Oct 12, 2014

Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their ...

Oct 12, 2014

U2 go from rock legends to accused spammers

U2 and Apple planned the gesture for maximum publicity — a concert by the Irish mega-stars at the tech giant’s latest product launch, with the surprise that their new album had just been released for free to the world’s half-billion iTunes customers. As physical ...

Oct 11, 2014

Kmart becomes latest retailer hit by data theft

Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month may have compromised some customers’ credit and debit cards. The data theft at Kmart is the latest in a string of hacks at big retailers including Target, ...

Oct 5, 2014

It's good to talk: New app aims to spur voice renaissance

Two former Google employees are hoping an innovative new phone application will trigger a renaissance in an increasingly unfashionable method of human communication: talking. The brainchild of Google veterans Thomas Gayno and Jeff Baxter, Cord aims to usher smartphone users back toward the core ...

Oct 5, 2014

Social networks make push as shopping destinations

They’re not just for sharing any more: Facebook and Twitter are now looking to play a bigger role in shopping. Both social networks have unveiled plans to start using “buy” buttons on their sites, which could start having an impact on “social shopping” in ...

76 million households hit by JPMorgan Chase data breach

Oct 3, 2014

76 million households hit by JPMorgan Chase data breach

A huge cyberattack against JPMorgan Chase & Co. this summer has compromised customer information for about 76 million households and 7 million small businesses, the bank said Thursday. JPMorgan Chase said that names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were stolen from the company’s ...

Oct 2, 2014

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its “real names” policy, which prompted drag-queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond. The huge social network, facing a planned street protest in San Francisco this week, apologized ...