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Beacons track shoppers’ smartphones amid retailers’ aisles

By Chris Fleisher
Like that sweater? American Eagle Outfitters notices that you’ve been checking it out, and has an exclusive deal it wants to send to your phone. The ...

Pittsburgh area mom makes medical history with robotic arm

By Megha Satyanarayana
Jan Scheuermann described the start of her disease as feeling like her legs were dragging behind her. Sometimes it was the left, sometimes it was ...

Pittsburgh team gets XPrize awards, but contest’s future in doubt

By Megha Satyanarayana
Google’s Lunar XPrize contest awarded $750,000 Tuesday to a Pittsburgh team from Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic, even as the fate of the contest is ...

Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh want to tackle hacking with companies

By Andrew Conte
Rather than trying to fight off hackers on their own, corporations should work with the government so it can bring more cases such as the ...

Dawn of Orion: NASA launch opens new era in space

By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s new Orion spacecraft made a “bull’s-eye” splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it ...

Retailers, security experts meet near Pittsburgh on cyber theft ‘pandemic’

By Andrew Conte
Online retail theft has reached such “pandemic proportions” that stores must work together more closely to fight organized crime rings stealing credit cards and other ...

Amazon’s new robot army is ready to ship

By The Associated Press
TRACY, California — A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to “pick” each item a customer ordered ...

Google lunar contest: Pittsburgh team unveils rover

By Megha Satyanarayana
A team of Pittsburgh scientists Monday showed off a lunar rover they hope will win them $20 million in Google’s international space race. Andy, ...

CMU scientist receives top tech honor from White House

By Megha Satyanarayana
President Obama on Thursday gave the country’s top honor in technology and innovation to Mary Shaw, a computer scientist from Carnegie Mellon University. Shaw was ...

Former FBI director Mueller: Home hacks called on par with globals

By Jason Cato
Corporations lucky enough to have avoided being hacked by cyber criminals should not expect their luck to continue, the former head of the FBI said ...

Cybersecurity experts warn Pittsburgh conference about dangers of hacking

By Andrew Conte
Hackers typically need less than a day to break into a victim’s computers — but it can take months to find the breach and fix ...

Youngsters embrace technology that combines art, software in 3D printing

By Tory N. Parrish
Joey Bennett likes computers, much like any typical 13-year-old, but he does more than play games. He designs three-dimensional models — images of food, plants, space ...

Plan in works to speed up schools’ Internet service

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The federal government wants to add $1.5 billion every year to a crucial pool of money that educators rely on to purchase and provide high-speed Internet — a potentially huge shot in the arm for the program. Landline and ...

Cyber dating abuse ‘common,’ Children’s scientists find

By Megha Satyanarayana
Officer David Artman routinely talks to kids in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District about being safe. Fifth-graders learn about cyberbullying. Eighth graders learn about domestic violence. But so far, he said, there isn’t a lesson for how the two come together ...

Comcast X1 box now offers ‘talking guide’ for the blind

By Bob Karlovits
Comcast has introduced a “talking guide” for its X1 operating system that helps blind and visually impaired viewers get through the channel-selection process. It is free and will be available in the next few weeks on any X1 set-top box, ...

Line dividing hacker cyber crime, state-sponsored terror attacks murky

By Andrew Conte
NEW YORK — The lines between online thefts and all-out cyber warfare continue to blur as hackers become more effective at attacks that threaten to ...

New director named for CMU’s Robotics Institute

By Tribune-Review
Martial Hebert, a researcher in computer vision, is the new director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. He succeeds Matthew Mason, who directed the institute ...

Hackers’ new Dyre malware infects W.Pa. computers, vexes FBI cyber agents

By Andrew Conte
Pittsburgh-based FBI cyber agents who brought down an international Russian hacking syndicate in May are now focusing on two new targets that have caused significant ...

Queen sends first tweet, signed ‘Elizabeth R’

By The Associated Press
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she’s signed it “Elizabeth R.” The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as ...

Study: Renewables as green as you’d expect

By The Associated Press
A lot of metals go into making solar cells and wind turbines, raw materials such as copper, iron, rare earth metals such as indium and others and that involve a lot of greenhouse gases and other pollution when they’re mined ...