Science & Technology



Sony Interactive Entertainment/TNS/TNS

Analysis: With $499 price reveal, PlayStation 5 sets the stage for holiday console competition

The biggest loser this holiday season will be my wallet.

Sony finally released its pricing for the PlayStation 5. The regular version with an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive will cost $499 and the digital version without one will weigh in at $399. They will be released in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea on Nov. ...Read more


Review: 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2' revamp opens door to new audience

I never understood the appeal of the "Tony Hawk" franchise until I started playing it from the beginning. I missed the original when it was released in 1999, and I tried playing the sequels but they never connected with me.

It was one of those games that everyone raves about but I couldn't comprehend why. The gameplay seemed complicated and ...Read more


Jim Rossman: When you rip your CDs, don't forget to make a backup of the files

From a reader: I would like to know how I can rip my old CDs and not lose them when I get a new computer. I have ripped them once before using iTunes but didn't realize they were stored on my PC and were then gone when I got a new one. Fortunately, I still have the CDs but would like to get rid of them. What can I do to permanently have these ...Read more

Tyler Lizenby/CNET/TNS

CNET: The best home security systems of 2020: Live monitoring, DIY kits, video doorbells

The home security industry is booming after a decade or so of app-enabled upheaval. There's a new wave of less expensive DIY systems, cameras, smart locks and video doorbells to consider alongside the professional alarm and monitoring system options that have been around for decades. Big names in tech like Amazon and Google want a part of the ...Read more


Gadgets: For those who prefer neckband earbuds

Recently, someone asked if I only like true wireless earbuds since I write about them often. I am a fan of true wireless and when you look around, obviously I'm not alone. But there are other great choices, even a style that is a personal favorite.

My preferred style is neckbands, which were popular a few years ago but have kind of ...Read more

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/TNS/TNS

Minnesota's new police dog can help sniff out electronic evidence in sexual predator cases

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota state authorities have unleashed a four-legged investigator specifically trained to sniff out digital electronics commonly used by sexual predators to exploit children and others.

K-9 Sota, a black British Labrador, was introduced to the public last week by the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) as the first law...Read more


5 big takeaways from Facebook Connect's Oculus showcase

Although it's called Facebook Connect, the Oculus platform was still the star of the virtual and augmented reality event held online this month. The social media giant changed the name of the gathering - it was previously called Oculus Connect - to better reflect the expanding nature of its emerging technologies.

Augmented reality glasses ...Read more

Maja Hitij/Getty Images Europe/TNS

Air Force, SpaceX mum about sky-high rocket costs

Five years ago, Elon Musk, the multibillionaire CEO of the SpaceX rocket company, smashed his way into the business of launching U.S. military and intelligence satellites, a lucrative market that had been cornered for nearly a decade by United Launch Alliance.

Musk, one of the world's richest men, publicly promised in 2014 to launch Air Force ...Read more

Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS

The luxury air business is booming — as many Californians struggle to breathe

LOS ANGELES - Gregory Malin remembers the night he realized a breath of fresh air could help sell a mansion.

The year was 2009. Some 2.8 million foreclosures were underway across the nation. Malin was hosting a party in San Francisco's tony Pacific Heights, where his real estate development and investment firm, Troon Pacific, had bought a house...Read more

Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Extreme wildfires turn smoke apps into the new weather apps

For weeks, smoke has blanketed the west coast. The Bay Area has seen a vast improvement in the past few days, but terrible air lingers in Portland and Seattle. Millions of people have been furiously checking the air quality ratings in their neighborhood regularly. On the worst days, in some places the Air Quality Index (AQI) measured 600. ...Read more

Noam Galai/Getty Images North America/TNS

Uncertainty reigns for insurers as industry adopts AI standards

As the insurance industry increasingly relies on artificial intelligence, its state-based regulators are thinking about how to ensure that the technology treats policyholders fairly.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners last month unanimously adopted guiding principles that AI be fair, ethical, accountable and safe. But these are...Read more


Tech Q&A: Tech tricks to keep using Windows 7 are risky

Some readers are reluctant to upgrade or replace vulnerable Windows 7 PCs, even though Microsoft no longer provides security updates for them.

Instead, the readers are searching for technical tricks that would allow them to keep using the Windows 7 PCs while isolating them from other computers on a network. While that sounds good, it's not ...Read more

John Gibbins/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS

With November election looming, San Diego's biotech community eyes policy issues

SAN DIEGO - Test tubes and beakers don't care what laws politicians pass, but biotech execs sure do.

The life sciences have always been shaped by policy. Biotech companies from San Diego to San Francisco to Boston look to local, state and federal lawmakers to ensure that they have space to expand and funding to buoy their research.

It's why ...Read more

Jarrod Valliere/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS

After six years of attacks, Qualcomm finally sees stability return to patent licensing

SAN DIEGO - Alex Rogers says he likes stress. As head of Qualcomm's maligned patent licensing division, he has seen plenty of it over the past few years.

Starting in 2014, government regulators from China to South Korea to the U.S. attacked the San Diego mobile technology firm's lucrative business model for licensing its intellectual property, ...Read more

Walmart Inc./Walmart/TNS

Walmart expands drone program with COVID-19 test-kit delivery

Walmart Inc. will test using drones to drop COVID-19 diagnostic kits at customers' homes, the retailer's latest move in the pandemic-fueled arena of contactless deliveries.

The company is piloting drone delivery of at-home coronavirus self-collection kits in North Las Vegas and Cheektowaga, New York, it said in a blog post Tuesday. It's ...Read more

Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun/TNS

'TikTok is the language they use': Teens rally around popular app amid criticism

BALTIMORE - In candid moments, teens may concede they spend too many hours scrolling on TikTok, and acknowledge that the wildly popular app can feel frivolous.

But TikTok - a video sharing app for a generation that keeps little to itself - is inspiring ardent loyalty from users who say its dance videos and candid expressions of teen reality ...Read more


Jim Rossman: Silence is blissful when the spam calls stop

The closer we get to Election Day, the more my phone rings.

Well, it used to.

Now I just send all of those annoying political callers straight to my voicemail.

I can do this on my iPhone with a feature that I love (and I think many users overlook) called Silence Unknown Callers. I've mentioned this before, but this is a great time to help ...Read more


Gadgets: A great choice for smart photo frames

Earlier this year Nixplay came out with an all-new lineup of their industry-leading Wi-Fi smart photo frames. Now with better resolution, bigger screen sizes, and advanced functionality, they made a great product even better.

If you're not familiar with Nixplay frames, you need to be, especially with the holiday shopping season upon us (hint!...Read more


Preview: 'Immortals Fenyx Rising' may have wit to make it more than a 'Zelda' clone

"The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" was such a ground-breaking game that it would eventually inspire others. The open-world adventure mixed physics-based puzzles to create an immersive experience, where players had a visceral connection to the villages, plains, dungeons, rivers and mountains.

It took a few years, but "Breath of the Wild...Read more


CNET: Best air purifiers for 2020

Every spring, lots of people's allergies ramp up and they spend a few weeks constantly congested. But pollen filtration is just one of many features offered by air purifiers - along with the ability to capture particulates ranging from wildfire smoke and dust to airborne bacteria and COVID-19 virus particles. So with the overwhelming number of...Read more