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Car owner satisfaction hits new all-time low, Acura cited as worst

A new customer-satisfaction report for automobiles reveals that Acura, surprisingly, suffered the worst drop in owner satisfaction since last year and has fallen to last place in the rankings. The ACSI report also names Mercedes-Benz as the continuing leader in customer satisfaction.

Business August 27, 2014

Spidey-sense prompts Suzuki to recall 19K sedans

Suzuki's spider-sense told it to recall over 19,000 Kizashi sedans from the 2010 through 2013 model years. These vehicles may be infested with spiders that weave webs that can block a crucial fuel vapor ventilation line, possibly leading to dangerous fuel tank leaks.

Legal August 27, 2014

Dropbox pumps up features, security while slicing storage pricing

Dropbox is making its move to stay competitive in the cloud storage wars, increasing the storage amount in its $9.99 per month Dropbox Pro plan from 100 GB to 1 TB. Dropbox Pro will also get additional features, including file permissions, expiring, password-protected links and remote wipe.

Apps/Software August 27, 2014

AT&T merging mobile, enterprise units under new leadership

AT&T has split its Mobility group into business and consumer units, and merged the mobile business unit with its general business group. The new combo group will be headed by former Mobility group CEO Ralph de la Vega.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 27, 2014

Why the hype of Instagram Hyperlapse? It just makes video making more fun

Instagram's new Hyperlapse app brings video stabilization and time-lapse features to video shooting with mobile devices. It benefits from simple, easy to use controls, and quick uploading to Facebook or Instagram accounts.

Apps/Software August 27, 2014

NSA 'Google-like' search engine shares data across two dozen government agencies

The National Security Agency has created a search engine through which other government agencies can locate metadata collected by the NSA. The search engine is called ICReach and contains communication data.

Business Tech August 26, 2014

Google docs update may have Microsoft a bit worried, and rightly so

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are now available for iOS, upgraded with the ability to edit and create Microsoft Office 365 documents. The apps are downloadable for free, and are aimed at competing with Microsoft's for-cost Office 365 Suite of apps.

Apps/Software August 26, 2014

Amazon beats out Google to buy Twitch for $1.1B, yes $1.1B, the live video game-streaming website, has been acquired by for a cool $1.1 billion. Twitch, only three years old, draws 55 million viewers per month and appeals to the most valuable demographic groups.

Business Tech August 26, 2014

Facebook aims to cut clickbait headlines like 'Kardashians found on Mars' to boost user experience

Clickbaiting is the 'gotcha' headline-writing practice that is a real Internet time-waster for unwitting victims. Facebook has a plan in place to kick clickbait to the curb in its News Feed, propping up legitimate stories of greater public interest instead.

Apps/Software August 26, 2014

Ford retooling plant for aluminum F-150, assembly line shuttering for two months

The 2015 Ford F-150 is beginning production this week for late-2014 delivery. The retooling process is unique in that most of the new F-150 will be made of aluminum, yielding a weight savings of 700 pounds per vehicle.

Business August 26, 2014

Android L may be a sweetie pie of an OS

Google will soon be introducing Android L, the next major release of the Android OS. Meanwhile, in the world of Very Important Things, speculation that the new OS will be tagged Lemon Meringue Pie is running rampant.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 25, 2014

Google winning app download race, but it's nothing to boast about

There are over 2 million mobile apps available for download to smartphones, tablets and similar devices, but it's a tiny percentage of them that make the 'most frequently used' list. No. 1, not surprisingly, is Facebook.

Computers August 25, 2014

LG smart watch will face off against Moto 360

What goes around, comes back round. The latest smart watches from LG and Motorola feature traditional circular faces, perceived by many as more elegant and less geeky than the squarish designs currently on the market.

Gadgets August 25, 2014

China building own OS, take that Microsoft, Google and Apple

The Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from all government computers, with only the obsolete Windows XP to keep the machines humming. Their long-term preferred solution is the deployment of a home-grown OS, developed by Chinese tech companies.

Apps/Software August 25, 2014

Private browser network Tor has unexpected friends in unexpected places

The Tor Project is designed to improve privacy on the Internet, making it harder for government organizations to spy on citizens. So why are some employees of government agencies helping Tor squash bugs and leaks?

Apps/Software August 25, 2014

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06: Powerful and pricey, given $79K sticker

With 650 pavement-ripping horsepower underneath your right foot, the 2015 Corvette Z06 will be here before you know it. The cost of warp drive will begin at $79,000.

Life August 22, 2014

GM legal team under scrutiny over ignition switch recall, potential concealment actions

The feds are bringing down the heat on GM, asking new questions about what GM execs knew about deadly ignition switches. Is the cover-up worse than the crime, as is often the case?

Legal August 22, 2014

2015 Mustang not the greatest on gas mileage as redesign packs on pounds

The 2015 Ford Mustang is a redesign that adds a more muscular yet flowing look to the iconic performance vehicle. But increased weight due to its larger size, improvements to the suspension and enhancements to vehicle safety have made it a thirstier car with lower fuel economy ratings than last year.

Business August 22, 2014

Sony's selfie camera is just for you girls, a perfume bottle design boasting Swarovski crystals

Sony rhymes with selfie, and the company's new DSC-KW11 Cyber-shot digital camera is a girl's best selfie friend, right down to its perfume bottle design. Its 180-degree swiveling lens and onboard image-manipulation features make taming the selfie an easy proposition.

Gadgets August 22, 2014

Monkey selfies can't be copyrighted as monkeys have no rights under copyright law

In monkey business, a British photographer who witnessed an Indonesian macaque take pictures of herself with his equipment has had no luck getting courts to grant him legal ownership of the photos. So far, these photos are considered public domain, because monkeys have no rights under copyright law.

Legal August 22, 2014

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