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  • Why you should always be mindful of your iPhone use

    Why you should always be mindful of your iPhone use

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:31:50 GMT
    Apple acknowledged last week that personal data including text messages, contacts and photos can be extracted from iPhones through a technique that hasn't been publicized before.
    Apple acknowledged last week that personal data including text messages, contacts and photos can be extracted from iPhones through a technique that hasn't been publicized before.
  • This pepper spray will snap a photo of your attacker and send it to police

    This pepper spray will snap a photo of your attacker and send it to police

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:35:20 GMT

    The Defender, a pepper spray canister that can take a photo of your attacker and send it to police, has already doubled its Indiegogo online fundraiser with more than $200,000 in seed money.

    The Defender, a pepper spray canister that can take a photo of your attacker and send it to police, has already doubled its Indiegogo online fundraiser with more than $200,000 in seed money.


  • PHOTOS: Apollo 11 moon landing

    PHOTOS: Apollo 11 moon landing

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-21 00:22:07 GMT
    Half a billion people were transfixed as they watched Apollo 11 land in the sea of tranquility on the moon 45 years ago, and those historic first steps are still inspiring space travelers today.
    Half a billion people were transfixed as they watched Apollo 11 land in the sea of tranquility on the moon 45 years ago, and those historic first steps are still inspiring space travelers today.
  • Boy's stubborn rash traced to iPad, nickel allergy

    Boy's stubborn rash traced to iPad, nickel allergy

    Monday, July 14 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-15 03:12:49 GMT
    Have you noticed a sudden rash on your body? Fox 9 News has learned the culprit may be the technology you use every day for work or play.
    Have you noticed a sudden rash on your body? Fox 9 News has learned the culprit may be the technology you use every day for work or play.
  • Free coding classes aim to end tech employment gap for minorities

    Free coding classes aim to end tech employment gap for minorities

    Thursday, July 3 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-07-04 02:52:17 GMT
    A youth program in West St. Paul has got a head start on what Google hopes to do -- close the minority employment gap in the tech world by teaching computer programming and other trade skills for free.
    A youth program in West St. Paul has got a head start on what Google hopes to do -- close the minority employment gap in the tech world by teaching computer programming and other trade skills for free.
  • PHOTOS: Solar Roadways promises clean power, end to shoveling

    PHOTOS: Solar Roadways promises clean power, end to shoveling

    Monday, May 26 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-05-26 04:40:48 GMT
    Credit: Dan WaldenCredit: Dan Walden
    The plows are parked in Minnesota, but spring's prolific crop of potholes has many people feeling frustrated as orange cones appear -- but one start-up is promising a sunnier future through innovative technology.
    The plows are parked in Minnesota, but spring's prolific crop of potholes has many people feeling frustrated as orange cones appear -- but one start-up is promising a sunnier future through innovative technology.
  • Humane Society's list, social media slam hits big Minn. breeder

    Humane Society's list, social media slam hits big Minn. breeder

    Thursday, May 22 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-05-23 00:49:41 GMT
    Thousands of social media activists say they want a dog breeder based in central Minnesota to be shut down and the Humane Society already has it on a watch list, but do they have a case?
    Thousands of social media activists say they want a dog breeder based in central Minnesota to be shut down and the Humane Society already has it on a watch list, but do they have a case?
  • U.S. brings first-ever cyber-espionage case against Chinese officials

    U.S. brings first-ever cyber-espionage case against Chinese officials

    Monday, May 19 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-05-19 15:38:01 GMT
    The Justice Department on Monday announced a first-of-its-kind criminal cyber-espionage case against Chinese military officials, accusing them of hacking into major U.S. companies to steal trade secrets. Prosecutors described the alleged crimes as "21st century burglary."
    The Justice Department on Monday announced a first-of-its-kind criminal cyber-espionage case against Chinese military officials, accusing them of hacking into major U.S. companies to steal trade secrets. Prosecutors described the alleged crimes as "21st century burglary."
  • BANDWIDTH BATTLE: What is an Internet 'fast lane'?

    BANDWIDTH BATTLE: What is an Internet 'fast lane'?

    Friday, May 16 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-05-16 17:25:13 GMT
    Anyone who has ever had their Internet service slow way, way down will want to pay attention to the FCC as it considers letting companies pay for priority service -- because it could have a big impact on you, too.
    Anyone who has ever had their Internet service slow way, way down will want to pay attention to the FCC as it considers letting companies pay for priority service -- because it could have a big impact on you, too.
  • INVESTIGATORS: Online predators

    INVESTIGATORS: Online predators

    Thursday, May 15 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-05-16 01:43:38 GMT
    Children will always love to play in the twilight, running around with their friends in the gloaming. Parents will forever try to protect them from those lurking in the shadows, but those lurking online pose an additional challenge for many.
    Children will always love to play in the twilight, running around with their friends in the gloaming. Parents will forever try to protect them from those lurking in the shadows, but those lurking online pose an additional challenge for many.
  • NET NEUTRALITY: What you need to know about FCC ruling

    NET NEUTRALITY: What you need to know about FCC ruling

    Thursday, May 15 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-05-15 20:28:45 GMT
    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to advance new regulations that could have a major impact on the cost of internet service and how internet content is delivered.
    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to advance new regulations that could have a major impact on the cost of internet service and how internet content is delivered.
  • The big security glitch Target.com, Amazon and others haven't fixed

    The big security glitch Target.com, Amazon and others haven't fixed

    Thursday, May 15 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-05-15 14:14:06 GMT

    Some major retail websites have a security glitch that could put customers' personal information in the wrong hands -- and one of those sites is Target.com.

    Some major retail websites have a security glitch that could put customers' personal information in the wrong hands -- and one of those sites is Target.com.


  • St. Paul Crime Lab tech tracks down international gang members

    St. Paul Crime Lab tech tracks down international gang members

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-05-13 04:52:53 GMT

    The newly-expanded crime lab in St. Paul recently played a key role in nabbing some of the country's most notorious criminals, tracking down two international gang members after a kidnapping last month.

    The newly-expanded crime lab in St. Paul recently played a key role in nabbing some of the country's most notorious criminals, tracking down two international gang members after a kidnapping last month.

  • Minn. man attempts to meet all Facebook friends face-to-face

    Minn. man attempts to meet all Facebook friends face-to-face

    Monday, May 12 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-05-12 16:08:05 GMT

    When a friend request is accepted on Facebook, does it really mean two people are friends? One Minnesota man says yes, and he is going out of his way to meet every person on his friend's list.

    When a friend request is accepted on Facebook, does it really mean two people are friends? One Minnesota man says yes, and he is going out of his way to meet every person on his friend's list.


  • TARGET BREACH: 50,000 card numbers from Minn. for sale

    TARGET BREACH: 50,000 card numbers from Minn. for sale

    Thursday, May 8 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-05-09 02:56:03 GMT

    It's been months since hackers stole the credit and debit card information of millions of Target customers, but the effects are far from over. In fact, thousands of Minnesota credit card numbers are currently for sale.

    It's been months since hackers stole the credit and debit card information of millions of Target customers, but the effects are far from over. In fact, thousands of Minnesota credit card numbers are currently for sale.


  • TARGET BREACH: Could man arrested in Texas be connected?

    TARGET BREACH: Could man arrested in Texas be connected?

