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 Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard, left, and Andre Borschberg celebrate Friday after they landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii. Solar impulse 2 is attempting to be the first solar powered airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. The airplane took off from Nagoya, Japan, on its eighth leg and flew nonstop before landing on Oahu.

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

The wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.

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 Beyond memory, introducing new ingredients into the current password stew can only increase variety and hamper hacking attempts, according to one expert.

Can emoji passwords confuse hackers?

A U.K. firm is betting emojis are the next frontier in password protection.

1 day ago

Green Tree-based 360fly to acquire portion of VSN Mobil

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but a news release said the deal includes 24 engineers who will become part of the

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 Google has agreed to add the nation’s 250,000 railroad crossings to its mapping and mobile applications.

Getting on track: Google set to add U.S. railroad crossings to apps, online maps

Crashes and deaths rose at rail crossings last year, reversing a long trend of decreases.

4 days ago

 Cambridge Audio BlueTone 100.

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Flawless phone charger doesn't exist

Every brand seems to have its issues here and there, no matter the price.

6 days ago

 Becky Zajdel and Adam Longwill of Meta Mesh want their model of wireless mesh Internet networks to become a low-cost solution to connect low-income users.

Allentown firm aims to rethink, rewire Internet access in Pittsburgh region

Neighborhood wireless networking company is hoping to connect communities in Pittsburgh and beyond.

1 week ago

 Taylor Swift performs at Heinz Field on her 1989 World Tour on June 6. She recently persuaded Apple to reverse a decision to not pay labels for use of music during the first three months of its new streaming service.

Swift uses her pull as Apple reverses decision to not pay royalties for music

Getting Apple to change music streaming policy was a Taylor-made challenge, Swift-ly met.

1 week ago

Techman Texts / Ced Kurtz: Noteworthy tools to organize your digital life

The first chore was to decide in which of these programs to consolidate my data. I chose Evernote, but Instapaper was a close second.

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 Giant Eagle, for example, “utilizes a variety of available third-party data to augment the customer preferences in the Giant Eagle Advantage Card database,” company spokesman Dick Roberts said.

Surveillance Society: Rewards cards double as data mines

Rewards cards allow retailers to create purchase histories, information that’s even more powerful when combined with other data.

1 week ago

 SVS Prime Tower Speakers

Sound Advice: Speakers to compliment receiver

He recently purchased the Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo Receiver based on my recommendation and now he’s looking for speakers.

1 week ago

 Ralph Roberts

Obituary: Ralph Roberts / Founder of cable giant Comcast

He built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into an entertainment and communications behemoth.

2 weeks ago

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dies at 95 in Philadelphia

Comcast is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet, and phone provider to homes.

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 Steven Spielberg plays "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege" at the Ubisoft booth at E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Highlights from E3: video games big and small and virtual reality headsets

With no new console to introduce, games like “Ghost Recon” and “Unravel” and VR tech were the top draws in Los Angeles.

2 weeks ago

Consumer Reports: Need a touch up? Try free beauty apps

ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, describes free apps that are worth checking out.

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 In this Feb. 25, 2013, file photo, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, right, talks to St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay, left, and second baseman Daniel Descalso before an exhibition spring training baseball game in Jupiter, Fla.

Cybersecurity experts say other pro-sports teams have hacked rivals in past

Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Cardinals illegally accessed a computer database of the Houston Astros.

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 You’ve likely never heard of computer scripts called trackers -- or some of the companies that deploy them.

Who's watching you surf the web?

Tracking is the backbone of the system that allows websites to feed you ads that uncannily reflect the sites you’ve visited.

2 weeks ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Grado's headphones beats Beats

The answer was very clear. Spend your money on the headphones.

2 weeks ago

 Zack's Bad Data Day.

PG interactive presentation: Zack's Bad Data Day

Surveillance occurs on a daily basis. What does it mean for individuals and society? This interactive presentation helps to explain.

2 weeks ago

 Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi explains updates to the weather app for the iPhone at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco in 2013.

Apps: making the weather ‘personalized and personable’

More and more people are getting weather information from smartphone apps, but accuracy varies from brand to brand.

2 weeks ago

 Google, which also owns data analysis firm Google Analytics and digital advertising management firm DoubleClick, reported $59.6 billion in advertising revenues in 2014, up from $51 billion the previous year.

How cookies on computers put consumers in digital buckets

Advertisers discovered that watching what you watch online provides a goldmine of data that allows them to more effectively sell you stuff.

2 weeks ago

 Smartphones are the conventional way to request a ride-share service, but TextBER aims to offer an alternative.

California programmers create ride-sharing platform that doesn’t require smartphone

TextBER is meant to allow nonsmartphone users to summon an UberX vehicle via text message.

3 weeks ago

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

Pittsburgh’s Astrobotic signs Mexican Space Agency for trip to the moon

Signing Mexico up as a customer moves Astrobotic one step closer to having enough paying customers to win the Google Lunar XPrize.

3 weeks ago

Duolingo closes $45 million deal with Google Capital

The company features a flagship mobile and desktop app that uses a game-style interface for language-learning.

3 weeks ago

Yoga class will help keep CREative juices flowing

Pittsburgh Technology Council’s CREate Festival merges artists and makers with engineers and coders.

3 weeks ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Bound books still valuable, if less convenient

Plus: Consumers increasingly using ad-blockers; Yahoo plans to stream an NFL game and more.

3 weeks ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Sony Qualia is a jaw-dropper

Don’s mother was floored by its picture quality when he bought it in 2005.

3 weeks ago

Google to release monthly data on self-driving car accidents

The May report shows 12 Google cars were involved in accidents since testing for the self-driving cars begin in 2009.

4 weeks ago

 John Dolan, right, principal systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, shows where sensors are located on CMU’s Cadillac SRX.

Self-driving cars will need humans as they get in gear

Engineers of CMU’s self-driving car say it will be a while before humans are completely removed from the controls.

1 month ago

 John Bares, director of Uber ATC, talks during a panel discussion Wednesday on The Value of Partnerships for Innovation at the Intelligent Transportation Systems conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

Key Carnegie Mellon, Uber players express optimism about robotics in Pittsburgh amid ‘tough period’

Uber’s tech center here was created out of a partnership announced in February between Uber and CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center.

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