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Group: Apps Not Effective Tool For Teaching Babies

By Anne Flaherty WASHINGTON (AP) – Smartphones don’t make smart babies, an advocacy group declared in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, whose allegations against “Baby Einstein” videos eventually led to consumer refunds, is urging federal regulators to examine the marketing [...]

VMI Engineers Develop Robot Tick Killer

By Jacob Demmitt LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) – After studying tick infestations for 20 years, Holly Gaff scoffed at the idea of using robots to kill the blood-sucking, disease-causing pests. But that was before she got her hands on one. Gaff recently finished the first round of experiments on technology developed by a team of Virginia [...]

Is Big Data Turning Government Into ‘Big Brother’?

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) – With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records [...]

Google’s Products Dig Deeper Into People’s Lives

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) – For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer. “Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life,” Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco for the [...]

Facebook Tweaks Android Phones To Build New ‘Home’

By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay MENLO PARK, California (AP) – With its new “Home” on Android gadgets, Facebook is trying to prove that a company doesn’t have to make a smartphone or operating system to define how people interact with mobile technology. The audacious move will provide further insights into how pervasive Facebook has [...]