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-05-08 01:51:28 GMT

    Authorities in Texas say they may have made a major break in the Target data breach case, arresting a man who they believe could be involved in one of the biggest digital heists in history.

    Authorities in Texas say they may have made a major break in the Target data breach case, arresting a man who they believe could be involved in one of the biggest digital heists in history.


  • 24-HOUR SAVE: Social media rallies for woman's liver transplant

    24-HOUR SAVE: Social media rallies for woman's liver transplant

    Sunday, May 4 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-05-04 21:30:01 GMT

    Imagine being told that your daughter has 24 hours to live if she does not get a life-saving liver transplant. That's the exact scenario a Hutchinson family faced before an online rally saved the day.

    Imagine being told that your daughter has 24 hours to live if she does not get a life-saving liver transplant. That's the exact scenario a Hutchinson family faced before an online rally saved the day.


  • HOMELAND SECURITY: Don't use Internet Explorer

    HOMELAND SECURITY: Don't use Internet Explorer

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-04-30 00:01:56 GMT

    A branch of the US Department of Homeland Security is telling Americans to stop using Internet Explorer due to a vulnerability that allows hackers to remotely execute codes on victim's computers as they surf the web.

    A branch of the US Department of Homeland Security is telling Americans to stop using Internet Explorer due to a vulnerability that allows hackers to remotely execute codes on victim's computers as they surf the web.


  • ALL 4 MOORE: Florida kidney donor saves Minnesota toddler

    ALL 4 MOORE: Florida kidney donor saves Minnesota toddler

    Sunday, April 27 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-04-28 03:37:23 GMT

    It's not uncommon for patients who need donor organs to wait weeks, months or even years -- but it is a bit unusual to find a donor via Facebook like one Minnesota family did.

    It's not uncommon for patients who need donor organs to wait weeks, months or even years -- but it is a bit unusual to find a donor via Facebook like one Minnesota family did.


  • Lawmakers mull ban on online lottery sales

    Lawmakers mull ban on online lottery sales

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:16:42 GMT

    A bill that would ban the sale of the e-scratch games the Minnesota Lottery makes available on its website got its first hearing on Thursday after lawmakers expressed concern gambling is now too easy.

    A bill that would ban the sale of the e-scratch games the Minnesota Lottery makes available on its website got its first hearing on Thursday after lawmakers expressed concern gambling is now too easy.


  • BBB warns of fraudulent online dog breeder's financial bite

    BBB warns of fraudulent online dog breeder's financial bite

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:18:24 GMT
    The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is issuing a nationwide warning about a big uptick in fraudulent dog breeder websites that display fake addresses in the Twin Cities.
    The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is issuing a nationwide warning about a big uptick in fraudulent dog breeder websites that display fake addresses in the Twin Cities.
  • 3 girls arrested after brutal beating caught on camera

    3 girls arrested after brutal beating caught on camera

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:26:21 GMT
    As Minneapolis police announce arrests in a violent attack that was filmed and posted on social media, officers are also warning people that carrying expensive smart phones in public could put them at risk.
    As Minneapolis police announce arrests in a violent attack that was filmed and posted on social media, officers are also warning people that carrying expensive smart phones in public could put them at risk.
  • 16 YEARS LATER: DNA evidence links man to Minneapolis rape

    16 YEARS LATER: DNA evidence links man to Minneapolis rape

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-04-11 02:47:05 GMT
    A woman who was sexually assaulted in Minneapolis 16 years ago did not get justice until a break in the case came more than a decade later when DNA from a separate crime gave investigators a match.
    A woman who was sexually assaulted in Minneapolis 16 years ago did not get justice until a break in the case came more than a decade later when DNA from a separate crime gave investigators the link they needed.
  • HEARTBLEED BUG: List of passwords you should change

    HEARTBLEED BUG: List of passwords you should change

    Thursday, April 10 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:59:24 GMT
    The technology and social media website Mashable is continuing to update a list of social networks, email services and e-commerce websites affected by the Heartbleed bug.
    The technology and social media website Mashable is continuing to update a list of social networks, email services and e-commerce websites affected by the Heartbleed bug.
  • BUYER BEWARE: Knock-offs also target off-brand suppliers

    BUYER BEWARE: Knock-offs also target off-brand suppliers

    Monday, March 31 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-01 03:11:31 GMT
    A Twin Cities man is still recovering after an off-brand cell phone charger left him with a severe electrical burn, but agencies are now warning that counterfeit products can look an awful lot like legitimate ones.
    A Twin Cities man is still recovering after an off-brand cell phone charger left him with a severe electrical burn, but agencies are now warning that counterfeit products can look an awful lot like legitimate ones.
  • Knock-off iPhone charger leaves man with electrical burn, infection

    Knock-off iPhone charger leaves man with electrical burn, infection

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:13:20 GMT
    Cell phones are ubiquitous, but one Twin Cities man is warning that knock-off accessories could leave the budget-conscious in a world of hurt after the off-brand charger he bought online exploded.
    Cell phones are ubiquitous, but one Twin Cities man is warning that knock-off accessories could leave the budget-conscious in a world of hurt after the off-brand charger he bought online exploded.
  • Stolen Twitter account often worth more than stolen credit card

    Stolen Twitter account often worth more than stolen credit card

    Thursday, March 27 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-03-27 18:24:28 GMT
    Stolen Twitter accounts can demand a higher asking price than stolen credit cards on internet black markets, according to a new study by the nonprofit RAND Corporation.
    Stolen Twitter accounts can demand a higher asking price than stolen credit cards on internet black markets, according to a new study by the nonprofit RAND Corporation.
  • WI-FI SECURITY: WPA2 easily broken, study says

    WI-FI SECURITY: WPA2 easily broken, study says

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-03-25 16:16:14 GMT
    A group of European computer security researchers have found specific vulnerabilities in WPA2 wireless security -- previously considered one of the strongest wi-fi security protocols.
    A group of European computer security researchers have found specific vulnerabilities in WPA2 wireless security -- previously considered one of the strongest wi-fi security protocols.
  • Video, Facebook help net robber who stole iPad from autistic boy

    Video, Facebook help net robber who stole iPad from autistic boy

    Thursday, March 20 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-03-21 02:00:13 GMT
    Police say it was a brazen act, but video footage helped them make an arrest after a robber snatched an iPad away from a 10-year-old autistic boy who was using the device to pass the time while waiting for pizza.
    Police say it was a brazen act, but video footage helped them make an arrest after a robber snatched an iPad away from a 10-year-old autistic boy who was using the device to pass the time while waiting for pizza.
  • First-ever Apple retailer to shut doors in Uptown

    First-ever Apple retailer to shut doors in Uptown

    Thursday, March 20 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-03-21 01:18:26 GMT
    It's the end of an era in Uptown Minneapolis. The very first Apple retailer is shutting its doors in Uptown, and the man who bough the first computer there says it he feels the loss.
    The very first Apple retailer is shutting its doors in Uptown.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Major sites, tech companies unveil new features

    SOCIAL MEDIA: Major sites, tech companies unveil new features

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-03-19 00:45:11 GMT
    Technology is evolving rapidly, and that's certainly true when it comes to the largest social media sites and app designers. In fact, Apple will soon have its own health app.
    Technology is evolving rapidly, and that's certainly true when it comes to the largest social media sites and app designers. In fact, Apple will soon have its own health app.
  • U of M researchers make Big Bang breakthrough

