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 Doug Polk of Las Vegas takes part in the "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence" event at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore.

Humans take early edge in man vs. machine poker showdown at Rivers Casino

Through May 7, four of the world’s best will play 80,000 total hands against the CMU-designed opponent, Claudico.

about 16 hours ago

 Wall Street appears increasingly convinced Comcast’s $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable is dead.

Reports say Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid

Reports: Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid after pushback from regulators.

1 day ago

 An influx of open IT jobs in the Pittsburgh region is forcing firms to ramp up recruiting and highlight benefits to draw top talent to their offices.

Spa services? Pet at work? Demand for IT talent has firms offering many perks

A surge in open information technology positions leaves the ball in job-seekers’ court in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

1 day ago

 Sen. Matt Smith, left, explains his cyber bullying legislation with a panel of students from Bethel Park's Independence Middle School. The discussion was a live Google broadcast among four area schools and experts on social media applications that allow anonymous posting of gossip and bullying.

Students agree online bullying meaner with 'hate apps'

Students from Bethel Park, Brentwood, Canon-McMillan and South Fayette districts discuss technology that permits anonymous gossip and hate.

1 day ago

 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx speaks Wednesday after touring Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville.

Transportation chief visits Pittsburgh to view new research, technology

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited CMU robotics center and marveled at the technology, but bemoaned the potholes outside.

2 days ago

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Investigating Verizon’s new Custom TV

I guess this new plan is a step toward true a la carte TV, but it is a small step.

4 days ago

Balancing Act: Managing email so it doesn’t manage you

Innovations are rolling out to change our experiences with email and help us create the boundaries and priorities we are struggling to set.

4 days ago

 A Bluetone 100 speaker that connects to almost any device.

Sound Advice: Look for sound quality over loudness

Which Bluetooth speaker is the loudest?

6 days ago

 YouTube star Curt Wootton in "Pittsburgh Dad."

YouTube celebrates 10 years

In the last decade, YouTube has changed our culture in many ways, including in Pittsburgh.

6 days ago

 Even with the change, Verizon's bundle option won't disappear completely.

Want a custom cable package? Verizon will have you covered

Starting Sunday, FiOS Custom TV will allow customers to choose the channels they want and eliminate others.

1 week ago

Data breach methods getting more sophisticated

Most of the cracks that let hackers into systems could be traced directly back to human error, according to Verizon report.

1 week ago

 Damon Claus, director of international sales at 4Moms, in its Downtown offices.

4moms bringing international distributors to Pittsburgh

Worldwide sales have already grown to reach 52 countries and increased 1,600 percent over the last four years.

1 week ago

 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks at a hearing on net neutrality Feb. 26 in Washington.

Broadband trade group files challenge to FCC net neutrality

The rules, officially published today, take effect 60 days after their publication in the Federal Register.

1 week ago

Sound Advice: DIY speaker system requires adapter, amp

Is there a way to build an inexpensive system to play music from my phone and iPad, using speakers instead of a portable Bluetooth speaker?

1 week ago

Duolingo adds Klingon to its language offerings

Named for stoic, ripple-headed alien warriors in the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek, Klingon has become anything but fantasy to fans.

2 weeks ago

 East Liberty-based Identified Technologies created an automated drone and docking system for gathering data at industrial sites, especially shale gas operations.

East Liberty drone company Identified Technologies raises $2 million

The funding will go toward scaling operations and investing in research and development.

2 weeks ago

Google to count device-friendliness to factor into rankings

Effective April 21, Google will count “mobile-friendliness” as a factor in ranking sites for placement in search results.

2 weeks ago

 Commercial drone use is a largely uncharted and unregulated field.

Privacy woes at top of list of unmanned aerial vehicle concerns

The white paper “Crowded Skies” explores the legal implications for companies using drones in the course of doing business.

2 weeks ago

Turkey cracks down on posting of hostage photo

In Turkey, authorities’ tough reaction has become another chapter in the long struggle between the state and the press.

2 weeks ago

 The YouTube kids app is for tablets and smartphones and is geared to kids ages 5 and younger.

