Technology

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 ...

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 ...