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Comey: FBI Wants 'Adult Conversation' on Device Encryption

By Eric Tucker | Aug 31
Widespread encryption built into smartphones is "making more and more of the room that we are charged to investigate dark," FBI Director James Comey said in a cybersecurity symposium.

Feds Turn to Space Experts NASA for Small-Drone Traffic Plan

By Dave Kolpack | Aug 31
As the unmanned aircraft industry continues to evolve, the United States is depending on its space agency to help manage small drone traffic close to the Earth.

In Drought, Drones Help California Farmers Save Every Drop

By Scott Smith | Aug 31
In the drought-prone West, where every drop of water counts, California farmers are in a constant search for ways to efficiently use the increasingly scarce resource. Drones could be a useful new tool.

Fitbit Motivational Feature to Take Users on Virtual Hikes

By Anick Jasdanun | Aug 31
Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you're hiking famous trails instead of your neighborhood.

Apple Expected to Show New iPhone at Event Next Week

Aug 30
Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco.

Surveillance Program Raises Questions About Tech, Privacy

By Juliet Linderman | Aug 30
Unbeknownst to the mayor, state's attorney or other city officials, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis agreed to let Persistent Surveillance Systems try out its time-traveling technology over Baltimore.

Goodbye, Herring? Biotech Bait Gives Lobstermen Alternative

By Patrick Whittle | Aug 29
With about $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, a small company has developed "OrganoBait," a hockey puck-shaped product packed with an artificial attractant crabs and lobsters love.

Study Finds Most Teens Vaping Fruity Flavors, Not Nicotine

By Mike Stobbe | Aug 29
New research suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all, but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum.

Amazon Starts Car Research and Review Site

By Mae Anderson | Aug 29
Amazon is starting a site offering research, reviews and other information on new and used cars.

Jones Website Hack Reveals Stars' Tricky Cyber Landscape

By Sandy Cohen | Aug 28
The hateful hack of comedian Leslie Jones' personal website reveals the tricky cyber landscape celebrities tread and the murky legal protections that exist for personal digital content.

Yosemite, and President Obama, Head Into Virtual Reality

By Anick Jasdanun | Aug 28
In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality - in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park.

Activist Discovers iPhone Spyware, Sparking Security Update

By Raphael Satter, Jon Gambrell, and Daniella Cheslow | Aug 27
Hidden behind a link in a text message was a highly targeted form of spyware crafted to take advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple's mobile operating system.

Reward Your Ears: 5 Gadgets to Liven Up Your Music

By Ron Harris | Aug 27
Consider quality Bluetooth speakers, finely crafted headphones and even a portable turntable for vinyl on the go, if analog is your thing. Here's a look at some nice gear to consider.

Trump Unveils 'America First' Mobile App

Aug 26
Donald Trump's presidential campaign now has its own mobile app.

Out Real Estate Entrepreneur Avantika Shahi Launches Haus

By Winnie McCroy | Aug 26
Real estate entrepreneur Avantika Shahi had trouble finding the perfect home. So she created Haus, the website that matches you with the ideal property for your needs.

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