Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say
Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.
US official: Auto safety agency under review
Transportation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the U.S. agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been criticized ...
How to find a submarine
Das Boot, The Hunt for Red October, The Bedford Incident, We Dive At Dawn: films based on submariners' experience reflect the tense and unusual nature of undersea warfare – where it is often not how well ...
Mapping drone prompts China to scramble fighter jets: report
China deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported Thursday.
Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles (Update)
The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing ...
It can happen to anyone: Obama's credit card declined
Apparently, even the president of the United States can have trouble with his credit card.
Microsoft CEO gaffe fuels debate on women in tech
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella's gaffe over women, pay raises and karma comes as the US tech industry is facing up to questions over diversity and gender equality.
A dozen ways to avoid that $617bn 'fat finger' moment
Have you ever ordered too many items online – say, buying 20 courgettes when you meant two? Then you might feel a little sorry for the anonymous broker in Japan who lost US$617 billion to a trading typo error. ...
Podcast platform opens up dialogue on mental illness, research finds
A popular comedian's podcast that has fellow comics talking openly about mental illness has redefined the relationship between celebrity and fan.
Court mulls secrecy of national security letters
A government lawyer argued Wednesday that national security efforts would be "hamstrung" if the FBI was barred from sending secretive demands for customer data—national security letters—to telecommunication companies, ...
Talking while driving safest with someone who can see what you see, study finds
A new study offers fresh insights into how talking on a cell phone or to a passenger while driving affects one's performance behind the wheel. The study used a driving simulator and videophone to assess how ...
New York cancels phone booth transmitter program
New York City is scuttling a project that would have installed in payphone booths thousands of transmitters that could track people's movements.
Business equipment collection presents a social history
Tom Russo is so incredibly human and warm it's hard to accept that he's passionate about machines.
Game on for a digital revolution in sport stadiums
It's the middle of finals season with tens of thousands of fans turning out at stadiums to cheer their teams to victory. Many fans at these and other sporting events already turn to digital technology by ...