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All Fairfax County, Virginia, high school students to be given laptops

All Fairfax County, Virginia, high school students will receive laptops for the school year that starts at the end of August, and plans are in place to put the devices …

UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 3:13 p.m.

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

A new study says Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary. They spend almost a third of their waking hours sitting down. The research published Tuesday shows rising computer use is partly …

Can computers enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on

In middle school, Junior Alvarado often struggled with multiplication and earned poor grades in math, so when he started his freshman year at Washington Leadership Academy, a charter high school …

U.S. ends airline laptop ban as new security measures make the electronics OK to carry on

New security measures added at international airports now allow laptop computers, tablets and other large electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the United States, the Department of Homeland …

Samuelson: ‘Internet of things’ brings with it threats to security

Despite enormous benefits, the internet encourages crime, global conflict and economic disruption. The drift seems ominous.

Spain says several firms hit by cyberattacks

The government says several Spanish companies have been targeted in ransomware cyberattacks.

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos

An upcoming feature in Microsoft’s Windows 10 system will automatically identify the best photos and videos to help people create highlights of their experiences.

UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 10:14 a.m.

Microsoft presents $999 laptop in hardware push to college kids

Microsoft has already cracked the professional and creative markets with inventive tablets and a desktop that turns into a virtual drafting table. Now it’s chasing another category many believe is …

Military seeks civilians with high-tech skills to counter IS

The American military is looking for new ways to bring in more civilians with high-tech skills who can help fight Islamic State militants and prepare for the new range of …

Computer pioneer Robert W. Taylor dies at 85

Robert W. Taylor, who was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer, has died. He was 85.

UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and doodling

A major update to Microsoft’s Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage your web …

Apple seeks to reclaim lost PC market share with new Macs

Apple Inc. unveiled new Mac computers as it seeks to revitalize a product line that co-founder Steve Jobs once said would be rendered redundant by the iPad.

Microsoft says 300 million devices use Windows 10

Microsoft says 300 million devices are running Windows 10, keeping the company on track to meet its goal of 1 billion users of the new operating system by 2018.

Intel warns Oregon it’s cutting 784 workers near Portland

Intel has notified Oregon officials it plans to lay off nearly 800 workers in Washington County.

Pentagon plans huge, swift upgrade to Windows 10

The Department of Defense is embarking on a program to update millions of its computers to Windows 10, an unusually quick move for one of Microsoft’s massive government customers.

CV CyberPatriots test skills against hundreds in nation

Central Valley High School students are learning to close computer network gaps that can allow hackers to sneak in. The school’s new CyberPatriots group – 26 students and three teams …

Students being taught to type at an earlier age

Ayla Vick sits at a desktop computer with her hands on the keyboard. She places her fingers on the home row, stretching them to form words on the screen. “Sometimes …

Help foil hackers by fortifying your passwords

With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it’s a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. The …

BBB Tip of the Week

When you are ready to upgrade to a new computer, you need to do more than shut down and dispose of your old one to stay safe. Even if you’ve …

Servers seized, ending global hacking scheme

WASHINGTON – A band of hackers implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, secretly seized customer bank information and stole more than $100 million from businesses …

Doug Clark: Set phasers to stun: ‘Star Trek’ hacker fesses up

Confession, they say, is good for your soul. It’s pretty good for stirring up some laughs, too.

Avista getting new computer systems

After 20 years on a mainframe, Avista Utilities is launching new computer systems this year for handling customer service calls, managing work orders and tracking equipment in its three-state service …

Personal computer sales decline steeply

SAN FRANCISCO – The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it’s starting to look as if it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices …

Christmas Bureau gets technological

For anyone who’s counting, there are 22 days until Christmas, when kids everywhere will rise before the sun ready to tear into their presents. That leaves 22 days to raise …

Students show computer skills in national competiton

Spokane high schools had a strong showing at this year’s National CyberPatriot Championships in Washington, D.C., last week. Teams from Lewis and Clark High School and John R. Rogers High …

Tough economy drives training programs on computer, job skills

When Bobbi Worley became unemployed in August, she figured she’d find a new job rather quickly. After all, she’d worked as a bookkeeper for 40 years in a handful of …

Gates testifies in $1 billion lawsuit against Microsoft

Billionaire Bill Gates envisioned a computer in every home in America, and he wanted to be the one who put them there, the Microsoft Corp. co-founder testified today in a …

Officer’s text message ruled a factor in pedestrian fatality

A Spokane police officer who hit and killed an intoxicated pedestrian in his patrol car in January was typing a message into his onboard computer just before the crash. Officer …

Jim Kershner: Computer’s perfection no match for the human touch

After hearing about the “Jeopardy” victory of Watson, the IBM supercomputer, I decided to stage a head-to-head contest of my own against Watson. “Hey, Watson,” I said, to this big-headed …

Do Your Part: Don’t throw out your electronic waste

Electronic waste is on the rise in the United States at a startling rate. In fact, it is growing at nearly three times the rate of any other kind of …