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Cost of data breaches increasing to average of $3.8 million, study says

The cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable financial and medical records.

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Techman Texts / Ced Kurtz: Security concerns multiply as technology takes over

The future of connected everything -- watches, homes, appliances, artificial organs -- could also be a target-rich playground for hackers.

3 days ago

 Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable

Sound Advice: Sometimes spending more on a receiver is warranted

Plus, selling an old turntable could be difficult.

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FNB trying new branch model after work with Penn State students

The bank has a strong presence in State College and worked with students to create a more college student-friendly environment.

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 An artist's rendering of the interior of Nova Place.

Developer plans to turn North Side's Allegheny Center into technology hub

Faros Properties will renovate the 1.2-million-square-foot mall into a technology incubator, with plans for eateries and a fitness center.

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Six charged in tech theft said to benefit top China university

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced a 32-count indictment and the arrest Saturday of Tianjin University professor Hao Zhang.

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Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Verizon-AOL deal all about the ads

Plus, Flurry Analytics seeks to understand mobile app “install addicts.”

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 In February, Uber announced a joint venture with CMU for a robotics research lab and technology center.

Uber selects location for Pittsburgh robotics center

The company is leasing the space at 100 32nd St. in the Strip District.

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 Carnegie Mellon University professor Alessandro Acquisiti was named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

CMU professor to study where data and discrimination intersect

Alessandro Acquisti will do a two-year stint here through the Carnegie Fellowship.

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 Selfie Wireless Bluetooth Selfie Stick

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Finding the right selfie stick

The Selfie Wireless allows users to zoom in and out at a great price.

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 Bill Barrett of Assured Polygraph Services Inc. demonstrates polygraph equipment on his colleague Morris Ragus, seated, a retired polygraph examiner.

Lie detector tests being used to monitor sex offenders and guide treatment

Polygraphs are not permitted in Pennsylvania courts during the trial phase.

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AVATAR aims to be the top technology in lie detection

It looks like an ATM machine with a video monitor looming above it. And it might be the next big technology in lie detection.

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China hackers make Penn State unplug engineering computers

Penn State University says Chinese hackers have breached its engineering school’s computers for two years.

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Monroeville to join lawsuit against Verizon

The municipality says the communications company has not paid franchise fees it owes.

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 David Miller, chief technologist for NASA

NASA tech chief makes voyage back to Pittsburgh

NASA chief technologist David Miller, an Allison Park native, will be checking out technologies in Pittsburgh universities.

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 Verizon's acquisition of AOL would give the telecommunications giant access to advanced technology AOL has developed for selling ads and delivering high-quality Web video.

Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4 billion

The acquisition would give Verizon access to advanced technology AOL has developed for selling ads and delivering high-quality video.

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Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Applecare came in handy for replacement iMac piece

Lessons learned from a drooping computer.

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 Oppo BDP-103D Darbee Edition Blu-ray player

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Oppo leads the way for Blu-ray

“Usually I do not recommend consumers spend more than $150 to $200 on a Blu-ray player.”

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 Bjorn Li, from left, Jason Les, Doug Polk and Dong Kim, the four human players that defeated Carnegie Mellon University's computer poker program Claudico, stand in front of the tournament's leaderboard in Rivers Casino.

Man bests machine in two-week poker tourney at Rivers Casino

Three of the four human players won more than they lost against CMU-designed Claudico.

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 Erik Norwood, president and founder of Curb Energy, pitches his company’s home energy intelligence system Wednesday during AlphaLab Gear’s National Robotics Cup competition at its East Liberty facility. Curb Energy won the $50,000 grand prize sponsored by East Liberty robotics investment firm StartBot, beating six other teams.

AlphaLab Gear’s National Robotics Cup competition

Curb Energy won the $50,000 grand prize sponsored by East Liberty robotics investment firm StartBot, beating six other teams.

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Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in U.S. for first time

Google’s mobile search requests are outstripping requests in nine other countries as well.

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Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: Help me, I am addicted

My reading habit started when I was young. With the advent of the e-book readers and Kindle on the Web, I was hooked.

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 Systems increasingly demand a mixture of letters, numbers, punctuation and capitalization for passwords.

This pa$$w0rd is not very secure: CMU studies reveal best and worst in passwords

If the hacker wants you specifically, they’ll check your social media for, say, the names of your pets.

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 Technologists wonder whether using fingerprints, faces or devices to log in would help or hurt the cause of data security and privacy.

If passwords can’t protect your account, can fingerprints do the trick?

Experts from the White House to CMU wonder whether we should “kill the password dead.”

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  Stone Librande of Riot Games and the Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center plays through a trial of CAVE Men, which utilizes a three-walled projection. The ETC hosted a showcase of its current students’ projects Thursday at its Technology Drive location.

CMU summit encourages creativity for common good.

Innovators are seeking ways to apply entertainment principles to driving engagement in causes.

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Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Online or off, some believe vultures are everywhere

Col. Matteo Martemucci warned the CFA Society of Pittsburgh on Wednesday of cyber security threats.

3 weeks ago

 Olympus Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera system

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Canon, Nikon digital SLRs benefit from incumbency

Don strongly recommends Micro Four Thirds instead.

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 "We will develop technology to guide flying robots into steep, confined underground spaces where traditional robots cannot tread," William "Red" Whittaker said in a news release.

CMU, Astrobotic receive $375,000 in NASA funding for planetary exploration

The Astrobotic/CMU team is also competing in the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize competition.

3 weeks ago

 Damon Young taught high school English after graduating from Canisius.

Blogger left basketball behind to chronicle black experience in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgher Damon Young runs the nationally popular Very Smart Brothas blog while navigating the city’s recent evolution.

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