Technology

Driverless cars could be on Ohio Turnpike before the end of the year

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio's toll road, a heavily traveled connector between the East Coast and Chicago, is moving closer to allowing the testing of self-driving ...

Driverless Ubers to start hauling passengers in Pittsburgh soon

The driver of your next Uber in Pittsburgh could be a robot. Uber announced plans Thursday to use a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh's Downtown, ...

Gawker.com to shut down next week

NEW YORK — Gawker.com, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting ...

Strip District space travel startup Astrobotic in race to moon

Inside a nondescript brick warehouse sandwiched between equally nondescript brick warehouses along Liberty Avenue in the Strip District, they're building a spacecraft bound for the ...

Carnegie Mellon University team behind smartphone, tablet app for blind 

As a tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Suresh Bazaj met people with visual impairments who achieved great success in the industry. They reminded him of ...

Drone startups jockey for business as FAA relaxes rules

New Federal Aviation Administration regulations on commercial drone use should make it easier for small operators to jump into the business of aerial surveying, mapping ...

How to stop annoying, unknown phone calls

Question: I keep getting calls from an unknown number. When I answer, no one is there. How can I stop these annoying calls? Answer: Bummer. ...

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 ...