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Oculus Takes Aim at Mainstream With Inexpensive Gear, Video

By Ryan Nakashima LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality is taking a few steps closer to the mainstream with Samsung unveiling a headset that brings the technology to its latest smartphones at half the price of its previous model, Facebook launching support for 360-degree video, and online video services like Netflix and Hulu jumping into […]

Ad Blockers Rise as Ads Annoy, Bog Down Websites

By Ryan Nakashima LOS ANGELES (AP) — When you visit a website, you often find yourself waiting and waiting for advertisements to load. Video starts playing automatically, and animated ads jump in front of what you were there to see. The seconds tick by. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are easy ways […]

Microsoft Office Update Emphasizes Collaboration

By Brandon Bailey SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft has released a major update for Office, one of its most successful software products, with new features that reflect the company’s effort to adapt to shifts in how people use computers and software. The updated versions of Microsoft’s popular word-processing, spreadsheet and email programs are heavy on […]

Google Unveils Nexus Phones With ‘Marshmallow’ Flavor

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is countering the release of Apple’s latest iPhones with two devices running on a new version of Android software designed to steer and document even more of its users’ lives. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X unveiled in September are the first smartphones sold with an Android […]

Now Arriving: Airport Control Towers With No Humans Inside

By Scott Mayerowitz NEW YORK (AP) — Passengers landing at remote Ornskoldsvik Airport in northern Sweden might catch a glimpse of the control tower — likely unaware there is nobody inside. The dozen commercial planes landing there each day are instead watched by cameras, guided in by controllers viewing the video at another airport 90 […]