvania was once a leader.

Surveillance Society: State lags in privacy protection measures

Pennsylvania is lagging in privacy protections, but a handful of legislators hope to change that.

1 month ago