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 Karen Stilley grew up in Pittsford, N.Y., and attended Penn State University in a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program.

Newsmaker you should know / Hempfield mom creates website of kid-friendly activities

My Fun Maven, a website created by Karen Stilley of Hempfield, is attracting about 2,500 visitors looking for activities for children.

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Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: Cyber risks grow, but companies hesitate to disclose much

Investors are becoming more interested in how companies disclose cybersecurity risks, breaches.

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Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Super 66 headphones are a compelling gamble

Looking for good quality closed-back headphones at a reasonable price? Try the $66 Modern Portable Super 66.

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Teacher’s idea turns photos into fund raisers

Gov. Chris Christie’s budget ax might have fallen heavily on schools four years ago, but for Amy Wiker it was entrepreneurial inspiration.

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'Disillusioned' turns magic into comedy

A new Web series finds humor in the life of a struggling magician; iPhone video users can make special effects with Action Movie FX.

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Pittsburgh launches searchable database of property violations

The website allows users to track citations, though only since Oct. 15 of this year.

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 Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said the company is pursuing additional partners interested in adding to its payload.

Pittsburgh's Astrobotic to partner with German agency in moon landing efforts

Astrobotic officials unveiled the German flag at their Strip District headquarters this morning.

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 Judges with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission plan to recommend a $50 million fine — its largest ever.

PUC judges recommend $50 million fine for Uber

Judges with the the Public Utility Commission underscored the litany of frustrations with the San Francisco ride-sharing company.

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 French President Francois Hollande, center — flanked by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, right, and Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, left — stands among students Monday during a minute of silence at Sorbonne University in Paris in memory of the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks.

In wake of Paris attacks, social media add new dimension

The growing role of social media during international crises can be a mixed bag, fostering both instant relief and deeper anxiety.

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Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts :Paris attacks show good, bad side of technology

The horrific attacks in Paris cast in stark relief the dual nature of the Internet and modern media.

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 In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, MegaBots founders from left, Brinkley Warren, Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti stand below their 15-foot tall, piloted Mk.II robot at the Pioneer Summit in Redwood City, Calif. Let the giant robot wars begin. A team of American engineers challenged a group in Japan to a battle for robot supremacy, and the Japanese said bring it on. So Oakland-based MegaBots has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to turn the Mk.II, into a real fighting machine, ready for hand-to-hand combat. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

U.S. startup challenges Japan to giant robot battle

Megabots Inc., a California-based startup, has built a 15-foot mechanical gladiator and challenged a Japanese firm to an international duel.

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Web series to showcase local music

“WQED Sessions” premieres Tuesday, with a performance and interview with Aliquippa band Billy the Kid & The Regulators.

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 Verizon was supposed to offer its Fios fiber-optic Internet, television and phone service to the entire city by now under the 2009 agreement, which allowed the cable and Internet giant to compete with Comcast in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh continues to press Verizon for Fios service

Mayor Bill Peduto said the city law department is reviewing how to proceed for perceived violation of a franchise agreement.

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Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Top 3 Bluetooth audio speakers under $200

Taking it from the top in terms of price and performance is the Fluance Fi50.

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 Drivers do light stretching before getting the daily performance update and safety briefing before heading out with the day's deliveries at UPS depot in Jackson, Butler Co.

UPS and FedEx try every tech trick to speed up deliveries

FedEx and United Parcel Service keep rolling out new technology to shave every possible micro-second from the delivery process.

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 An example of the 3-D printed hair by Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student at CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

CMU researchers develop technique for printing hair strands

The use of 3-D printing is expanding to create soft hair-like images through “furbrication.”

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Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Microsoft taking a bite out of Apple in gadget department

One day when Microsoft woke up, it found itself transformed into Apple. That’s how Franz Kafka might have put it were he a tech writer.

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 Anastasia Hill and Benedict Cumberbatch in National Theatre Live's "Hamlet."

Shows on the go: Some productions appearing on new platforms

Consumers can follow the path of new technology to creative platforms for experiencing entertainment.

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 Puzzlets is designed to teach kids the basics of coding and involves a keyboard and tiles that kids use to create the code that moves a character through a story on a digital device.

Game helps kids crack the code at an early age

Pittsburgh-based Digital Dream Labs hopes to transition children from consumers of technology and media to creators.

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YouTube Red aims to please both video creators and viewers

The YouTube Red ad-free subscription service launches. Drone enthusiasts use the Web to collaborate on Web series and film.

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 After formally announcing its latest customer Monday in Tokyo, Astrobotic president John Thornton, left, shakes hands with Team AngelicvM CEO Mauricio Guerrero and Takeshi Hakamada of Team HAKUTO, which had previously signed on with Astrobotic. All three are competitors in the Google Lunar XPrize race to the moon.

Pittsburgh's Astrobotic lands another customer for its payload in race to moon

Signing Team AngelicvM, a competitor in the Google Lunar XPrize race to the moon, is “a big step forward," Astrobotic officials said.

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