    U of M researchers make Big Bang breakthrough

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-03-18 15:46:39 GMT
    A group of astronomers say they now have evidence the Big Bang was immediately followed by an incredible growth spurt.
    A group of astronomers say they now have evidence the Big Bang was immediately followed by an incredible growth spurt.
  • Minneapolis officer's Facebook posts called racist, insensitive

    Minneapolis officer's Facebook posts called racist, insensitive

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-03-12 02:16:41 GMT
    Millions of posts hit social media sites daily, but a few from a Minneapolis police officer are getting a lot of attention after he wrote it might "finally" be a busy year after 3 murders in 3 days.
    Millions of posts hit social media sites each day, but a few from a Minneapolis police officer are getting a lot of attention after he wrote: "3 murders in 3 days and it's not even warm yet. This could be a busy year finally."
  • LUV FOR LULU: 2-time leukemia fighter meets Miley Cyrus

    LUV FOR LULU: 2-time leukemia fighter meets Miley Cyrus

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:13:57 GMT
    With a bit of determination, some amazing things can happen -- and that's very true for a Minnesota girl who got to meet Miley Cyrus after her sister started a Facebook campaign to make her dream a reality.
    With a bit of determination, some amazing things can happen -- and that's very true for a Minnesota girl who got to meet Miley Cyrus after her sister started a Facebook campaign to make her dream a reality.
  • Minn. lawmaker's NBA tweet causes uproar, called racist

    Minn. lawmaker's NBA tweet causes uproar, called racist

    Monday, March 10 2014 1:36 PM EDT2014-03-10 17:36:01 GMT
    A tweet sent by a Minnesota politician about crime and the NBA sparked a flurry of controversy and allegations of racism on Sunday evening.
    A tweet sent by a Minnesota politician about crime and the NBA sparked a flurry of controversy and allegations of racism on Sunday evening.
  • SOLAR SURGE: Minn. commerce commissioner touts incentive success

    SOLAR SURGE: Minn. commerce commissioner touts incentive success

    Sunday, March 9 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-03-09 22:13:16 GMT
    Flickr/Creative Commons/Michael HicksFlickr/Creative Commons/Michael Hicks
    With more people signing up for the state's solar energy incentive program than the system can handle, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is heralding it as a "phenomenal success."
    With more people signing up for the state's solar energy incentive program than the system can handle, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is heralding it as a "phenomenal success."
  • iPhone 6: What to expect and when to expect it

    iPhone 6: What to expect and when to expect it

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 1:28 PM EST2014-03-05 18:28:03 GMT
    The iPhone rumors are rumbling again, with the iPhone 6 expected to hit store shelves this fall.
    The iPhone rumors are rumbling again, with the iPhone 6 expected to hit store shelves this fall.
  • #JUSTICEFORABDULLAHI: Safety violations, no lifeguard, at pool

    #JUSTICEFORABDULLAHI: Safety violations, no lifeguard, at pool

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:09 AM EST2014-03-05 15:09:07 GMT
    Social media sites like Twitter are rife with debate on how to engage the St. Louis Park School District over the death of 12-year-old Abdullahi Charif, the seventh-grade student who drowned in gym class.
    Social media sites like Twitter are rife with debate on how to engage the St. Louis Park School District over the death of 12-year-old Abdullahi Charif, the seventh-grade student who drowned in gym class.
  • 1st Minn. man gets miniature cardiac monitor

    1st Minn. man gets miniature cardiac monitor

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:07 AM EST2014-03-05 15:07:21 GMT
    A tiny new implant could be the key that unlocks the mystery of abnormal heart rhythms, and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., is the first to put one of the devices into a Minnesota patient.
    A tiny new implant could be the key that unlocks the mystery of abnormal heart rhythms, and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., is the first to put one of the devices into a Minnesota patient.
  • Minnesota seeks crackdown on cash-for-phone kiosks

    Minnesota cracking down on cash-for-phone kiosks

    Monday, March 3 2014 7:23 PM EST2014-03-04 00:23:57 GMT
    Minnesota lawmakers are looking at tougher restrictions on machines that let people trade in their smartphones for cash, using the existing scrap metal law as a template.
    Minnesota lawmakers are looking at tougher restrictions on machines that let people trade in their smartphones for cash, using the existing scrap metal law as a template.
  • 'Erase law' lets teens delete unflattering social media posts

    'Erase law' lets teens delete unflattering social media posts

    Saturday, March 1 2014 4:49 PM EST2014-03-01 21:49:23 GMT
    California is now requiring social media companies to give young users the opportunity to deletes such Internet postings.
    California is now requiring social media companies to give young users the opportunity to deletes such Internet postings. The first-in-the-country law is being hailed as good step toward giving under-18 internet users a chance to remove regrettable postings and preserve their reputation.
  • The Big Idea

    The rapid progress of artificial intelligence

    The rapid progress of artificial intelligence

    Friday, February 28 2014 1:45 PM EST2014-02-28 18:45:49 GMT
    Meet the humanoid robot called Robothespian. He is designed to interact with people even through Skype. Created by England-based Engineered Arts, the Robothespian runs on algorithms and codes, or a form of artificial intelligence. Nicole Carey says he recognizes people, and sees your emotional state and more. Humanoid robots are the type of thing that are just the warm-up act for what is coming next in the world of A.I.
    Meet the humanoid robot called Robothespian. He is designed to interact with people even through Skype. Created by England-based Engineered Arts, the Robothespian runs on algorithms and codes, or a form of artificial intelligence. Nicole Carey says he recognizes people, and sees your emotional state and more. Humanoid robots are the type of thing that are just the warm-up act for what is coming next in the world of A.I.
  • Should I be on LinkedIn?

    Should I be on LinkedIn?

    Thursday, February 27 2014 8:35 AM EST2014-02-27 13:35:50 GMT
    Should you be on a professional networking site like LinkedIn? Social media expert Jason Douglas explains the benefits of having a LinkedIn account and if your particular professional industry makes a difference.
    Should you be on a professional networking site like LinkedIn? Social media expert Jason Douglas explains the benefits of having a LinkedIn account and if your particular professional industry makes a difference.
  • Essential cell phone protection and anti-theft tips

    Essential cell phone protection and anti-theft tips

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 6:00 PM EST2014-02-25 23:00:06 GMT
    A spike in cell phone robberies has prompted police to outline essential steps phone owners should take to deter theft.
    A spike in cell phone robberies has prompted police to outline essential steps phone owners should take to deter theft.
  • Netflix-Comcast deal to ensure smooth streaming

    Netflix-Comcast deal to ensure smooth streaming

    Monday, February 24 2014 10:12 AM EST2014-02-24 15:12:24 GMT
    Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to make sure its TV shows and are streamed smoothly over Comcast internet connections.
    Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to make sure its TV shows and are streamed smoothly over Comcast internet connections.
  • #FREEREID: No criminal charges; student switches schools

    #FREEREID: No criminal charges; student switches schools

    Sunday, February 23 2014 9:56 PM EST2014-02-24 02:56:41 GMT
    He was suspended for sending a two-word tweet, and attorneys for Reid Sagehorn tell Fox 9 News they plan to attend the Elk Rover School Board with their client about the controversy.
    He was suspended for sending a two-word tweet, and attorneys for Reid Sagehorn tell Fox 9 News they plan to attend the Elk Rover School Board with their client about the controversy.
  • #FREEREID: Superintendent says police involved

