Bill shock: Woman gets $200,000 cell phone bill

Person sending a text message

Recently, the trade organization for wireless carriers and the Federal Communications Commission came to an agreement to curb bill shock for cellular phone users. In a well-timed case of proving the need for this policy change, a woman in Florida recently received a cell phone bill for $200,000. Cell phone summit supplanted with surreptitious bill […]

Easy-Bake oven redesigned without light bulbs

Easy Bake

By the year 2014, almost all incandescent light bulbs in the United States will be phased out. While consumers have been slow to accept these changes, toymaker Hasbro has redesigned the iconic Easy-Bake oven to work without an incandescent bulb. Easy-Bake turned into a real oven The Easy-Bake Oven was first introduced in 1963. The […]

Lytro focus-free camera gives newbies depth of field power

A Scrabble board displayed with pieces arranged into the words “blurred,” “depth of field” and “focused.” Taken at an angle, the photo illustrates through lens focus and arrangement of the words in the foreground and background how the photographic concept of depth of field works.

Do you ever kick yourself when your photos turn out blurry? Lytro feels your pain, which is why company founder Dr. Ren Ng of Stanford University created what some tech journalists are calling the first focus-free digital camera. Using light-field technology, Lytro camera owners can point and shoot, then choose the plane of focus later, […]

Inside the Apple iTracking scandal and what to do about it

Sensational reports that Apple is secretly tracking the location of iPhone and iPad users erupted online Wednesday. A pair of developers released a free app online that enables Apple device users to view how their location has been tracked over time like pins on a map. But the so-called discovery of a hidden location database […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


300 Foxconn workers threaten suicide

Foxconn Technology Group in China is once again in the forefront of the news for worker treatment. On the heels of several suicides of workers in the last few years, a group of 300 employees threatened mass suicide on Jan. 4. Foxconn’s reputation Foxconn first reached the international stage in 2009 and 2010, when workers […]


xbox 360
Foxconn manufactures iPhones, XBoxes and other technology products. Image: Flickr / jamiemc / CC-BY-ND