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In a Sign of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab

By Brandon Bailey | AP Technology Writer MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook built its fortune on the Internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods. […]

Hulu Dropping Free Video As It Prepares Cable TV Alternative

By Tali Arbel NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on an online television service to rival cable TV. Free episodes — typically the most recent four or five episodes from a show’s current season — will be gone from the site. […]

Samsung’s New Jumbo Phone Unlocks With Iris Scanner

By Anick Jesdanun | AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — You’ll be able to unlock Samsung’s new phone by just looking at it. The Galaxy Note 7 will come with an iris scanner, which matches patterns in your eyes with what was detected by your phone during setup. It offers an alternative to fingerprint […]

Here Come the Virtual Reality Olympics … for Samsung Users

By Mae Anderson NEW YORK (AP) — Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there’s another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events? NBC says it will provide 85 hours of virtual reality programming during the Rio Olympics […]

Uber Software Tracks Drivers for High Speed, Sudden Stops

By Brandon Bailey SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Using smartphone sensors to peek over its drivers’ shoulders, Uber is promising to keep a closer eye on their behavior — while discouraging speeding or slamming on the brakes. The global ride-hailing company recently announced an extensive test of new software that aims to increase safety by analyzing […]