Technology

Pittsburgh initiative wants city to own role as cybersecurity birthplace

There could not be a cyber 9/11 because no one possibly could claim to be surprised by an attack on the nation's critical infrastructure, former ...

Darkode defendant sentenced to 27 months in prison

An Indiana man who failed six drug tests while awaiting sentencing on a cybercrime conviction will spend two years and three months in jail, a ...

Expert: Snowden's leaks hurt tech firms' credibility, government power

Former government contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures about U.S. intelligence gathering upended technology companies' interaction with the federal government in ways that continue to affect both ...

Company owned by former Steelers QB Batch develops tech for knee injuries

A company established partly by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch soon will start making technology developed at the University of Pittsburgh to diagnose and monitor ...

Fla. man gets probation in Darkode scheme

A Florida man will spend two years on probation for his role in spamming millions of smartphones, a Pittsburgh federal judge decided Thursday. Naveed Ahmed, 27, ...

Western Pa. hosts projects to link renewable energy sources to batteries

The solar panels and wind turbines being connected to the electric grid are more powerful and less expensive than ever. Modernizing that grid so it can ...

CMU gets $1 million federal grant for solar energy control system

Carnegie Mellon University will participate in more electric grid modernization research announced Tuesday by the Department of Energy. The department awarded the Oakland university a $1 ...

Facebook-owned company to move into Oakland

A Facebook-owned company that designs virtual reality systems said it will move into an Oakland office building as it expands in Pittsburgh. "The new office will ...

Pittsburgh-based cybersecurity nonprofit to expand to Los Angeles, NYC

A quiet, Pittsburgh-based cybersecurity nonprofit expects to announce plans this week for offices in New York City and Los Angeles, marking its first expansion out ...

Rules for self-driving vehicles on fast track

DETROIT — The federal government wants to get autonomous vehicles on the road more quickly and says it will fast-track policies and possibly even waive ...

South Park national lab teams with Carnegie Mellon on $4M power grid project

A massive federal effort to improve the reliability, efficiency and security of the nation's electric grid will include several million dollars' worth of research in ...

Penn Township considers switch to LED streetlights

Penn Township commissioners will continue to debate whether to change street lights to more energy-efficient LED lights. West Penn Power has offered to replace the lights ...

Entertainment industry opens arms to cord cutters

Like millions of other consumers, Evan Hartstein was fed up with pay TV. The 40-year-old father of two was paying nearly $250 a month for ...

Smart homes built gadget by gadget

NEW YORK — A fully automated home is still years away, but the building blocks are already here: the phone that turns on the coffee ...

Technology to be shown at CES gadget show pave road for self-driving vehicles

LAS VEGAS — Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to ...

Experts untangle old, new codes as encryption is eyed to fight terrorism

Like a computer hacker for 15th century texts, Thomas Ernst sees meaning where others find only gibberish. A German professor at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, ...

AGH lab helps transform treatment of pancreatitis

Joseph Chandler has never traveled to Pittsburgh — but his pancreas once did. Once deathly ill with chronic pancreatitis, Chandler, 51, of Lexington, Ky., underwent an ...

Self-driving vehicles closer to getting green light as feds ease stance

Over the river and through the woods, the car knows the way. At least that's the growing expectation of federal transportation officials for Thanksgivings of ...

Stars no more: Twitter ditches stars, adds hearts for likes

NEW YORK — You'll no longer see stars on Twitter: The messaging service has removed the star icon found under every tweet and replaced it ...

Cyber security chief: Manipulation of data by hackers may be next threat

Computer hackers could do more damage than just stealing information they find online, the nation's top cyber security official said in Pittsburgh on Monday. Computer ...