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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. 

Map of Life app guides naturalists in the great outdoors

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 13 May 2015 06:50

The new Map of Life app tells users in an instant which species are likely to be found nearby. The app also helps users create personal lists of observations and contribute those to scientific research and conservation efforts.

Who's Who in music streaming: Tidal, Spotify, Pandora & more

Written by ANICK JESDANUN,
AP Technology Writer
Thursday, 02 April 2015 06:57

Since Apple shook up the music world with iTunes a little more than a decade ago, online music has exploded and become the central way many people enjoy and discover music. Internet services such as Pandora and Spotify have millions of users. Now, several high-profile musicians are behind what's being billed as the first artist-owned music-streaming service.

Tidal isn't new, but it's getting a reboot from rapper Jay-Z, who bought the Scandinavian company behind it, Aspiro. Madonna, Rihanna and Beyonce are among the co-owners. That's notable because many artists complain about how little payment they get from other music services, such as Spotify. As owners, artists could insist on better deals.

Live-streaming apps dominate buzz at South by Southwest

Written by The AP Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:28

A live-streaming app called Meerkat, calls to online activism and pedicabs with a “Game of Thrones” Iron throne seat were the top topics of conversation at South by Southwest over the weekend, as 33,000-plus members of the technology, marketing and media industries poured into Austin, Texas.

“You never know what’s around the corner at South By Southwest, it could be a small thing or it could be life changing,” said David Rubin, Pinterest’s head of brand, at the social media company’s annual barbecue on Saturday. He said the festival is a good place to schmooze with clients and do some recruiting.

A golden macbook, HBO on the iPhone, and, yes, the Apple Watch

Written by The AP Tuesday, 10 March 2015 04:55

All eyes were focused on the watch, but Apple CEO Tim Cook also unveiled a new MacBook and announced other deals at a company event Monday in San Francisco.

Here are five things you need to know.

Highlights from the Mobile World Congress electronics show

Written by The AP Friday, 06 March 2015 07:16

Apple was highlighting the capabilities of its iPhone cameras with a gallery of photos taken by its users around the world at an electronics show in Madrid.

Apple's campaign comes as Samsung unveiled new phones with improved photo-taking capabilities. The two companies have been fierce rivals, and one research firm said Tuesday that Apple bested Samsung as the world's top smartphone maker in the last three months of 2014.

From quirky to revolutionary, the CES show has them all

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 12 January 2015 13:24

Sure, the International CES show was chock full of connected cars, smart home sensors, music gear and computer gadgets, as you’d expect.

There were even drones buzzing the 160,000-plus people that tromped across the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space along the Las Vegas Strip. But if you didn’t get to see some of these goodies, well, you just haven’t lived.

Of the tons of products on display, here are a few that inspired, brought a chuckle, or made you just say, hmmm, yeah, I definitely need that. (Wink.)

App update: New apps for 2015

Written by The AP Friday, 02 January 2015 12:32

Uber, Facebook, Instagram — sure, they've been all the rage, but with 2015 arriving we're all ready for something fresh. From ride-hailing to photo sharing, here are a few up-and coming apps and startups to watch in in the new year. Which will be the breakout hit?

TELL A STORY

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook Inc., now has 300 million users - more than Twitter. Scrolling through its snapshot feeds gives users a quick glimpse into the lives of friends and strangers. (At least the parts that include empty beaches, cappuccinos with perfect foam hearts and smiling babies in clean clothes.) Its simplicity is part of its appeal. But what if you want to tell a longer story?

Animal advocates’ app

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 31 October 2014 12:17

The Humane Society of the United States announced the availability of ICE BlackBox, an app for Androids and iPhones, allowing users to record video of suspected animal cruelty and share the video securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.

“Through innovation and technology, the new app provides another tool for the public to join the fight in stopping animal cruelty and abuse,” said Michael Markarian, chief program and policy officer for The HSUS.

A Closer Look: Stream-box gaming is a mixed bag

Written by Ron Harris,
AP writer
Friday, 03 October 2014 14:06

As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory.

Amazon’s Fire TV and the Roku 3 both offer a multitude of games, alongside apps to stream video on the big television screen from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The game offerings — some free, some for a fee — are a mixed bag thus far, ranging from solid to silly.

Here’s a look at the experience for both:

WiGWired: Cach-ing in at state parks

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 12 September 2014 02:00

With the sport of geocaching continuing to grow, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Geocaching Association placed “official” caches in 47 state park properties.

"Over the last 12 years, geocaching has become a great way to explore the outdoors using technology,” said Sherry Wise, chief naturalist for the Wisconsin State Parks program.