    #FREEREID: Superintendent says police involved

    Monday, February 17 2014 11:04 PM EST2014-02-18 04:04:12 GMT
    The story of how a Rogers High School senior wound up getting suspended for months over Twitter activity is spreading on social media, and Fox 9 News has learned police are involved with the case.
    The story of how a Rogers High School senior wound up getting suspended for months over Twitter activity is spreading on social media, and Fox 9 News has learned police are involved with the case.
  • Pandora to serve political ads based on music choices

    Pandora to serve political ads based on music choices

    Friday, February 14 2014 10:08 AM EST2014-02-14 15:08:32 GMT
    Pandora internet radio will start streaming political ads to its users based on their music choices, the Wall Street Journal reports.
    Pandora internet radio will start streaming political ads to its users based on their music choices, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Comcast-Time Warner merger: Concerns and consequences

    Comcast-Time Warner merger: Concerns and consequences

    Thursday, February 13 2014 1:51 PM EST2014-02-13 18:51:23 GMT
    Minnesota's senators were quick to demand scrutiny of the $45.2 deal that would merge Comcast and Time Warner Cable, turning the nation's two largest cable operators into one powerful force.
    Minnesota's senators were quick to demand scrutiny of the proposed $45.2 all-stock deal that would merge Comcast and Time Warner Cable, turning the nation's two largest cable operators into one powerful force.
  • COMCAST HACKED? Customers urged to change e-mail password

    COMCAST HACKED? Customers should change e-mail password

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 8:13 PM EST2014-02-13 01:13:36 GMT
    Flickr/Creative Commons/Mr. T in DCFlickr/Creative Commons/Mr. T in DC
    Comcast hasn't told customers or made an official comment yet, but a group of hackers are claiming the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the nation as prey.
    Comcast hasn't told customers or made an official comment yet, but a group of hackers are claiming the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the nation as prey.
  • E-mail phishing attack to blame for Target breach?

    E-mail phishing attack to blame for Target breach?

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 3:41 PM EST2014-02-12 20:41:14 GMT
    An e-mail phishing attack sent to Target's air conditioning and refrigeration contractor could be to blame for the company's data breach.
    An e-mail phishing attack sent to Target's air conditioning and refrigeration contractor could be to blame for the company's data breach.
  • INVESTIGATORS: Apps and access

    INVESTIGATORS: Apps and access

    Sunday, February 9 2014 11:06 PM EST2014-02-10 04:06:50 GMT
    Flickr/Creative Commons/Jason A. HowieFlickr/Creative Commons/Jason A. Howie
    Anyone who believes cyber crooks are focused on targeting customer data from big chain stores like Target will want to think again -- a new wave of attacks could be aimed at smart phones and tablets.
    Anyone who believes cyber crooks are focused on targeting customer data from big chain stores like Target will want to think again -- a new wave of attacks could be aimed at smart phones and tablets.
  • CREDIT CARD FRAUD: What is chip-and-PIN technology?

    CREDIT CARD FRAUD: What is chip-and-PIN technology?

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-05 15:16:19 GMT
    Smart chip technology is a concept floating around amid news of user data fraud, but it may not be the ultimate panacea.
    Smart chip technology is a concept floating around amid news of user data fraud, but it may not be the ultimate panacea.
  • TARGET TESTIMONY: What you need to know

    TARGET TESTIMONY: What you need to know

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 4:44 PM EST2014-02-04 21:44:56 GMT
    Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday -- the first time Target publicly answered questions about the malware attack.
    Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday -- the first time Target publicly answered questions about the malware attack that compromised the credit and debit card information of 40 million customers.
  • WEB SECURITY: Loophole could make passwords irrelevant

    WEB SECURITY: Loophole could make passwords irrelevant

    Friday, January 31 2014 4:28 PM EST2014-01-31 21:28:47 GMT
    Just how secure are your passwords? While a simple "12345" may be easy to crack, for motivated hackers, even those who create complicated passwords could be at risk.
    Just how secure are your passwords? While a simple "12345" may be easy to crack, for motivated hackers, even those who create complicated passwords could be at risk.
  • PERSONAL PRIVACY: NSA collects data from apps

    PERSONAL PRIVACY: NSA collects data from apps

    Tuesday, January 28 2014 11:10 PM EST2014-01-29 04:10:14 GMT
    NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden is uncovering even more information about how the agency gathers information by explaining how some popular smartphone apps can be used to spy.
    NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden is uncovering even more information about how the agency gathers information by explaining how some popular smartphone apps can be used to spy.
  • STUDY: Facebook will lose 80% of its users by 2017

    STUDY: Facebook will lose 80% of its users by 2017

    Thursday, January 23 2014 8:30 AM EST2014-01-23 13:30:43 GMT
    A new study from Princeton University says Facebook is going to lose 80 percent of its users by 2017.
    A new study from Princeton University says Facebook is going to lose 80 percent of its users by 2017.
  • Minneapolis skyway cell phone thefts an 'unfounded rumor'

    Minneapolis skyway cell phone thefts an 'unfounded rumor'

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 3:16 PM EST2014-01-22 20:16:51 GMT
    Minneapolis police on Wednesday said an email circulating downtown over the last week regarding multiple cell phone thefts in the skyways was an "unfounded rumor."
    Minneapolis police on Wednesday said an email circulating downtown over the last week regarding multiple cell phone thefts in the skyways was an "unfounded rumor."
  • 'Kill switch' and 4 Es to fight Univ. of Minnesota crime

    'Kill switch' and 4 Es to fight Univ. of Minnesota crime

    Tuesday, January 21 2014 5:47 PM EST2014-01-21 22:47:52 GMT
    Photo by Tim BlotzPhoto by Tim Blotz
    Kill switch technology is just one strategy to fight crime on the University of Minnesota campus, plagued by Apple picking iPhone thefts.
    University of Minnesota leaders kicked off the spring semester Tuesday with an outline of how they plan to fight the spike in campus crime. During the fall semester there were 25 reported robberies on campus -- the most since 2005.
  • 2 arrested at Texas border linked to Target breach, credit card fraud

    2 arrested at Texas border linked to Target data breach

    Tuesday, January 21 2014 5:38 PM EST2014-01-21 22:38:57 GMT
    Arrests of 2 people at the Texas-Mexico border may be related to the theft of personal data from Target retail stores.
    Police say two people trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico have been arrested in South Texas on fraud charges that could be related to the theft of personal data from Target retail stores.
  • TARGET BREACH: Analyst links malware to Russia

    TARGET BREACH: Analyst links malware to Russia

    Monday, January 20 2014 5:36 PM EST2014-01-20 22:36:31 GMT
    As Target continues to investigate the massive data breach that has impacted as many as 110 million people, the security expert who first broke the story believes he has traced the culprits to Russia.
    As Target continues to investigate the massive data breach that has impacted as many as 110 million people, the security expert who first broke the story believes he has traced the culprits to Russia.
  • 'Fixed' app helps fight unfair parking tickets

    'Fixed' app helps fight unfair parking tickets

    Monday, January 20 2014 9:48 AM EST2014-01-20 14:48:05 GMT
    A new app called Fixed will help you fight your parking ticket. Fixed currently only covers San Francisco, but with plans to cover the Top 100 U.S. cities, you can expect it in Minneapolis soon.
    A new app called Fixed will help you fight your parking ticket. Fixed currently only covers San Francisco, but there are plans to roll it out to the Top 100 U.S. cities, so you can expect it in Minneapolis-St. Paul soon.
  • DROPPED CALLS? Minn. commerce commissioner urges probe

