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Email loses favor as Sony embarrassment changes worker habits

Companies are tightening security policies as the damage mounts from the hacking attack on Sony’s computers in November.

about 7 hours ago


 FTC Commissioner Julie Brill speaks at Carnegie Mellon  University.

At Carnegie Mellon, FTC commissioner urges protecting public

Julie Brill addressed a crowd of software engineers, data scientists and aspiring tech professionals during Data Privacy Day.

1 day ago


 The outage "was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook says internal glitch to blame for global outages of its sites

The outage at Facebook appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites.

3 days ago


Tech company II-VI sees second-quarter profit increase

Profits were boosted by $7.1 million because the company finalized payments for acquisitions made during the previous fiscal year.

2 days ago


Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Microsoft’s HoloLens is ‘magical’

The HoloLens system is a pair of glasses that allows users to see 3-D objects over and spatially integrated with reality.

3 days ago


 A working adjustable crescent wrench built in a 3D printer from a computer drawing in the manufacturing lab at Butler Community College.

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: 3-D printing advances open up frontier of legal fights

Technology that makes it easy to make something designed by someone else could lead to battles over intellectual property rights.

5 days ago


 GoldenEar Demo Room at 2015 CES.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: For better playback, think long term

When considering new audio equipment, best to think long-term investment than short-term savings.

5 days ago


 Dusk on Fifth Avenue at the University of Pittsburgh and Cathedral of Learning.

Pitt set to kick off innovation smorgasbords

The university’s Innovation Week is designed to highlight Startup Weekend and the Big Ideas competition.

6 days ago


 In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore.  The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare.gov, the government’s health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers’ personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads.

Obama administration scales back release of consumer data from health insurance website

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use and whether a woman is pregnant.

6 days ago


 Christian Farls, 12, a student at Providence Heights Alpha School in McCandless, nervously watches as his Alpha Bots team's robot performs a series of tasks during the Lego robotics competition at La Roche College in McCandless.

Lego robotics competition at La Roche College challenges kids

Worldwide, there are more than 25,000 Lego league teams in approximately 80 countries.

1 week ago


 Phil Little, education and outreach specialist for the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General, holds a session on online safety for parents of teens at Shaler Area Intermediate School.

Children may be home, but cyberspace isn't always safe

Philip Little recently presented Operation Safe Surf, a presentation for parents and children about cyberspace dangers, in Shaler.

1 week ago


Computer initiative moves to Mars Area Centennial School

School board approves $75,078 contract to provide 660 laptop computers to Mars Area Middle School for three years.

1 week ago


 Upper St. Clair High School team members posing with their award. From left: Nymisha Rameswarapu, Michael Nastac, Christina Park, Mrs. Pat Palazzolo, Gaurav Bhushan, Akshay Prasadan and Vidhi Shah.

'A Look Inside': Upper St. Clair students' mobile app declared a winner

Six gifted juniors from the high school are competing in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

1 week ago


 Green Tree-based digital advertising firm Industry Weapon unveiled a new technology at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Conference in New York City.

Beacon technology senses shoppers’ habits to make advertising personal

Pittsburgh digital advertising firm Industry Weapon says targeted in-person ads are the next frontier of the shopping experience.

1 week ago


 Last week, President Barack Obama talked about his plan to improve confidence in technology by tackling identity theft and improving consumer and students privacy.

Proposed cybersecurity efforts don’t go far enough, Pittsburgh-area experts say

President Barack Obama is expected to touch on his renewed call for legislation during his State of the Union address tonight.

1 week ago


AlphaLab to relocate to East Liberty

AlphaLab’s CEO Rich Lunak said the move will take place sometime in the spring and is designed to bring AlphaLab closer to AlphaLab Gear.

1 week ago


Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Apple backing development of USB Type C connectors

PLUS: Glass future blurry; thanks for the bandwidth, Wall Street; you brought us the TRS-80; FCC vs. GOP; What if you lost your beagle?

1 week ago


Alert system's flaws highlighted during Jan. 5 emergency near Morgantown

FCC rules do not allow state and local governments to test the wireless alert system, but a working group is looking at the issue.

1 week ago


 Google's new office under construction in Bakery Square 2.0.

First Bakery Square 2.0 building almost full; Shadyside site ready to expand

The developer says space in the first 215,000-square-foot, Gold LEED-certified building at Bakery Square 2.0 will be all but filled.

1 week ago


 Andrew Weckman holds a small vial of his deceased father’s DNA at Perman Funeral Home in Shaler.

Going beyond cremation and visitations, Shaler funeral home offers DNA banking

Perman Funeral Home among the first to use Canadian company’s system for preserving genetic record for future generations.

1 week ago


Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Used HDTVs are not worth the cost

Weighing the costs of buying used electronics: HDTVs and tape decks.

1 week ago


Pitt student teams with friend to expand their business of making online promotional videos

Marketing major at Pitt teamed up with friend at Temple University to start First Class Visual Media.

1 week ago


 General Motors CEO Mary Barra presents the Bolt EV electric concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show, Monday.

GM debuts the Bolt, a concept electric car

The updated Chevy Volt could be upstaged by its all-electric brother, on sale in two years, that can get 200 miles a charge.

1 week ago


Three Pittsburgh companies named finalists in SXSW Accelerator competition

Three Pittsburgh-based tech companies have been chosen as finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival's Accelerator

1 week ago


 Nate Good, chief technical officer of Downtown-based digital ticketing company ShowClix, says technical upgrades and new hires are among several big plans for 2015.

Pittsburgh firm ShowClix giving ticket rivals a run for their money

Three years after launch, Pittsburgh-based ShowClix is using data to boost sales potential.

2 weeks ago


 Social media giant Facebook is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send Amber Alerts to users' mobile phones.

Facebook launches Amber Alerts to help find missing children

Alerts will now be active by default, rather than requiring users to sign up for notifications, according to Facebook.

2 weeks ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Windows 10 on the way

News on Windows 10 and net neutrality, the Internet Archive, and Bang & Olufsen’s latest.

2 weeks ago


 U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Federal Trade Commissions offices, January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama talked about his plan to improve  confidence in technology by tackling identity theft and improving consumer and students privacy.

Obama seeks laws on student privacy, cybertheft consumer protections

The president, in a speech on Monday proposed the first federal standards aimed at protecting Americans from identity theft.

2 weeks ago


Weak amp more likely to destroy speakers

You are more likely to destroy speakers with an amplifier with too little power, not too much.

2 weeks ago


 The dashboard for Duolingo for Schools, new software developed by Shadyside-based Duolingo that will allow teachers to check students’ work, evaluate learning styles and adapt curriculums to fit student needs.

Pittsburgh-based Duolingo introduces software for schools

The Shadyside business says the new version of the popular mobile and desktop app gives teachers various tools to help students.

3 weeks ago


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

Astrobotic aims to make city a space port for shipping

Astrobotic likes to say it wants to be “FedEx to the moon” and deliver things for people, companies or governments to the lunar surface.

3 weeks ago


 The Pana­sonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: 2014 product of the year

The LUMIX DMC-GM1 camera body is barely bigger than a deck of cards, yet delivers phenomenal still picture and video quality.

3 weeks ago


 Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 in Lawrenceville, uses a mobile modular manipulation in the RE2 lab. The company also is developing a Patient Assist Robotic Arm, a robot that will help those with disabilities move to and from a wheelchair at home or in restaurants.

Lawrenceville-based robotics engineers target disabilities, dynamite

RE2 is working with University of Pittsburgh and Veterans Administration to bring robotics to people with disabilities.

4 weeks ago



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