Green self-driving cars take center stage at Tokyo auto show

AP Business Writer
Thursday, 29 October 2015 07:38

Visions of cars that drive themselves without emitting a bit of pollution while entertaining passengers with online movies and social media are what’s taking center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Japan, home to the world’s top-selling automaker, has a younger generation disinterested in owning or driving cars. The show is about wooing them back. It’s also about pushing an ambitious government-backed plan that paints Japan as a leader in automated driving technology.

YouTube top-earning celebrity: PewDiePie

Written by The AP Monday, 19 October 2015 11:51

YouTube's top-earning celebrity is a 25-year-old videogame-playing jokester who took in $12 million over the past year.

Forbes magazine says Felix Kjellberg, better known by his handle "PewDiePie,'' tops its list of people who have spun short online videos into huge piles of cash. 

‘Harry Potter’ e-books come to life in new Apple edition

AP Technology Writer
Friday, 16 October 2015 06:15

You don’t need to be a wizard to see the “Harry Potter” books come to life.

The seven books are getting a makeover with more than 200 new illustrations in enhanced e-books made for Apple devices. More than half of the illustrations are animated or interactive, with such touches as a golden snitch from Quidditch matches flying away as you tap it on the screen. Series creator J.K. Rowling also goes deeper into some of the characters and story lines with a handful of pop-up annotations.

The 2016 candidates and their Twitter follows

Associated Press
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 06:31

Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that’s a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz’s follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on President Barack Obama, too.

Marco Rubio seems open to following everyone under the sun — Democrats, fellow Republicans, insiders of every type and an odd assortment of outliers who offer advice on body-piercing, playing craps and getting out of debt.

Review: Better photos, animated shots in new iPhones

Written by Anick Jesdanun,
AP technology writer
Sunday, 27 September 2015 18:05

iPhone 6 s Plus

Photography gets even better with Apple’s new iPhones.

Although the iPhone is already among the best smartphones for everyday shots, images from previous iPhones haven’t been as sharp as what rival cameras produce. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models address that, with 50 percent more detail, while introducing animation for still images and brighter low-light selfies.

Out with the old...iPhones? 4 ways to reuse, resell, recycle

Written by From AP Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:49

Each year, Apple dazzles its devoted fans with faster, sleeker, more powerful iPhones with better cameras and a bevy of bells and whistles.

So, what’s to become of last year’s model?

Top Apps for iPhone, iPad

Written by The AP Monday, 07 September 2015 09:19

Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang. 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Five Nights at Freddys 4, Scott Cawthon. 4. VHS Camcorder, Rarevision. 5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB. 6. Lara Croft GO, SQUARE ENIX INC. 7. Akinator the Genie, Elokence. 8. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations. 9. Ski Safari 2, Sleepy Z Studios Pty Ltd. 10. 7 Minute Workout Challenge, Fitness Guide Inc.

Experts: Deleted online information never actually goes away

Written by Bree Fowler,
AP Technology writer
Monday, 24 August 2015 04:22

The Ashley Madison hack is a big reminder to all Web users: If you submit private data online, chances are it will never fully be deleted.

The hackers, who stole the data about a month ago and then posted it online this week, claimed in a statement that part of the reason for the theft was Ashley Madison’s fraudulent promise to fully delete users’ information if they paid the company a $19 fee.

Are Spotify and other streaming platforms hurting artists?

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:46

The digital age of music distribution has taken the music industry completely by storm. In the last decade, streaming services have become one of the most popular ways that consumers can affordably and conveniently access their favorite artists’ music. 

That’s why Taylor Swift made headlines when she took her entire discography off Spotify and other platforms last year. The move was made just before Swift’s 1989 was released exclusively in stores. Music consumers have gotten used to immediate and unlimited access to our favorite artists through streaming services, so Swift’s decision shocked.

Review: Gadgets for the beach and getting you there

AP Technology Writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 08:12

If you’re headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don’t forget these “essential” gadgets.

Of course, no technology is truly essential. You’re at the beach! Disconnect! Go swimming! Build sandcastles!

Still can’t leave the gadgets behind? Well, consider these:

Fitness tracker maker Jawbone has filed its second lawsuit in two weeks against competitor Fitbit.

The complaint filed Wednesday says that essentially all of Fitbit's products violate patents belonging to Jawbone, and asks the court to stop Fitbit from making and selling those products. Jawbone wants a jury trial to resolve the issue, and it is also seeking compensatory damages, attorney's fees, and other payments if the court deems them appropriate.

The latest version of Google's self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years. 

This prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch for the purpose of self-driving, Google says. It looks like a Smart car with a shiny black bowler hat to hide its sensors, and it can drive, brake and recognize road hazards without human intervention. It has more capabilities than the prototype Google introduced last May, which was so rudimentary it had fake headlights.