Sep 10, 2014

Microsoft reportedly in $2 billion talks for 'Minecraft' maker

Microsoft is in talks to buy the Swedish company behind the wildly popular “Minecraft” video game in a deal valued at more than $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. The U.S. technology colossus and game maker Mojang AB were not commenting on ...

Sep 6, 2014

Social media damps debate

A new American study finds that regular users of social media sites are among the least likely to share opinions or start a political debate, either online or in person.

Chinese firm serves up 'smart chopsticks' for food-wary diners

Sep 5, 2014

Chinese firm serves up 'smart chopsticks' for food-wary diners

From recycled cooking oil to fox meat and chemicals, food scandals have turned Chinese diners’ stomachs. But new “smart chopsticks” from Internet search giant Baidu could put the answer in their hands. The device, which the firm says can tell consumers whether the food ...

Sep 4, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II finds cellphone pics troubling

It’s official. She is not amused. The U.S. ambassador to Britain has told Tatler magazine that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II finds the obsession with mobile phone images a bit disconcerting. The monarch expressed her dismay to Matthew Barzun, who spoke with her when presenting ...

Militants lampooned by Arab satire

Sep 2, 2014

Militants lampooned by Arab satire

The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he’s fired it backward at his leader. The “Looney Tunes”-style cartoon targeting ...

Visual shop search: gimmick or game changer?

Aug 29, 2014

Visual shop search: gimmick or game changer?

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It is a great idea, but it doesn’t quite ...

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

| Aug 23, 2014

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign’s progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million ...