    DROPPED CALLS? Minn. commerce commissioner urges probe

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 10:03 AM EST2014-01-15 15:03:23 GMT
    Most people have experienced a dropped call, or a connection where the phone just keeps ringing -- but Fox 9 News has learned the issue is significantly affecting rural communities nationwide and officials are concerned.
    Most people have experienced a dropped call, or a connection where the phone just keeps ringing -- but Fox 9 News has learned the issue is significantly affecting rural communities nationwide and officials are concerned.
  • Minn. college offers certificate, 2-year degree in drone image analysis

    Minn. college offers drone image analysis courses

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    Want to learn more about drones? Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls is offering a program teaching students how to analyze images from unmanned military aircraft.
    Want to learn more about drones? Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls is offering a program teaching students how to analyze images from unmanned military aircraft.
  • Facebook tracking typed posts that aren't shared?

    Facebook tracking typed posts that aren't shared?

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 11:50 PM EST2013-12-18 04:50:49 GMT
    Most Facebook users have started typing a post and then thought the better of it, opting instead to refresh the page and abandon the idea -- but that doesn't mean the site doesn't have a log of it.
    Most Facebook users have started typing a post and then thought the better of it, opting instead to refresh the page and abandon the idea -- but that doesn't mean the site doesn't have a log of it.
  • Dayton: MNsure problems keep me up at night

    Dayton: MNsure problems keep me up at night

    Minnesota is in the middle of the pack in signups so far for private insurance among the 14 states operating health exchanges.
    Gov. Mark Dayton says he's disappointed the state's health insurance exchange has not resolved problems with its operations as the Jan. 1 date for the state of coverage approaches.
  • The role of social media on Cyber Monday

    The role of social media on Cyber Monday

    Tuesday, December 3 2013 2:17 PM EST2013-12-03 19:17:33 GMT
    Social media expert Jason Douglas discusses the roles Facebook, Twitter and other digital media play on Cyber Monday.
    Social media expert Jason Douglas discusses the roles Facebook, Twitter and other digital media play on Cyber Monday.
  • Minneapolis unveils new snow emergency app

    Minneapolis unveils new snow emergency app

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 12:52 PM EST2013-11-27 17:52:56 GMT
    The city of Minneapolis will have a better way to tackle snow emergencies this winter.
    The city of Minneapolis will have a better way to tackle snow emergencies this winter.
  • FOLLOW ME: Twitter stars in the Twin Cities

    FOLLOW ME: Twitter stars in the Twin Cities

    Thursday, November 21 2013 10:21 PM EST2013-11-22 03:21:03 GMT
    It seems almost everyone is on Twitter, but how do you become a Twitter star? Fox 9 News got some tips from some of the biggest social media starts in the metro area.
    It seems almost everyone is on Twitter, but how do you become a Twitter star? Fox 9 News got some tips from some of the biggest social media starts in the metro area.
  • Beware of saying too much about Obamacare, MNsure on social media

    OBAMACARE: Social media disclosures could be costly

    Friday, November 15 2013 12:56 AM EST2013-11-15 05:56:19 GMT
    As President Barack Obama works to fix a limping national health insurance exchange, some social media users may need to do some damage control themselves.
    As President Barack Obama works to fix a limping national health insurance exchange, some social media users may need to do some damage control themselves.
  • VIRAL VETERAN: Mich. makeover raises awareness of homelessness

    VIRAL VETERAN: Mich. makeover raises awareness of homelessness

    Thursday, November 14 2013 1:18 PM EST2013-11-14 18:18:13 GMT
    Viral videos can draw attention to important issues, and one that features a homeless veteran who got a makeover is increasing awareness of the needs of military members who live on the street.
    Viral videos can draw attention to important issues, and one that features a homeless veteran who got a makeover is increasing awareness of the needs of military members who live on the street.
  • NETIQUETTE: Anoka-Hennepin SD hosts online etiquette meetings

    NETIQUETTE: Anoka-Hennepin SD hosts online etiquette meetings

    Tuesday, November 12 2013 11:11 PM EST2013-11-13 04:11:33 GMT
    It's possible for kids to get in plenty of trouble online, and that's why the state's largest school district is being proactive about keeping kids safe while they search the web by teaching "netiquette."
    It's possible for kids to get in plenty of trouble online, and that's why the state's largest school district is being proactive about keeping kids safe while they search the web by teaching Internet etiquette, or "netiquette."
  • Online vocational program debuts for developmentally disabled

    Online vocational program debuts for developmentally disabled

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 11:23 PM EST2013-11-07 04:23:40 GMT
    Finding a job in this economy is hard enough, but for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, it can seem nearly impossible. Midwest Special Services, Inc. is working to change that.
    Finding a job in this economy is hard enough, but for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, it can seem nearly impossible. Midwest Special Services, Inc. is working to change that.
  • IPAD EXCHANGE: Target offers minimum of $200 in-store credit

    IPAD EXCHANGE: Target offers minimum of $200 in-store credit

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 11:05 PM EST2013-11-06 04:05:18 GMT
    Big name retailers are not waiting until Black Friday to start tempting you with those sweet deals. A new promotion at Target already has customers lining up to sell.
    Big name retailers are not waiting until Black Friday to start tempting you with those sweet deals. A new promotion at Target already has customers lining up to sell.
  • FAA OKs use of phones, tablets on takeoff and landing

    FAA OKs use of phones, tablets on takeoff and landing

    Thursday, October 31 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-11-01 00:05:00 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday said airlines can allow passengers to use portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings on planes, in addition to cruising altitude.
    The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday said airlines can allow passengers to use portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings on planes, in addition to cruising altitude.
  • FACEBOOK PRIVACY: New changes make it easier to find anyone

    FACEBOOK PRIVACY: New changes make it easier to find anyone

    Wednesday, October 30 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-10-31 03:34:43 GMT
    When it comes to Facebook, most users want their friends -- and only their friends -- to see their profile, but some new changes make it a lot easier for people to find just about anyone.
    When it comes to Facebook, most users want their friends -- and only their friends -- to see their profile, but some new changes make it a lot easier for people to find just about anyone.
  • Few glitches as Minnesotans shop MNsure, sign up

    Few glitches as Minnesotans shop MNsure, sign up

    Monday, October 21 2013 11:38 PM EDT2013-10-22 03:38:47 GMT
    With computer glitches plaguing the newly debuted healthcare.gov, Minnesota's own online marketplace seems to have enjoyed a smoother launch -- but what do residents think about it?
    With computer glitches plaguing the newly debuted healthcare.gov, Minnesota's own online marketplace seems to have enjoyed a smoother launch -- but what do residents think about it?
  • SMARTPHONE SECURITY: Increase in mobile exploits seen

    SMARTPHONE SECURITY: Increase in mobile exploits seen

    Wednesday, October 16 2013 1:23 AM EDT2013-10-16 05:23:46 GMT
    When the Internet became a part of daily life, dealing with computer viruses did too. Now, there is growing concern that smartphones and tablets could be the next target for malware.
    When the Internet became a part of daily life, dealing with computer viruses did too. Now, there is growing concern that smartphones and tablets could be the next target for malware.
  • Behavior modification tool aims to thwart distracted driving deaths

