Technology

Pittsburgh loses to Columbus for $50M Smart Cities Challenge grant

Pittsburgh lost out on a $50 million award from the federal government that would have helped pave the way for driverless cars on city streets ...

White House clears small, commercial drones for takeoff

Those involved in the burgeoning drone industry hailed the federal government's easing Tuesday of rules that had clipped their wings but said they need more ...

Microsoft to buy networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

NEW YORK — In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying professional networking service site LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion. It is by ...

FAA advisor in Pittsburgh says agency might limit max speed, altitude of drones

Information poured into an unmanned helicopter's sensors as it approached a designated landing zone, only to find the area unsuitable for touchdown. The drone, autonomously reacting ...

Hands-on policy taken for driverless vehicles rules 

State Sen. Randy Vulakovich admitted Wednesday that he isn't smart enough to understand how self-driving cars work. So the Shaler Republican and other state lawmakers ...

Pittsburgh roads wired with 'talking' traffic signals

Traffic lights on Perry Highway in Marshall and along Baum Boulevard and Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood can talk. No one is listening , but ...

Oculus kicks off virtual reality's slow-motion revolution

The first Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets began shipping Monday, 31⁄2 years after it was launched as a Kickstarter project and two years after Facebook ...

Organization for black Pittsburghers hopes website redesign expands reach

Leaders of Pittsburgh's Black Political Empowerment Project hope a mobile-friendly website and new partnerships will allow them to better spread the word about employment opportunities ...

Moldovan man charged in Pittsburgh over $25M in computer hacker losses

The victims of a vast international computer hacking scheme thought they might never see a defendant brought to trial in Pittsburgh. But the FBI on ...

Ruling keeps lid on Carnegie Mellon hack of 'anonymous' Tor network

Computer users on the shadowy Tor network put themselves at risk of being identified ever since researchers at Carnegie Mellon University figured out how to ...

Facebook's 'like' button gets 'angry' and 'sad' as friends

NEW YORK — Facebook's "like" button isn't going away, but it's about to get some company. Facebook has been testing alternatives to "like" in about ...

Apple to fight order to help FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

WASHINGTON — Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will fight a federal magistrate's order to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone ...

App makers harness smartphones to send earthquake alerts

When the earth shakes in California, the first place you are likely to hear about it is on social media. "Earthquake!" "Did you feel that?" and ...

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 ...