Stripped-down synthetic organism sheds light on nature of life

WASHINGTON Scientists on Thursday announced the creation of a synthetic organism stripped down to the bare essentials with the fewest genes needed to survive and multiply, a feat at the microscopic level that may provide big insights on the very nature...

Suit that mimics life at age 85 has no creases, just creaks

JERSEY CITY, N.J. With the push of a button, a perfectly healthy 34-year-old museum-goer named Ugo Dumont was transformed into a confused 85-year-old man with cataracts, glaucoma and a ringing in his ears known as tinnitus.Dumont had volunteered at Lib...

Marco Rubio pretends he's a winner, convinces no one

Marco Rubio has the best chance to defeat Hillary Clinton — according to Marco Rubio. While the Super Tuesday votes continue to roll in, the presidential hopeful appears to be feeling confident. Some pundits actually consider Rubio's second and third...

Amazon drops encryption feature in Fire tablet software

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has quietly dropped support for disk encryption on its Fire tablets, saying the feature that secures devices by scrambling data was little used by customers. Privacy advocates and some users criticized the move, which came to li...

Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

SAN FRANCISCO Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington.The l...

How to use Apple's new Night Shift feature in iOS 9.3

Apple just released its biggest software update since iOS 9.0 rolled out last year. With it, Apple is making the highly anticipated Night Shift feature, which reduced the amount of blue light emitted by your display, available to everyone. See also: Apple...

Nailed it: scientists describe weird ancient hammerhead reptile

WASHINGTON It was a creature so outlandish that scientists say it reminds them of the fanciful beasts conjured up by Dr. Seuss. But would the famous children's book author have thought up a marine reptile with a hammerhead snout it used to snack on alg...

Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives

SAN FRANCISCO Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies.Lyft and its former chief ...

China lays out its vision to become a tech power

BEIJING China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites, the government said in its blueprint for development between 2016 and 2...

Online harassment must be met head-on: tech summit panel

AUSTIN, Texas Online harassment and sexism is demeaning women and can no longer be brushed aside as an ugly side of social media and the gaming industry if they are to thrive, panelists on Saturday said at the South By Southwest (SXSW) tech meeting in ...