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Sprint customers can now send texts to Allegheny County 911

By Aaron Aupperlee
Sprint customers can now send emergency text messages to the Allegheny County 911 dispatch center, county officials said Tuesday. Sprint is the third wireless service provider to offer customers the ability to text to 911 in Allegheny County, joining Verizon …

Is T on schedule? There’s an app for that

By Bobby Kerlik
Port Authority of Allegheny County took a key step on Thursday toward offering T passengers real-time train arrival data. A board committee recommended spending $6.8 million to buy equipment and software through a contract with Clever Devices Ltd. The contract …

UPMC software eases physicians’ access to diverse patient records

By Natasha Lindstrom
His new cardiology patients may not realize it, but Dr. Shivdev Rao typically does some complicated homework before he enters their rooms. Rao sits down …

St. Vincent’s $1M technology upgrade part of school’s 5-year plan

By Stacey Federoff
A $1 million technology infrastructure upgrade across the campus of St. Vincent College in Unity is a welcome change for Cameron Robinson, a 22-year-old junior …

Chinese hackers crack database of federal workers, contractors

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Authorities are investigating a breach of the computer networks of the Office of Personnel Management, which stores detailed data on as many as  5 million federal employees and contractors who hold sensitive security clearances. Authorities have traced the …

Senator Casey asks SEC about protection for American investors

By Andrew Conte
American investors face “significant risks” from Chinese Internet companies that use Cayman Island partners to trade on U.S. stock markets, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said on Thursday. Casey, D-Scranton, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission this week …

Supreme Court: Police may not search smartphones without warrant

By From Staff and Wire Reports 12:41 p.m.
Police across the country must get a search warrant if they want to view the data inside cellphones seized from people they arrest, a unanimous …

IRS loss of emails believed avoidable

By Andrew Conte
It’s “possible” the IRS could have lost top executives’ old emails, a leading computer storage expert told the Tribune-Review. “But to do so requires an …

Obama pushes to expand high-tech manufacturing during Pittsburgh visit

By Mike Wereschagin  and Debra Erdley
A globalized economy buffeted by constant advances in technology wiped out the stability that previous generations relied on but presents opportunities for people who want …

Bakery Square’s tech woos Obama

By Natasha Lindstrom
The shoppers browsing the racks at Anthropologie, gym rats working up a sweat at LA Fitness and customers sipping on lattes at Coffee Tree Roasters may not realize it, but they’re within a complex that houses some of the city’s …

Former Pittsburgh competitors merge, team on assistive technology

By John D. Oravecz
When Adam Davidson was 3 months old, doctors told his parents that he would never walk or talk because of cerebral palsy and other disorders. …

Pittsburgh building department chief nominee works to upgrade technology

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh building inspectors lacked access to computers, email or cellphones when their new boss arrived from Philadelphia in March. They now have email and cellphones, …

Penn State Extension’s H2OSolutions app puts water-quality information at fingertip

By Megan Henney
Penn State Extension has an app for the 3 million people in Pennsylvania relying on unregulated water sources. A team of educators at the extension, an outreach of the College of Agricultural Sciences, released H2OSolutions, which allows users to check …

Hickton: Bringing hackers of Pittsburgh companies to trial not impossible

By Andrew Conte
Bringing Chinese and Russian hackers to trial in Pittsburgh will not be easy, but U.S. Attorney David Hickton told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday he rejects …

Judge allows FBI to continue protecting infected computers in Russian hacking case

By Brian Bowling
The FBI can continue operating a computer server that’s substituting for computers worldwide infected with a criminal botnet that stole more than $100 million in the United States alone, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. A “bot” is a small …

Pittsburgh FBI agents help to nab Russian-based cybercrime schemes

By Andrew Conte and Bobby Kerlik
FBI cyber agents in Pittsburgh helped bring down two Russian-based cybercrime schemes that infected more than a half-million computers around the world and stole more …

Massachusetts police duped by hackers, pay $750 in ransom

By Andrew Conte
Not even police were immune from Russian hackers’ “Cryptolocker” malware. In October, the hackers locked up computers holding investigative materials, administrative documents and seven years’ worth of digital mug shots belonging to the police department in Swansea, a small town …

Nebraska caught up in similar online scam from Russian’s malware

By Andrew Conte
Federal officials in Nebraska have charged a Russian mastermind with running online scams similar to the ones named in complaints filed in Pittsburgh, according to documents unsealed on Monday. In the criminal complaint filed in Nebraska, officials said Evgeniy Mikhaylovich …

Observatory operated at Penn State earns accolade from NASA

By Tribune-Review
NASA on Wednesday ranked an observatory with ties to Penn State first among its nine astronomy satellites. Swift Observatory bears two telescopes whose lead scientists are Penn State astronomers and a third telescope led by a NASA scientist. Science and …

Pitt physicist wins $3 million grant for quantum computing

By Tribune-Review
A University of Pittsburgh physicist exploring the potential of quantum computing has won a $3 million grant from the Office of Naval Research Basic Research Challenge to further his work, Pitt officials announced Wednesday. Sergey Frolov, an assistant professor of …