    Behavior modification tool aims to thwart distracted driving deaths

    Monday, October 14 2013 2:45 PM EDT2013-10-14 18:45:15 GMT
    A new app has the potential to serve as an effective driver behavior modification tool, reducing auto fatalities and injuries.
    A new app has the potential to serve as an effective driver behavior modification tool, reducing auto fatalities and injuries.
  • Groom uses bride's Pinterest to plan surprise wedding

    Groom uses bride's Pinterest to plan surprise wedding

    Friday, October 4 2013 12:42 AM EDT2013-10-04 04:42:26 GMT
    A Texas man who went to college in Minnesota worked with his friends in the Twin Cities to plan the surprise of a lifetime by using his girlfriend's Pinterest page full of wedding plans to get hitched.
    A Texas man who went to college in Minnesota worked with his friends in the Twin Cities to plan the surprise of a lifetime by using his girlfriend's Pinterest page full of wedding plans to get hitched.
  • Seecrypt app offers service to keep calls and texts private

    Seecrypt app offers service to keep calls and texts private

    Sunday, September 29 2013 2:44 PM EDT2013-09-29 18:44:01 GMT
    With cell phone users becoming increasingly aware of NSA surveillance and phone record collection, one British businessman is offering an app that aims to keep them secure.
    With cell phone users becoming increasingly aware of NSA surveillance and phone record collection, one British businessman is offering an app that aims to keep them secure.
  • Franken concerned about iPhone 5S fingerprint recognition

    Franken concerned about iPhone 5S fingerprint recognition

    Friday, September 20 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-09-20 17:58:02 GMT
    Sen. Al Franken is concerned that Apple's implementation of fingerprint recognition technology in the new iPhone 5S could open the door for hackers to "identify and impersonate you" for life.
    Sen. Al Franken is concerned that Apple's implementation of fingerprint recognition technology in the new iPhone 5S could open the door for hackers to "identify and impersonate you for the rest of your life."
  • Social media gets ugly over Miss America winner

    Social media gets ugly over Miss America winner

    Monday, September 16 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-09-17 03:06:26 GMT
    Social media has been ablaze since the first Indian-American was crowned Miss America. Many people hurled hurtful and racist comments at Nina Davuluri, who has remained gracious in spite of such ugliness.
    Social media has been ablaze since the first Indian-American was crowned Miss America. Many people hurled hurtful and racist comments at Nina Davuluri, who has remained gracious in spite of such ugliness.
  • RE-HOMING: Parents go online to find new homes for kids

    RE-HOMING: Parents go online to find new homes for kids

    Friday, September 13 2013 12:45 AM EDT2013-09-13 04:45:22 GMT
    When adoptive parents have second thoughts, they can turn to the Internet to find their child a new home. Reuters exposed the "re-homing" listings that raise concern but aren't illegal.
    When adoptive parents have second thoughts, they can turn to the Internet to find their child a new home. Reuters exposed the "re-homing" listings that raise concern but aren't illegal.
  • Rêve Academy gives north Minneapolis students digital skills

    Rêve Academy gives north Minneapolis students digital skills

    Thursday, September 12 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-09-13 03:28:42 GMT
    With online sales predicted to grow, there's a large demand for people to program websites. So, a local non-profit is working to solve the worker shortage by training students in north Minneapolis.
    With online sales predicted to grow, there's a large demand for people to program websites and a Twin Cities non-profit is working to solve the worker shortage by training students in north Minneapolis to use the tech.
  • CRIME WATCH: DHS unveils child predator app for iPhone

    CRIME WATCH: DHS unveils child predator app for iPhone

    Thursday, September 12 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-09-13 03:23:44 GMT
    Crime fighting is going high tech, and the Department of Homeland Security is joining the game with a new iPhone app that lets people know where some of the worst child predators may be.
    Crime fighting is going high tech, and the Department of Homeland Security is joining the game with a new iPhone app that lets people know where some of the worst child predators may be.
  • Apple doubles down on unveiling new iPhones

    Apple doubles down on unveiling new iPhones

    Wednesday, September 11 2013 12:10 AM EDT2013-09-11 04:10:44 GMT
    It's the time of year when Apple unveils its newest model of the iPhone, and this year's announcement at the company's headquarters in California was twice as nice for tech fans.
    It's the time of year when Apple unveils its newest model of the iPhone, and this year's announcement at the company's headquarters in California was twice as nice for tech fans.
  • What is 'phubbing'? Don't look it up on your phone

    What is 'phubbing'? Don't look it up on your phone

    Thursday, September 5 2013 1:15 AM EDT2013-09-05 05:15:52 GMT
    "Phubbing" is an emerging tech term is emerging -- and anyone who grabbed a smartphone to look it up during a conversation with someone else is guilty of it.
    "Phubbing" is an emerging tech term is emerging -- and anyone who grabbed a smartphone to look it up during a conversation with someone else is guilty of it.
  • STATE FAIR: Internet Cat Video Festival draws 10,000

    STATE FAIR: Can has viral cat videos? Yez.

    Thursday, August 29 2013 5:10 AM EDT2013-08-29 09:10:12 GMT
    Cat lovers from around the world turned out in the thousands to pack the Grandstand at the great Minnesota get together on Wednesday night to view the best viral cat videos the Internet has to offer.
    Cat lovers from around the world turned out in the thousands to pack the Grandstand at the great Minnesota get together on Wednesday night to view the best viral cat videos the Internet has to offer.
  • VIRAL OUTRAGE: Parents deluged with calls, 'disgusted' over toddler bullying video

    Parents: Race not a factor in 'disgusting' bullying video

    Tuesday, August 27 2013 6:08 PM EDT2013-08-27 22:08:04 GMT
    It's becoming a common problem -- kids behave badly, record it on cell phones, and post the unruly acts online; however, one video showing two girls picking on a 3-year-old has two families answering dozens of calls.
    It's becoming a common problem -- kids behave badly, record it on cell phones, and post the unruly acts online; however, one video showing two girls picking on a 3-year-old has two families answering dozens of calls.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: What are the legal risks to business uses?

    SOCIAL MEDIA: What are the legal risks to business uses?

    Thursday, August 15 2013 12:37 AM EDT2013-08-15 04:37:44 GMT
    Social media has the potential to help any business grow, but using the technology can create legal liabilities. FOX 9 News spoke with Michael Cohen, attorney at law, to get some clarification.
    Social media has the potential to help any business grow, but using the technology can create legal liabilities. FOX 9 News spoke with Michael Cohen, attorney at law, to get some clarification.
  • VIDEO: UFOs seen over Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis?

    VIDEO: UFOs seen over Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis?

    Wednesday, August 14 2013 9:30 PM EDT2013-08-15 01:30:45 GMT
    Video of two objects moving and hovering above downtown Minneapolis is kindling curiosity and sparking a debate online over what type of aircraft were involved and whether they were man-made.
    Video of two objects moving and hovering above downtown Minneapolis is kindling curiosity and sparking a debate online over what type of aircraft were involved and whether they were man-made.
  • MOON WALK: Do Americans appreciate the achievement?

    MOON WALK: Do Americans appreciate the achievement?

