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 Violet Rignani, a Brownie from Mt. Lebanon, has been using the Internet to boost her cookie sales.

Pittsburgh-area Girl Scouts tap into cyber world to boost cookie sales

The Girl Scouts rolled out Digital Cookie to sell the treats, although many girls still use the tried-and-true door-to-door approach.

about 19 hours ago

 Beginning in April, Visa will soon offer an anti-fraud service that will track cardholders via mobile banking apps.

Would you let card companies track your smartphone to fight fraud?

Visa’s optional new feature, which will be integrated into mobile banking apps, will be ready in mid-April.

about 18 hours ago

 Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, left, applauds after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC ruling on net neutrality Thursday in Washington.

In historic vote on Internet, split FCC OKs regulation

The Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 vote, will regulate broadband Internet under public utility laws, favoring “net neutrality.

1 day ago

 A pedestrian walks past the corporate headquarters of health insurer Anthem in Indianapolis. The Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer suffered a major data hack affecting nearly 80 million customers.

Massive Anthem data breach may affect up to 750,000 Pennsylvanians

It’s unclear how many of those affected are past or present Highmark customers, or come from other Pennsylvania-based Blues plans.

2 days ago

CIA plans to elevate espionage efforts on Web

The CIA is planning for increased use of cyber capabilities in almost every category of its operations as part of a broad restructuring.

3 days ago

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Slashes, sitcoms and Superfish

Read more for a breakdown of backslashes for the directionally challenged, plus news on Superfish, TV shows, YouTube and the FCC.

3 days ago

 “Once everyone is turned on and ready to go, we’ll line the rovers up and a green flag will go up and everyone will take off,” said Astrobotic CEO John Thornton, shown here in December.

Strip District-based Astrobotic signs up first competitor to send payload to the moon

Hakuto, the Tokyo-based team signed on to Astrobotic’s payload, is one of 18 teams remaining in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.

4 days ago

 Sony's new digital SLRs 14.2 MP NEX-3 and NEX-5 compact interchangeable lens cameras have excellent HD video capabilities.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Getting camera exposure just right

Plus, the Samsung APS-C mirrorless system is worth a try.

5 days ago

 This photo provided by Spin Master shows a rendering of Spin Master’s Zoomer Dino, which was awarded Toy of the Year at Toy Fair in New York. A remote controlled dinosaur, you can train him to follow you, dance, chase and roar. The toy will be available in fall 2015.

At Toy Fair 2015, everything from drones to snowballs

With 13,000 buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of booths, the fair looks and sounds like a well-behaved kids’ party.

6 days ago

 Damontae Martin, 11, of Mount Oliver, left, gets instructions on “Minecraft” from Patrice Gerard, program coordinator at the Hilltop YMCA in Knoxville.

YMCA tech programs aim to foster future engineers

Tech education programs through the YMCA range from students rebuilding a computer to learning game design.

1 week ago

 Kenya Boswell, president of the BNY Mellon Foundation

BNY Mellon Foundation investing in innovators with UpPrize partnership

The bank’s philanthropic arm in Southwestern Pennsylvania has committed $1 million in cash and technical support to local entrepreneurs.

1 week ago

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Oldsters are always good for a laugh

On the website Reddit, people shared some experiences with their older relatives and technology.

1 week ago

FAA might allow thousands of businesses to fly drones

Meanwhile, a directive issued Sunday requires federal agencies to disclose where they fly drones and what they do with the data collected.

1 week ago

Hackers steal up to $1 billion from banks, security co. says

The reported infiltration of more than 100 banks in 30 countries would be one of the biggest banking breaches known.

1 week ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: SVS Speakers deliver quality home theater system

Also, techniques to tweak an old turntable.

1 week ago

Obama moves to build synapse between government, tech industry

President Obama signed an executive order encouraging Information sharing between the private sector and federal government.

1 week ago

 FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014 file photo, robots install rivets on a 2015 Ford F-150 truck at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing manufacturing labor costs down 16 percent, a report from the Boston Consulting Group said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Robots replacing human factory workers at faster pace

Cheaper, better robots will replace workers over the next decade, pushing manufacturing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said.

2 weeks ago

Upper St. Clair student team captures Verizon Innovative App Challenge

The app created by the six students will be available on Google apps.

2 weeks ago

 Mobile dating apps can get quite specific these days.

Technology offers modern-day romantics myriad ways to connect in Pittsburgh region

Virtual matchmaking has gone mobile, with free apps to download to smart phones and other devices.

2 weeks ago

FAB Universal board chairman detained; Chinese operations in question

In a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, FAB said ”the company’s business in China appears to be abandoned.”

2 weeks ago

 From left, Ares Drones co-founders Ben Brautigam, Sherwyn Saul and Justin Miller pose with their quadcopter prototype Ares One after a demo flight at Settlers Cabin Park in Robinson.

