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FCC Urges FAA to Allow Gadgets During Takeoff and Landing

FCC Urges FAA to Allow Gadgets During Takeoff and Landing

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — You and Alec Baldwin aren’t the only ones who get annoyed on a plane when you have to turn off your phone, or tablet, or laptop during takeoff or landing. Turns out the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would…

ThinkPad Celebrates 20 Years, Announces Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2

ThinkPad Celebrates 20 Years, Announces Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo(NEW YORK) — The year was 1992. Bill Clinton was elected president. Charles and Diana had separated. And the first ThinkPad laptop was released by IBM.Twenty years have passed now and a lot has changed. But in the world of technology, the ThinkP…

Zynga Launching Restaurant Equivalent to FarmVille

Zynga Launching Restaurant Equivalent to FarmVille

Zynga(NEW YORK) — Sure, you can build a virtual farm in FarmVille or a city in CityVille, but do those really hit the spot? Zynga, the company behind those other Villes, is now launching ChefVille, the restaurant equivalent of those other titles. You&…

Zynga’s Online Games Transformed into Board Games

Zynga’s Online Games Transformed into Board Games

Hasbro(NEW YORK) — The old-fashioned and digital game worlds might finally be coming full circle this fall. Your favorite social online games from Zynga — Words with Friends, FarmVille, Draw Something and CityVille — are being turned into board game…

Spam on Your Cell Phone? You’re Hardly Alone

Spam on Your Cell Phone? You’re Hardly Alone

Image Source /Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — You hear the text message alert ping, scramble to find your phone, only to find that the message is from an unknown number and the message is asking you to click on a link or text back.It’s text spam, and…

Windows 8 Released to Manufacturers, Available Oct. 26

Windows 8 Released to Manufacturers, Available Oct. 26

Microsoft(NEW YORK) — Continuing its series of summer announcements, Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that Windows 8 is ready to go — well, almost. It has released the final software code to its original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), like Lenovo, Acer…

Apple v. Samsung Trial Begins with Jury Selection

Apple v. Samsung Trial Begins with Jury Selection

Hemera/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) –The long-anticipated Apple v. Samsung trial kicked off Monday morning with jury selection in San Jose, Calif.With U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh presiding, prospective jurors were asked if they had any ties to App…

Apple v. Samsung: Court Documents Include Photos of iPhone and iPad Prototypes

Apple v. Samsung: Court Documents Include Photos of iPhone and iPad Prototypes

Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Monday, Apple and Samsung finally go to trial in the U.S. to settle their patent dispute. Apple sued Samsung for intellectual property infringement (copying its iPad and iPhone) last year. Samsung …

Facebook: New Mobile Products Coming, No Facebook Phone

Facebook: New Mobile Products Coming, No Facebook Phone

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While Facebook’s earnings call was full of revenue generating strategies, including an increase in sponsored stories, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed the company’s upco…

FB Earnings: Facebook Beats Sales Estimates; Shares Rise

FB Earnings: Facebook Beats Sales Estimates; Shares Rise

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), after its disastrous initial share offer in May, issued its first earnings report as a public company today, topping analyst expectations for sales at $1.184 billion and meeting profit estimates. “Our goal i…

Google Introduces Fiber: Fast Broadband/TV Service

Google Introduces Fiber: Fast Broadband/TV Service

 Google(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Google detailed its fast new Internet and TV service called Fiber on Thursday, and residents of Kansas City can now pre-register to get it. “Google Fiber starts at a speed 100 times faster than most Americans have tod…

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Review: Should You Upgrade?

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Review: Should You Upgrade?

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBy JOANNA STERN, ABC News Technology Editor(NEW YORK) — Let’s be honest: updating your laptop or desktop with a new operating system isn’t usually on your top list of priorities. It’s a hassle. You have to pay for the upgra…

Apple Reports Disappointing Third-Quarter Earnings

Apple Reports Disappointing Third-Quarter Earnings

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world’s largest company by market capitalization, announced its third-quarter profit on Tuesday that disappointed analysts, who were expecting more from the maker of the phenomenally su…

CEO of Lenovo Gives $3 Million in Bonuses to Employees

CEO of Lenovo Gives $3 Million in Bonuses to Employees

Lenovo(NEW YORK) — Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing has decided to use a $3 million bonus he received for the company’s record-setting year to reward thousands of the company’s rank-and-file employees.The 47-year-old gave around 10,000 employees w…

Nine Early Online Back to School Deals Revealed

Nine Early Online Back to School Deals Revealed

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — This year, parents will spend an average of $688.82 on back-to-school gear, up from $603.63 in 2011.“Backpacks rip, pencils break, and children grow, there’s no way around it, but as they begin tackling t…

Get Ready to Pay Online Sales Tax

Get Ready to Pay Online Sales Tax

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A price break for online shoppers may be ending soon, with growing support for sales taxes on purchases made on the Internet. This means many online shoppers would pay at least 5 percent more than they do currently. …

Apple’s iPad Gets Competition, Readies Smaller Tablet

Apple’s iPad Gets Competition, Readies Smaller Tablet

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For more than two years Apple has dominated the market for tablet computers. Now it’s feeling the heat from competitors and may be getting ready to introduce a smaller, cheaper version of …

Top 3 Ways to Combat Robocalls

Top 3 Ways to Combat Robocalls

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ever since the Federal Trade Commission made it illegal for companies to try to sell you something via robocall, it seems like there have been more calls than ever. And it’s not just a feeling. The FTC says it’s tr…

Windows 8 Tablets and Computers Coming in Late October

Windows 8 Tablets and Computers Coming in Late October

Microsoft(TORONTO) — Windows 8 devices will hit store shelves “in late October,” Microsoft’s CFO of Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller, said at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference today. Windows 8 software will be rel…

Windows 8 Tablets and Computers Coming in Late October

Windows 8 Tablets and Computers Coming in Late October

Microsoft(TORONTO) — Windows 8 devices will hit store shelves “in late October,” Microsoft’s CFO of Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller, said at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference today. Windows 8 software will be rel…

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