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 John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, stands in front of the company's Griffin Lander at their headquarters in the Strip District.

Astrobotic and CMU land $750,000 in race to moon

Astrobotic, which is developing the lunar lander for the team's entry, won $250,000 in the “imaging” category.

1 day ago


Police killings fallout spreads to social media

Social media commentary on race leading to real-life consequences offline.

4 days ago


Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: ZVOX’s soundbar perfect for those on a budget

Q. My son would like a sound bar for Christmas this year. He has a 47-inch flat-screen TV. Which one would be a good fit at a good price?

4 days ago


 District staff must do a lot of thinking and planning about the right way to use the iPads, Steel Valley Superintendent Ed Wehrer said.

In Steel Valley, students with iPads will become the norm

An Apple donation and separate gift will be used to train teachers in how to use iPads and to buy devices for every student.

1 week ago


 Oakland Catholic student Chryssa Newman, 16, center, reacts to a mistake she made writing in Java during an Hour of Coding event Tuesday.

'Hour of Code': Youth in Pittsburgh, around globe aim to grasp computer basics

More than 1,100 events are planned throughout Pennsylvania this week to ’demystify’ computer coding.

1 week ago


 German-American game developer Ralph Baer shows the prototype of the first games console during a press conference at the Games Convention Online in Leipzig, Germany in July 2009.

Obituary: Ralph Baer / Engineer became the father of video game industry

His design helped lay the groundwork for an industry that transformed the role of the TV set and generates tens of billions of dollars.

1 week ago


 Google's new building, at left, is under construction on Penn Avenue. Across the street is its current residence, part of the old Nabisco building in Bakery Square.

Google lets employees drive philanthropy in Pittsburgh

Part three of a three-part series: How do Google’s philanthropic efforts stack up against those of the city’s biggest donors?

1 week ago


 An in-store beacon in a retail store in Boston. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker.

Beacons pop up in stores ahead of holidays

Beacons are popping up everywhere, are they a shopper’s best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

1 week ago


 “We were one of the first three city governments in the country to use Gmail," Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said recently.

Google makes Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto a guest of honor

While on Pittsburgh City Council in 2004, Mr. Peduto was asked to meet with a Google representative.

1 week ago


 “They’re not all slaving away and cranking out code,” Google software engineer John Taylor said of his colleagues.

The Google effect: ‘Googlers’ here buck the techie stereotype

Pittsburgh’s ’Googlers’ are many different things to different people and neighborhoods.

1 week ago


 jHub Ultra Power Bank

Sound Advice: JHub Ultra the answer to battery woes

I have finally found a power bank that provides outstanding capacity in a small, sleek package with cutting-edge design.

1 week ago


 The Dream Light captures the sun's rays during the day and glows at bedtime.

Shop Holiday: Gifts for gadget lovers

Have someone on your list who just has to get the newest tech toy? We’ve got some ideas for you.

1 week ago


 Google's new building, at left, is under construction on Penn Avenue. Across the street is its current residence, part of the  old Nabisco building in Bakery Square.

The Google effect: How has the tech giant changed Pittsburgh's commerce and culture?

The first of three parts: Google’s 2006 arrival and 2011 expansion brought new developments and demographics to East Liberty and beyond.

1 week ago


Bebe Stores confirms payment card security breach

(Reuters) - Bebe Stores Inc said it detected a hacking attack on its payment processing system that could have compromised data from cards

1 week ago


 Sarah Coyne

Seneca Valley junior gives up technology for 24 hours

Sarah Coyne gave up using her iPhone 4 and other technology for 24 hours as part of the Fairfield Challenge at Phipps Conservatory.

2 weeks ago


Feds school banks, businesses on ID theft tactics

Businesses hoping to thwart identity thieves received lessons from a prosecutor and law-enforcement experts at a seminar in Pittsburgh

2 weeks ago


 Carnegie Mellon University researcher Juergen Pfeffer and McGill University researcher Derek Ruths have published a study that breaks down why it isn't easy to use big data research to describe or predict human behavior.

Study finds obstacles with social media data

Finding valuable insights through so-called big data isn’t as simple as sifting through a few million Twitter posts, a new study finds.

2 weeks ago


 Addressing a letter to Santa Claus at the North Pole may not be completely passe, but today’s children have faster, higher tech ways of reaching Santa.

Letters to Santa enter the digital age with personalized emails, web chats

Parents have any number of ways to put their children in touch with Santa this holiday season.

2 weeks ago


 The SJCAM SJ4000

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: SJ4000 a value on GoPro models

Competitive video quality and LCD screen make the camera a good buy.

2 weeks ago


 Paris Doherty, 7, shows off a custom printed toy made with PieceMaker Factory.

Pittsburgh's tech startups delve into holiday sales

The region’s tech startups are diving into the holiday sales frenzy right along with the big guys.

2 weeks ago


Report: Privacy policies still stump Americans

Americans unsure about privacy policies, net neutrality, according to Pew report.

3 weeks ago


3 cheap smartphones to consider

Before you break the bank, here are three solid phones that cover the basics.

3 weeks ago


Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?

Many customers are eschewing the top-end price tags for models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

3 weeks ago


 SJCAM SJ4000 action camera, $79 to $119: This camera features an LCD screen that delivers excellent 1080p/30 video footage that rivals GoPro models.

A holiday gift guide on electronics

For many people, tech gifts are the must-have present this year.

3 weeks ago


 Robert Morris University Illinois students play ‘‘League of Legends’’ during a practice of the school’s eSports program. The school spent $100,000 turning a computer lab into an eSports Arena with fast processing computers, large monitors, and ergonomic gaming chairs.

Video games gain new ground with athletic scholarships

One school in Illinois is offering athletic scholarships for video gamers. And it’s not as crazy as you think.

3 weeks ago


 A tablet is used in the food truck run by Square Cafe as it sits on a side street in the Strip District.

Tablets put customers, retail staff on the same side of the screen

The technology is being adopted in stores and restaurants.

3 weeks ago


Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Finding balance of sound quality, comfort in headphones

There are several options on the market for those seeking headphones fit for workouts.

3 weeks ago


Feds accuse telemarketing operators of scamming consumers

The Federal Trade Commission says a company that used a variety of names pushed computer programs that fixed non-existent computer problems.

3 weeks ago


 President Barack Obama recognized Pittsburgh educators Wednesday at a White House education summit.

Pittsburgh educators immersed in Obama’s technology initiative

They were among 100 school systems highlighted as examples for the rest of the country.

4 weeks ago


Cybersecurity expert puts focus on training people, not developing technology

Speaking to hundreds of information technology professionals, security expert Reg Harnish did not once mention “malware.”

1 month ago



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