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Scoping out the Silver Tech boom for savvy seniors

"What a drag it is getting old," Mick Jagger first whined on "Mother's Little Helper" from the Rolling Stones' 1965 Aftermath album.

"Hope I die before I get old," the Who's Roger Daltrey growled the same year on "My Generation."

But for those who first heard those plaints way back when and are still walking this Earth, getting older isn't so ...Read more

This supernova was supposed to die — until it got brighter

Talk about going out with a bang -- and then another bang. Astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory have discovered a supernova that has been shining for years instead of mere months, surviving far beyond its expected lifespan.

The strange and still-going stellar explosion, described in the journal Nature, defies scientists' understanding of ...Read more

Journalism matters, science concludes

The president may be fond of complaining about "fake" news, but the truth is that journalism drives the national conversation, and science has proven it.

A new study published Thursday in the journal Science demonstrates that even small news outlets can have a substantial impact on the issues Americans talk about and when they talk about them. ...Read more

9-year-old boy with rare disease now has engineered skin covering 80 percent of his body

For a soccer-playing, holiday-loving boy on the brink of death from a rare inherited skin disease, doctors have accomplished a feat of genetic engineering, surgical stamina and raw nerve.

Infections arising from blisters and sores had destroyed 60 percent of his skin. Just 7 years old when he arrived at a burn unit in Bochum, Germany, the child...Read more

Sound Advice: How to connect an old receiver to Bluetooth devices

Q. Is there a way to connect my old receiver to Bluetooth headphones or Bluetooth speakers so we can listen to the headphones wirelessly inside, or send music outside to my porch? If it is possible, what Bluetooth headphones would you recommend for my wife and me, and what Bluetooth speaker to use outside?

-- A.K., South Bend, Ind.

A. In the ...Read more

Sprint turns to improving its wireless network now that a T-Mobile merger is dead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Unwilling to turn control of Sprint over to rivals at T-Mobile US, Sprint's chairman vowed this week to spend more money on the Overland Park-based company's wireless network.

Merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile, the nation's No. 4 and No. 3 wireless companies, collapsed over the weekend principally over terms that ...Read more

Uber says it will bring its flying taxis to Los Angeles in 2020

LOS ANGELES -- In just over two years, Uber says it will let commuters soar over Los Angeles' snarled traffic in flying taxis.

The ride-hailing firm announced Wednesday that L.A. will be one of the first cities served by UberAir, which it says will begin ferrying passengers across the region in electric aircraft in 2020.

Aviation manufacturers...Read more

Tech Q&A: Windows 10 may cut speed of browsing

Q: The latest version of Windows 10 seems to be reducing my internet speed. What can I do?

Bruno Mattedi, Woodland Park, Colo.

A: The newest versions of Windows 10 can slow down your internet browsing because of how they handle software updates and control the flow of data.

You can reduce the slowdowns by adjusting the latest incarnations, ...Read more

For food giants, rising tide of e-commerce means sink or swim

Have you ever plucked a bottle of ketchup from a grocery store shelf after remembering your kids finished the last bottle the night before?

Or perhaps you've indulged in a box of cookies that wasn't on the grocery list but still somehow ended up in your cart?

These spontaneous purchases are a challenge for some of the largest packaged food ...Read more

Jennifer Van Grove: How to find must-watch streaming TV series

Whether you're a cord-cutter or someone who supplements a pay TV subscription with Netflix, finding what to watch from the wealth of streaming TV services available can be a daunting chore.

Enter Lon Harris.

The Los Angeles resident, 38, has dutifully committed to staying apprised of everything happening in the digital entertainment space. The...Read more

No Twitter? No problem, say porn stars; Netflix email scam emerges

NO PORN? NO PROBLEM!: That seems to be the sentiment from the nation's porn stars about Twitter updating its guidelines to ban nudity and anything considered "adult" or "pornographic" from the social-media site. And hey, if you want opinions about pornography on social media, who better than to consult than those who make the content themselves,...Read more

Facebook, Twitter, Google and where Silicon Valley's money comes from

Tech companies face dilemma after conundrum after balancing act, and now the spotlight is on their funding sources.

There's Saudi money. Russian money. And let's not forget money from ads and fake news that add fuel to the raging fire of cultural, racial, political and religious divisions in the United States and elsewhere.

There are questions...Read more

Twitter doubles length of tweets to 280 characters

When Twitter announced in September it was testing longer tweets, some users praised the change while others feared the site would lose its sense of brevity.

Now the San Francisco tech firm is officially doubling the character limit of its tweets to 280 characters.

The change will apply to all languages except for Japanese, Korean, and Chinese...Read more

Russian investment in Facebook, Twitter go way back — but Yuri Milner says so what

As investigations continue into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections -- and the use of Facebook and Twitter to help facilitate it -- now there's a report that Kremlin money helped back the two social media companies through investments by Yuri Milner.

Yuri Milner's name is familiar to Silicon Valley tech observers. It's well-known that ...Read more

Helpware: Remorse and the waiting game

Faced with a choice between an affordable, $799 iPhone 8 Plus and a $999 iPhone X, I had immediate buyer's remorse after I bought the 8 Plus. I mean, like, when I walked out of the Apple Store. For $10 a month more, with Apple's installment plan, I could have been a player.

What sold me on the 8 Plus was that it was available at a local Apple ...Read more

Apple defends tax setup amid reports: 'Paradise Papers' reveals multinationals' tactics as GOP aims for corporate rate cut

WASHINGTON -- For years, Apple and other multinational firms have faced inquiries from government authorities about tactics they employed to lower their tax bills.

Now, new published reports show just how some of these global corporations tapped elite tax specialists to devise clever strategies, including island havens and secretive shell ...Read more

Teenage pot and alcohol use can reduce success later in life, according to study

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Teens who use a lot of marijuana and alcohol are less likely to have a full-time job when they grow up, or to get a college education or get married, according to a new study by University of Connecticut researchers.

The study of 1,165 young adults from across the U.S. also found that dependence on pot and booze may also have...Read more

If you enjoy sleeping at night instead of the day, thank the dinosaurs for going extinct

Mammals were largely creatures of the night until the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid some 66 million years ago, a new study finds.

The findings, described in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, illuminate a pivotal transition in the history of Earth's living things.

Scientists have long wondered whether ancient mammals may have ...Read more

Startup fights fraud as hackers breach networks

SAN FRANCISCO -- With every new hack of computer networks comes questions about how it happened and what kind of security can prevent the next one.

Yet the recent hacking of consumer credit reporting agency Equifax's network has raised the question of not only what can be done to stop such attacks, but also what hacking victims can do after the...Read more

Pandora loses listeners, ad revenue

OAKLAND, Calif. -- So many listeners have turned off Pandora that Friday could have been called the day the music died for the internet radio streaming pioneer.

Late Thursday, Pandora said it ended its third quarter with 73.7 million active listeners, more than 7 million fewer than it had in the comparable quarter last year.

Declining listener...Read more