December 6, 2013 |
Apple made headlines Friday by announcing iBeacon, new software that pushes notifications to users as they walk around the company's retail stores. But what is iBeacon and how exactly does it work? Essentially iBeacon is nothing more than software that any Apple iOS device, such as the iPhone and iPad, is capable of using. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' IBeacon doesn't track users. IOS devices using iBeacon simply send out signals through Bluetooth, similar to the way sonar works on submarines.
November 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The Brown administration has released much-anticipated proposed rules for fracking, a controversial technique for drilling for oil and natural gas reviled by environmentalists. The process, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, involves pumping water, sand and a mixture of chemicals into geological strata to free trapped hydrocarbons. Supporters say that it is opening up a vast new energy source and creating high-paying jobs. Opponents contend that fracking could pollute underground drinking water supplies and cause health hazards.
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September 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Californians who use the Internet will get new protection against identity theft and tracking of their personal data under a cluster of bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. One measure requires state agencies and businesses that operate websites to notify people when security information, including their user names and passwords, has been breached. "Many consumers now conduct their day-to-day personal business online, including banking and paying bills, which creates more opportunities for sophisticated cybercriminals to access and steal their personal information," said Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro)
May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Employers cannot be required to post a notice that tells their workers they have a right to join a union and bargain for better wages, a federal appeals court ruled in the latest setback for the National Labor Relations Board. The so-called poster rule would have required more than 6 million private employers to post a one-page notice in a prominent place. Labor leaders hoped it would help stem the long decline in union membership in the private sector. Only about 7% of private-sector employees belong to unions.
April 28, 2013 |
Kristina Anderson was a sophomore at Virginia Tech when she was shot twice in the back and once in the foot on April 16, 2007. In less than 12 minutes, the gunman shot and killed 11 of her classmates and one of her professors. Six years after the massacre, Anderson, 25, has dedicated herself to promoting campus safety and is part of a team that believes technology can save lives. Anderson is launching a free smartphone app called LiveSafe (available on iTunes in mid-May) to reach and alert students on campuses during emergencies, something that she wished she'd had that April morning.
February 7, 2013 |
Despite being around for nearly six years, Tumblr is only now testing a real-time notifications feature. The social network announced the test on its blog this week, saying the feature will alert users whenever they get a like or a reblog from somebody they follow. "You should start to see them in the next few hours (and can toggle them on your settings page)," the company said. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Along with the short announcement, the company put up a GIF file showing how the feature looks in action.