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Americans Getting More Inactive, Computers Partly to Blame

Americans Getting More Inactive, Computers Partly to Blame

By Lindsey Tanner | Apr 24
A new study says Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary. They spend almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame.

Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age and Sex

Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age and Sex

By Joseph Pisani | Apr 24
Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you're craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you. But it's not there to see if you're stealing. These cameras want to get to know you and what you're buying.

I Robot? Ian McEwan Tells Android Tale in 'Machines Like Me'

I Robot? Ian McEwan Tells Android Tale in 'Machines Like Me'

Apr 24
Ian McEwan is fascinated by artificial intelligence. A central character in the British writer's new novel, "Machines Like Me," is a lifelike android with access to all human knowledge who writes haiku poetry.

Sri Lanka Expats Wait to Reconnect Amid Social Media Block

Sri Lanka Expats Wait to Reconnect Amid Social Media Block

By Deepti Hajela | Apr 23
The block on social media including Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram services was announced by the Sri Lankan government's official news portal, which cited the spread of misinformation online.

Reports: Anti-Gay 'Kill All Males' State Lawmaker Implicated in Online Plot to Intimidate, Spy on Opponents

Reports: Anti-Gay 'Kill All Males' State Lawmaker Implicated in Online Plot to Intimidate, Spy on Opponents

By Nicholas Geranios | Apr 23
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents.

Arizona Joins 47 other States with Cellphone-Driving Law

Arizona Joins 47 other States with Cellphone-Driving Law

By Jonathan J. Cooper | Apr 23
Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel.

Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media After Easter Sunday Bombings

Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media After Easter Sunday Bombings

By Matt O'Brien and Stephen Wright | Apr 23
Sri Lankan authorities flicked the off switch on most social media after Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds of people, a dramatic reaction that reflects distrust in the capability of American internet companies.

Social Media Plays a Role in Formation of Central American Migrant Caravans

Social Media Plays a Role in Formation of Central American Migrant Caravans

By Maria Verza and Marcos Aleman | Apr 21
Now would-be migrants create chat groups and organize using social media to leave in caravans.

Twitter Blasts US Ambassador's Passover Wishes in Polish

Twitter Blasts US Ambassador's Passover Wishes in Polish

Apr 21
The U.S. ambassador to Poland wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish, and the reaction has been a wave of angry comments on Twitter.

George Zimmerman, Killer of Trayvon Martin, Banned from Tinder dating app

George Zimmerman, Killer of Trayvon Martin, Banned from Tinder dating app

Apr 21
The ex-neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed black teen in Florida in 2012 has been banned from the dating app Tinder. An emailed statement from Tinder cited users' safety as a reason for removing George Zimmerman's profile.

Doctor-Services Firm Says Private Data of Patients Exposed

Doctor-Services Firm Says Private Data of Patients Exposed

Apr 21
Nationwide physician-staffing company EmCare says a breach exposed personal data for about 31,000 patients, including in some cases their Social Security numbers and clinical information.

British Cyber Expert Pleads Guilty to Creating Malware

British Cyber Expert Pleads Guilty to Creating Malware

By Ivan Moreno | Apr 20
A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information.

Players Boycotting Social Media over Racism Receive Abuse

Players Boycotting Social Media over Racism Receive Abuse

By Rob Harris | Apr 20
Social media companies did not appear to respond on their networks to the players' concerns despite widespread coverage and support from FIFA for the boycott.

Arizona Lawmakers OK Ban on Cellphone Use While Driving

Arizona Lawmakers OK Ban on Cellphone Use While Driving

By Bob Christie | Apr 20
The small list of states that allow either texting while driving or hand-held cellphone use is shrinking after the Arizona House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a cellphone use ban and sent it to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

Electric Scooters Have Zipped by Docked Bikes in Popularity

Electric Scooters Have Zipped by Docked Bikes in Popularity

By Cathy Bussewitz | Apr 19
Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere — zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road.

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