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 Mattel, in partnership with San Francisco startup ToyTalk, will release the Internet-connected version of the doll that has real conversations with kids in late 2015.

Surveillance Society: Could toys play with data from children?

Internet-enabled everyday devices are collectively called the “Internet of Things”; some experts think 50 billion will be in use by 2020.

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Pitt study finds location-based marketing a mixed bag

The study says sending digital coupons to any consumer within a 100 foot radius doesn’t necessarily lead to more sales or foot traffic.

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 Emily Kennedy of Marinus Analytics presents her company at the UpPrize competition held in the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side in July.

Software developed by CMU student helps find online sex traffickers

Marinus Analytics has a software product, Traffic Jam, that mines the deep web for information and clues about trafficking operations.

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 Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO and managing director of Tata Consultancy Services, and CMU President Subra Suresh, right, sign the agreement.

Carnegie Mellon gets $35M donation

The gift from Tata Consultancy Services, an India-based tech company, will build an innovation center on Forbes Avenue.

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 Morgan C. Culbertson

CMU student admits developing controls for Android phones

Morgan Culbertson, 20, of Churchill pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to designing and trying to sell Android phone controls.

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OnlyBoth online benchmarking engine spotlights hospitals’ successes, struggles

The recently launched Pittsburgh-based engine is being heralded by the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative.

6 days ago

 Uber's app does not provide a tipping option, but if a passenger insists on tipping, Uber drivers are free to accept it.

Do you need to tip your Uber driver?

When it comes to tipping, some Uber drivers have started to take matters into their own hands.

6 days ago

 One state legislator called protecting student data privacy and security “something Democrats and Republicans can agree on.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers consider offering legislation to protect student privacy

Lawmakers says Pennsylvania should explore a state law to protect student data privacy and security.

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 Some district officials said they face a balancing act. They want to protect student privacy, but they don’t want to tangle innovative, tech-savvy teachers in bureaucratic red tape.

Surveillance Society: Review shows few safeguards against student privacy leaks

Few Pennsylvania schools are checking websites and apps for privacy leaks, notifying parents and training teachers.

1 week ago

 Liz Moore, owner of Bluebird Kitchen, stands at her restaurant’s Forbes Avenue location Downtown. “I didn’t know about [the upcoming deadline] until you called me. I had no idea,” she told the Post-Gazette.

Smart card transition catches some Pittsburgh businesses by surprise

The deadline for banks to replace old magnetic stripe technology is Oct. 1, a surprise for some customers.

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 Focal Sphear Earphones

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Oppo headphones are completely different

Oppo headphones use high-end planar magnetic technology with detailed sound without harshness.

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 Tyrell Coley, 21, holds his iPhone in 2011, displaying his Twitter account. A new poll finds African-American millennials are just as engaged in getting news online as their white counterparts.

Poll says no lag on tech use by black, Hispanic millennials

Findings suggest that most 18-to-34-year-olds of color are getting news from social media, although likely from nontraditional sources.

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 Nicki Zevola, founder and CEO of FutureDerm, spoke at The Pitch, part of Thrival 2014 in East Liberty. The Pitch, however, is no longer part of Thrival.

Changes coming for Thrival Innovation + Music Festival

New locations, sponsors, highlight this year’s Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, which will be held in sites around Pittsburgh.

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 Some companies reveal what they learn about students and who sees that information. But a Post-Gazette study of 143 ed tech providers that serve Pennsylvania schools found that most don’t say how long they keep student data or whether it can change hands in a merger or bankruptcy, and the vast majority say nothing about how they’d handle a data breach.

Surveillance Society: Students easy targets for data miners

Teachers direct students to apps, websites, ed tech tools that take personal data, share it, never delete it.

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 Unlike some tech hubs like Silicon Valley, the magazine says, Pittsburgh is affordable.

Pittsburgh ranked No. 1 city to live in Northeast by Money magazine

The magazine includes the steel city among five “urban gems” that offer an “abundance of amenities at livable prices.”

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Man, one of 12 charged in Darkode case, pleads guilty to spamming charge

Eric L. "Phastman" Crocker, 29, is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill on Nov. 23.

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 The Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner can scan multiple photos at the same time.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Converting photos into digital format requires a dedicated scanner

Do you know of a source I could go to so that I can learn how to convert the images from print to a digital format?

2 weeks ago

 Blacklight, a famous supercomputer operated by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.  The computer is being unplugged today and will be replaced by a computer named Bridges.

