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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.

about 23 hours 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

about 23 hours 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.

1 day ago


 NoWait CEO Ware Sykes.

Oakland-based app NoWait inks deal with First Watch restaurants

The collaboration brings NoWait to 113 new restaurants in 11 states.

4 days ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Advertising driving people away from websites

TechMan has been a little cranky lately.

4 days ago


Fellowship program brings recent college grads to Pittsburgh startups

Venture for America program brings nation’s top graduates to Pittsburgh startups

4 days ago


 Charlie Batch is shoring up an arrangement with Pitt’s Innovation Institute to develop and commercialize products for his emerging sports medicine technology startup, Impellia.

Pitt, former Steelers quarterback tackle medicine

Charlie Batch is shoring up an arrangement with Pitt’s Innovation Institute for his emerging sports medicine technology startup, Impellia.

6 days ago


Smartphone domination pretty close to complete

Only 2 percent of the market a decade ago, now nearly everyone has one.

6 days ago


Sound Advice: Buying top of the line can be overkill

Be careful when you say “cost no object” when shopping for high-end audio gear.

6 days ago


STEMinism club formed at North Allegheny

The club will encourage females to take classes in science, technology, engineering and math.

1 week ago


 Amey Kanade, product manager at EyeSee360, holds the 360 Fly video camera. The prototype camera is the latest product from EyeSee360 and produces 360-degree video.

Venture capital flowing into Pittsburgh region

New companies draw $437 million in start-up funding.

1 week ago


 The Uber app connects independent contractor drivers using their own vehicles with passengers via its smartphone app. But a lawsuit is seeking to have drivers reclassified as employees.

Uber and Lyft face independent contractor challenges

Two lawsuits in California threaten the core of the independent contractor business model used by Lyft and Uber.

1 week ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Tech support not always a miracle worker

Computers can be irritating, chapter two.

1 week ago


 Mark Schuster, the man behind the creation of turnKey Taxes, a municipal tax collective service, displays the opening page of his product Wednesday at the Idea Foundry in Oakland.

Oakland tax software firm turnKey Taxes hopes to simplify, maximize collection

Mark Schuster’s young firm has found hidden revenue for 10 municipalities, and hopes to do the same for more.

1 week ago


 Jill Yesko is the president and founder of Discover Organizing in Mt. Lebanon.

Workzone: This spring, clean the digital clutter

When it comes to cleaning digital clutter, Mt. Lebanon-based certified professional organizer Jill Yesko has some tips.

1 week ago


 jHub Ultra Power Bank Credit: modernportable.com

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Portable charger a great value

The jHub Elite can charge two devices at once, and faster than standard wall chargers.

1 week ago


Study: Fast-changing threats overwhelming IT managers

Global retailers and other merchants failed tests to determine whether they are in compliance with payment card data security standards,

2 weeks ago


Tech giant Blackboard buying Pennsylvania's Schoolwires

Blackboard says it doesn’t expect to change the Schoolwires location in State College

2 weeks ago


ExOne names new president

Hans J. Sack joined the North Huntingdon 3-D printer’s board of directors in December as part of a management reorganization.

2 weeks ago


CIA allegedly sought to hack Apple iPhones from earliest days

The report cites top-secret documents that suggest U.S. government researchers had created a version of XCode.

2 weeks ago


Pittsburgh firm Eyeflow believes website attack not linked to extremists despite initial scare

Small business cyberattacks likely are not linked to ISIS, say Pittsburgh experts.

2 weeks ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Techman vs. uncooperative home computer, round 1

The home computer may be man’s most irritating invention. I have only one technical question: Why does mine hate me?

2 weeks ago


 Pre-orders for the Apple Watch start April 10. The device costs $349 for a base model, while a luxury gold version will go for $10,000.

Apple Watch pre-orders start April 10; high-end version is $10,000

Apple rolled out its first new product in five years in a bid to extend its preeminence in mobile devices.

2 weeks ago


White House privacy bill of rights gets mixed reviews

The White House has floated a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to provide “baseline protections for individual privacy.”

2 weeks ago


 Easely CEO Ashwin Muthiah and artist relations manager Samantha Ward at Ikea in Robinson. Easely is involved with between 150 and 200 artists and prints a limited edition of each art piece.

Inexpensive art to dress up that Billy bookcase from Ikea

East Liberty-based art rental app Easely teams up with Swedish furniture icon Ikea to get low-priced prints to public.

2 weeks ago


Checking out what Big Data knows about you

Acxiom has thousands of pieces of information on nearly every U.S. consumer. Sometimes the profiles created don’t get it right, though.

2 weeks ago


FTC Commissioner Brill, privacy advocate, 'disappointed' with White House proposal

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, top U.S. voice on privacy, “disappointed” with White House draft, supports Senate bill.

2 weeks ago


 If you can control smart-home devices via the Internet, chances are good that some even smarter stranger with hacking skills could do the same.

Your smart-home devices might be smart, but are they secure?

Modern-day marvels that allow you to change the thermostat, dim the lights and unlock the door when you aren’t home come with risks.

2 weeks ago


Color of Money | Michelle Singletary: Identity protection is up to you

Your personal information is powerful and profitable. And that's why scammers are continually devising new ways to steal that data.

2 weeks ago


Sound Advice / Don Lindich

Column about the Mass Fidelity Core, the small single-piece Bluetooth speaker that sounds like a pair of speakers placed 8 feet apart.

2 weeks ago


 A United Airlines jet approaching Los Angeles International Airport passes in front of a waxing gibbous moon in 2013. The online booking site Expedia, which already owns Hotels.com, Hotwire and Travelocity, is planning to acquire another rival, Orbitz Worldwide.

Booking travel online vs. booking direct

In booking flights, online services are not generating as many customers, but they are still good places to check for last-minute trips.

3 weeks ago


 Jarrod Snider, lead engineer for the Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab, the driverless-car venture Carnegie Mellon University is developing with assistance from General Motors, sits behind the wheel as he demonstrates the car’s abilities along Route 19 in Cranberry in 2013.

Silicon Valley debates self-driving cars

The race to build a self-driving car may revolve around one simple question: to map or not to map?

3 weeks ago


Pittsburgh nonprofits compete for Fast Pitch grants

At Fast Pitch, nonprofits will go after a share of $25,000 in funding grants and hope to raise cash through a new crowdfunding option.

3 weeks ago


Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Important FCC measure passes quietly

The Federal Communications Commission voted last week to preempt state laws regarding broadband competition.

3 weeks ago


 CEO and president of Samsung JK Shin presents the new Samsung Galaxy S6 during the Mobile World Congress Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.

Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a model with a display that curves so that information can be glanced at on the side.

3 weeks ago


 For $249, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Turntable is one of the best values in audio.

Sound Advice: Quality vinyl system without the high price

What is the least amount I can spend to enjoy records, without buying junk?

3 weeks ago


 The two-tone dress, left, alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals.

Debate over dress’s color takes Internet by storm

University of Pittsburgh and West Penn Hospital doctors gave color commentary on why people are seeing different colors in an online photo.

4 weeks ago


 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.

4 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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 month ago



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