Companies increasingly turning to tech to keep drones out of no-fly zones

Penn State startup Ares Drones wants to make its software, which is designed to keep drones out of no-fly zones, the industry standard.

2 weeks ago

 Post-Gazette game columnist Max Parker shows off Nintendo's New 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition to a gamer in Oakland on Saturday.

Watch Pittsburgh gamers get an early look at Nintendo's 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition

Game columnist Max Parker took to the streets of Pittsburgh to surprise gamers with a look at the new device.

2 weeks ago

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: RadioShack takes us to memory lane

When RadioShack filed for bankruptcy as expected last week, the geeks came out to reminisce.

2 weeks ago

Len Boselovic's Heard off the Street: Brookings high-tech list a holy Toledo moment

A Brookings report puts Pittsburgh in the middle of the pack when it comes to advanced industry jobs.

2 weeks ago

Sound Advice: Mass Fidelity Core Wireless Speaker System lives up to hype

Plus, Galaxie Electronics is a reliable resource for turntable repair.

2 weeks ago

 RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Thursday.

RadioShack could close several Western Pa. stores

The iconic chain’s bankruptcy process will see some stores sold, while others are shuttered.

3 weeks ago

 It’s too early to tell how many out-of-state Highmark customers, or in-state Anthem customers, have been affected by the breach, Highmark spokesman Aaron Billger said.

Anthem data breach could affect affiliate customers, including Highmark

Hackers have gained access to customers’ names, addresses, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, birthdays, and even job and income data.

3 weeks ago

 Detour co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason, a Mt. Lebanon native, uses his new Detour app to take an audio tour of the Musee Mecanique arcade at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Mr. Mason is the founder and former CEO of Groupon.

Audio tour app takes Groupon founder on new journey

Andrew Mason, a Mt. Lebanon native, is hoping his new venture Detour won’t be as easy a business model to copy.

3 weeks ago

FCC chief seeks to treat Web as public utility in net neutrality fight

But the agency would not regulate prices that consumers pay for Internet service, the way it does with conventional land-line service.

3 weeks ago

Major health insurer hacked; FBI opens an investigation

Anthem Inc. said hackers obtained data on tens of millions of current and former customers and employees in a sophisticated attack.

3 weeks ago

 A RadioShack store in Dallas. The company that introduced the first mass-market personal computer is fading after years of heavy losses and the suspension of its shares.

RadioShack files for bankruptcy protection, to sell stores

Sprint could open mini-shops in as many as 1,700 stores; company expected to close stores it doesn’t sell.

3 weeks ago

 Carlo Sunseri of Mt. Lebanon speaks about the struggles of getting his lacrosse video game funded at the Thrill Mill on Broad Street in East Liberty.

Indiegogo pushes alternative fundraising for Pittsburgh entrepreneurs

“Gogo Pittsburgh” is designed to introduce the concept of digital fundraising to area businesses and nonprofits.

3 weeks ago

 Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf student Jonathan Border leans in to control a milling machine with the help of Tim Brandis of New Century Careers at the South Side training school.

BotsIQ program aims to draw younger workers to skilled labor positions

Pittsburgh region companies trying to get students interested in manufacturing careers are finding that building robots can do the job.

3 weeks ago

iTunes app provides information on McKeesport Area schools

Students and parents can get emergency announcements, teacher contact information, sports and events schedules and more.

3 weeks ago

Ansys acquires Newmerical Technologies

Newmerical Technologies International, based in Montreal, works in the aerospace, architectural, automotive and marine industries.

3 weeks ago

Smart cards expected to multiply across U.S.

By the end of 2015, half of all credit and debit cards in the U.S. will have been converted to smart cards with microchips.

3 weeks ago

 Josh Lucas is  founder of the co-working space The Hardware Store. He believes small businesses should create their own startup incubator programs.

The Hardware Store breaks down nurturing a Pittsburgh incubator

The Allentown-based co-working organization is looking to make entrepreneurs heads of their own incubator.

3 weeks ago

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Cars’ warning lights wear out their welcome

Also, read about the death of Adobe Flash, Google Earth Pro, Toshiba’s exit from the U.S. television market, and more.

3 weeks ago

Uber and CMU collaborating on robotically driven cars in Lawrenceville

The site says Uber has already hired engineers and commercialization experts from CMU's Robotics Institute.

3 weeks ago

 Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill speaks at Carnegie Mellon University on Wednesday.

Do you know where your data are? Privacy issues raised at CMU

CMU researchers argue in Science magazine that we can no longer protect ourselves against Internet privacy encroachment.

3 weeks ago

 jHub Ultra Power Bank

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: jHub Ultra back on market after sales spike triggers Amazon review

A previous column endorsing power bank charger triggered online retailer Amazon “velocity limits” on the product’s online sales.

3 weeks 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.

4 weeks ago


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