Supercomputer 'Blacklight' to be unplugged today

Used in big-data research projects, the star of Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be replaced by Bridges, a $9.65 million supercomputer.

2 weeks ago

 Tom Joseph, CEO of Epiphany Solar Water Systems, is shown in July 2013 in the company’s Lawrenceville warehouse and offices with a solar collector above him and a panel that is used to build the discs.

Crowdfunders, such as those for Epiphany’s onE Puck, grow impatient

Unlike shopping sites, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo offer only a platform to connect creators and would-be patrons.

2 weeks ago

 Jeh Johnson, center, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday.

Hackers made millions off insider trading; charges filed against 9

It’s one of the digital age’s most sprawling insider-trading schemes, federal investigators said Tuesday.

2 weeks ago

 Uber and the PUC’s enforcement bureau have until Friday to file replies to each other’s assertions

Pennsylvania PUC continues pursuit of $19 million fine against Uber

The San Francisco-based ride-sharing company allegedly operated illegally in Pennsylvania for six months last year.

2 weeks ago

 Disaster-response robot CHIMP, which competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge this summer, is one result of Carnegie Mellon University's growing influence in the robotics region.

Carnegie Mellon, GE Ventures bringing robotics accelerator program to Pittsburgh

A $20 million venture fund started by the school and company could establish Pittsburgh as the home of the robotics industry.

2 weeks ago

 A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken Tuesday in Berlin. Google Inc. is changing its operating structure by setting up a new company called Alphabet Inc., which will include the search business and other units.

Details scarce on Google overhaul

Alphabet Inc will replace Google as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of

2 weeks ago

 Audrey Russo, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Technology Council, speaks at a tech conference in Pittsburgh June 2014.

Pittsburgh Tech Council announces Tech 50 finalists

This year's list comes with several new categories and a focus on innovation.

3 weeks ago

 Under a 2008 state law, utilities have been installing so-called “smart meters” statewide.

Surveillance Society: New electric meters can report usage in real time

It may seem odd to worry about whether Big Brother is watching you toast your bagel. But smart meters can be a surveillance tool.

3 weeks ago

 Sigma DP2 Quattro Foveon Camera

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Are mirrorless cameras worthwhile?

It could be very compelling for some photographers.

3 weeks ago

 Rob Torres, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, and Dimitrije Slavkovic, a Carnegie Mellon University student — both Bellhops employees — help the Bayer family move into its new home.

Bellhops app seeks to perfect the do-it-yourself moving experience

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Bellhops is perfectly fine with being called the “Uber for moving.”

3 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama reacts as the audience sings him “Happy Birthday” while he greeted guests in the East Room on Tuesday after speaking at the first White House Demo Day.

Obama praises two Pittsburgh startups during White House 'Demo Day'

Astrobotic Technology and Duolingo were among 32 companies invited to attend the White House’s first-ever “Demo Day.”

3 weeks ago

Damages reduced in Carnegie Mellon patent case against California firm

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that CMU patents were infringed by Marvell Technology Group but reduced the damages.

3 weeks ago

Saxonburg-based II-VI reports strong fourth quarter

The laser and infrared technology company says it has regained financial momentum.

3 weeks ago

 Fitness trackers like, from left, Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, Fitbug Orb, and the Nike FuelBand SE, can carry security risks.

Surveillance Society: Wearable fitness devices often carry security risks

The devices log vast amounts of data, tracking number of calories burned, heart rate and sleep patterns among other information.

4 weeks ago

 A car drives by HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot on July 17 in Marblehead, Mass.

Traveling robot ends trip early after being damaged in Phila.

The kid-size hitchBOT set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe.

4 weeks ago

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic invited to first-ever White House Demo Day

Founded in 2008, Astrobotic teamed with CMU in the $20 million XPRIZE race to be the first private organization to send a rover to the moon

4 weeks ago

Surveillance Society: Data breaches raise questions over protection of data by companies

Will it take a federally mandated cybersecurity policy to force change or can court-ordered financial penalties help?

4 weeks ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Good radios with CD players can be hard to find

Looking for a good quality shelf stereo? Read Don Lindich’s advice.

4 weeks ago

 Paul Sandberg, co-founder and CEO of Personal Health Recording for Quality of Life, or PHRQL, presents his company at the UpPrize competition held in the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.

UpPrize awards for-profit companies in Pittsburgh

Sponsors of UpPrize are BNY Mellon, the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and The Forbes Funds.

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