Privacy groups seek investigation of Google's YouTube Kids app

The app, for tablets and smartphones and geared to kids ages 5 and younger, offers up a mixture of programming and commercials.

2 weeks ago

Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Computer surveillance is a trade-off

I highly recommend Bruce Schneier’s latest book, “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.”

2 weeks ago

New Internet rules to prompt cheers and challenges

The regulations will forbid Internet service providers to speed up, slow down or block a consumer’s access to any particular content.

2 weeks ago

Sound Advice: USB offer universal charge options

The jHub Elite has great capacity at an affordable price.

2 weeks ago

 About 64 percent of American adults own a smartphone, up from 58 percent in early 2014, Pew reported.

Smartphones don't replace home Internet access, Pew study finds

Only seven percent of Americans own a smartphone but lack any other type of high-speed Internet access at home, the study said.

3 weeks ago

 Patrick Juola speaks Wednesday at Duquesne University along with his undergraduate assistant Elizabeth DeCarlo, a senior mathematics major at the university.

Pittsburgh academic entrepreneurs pitch ideas in Duquesne collaborative event

Twenty-one people highlighted their ideas for commercialization, assisted with $25,000 each in seed funding from Innovation Works.

3 weeks ago

Testing of software adds to urgency to German efforts in race for driverless cars

In the race to build a self-driving car, German automakers are hitting a road block in their efforts to test prototype vehicles.

3 weeks ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Detecting computer scammers

A friend sent TechMan the following missive.

3 weeks ago

 BoXZY, which houses a 3-D printer, a computer-controlled router and a laser, was created by Justin Johnson, left, and his brother Joel at TechShop in Bakery Square.

Brothers' passion for 3-D printing inspires backers to invest

Joel and Justin Johnson have turned BoXZY into the most richly funded Kickstarter campaign in Pittsburgh.

3 weeks ago

 A study by Carnegie Mellon University revealed that smartphone apps are asking for users personal information much more frequently than even researchers imagined. The screenshot above reflects one of the most extreme examples pulled from the study.

Most apps don't care about privacy, CMU study finds

It’s becoming clear that the actual price of a free smartphone app might be your identity, according to a recent study.

3 weeks ago

 These unique, handmade-in-the-USA Ohm Walsh speakers with patented technology produce stunningly beautiful sound combined with a realistic 3-D soundfield that must be experienced to be appreciated. There is a good chance your pair will become a family heirloom at $1,250 a pair and up.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Reach out an touch Ohm Walsh's sound

The Ohm Walsh speakers are made like no others and maintain their value for decades.

3 weeks ago

 Former NFL running back William Ward Walsh, 66, takes the web-based, game-styled brain health test developed by RC21X, supervised by Mike Schuler. The test results will be used to evaluate Walsh's status for the NFL concussion lawsuit. Walsh played for the Packers and Oilers.

Coraopolis-based program has a new tool to keep tabs on your brain: RC21X

Former WVU player assembles star-studded Pittsburgh team for a brain health tool that aims to become a lifetime wellness aid.

3 weeks ago

 Deborah Todd  Carl Domingo, 21, a senior of Rochester Institute of Technology, works on a computer problem during the first hackathon SteelHacks at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

'Make something cool': SteelHacks competition sizzles at Pitt

SteelHacks brought more than 150 students from Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, Chatham and Youngstown State to Oakland to test their

3 weeks ago

College rankings based on employment give only part of the picture

The lists rating which school will boost the students’ earning capacity the most aren’t always accurate measures of a college’s full impact.

4 weeks ago

 Ellen Pao, center, walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco on Friday.

Jury finds no gender discrimination in case that captivated Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao accused Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers of treating her “oppressively” because she was a woman and firing her when she

4 weeks ago

 “Israel is a very small country with big ideas,” said Yaron Sideman.

Conference promotes business between Pittsburgh, Israeli companies

Global Venturing is a new initiative by the University of Pittsburgh to stress the importance of innovation as economic drivers.

4 weeks ago


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