Science & Technology

A selection of smart speakers and other devices.
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Matt Bigler
December 05, 2019 - 3:44 pm
Do you have a smart speaker at home? The devices from Amazon, Google and others are expected to be hot holiday stocking stuffers this season, despite growing safety concerns.
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2008, file photo Google co-founders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page talk about the new Google Browser, "Chrome," during a news conference at Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Page and Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet. Page, who had been serving as CEO of Alphabet, and Brin, who had been president of Alphabet, will remain on the board of the company. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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December 03, 2019 - 4:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The co-founders of Google are stepping down as executives of its parent company, Alphabet, ending a remarkable two decades during which Larry Page and Sergey Brin shaped a startup born in a Silicon Valley garage into one of the largest, most powerful — and, increasingly, most...
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Marin County Sheriff's Department officers have used virtual reality to train for real-life interactions.
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Jeffrey Schaub
November 13, 2019 - 12:23 pm
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department is using a virtual reality system to better train its officers on deescalation tactics. The $125,000 machine, called the “force option simulator,” takes up an entire room. It consists of 180-degree floor-to-ceiling video screens, and runs imitation of police...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, a person checks their smartphone in Glenview, Ill. A mysterious wave of texts swept America’s phones overnight Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, delivering unintelligible messages that left many people mildly confused when they woke up on Thursday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
AP News
November 07, 2019 - 6:02 pm
If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn't talked to each other in months were...
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A California Live Oak tree spreads its limbs across the golden grassy hills of California
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KCBS Radio Afternoon News
November 07, 2019 - 4:38 pm
A deadly disease could mean the end for millions of oak trees stretching from the Bay Area to Baja California.
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sonoma county wildfire
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KCBS Radio Morning News
November 07, 2019 - 1:03 pm
(KCBS Radio) — Invasive grass species are doubling and in some cases tripling the risk of wildfires across the country, including in fire-prone California. A study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at a dozen grass species not native to the U.S...
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FILE - This July 9, 2019, file photo shows pedestrians walking across the street from the Twitter office building in San Francisco. The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
AP News
November 06, 2019 - 9:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged Wednesday. The complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San...
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has sued the Trump Administration nearly 40 times and claims the legal battles are having a positive impact.
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Jeffrey Schaub
November 06, 2019 - 4:12 pm
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says he is taking Facebook to court.
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A selection of smart speakers and other devices.
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Holly Quan
November 05, 2019 - 2:19 pm
Privacy advocates already worry about the vulnerabilities in smart speakers, like Amazon's Alexa, Google Home or Apple's Siri. Now, scientists have shown they can hack the devices using just a laser pointer or a flashlight.
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Danny Care lifts a barbell during the England training and weights session held at Pennyhill Park on July 20, 2011 in Bagshot, England.
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Holly Quan
October 31, 2019 - 3:23 pm
A recent study conducted by researchers from Keele University in the UK and Long Island University Brooklyn suggests that swearing during physically extraneous tasks can boost your performance and may even help to manage pain. The secret to the surprising findings is all about distraction. “What we...
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