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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Jan. 21, 2020 3:24 PM EST

App Store Official Charts for the week ending January 19, 2020: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. TouchRetouch, Adva-Soft 2. Minecraft, Mojang 3. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 4. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 5. Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 6. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 8. Plague...

Rep. Tommy Gregory, holds a book of laws that includes antiquated statutes regulating the telegraph industry at his office Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. Gregory wants lawmakers to repeal these laws that do not apply to today's telecommunication industry. A state House committee on Wednesday agreed unanimously to repeal Chapter 363 of the Florida Statute in its entirety. (AP Photo/Bobby Calvan)

News flash from Florida legislators: Telegraph era is over

Jan. 15, 2020 6:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are transmitting a news bulletin: The telegraph era is over. Before there was instant messaging, emails and even corded telephones, there was the reliable telegraph to instantaneously transmit messages far and wide. Now, people turn to the internet, text...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 15, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 15 The Los Angeles Times on the International Olympic Committee banning athletes from making political statements such as kneeling or wearing political messages: Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Jan. 14, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1 TouchRetouch, Adva-Soft 2 Minecraft, Mojang 3 Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 4 Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 5 Heads Up! ,Warner Bros. 6 Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 7 Monopoly, Marmalade Game Studio 8 Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 9 iSchedule, HotSchedules 10 Facetune...

Samsung Sero TVs are on display at the Samsung booth during the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. The TVs can rotate to play vertically or horizontally. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Privacy, once hidden topic, gets attention at CES tech show

Jan. 10, 2020 3:32 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once a hidden and under-the-radar topic, privacy got more attention at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week. Startups now volunteer information about how they’re securing your data and protecting your privacy when you use their heart rate monitor or cuddly robot. Roybi, an...

Picnic's pizza-making robot makes a pizza at a food vendor's booth during the CES tech show, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

CES Gadget Show: Pizza from robots, underwater scooters

Jan. 9, 2020 7:45 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robots were front and center at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. One even made pizza. The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for companies to unveil their products and services for the coming year. Here are some highlights: PIZZA ROBOT...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from a wildfire known as the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. California's preemptive power shutoffs to prevent wildfires have affected more than just lights. Some lost their phones, too. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California lawmakers eye back-up power for cellphone towers

Jan. 8, 2020 7:38 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too. Data from the Federal Communications Commission shows 874 cellphone towers were...

People take pictures of a display of LG Signature OLED R TVs at the LG booth during the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hollywood-backed Quibi thinks you'll pay for its video bites

Jan. 8, 2020 5:17 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A startup heavily backed by Hollywood is wagering that you're ready to set aside YouTube and TikTok to watch star-studded short videos on your phone — for a price. The company behind this billion-dollar bet is Quibi (KWIH-bee), which is preparing to offer movies, shows and other...

Search off for 'command vehicle' in mystery drone case

Jan. 8, 2020 4:41 PM EST

A Colorado sheriff on Wednesday rescinded his call for people to be on the lookout for a “command vehicle” that may be operating mysterious groups of drones spotted in recent weeks over northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska. That request for public assistance “is no longer pertinent or...

Joel Gamoran, of Yummly, demonstrates the Whirlpool Yummly temperature gauge at the CES Unveiled media preview event, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Las Vegas. The smart thermometer consists of a probe and a dock, which communicate to each other and to the Yummly mobile app via Bluetooth, monitoring the temperature of the food and the temperature inside the oven. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Kitchens get smarter at CES tech show, not yet in many homes

Jan. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tell your refrigerator about your dietary preferences and it’ll concoct a recipe plan for the coming week, sending a shopping list to your smartphone when it notices you’ve run out of the right ingredients. Counter-top robotic arms help chop veggies. Artificially intelligent...