    Monday, July 22 2013 12:26 AM EDT2013-07-22 04:26:23 GMT
    This weekend marked the 44th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon -- but do the younger generations appreciate what the technological achievement meant?
    This weekend marked the 44th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon -- but do the younger generations appreciate what the technological achievement meant?
  • License plates scanned, but who's getting the metadata?

    License plates scanned, but who's getting the metadata?

    Wednesday, July 17 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-07-17 13:21:44 GMT
    Anyone who drives past a police squad may have been tracked without knowing it, and the scanners that record a car's license plate are raising important questions about the balance between public safety and privacy.
    Anyone who drives past a police squad may have been tracked without knowing it, and the scanners that record a car's license plate are raising important questions about the balance between public safety and privacy.
  • Twitter turns 7, continues to evolve

    Twitter turns 7, continues to evolve

    Monday, July 15 2013 11:13 PM EDT2013-07-16 03:13:46 GMT
    The social media site Twitter celebrated its seventh birthday on Monday, and in that time, the micro-blogging site has grown into a world-wide news feed.
    The social media site Twitter celebrated its seventh birthday on Monday, and in that time, the micro-blogging site has grown into a world-wide news feed.
  • MnDOT app to help drivers navigate Minn. roads

    MnDOT app to help drivers navigate Minn. roads

    Information about Minnesota highway construction, crashes and other road incidents is now just a swipe of your smart phone away with a new app from the state Department of Transportation.
    Information about Minnesota highway construction, crashes and other road incidents is now just a swipe of your smart phone away with a new app from the state Department of Transportation.
  • Facebook unveils Graph Search to wider audience

    Facebook unveils Graph Search to wider audience

    Monday, July 8 2013 3:35 PM EDT2013-07-08 19:35:16 GMT
    If you've been a Facebook member for several years -- or if you simply have a lot of friends -- chances are, many of your memories, photos, comments and likes have been buried and forgotten. Until now.
    If you've been a Facebook member for several years -- or if you simply have a lot of friends -- chances are, many of your memories, photos, comments and likes have been buried and forgotten. Until now.
  • Texting 911 does not work in Minnesota

    Texting 911 does not work in Minnesota

    Friday, June 28 2013 3:07 PM EDT2013-06-28 19:07:21 GMT
    If you need help, do not text 911. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is stating that the technology to text 911 is not available in most of the U.S., including Minnesota.
    If you need help, do not text 911. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is stating that the technology to text 911 is not available in most of the U.S., including Minnesota.
  • 3D PRINTING: Functionality for the future

    3D PRINTING: Functionality for the future

    Friday, June 28 2013 12:28 AM EDT2013-06-28 04:28:58 GMT
    Anything you can imagine from toys to artificial limbs can be printed with consumer 3D printers – they're all the rage among artists and hobbyists. Now, a local company is looking to expand its consumer base.
    Anything you can imagine from toys to artificial limbs can be printed with consumer 3D printers – they're all the rage among artists and hobbyists. Now, a local company is looking to expand its consumer base.
  • HOME HOTSPOTS? Comcast to revamp metro routers

    HOME HOTSPOTS? Comcast to revamp metro routers

    Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:31:19 GMT
    With the proliferation of mobile devices, most people often look for wi-fi hotspots. Now, cable giant Comcast hopes to make it easier for its customers by making home routers accessible to others.
    With the proliferation of mobile devices, most people often look for wi-fi hotspots. Now, cable giant Comcast hopes to make it easier for its customers by making home routers accessible to others.
  • SMARTPHONE SAFETY: Thefts surge nationwide, kill-switch urged

    SMARTPHONE SAFETY: Thefts surge nationwide, kill-switch urged

    Thursday, June 13 2013 8:11 PM EDT2013-06-14 00:11:01 GMT
    Smartphone thefts are surging across the country, and top prosecutors in New York City and San Francisco are calling on providers to implement industry-wide kill switch technology to make pilfered phones worthless.
    Smartphone thefts are surging across the country, and top prosecutors in New York City and San Francisco are calling on providers to implement industry-wide kill switch technology to make pilfered phones worthless.
  • SF, NY prosecutors push for anti-phone theft moves

    SF, NY prosecutors push for anti-phone theft moves

    Thursday, June 13 2013 12:52 PM EDT2013-06-13 16:52:19 GMT
    The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York planned Thursday to an attempt to thwart a surge in smartphone thefts.
    The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York planned Thursday to announce the formation of a nationwide initiative and coalition of police, prosecutors and other officials in an attempt to thwart a surge in smartphone thefts.
  • Local manufacturer offers apprenticeships for valuable STEM careers

    Local manufacturer offers apprenticeships for valuable STEM careers

    Thursday, June 13 2013 10:14 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:14:55 GMT
    A business owner in Fridley, Minn. says a college degree isn't necessarily the only path to success -- his company offers apprenticeships that can launch employees into a lucrative career.
    A business owner in Fridley, Minn. says a college degree isn't necessarily the only path to success -- his company offers apprenticeships that can launch employees into a lucrative career.
  • AAA: Hands-free technology is most dangerous driving distraction

    AAA: Hands-free technology is most dangerous driving distraction

    Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:10 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:10:48 GMT
    Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.
    Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.
  • IDENTITY THEFT: Online bandits target small businesses too

    IDENTITY THEFT: Online bandits target small businesses too

    Monday, June 10 2013 9:38 PM EDT2013-06-11 01:38:26 GMT
    It's important to protect your personal identity from thieves, but one Minnesota business owner found out the hard way that brands can also be targeted through social media scams.
    It's important to protect your personal identity from thieves, but one Minnesota business owner found out the hard way that brands can also be targeted through social media scams.
  • ONLINE RISKS: Expect social media surge over summer

    ONLINE RISKS: Expect social media surge over summer

    Friday, June 7 2013 12:58 AM EDT2013-06-07 04:58:48 GMT
    Summer break means most kids will be keeping in touch with friends online, but parents should know that there are some risky apps that could allow strangers to get sensitive information from children.
    Summer break means most kids will be keeping in touch with friends online, but parents should know that there are some risky apps that could allow strangers to get sensitive information from children.
  • PHONE SURVEILLANCE: Privacy vs. national security

    PHONE SURVEILLANCE: Privacy vs. national security

    Thursday, June 6 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-06-07 02:39:58 GMT
    Like it or not, the government has most likely accessed your phone records. The National Security Agency is secretly collecting millions of records under a top-secret court order.
    Like it or not, the government has most likely accessed your phone records. The National Security Agency is secretly collecting the phone records of millions of American AT&T, Sprint and Verizon customers under a top-secret court order.
  • NSA collecting phone records for millions of Verizon customers, report says

    NSA collecting phone records for millions of Verizon customers, report says

    Thursday, June 6 2013 10:05 PM EDT2013-06-07 02:05:20 GMT
    The Obama administration has been collecting the phone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a British newspaper report.
    The Obama administration has been collecting the phone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a British newspaper report.
  • Cheerios ad sparks YouTube clash

    Cheerios ad features interracial couple, sparks YouTube clash

    Monday, June 3 2013 11:30 AM EDT2013-06-03 15:30:55 GMT
    A Cheerios ad featuring an interracial couple that sparked serious controversy on YouTube brings up an important question: To what extent can a brand manage its reputation on the Internet?
    A Cheerios ad featuring an interracial couple that sparked serious controversy on YouTube brings up an important question: To what extent can a brand manage its reputation on the Internet?
  • TO YELL OR NOT TO YELL? Twitter study says loud wins out over facts

