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Microsoft fixes Surface shortcomings

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft refreshed its Surface tablet computers Monday, giving them longer battery life and better comfort on laps as the software giant continues its transformation into a devices and services company.

September 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Fairfax reaches deal to buy BlackBerry

TORONTO (AP) - BlackBerry's largest shareholder has reached a tentative agreement to pay $4.7 billion for the troubled smartphone maker, even as many investors fret about its potential demise.

September 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Apple's sales of new iPhones off to fast start

CUPERTINO (AP) - Gadget lovers still can't resist the iPhone's seductive call, even amid a bevy of enticing lower-priced alternatives that offer similar features.

September 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Long, strange trip ending for VW's hippie van

SAO PAULO (AP) - It carried hippies through the 1960s, hauled surfers in search of killer waves during endless summers and serves as a workhorse across the developing world, but the long, strange trip of the Volkswagen van is ending.

September 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart Stores to add 70K workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores is hiring 55,000 seasonal workers and is elevating 70,000 more to part- or full-time positions as the holiday season ramps up.

September 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Allegiant: 1 in 10 tickets affected by MD-80 rehab

LAS VEGAS (AP) - More than one in 10 weekend Allegiant Air passengers were affected by schedule shuffling after the airline grounded its MD-80 fleet for maintenance of emergency exit slides, a company official said Monday.

September 23, 2013 | | Nationwide


Is the maximizing Social Security game worth it?

Have aging baby boomers turned into greedy geezers? Or are they just being wise and prudent with their Social Security benefits. I'm talking about a trend I've discussed many times in this column: Recent and near-term retirees are gaming the Social Security system (some might call it gambling) to squeeze every last nickel out of their Social Security benefits.

September 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Senator concerned about Apple's fingerprint tech

NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Al Franken is asking Apple for more clarity on privacy and security concerns he has with its use of fingerprint recognition technology in the new iPhone 5S.

September 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Target hiring 20% less seasonal holiday workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Target plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season, down about 20 percent from a year ago. The discounter is aiming to be more efficient in its hiring practices.

September 20, 2013 | | Nationwide


Three camera phones stand out for getting good shots

SUNNYVALE (AP) - I used to cringe when I'd see people capturing precious memories with their smartphones. Although most smartphones have megapixel counts similar to what stand-alone cameras offer, they have been inferior in lens quality and manual controls. Images have never been as good ... until now.

September 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


USPS may need emergency rate hike to keep operating

WASHINGTON (AP) - Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in "the midst of a financial disaster" and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.

September 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


T.J. Maxx lets customers shop online

NEW YORK (AP) - Deal hunters have a new online option: This week, off-price retailer T.J. Maxx has quietly begun letting its customers shop online.

September 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Guns no longer welcome at Starbucks

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks has always set itself apart by taking strong positions on progressive political issues. Now that reputation has landed the company in the middle of the heated national debate over gun laws.

September 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Rite Aid turns 4th-straight quarterly profit

CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) - Shares of Rite Aid Corp. jumped Thursday after the drugstore chain reported its fourth-straight quarterly profit and raised its forecast for fiscal 2014.

September 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


Effort to avert helium shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Break out the balloons.

September 19, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Tech News

Apple Watch: Soon for sale in stores

June 04, 2015 | | Nationwide


Big insurance premium hikes coming

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide


New Godzilla video game steers clear of nuclear references

TOKYO (AP) - Godzillas galore, including last year's Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally mid-July. But don't expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile's trademark affliction.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google tries to demystify account privacy controls

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is making its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an attempt to make the more than 1 billion users of its digital services more comfortable about the personal information that they give the Internet's most powerful company.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide


Intel buys into chips powering cloud computing, smarter cars

SAN JOSE (AP) - Intel is buying chip designer Altera for about $16.7 billion in cash to expand its reach into new chip markets that are powering the wireless revolution, smarter cars and more.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide


Protesters rally against Facebook’s ‘fake name’ policy for accounts

MENLO PARK (AP) - Several dozen people gathered at Facebook's headquarters to protest a company policy of asking users to authenticate their identities if questions have been raised about the names on their accounts.

June 01, 2015 | | Nationwide


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