    TO YELL OR NOT TO YELL? Twitter study says loud wins out over facts

    Friday, May 31 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-05-31 04:05:21 GMT
    To yell or not to yell? That is the question when it comes to winning an argument online -- especially in the realm of sports. A new study suggests being confident and loud may be the best way to win.
    To yell or not to yell? That is the question when it comes to winning an argument online -- especially in the realm of sports. A new study suggests being confident and loud may be the best way to win a debate -- even if you don't have your facts straight.
  • Looking for work? Keep social media sites clean

    Looking for work? Keep social media sites clean

    Thursday, May 30 2013 10:52 PM EDT2013-05-31 02:52:49 GMT
    Social media seems pretty ubiquitous these days, but if you think friends and family members are the only ones checking you out online, think again. Companies often use it to make hiring decisions.
    Social media seems pretty ubiquitous these days, but if you think friends and family members are the only ones checking you out online, think again. Companies often use it to make hiring decisions.
  • Vet seeks photos of Minn. peers killed in Vietnam

    Vet seeks photos of Minn. peers killed in Vietnam

    Monday, May 27 2013 6:16 PM EDT2013-05-27 22:16:31 GMT
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    An Army veteran from St. Cloud is on a mission to track down the photographs of more than 500 Minnesota service members killed in Vietnam.
    An Army veteran from St. Cloud is on a mission to track down the photographs of more than 500 Minnesota service members killed in Vietnam.
  • Red Cross apps help mobilize before, after disaster

    Red Cross apps help people prepare for, respond to disaster

    Thursday, May 23 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:54:37 GMT
    Pretty much everything can be done on a smart phone these days, so why not make an app that makes it easy to help those in need? Turns out, the Red Cross already has.
    Pretty much everything can be done on a smart phone these days, so why not make an app that makes it easy to help those in need? Turns out, the Red Cross already has.
  • Texting teen drivers 5x more likely to drink and drive

    Texting teen drivers 5x more likely to drink and drive

    Monday, May 13 2013 1:21 PM EDT2013-05-13 17:21:08 GMT
    Teens who reported texting while driving were more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol and not wearing a seat belt.
    Teens who reported texting while driving were more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol and not wearing a seat belt, according to new research released Monday by the journal Pediatrics.
  • Minnesota State Patrol to post DWI arrests on Twitter

    Minnesota State Patrol to post DWI arrests on Twitter

    Thursday, May 9 2013 3:06 PM EDT2013-05-09 19:06:57 GMT
    The Minnesota State Patrol is hoping a social media shaming of drivers arrested for DWI during the fishing opener weekend will help prevent drunk driving.
    The Minnesota State Patrol is hoping a social media shaming of drivers arrested for DWI during the fishing opener weekend will help prevent drunk driving.
  • TORNADO SEASON: NWS to debut more descriptive, graphic warnings

    TORNADO SEASON: NWS to debut more descriptive, graphic warnings

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-08 03:02:51 GMT
    It's not uncommon for tornado sirens to be heard on one side of the county while it's clear and dry on the other, but the National Weather Service is about to change the way warnings are issued.
    It's not uncommon for tornado sirens to be heard on one side of the county while it's clear and dry on the other, but the National Weather Service is about to change the way warnings are issued.
  • Campaign challenges kids to go screen-free

    Campaign challenges kids to go screen-free

    Monday, April 29 2013 2:05 PM EDT2013-04-29 18:05:00 GMT
    Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is challenging kids around the country to step away from their screens.
    Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is challenging kids around the country to step away from their screens.
  • AP Twitter hack swings stock market

    AP Twitter hack swings stock market

    Tuesday, April 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-04-23 20:20:49 GMT
    Hackers compromised Twitter accounts of The Associated Press on Tuesday, sending out a false tweet about an attack at the White House.
    Hackers compromised Twitter accounts of The Associated Press on Tuesday, sending out a false tweet about an attack at the White House.
  • CINNAMON CHALLENGE: Doctors warn lung damage is no joke

    CINNAMON CHALLENGE: Doctors warn lung damage is no joke

    Monday, April 22 2013 10:27 PM EDT2013-04-23 02:27:50 GMT
    It's a popular stunt popping up on YouTube -- swallow a spoonful of cinnamon and get a laugh as you cough, but doctors say the so-called "cinnamon challenge" isn't a harmless dare.

    It's a popular stunt popping up on YouTube -- swallow a spoonful of cinnamon and get a laugh as you cough and hurry for a glass of water, but doctors say the so-called "cinnamon challenge" isn't a harmless dare.

  • Stillwater prison inmates repair donated computers for Minn. schools

    Stillwater prison inmates repair donated computers for Minn. schools

    Wednesday, April 17 2013 4:12 PM EDT2013-04-17 20:12:40 GMT
    While most companies see a pile of outdated computers as useless and destined for the nearest landfill, Stillwater Prison is proving they still have a lot of value.
    While most companies see a pile of outdated computers as useless and destined for the nearest landfill, Stillwater Prison is proving they still have a lot of value.
  • Rep. Keith Ellison to host U.S. drone policy forum

    Rep. Keith Ellison to host U.S. drone policy forum

    Wednesday, April 3 2013 9:24 AM EDT2013-04-03 13:24:30 GMT
    Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) is set to host an open forum Wednesday on U.S. drone policy improvement.
    Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) is set to host an open forum Wednesday on U.S. drone policy improvement.
  • Students flex brains in robotics competition

    Students flex brains in robotics competition

    Sunday, March 31 2013 9:26 AM EDT2013-03-31 13:26:15 GMT
    The 10,000 Lakes Robotics Competition allows 2,500 diverse students to compete in a varsity sport that requires more brains than muscle.
    The 10,000 Lakes Robotics Competition allows 2,500 diverse students to compete in a varsity sport that requires more brains than muscle.
  • Heads up, space fans! Angry Birds roosting at NASA

    Heads up, space fans! Angry Birds roosting at NASA

    Monday, March 25 2013 11:23 AM EDT2013-03-25 15:23:35 GMT
    NASA invited Angry Birds to the Kennedy Space Center for the next 1 1/2 years in an effort to lure youngsters to the cosmic wonders of math and science.
    NASA invited Angry Birds to the Kennedy Space Center for the next 1 1/2 years in an effort to lure youngsters to the cosmic wonders of math and science.
  • In 7 years of Twitter, communication trends change

    In 7 years of Twitter, communication trends change

    Wednesday, March 20 2013 10:09 PM EDT2013-03-21 02:09:13 GMT
    The popular social networking site Twitter will turn seven on Thursday, and there can be no doubt that it has changed the way people communicate -- 140 characters at a time.
    The popular social networking site Twitter will turn seven on Thursday, and there can be no doubt that it has changed the way people communicate -- 140 characters at a time.
  • DIGITAL DIETS: Experts recommend rehab to reality

    DIGITAL DIETS: Experts recommend rehab to reality

    Tuesday, March 19 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-03-20 00:39:48 GMT
    Whether it's non-stop texting or constantly checking Facebook and Twitter, more and more people are spending more and more time on their smart phones -- and some experts say it's going too far.
    Whether it's non-stop texting or constantly checking Facebook and Twitter, more and more people are spending more and more time on their smart phones -- and some experts say it's going too far.
  • INTERVIEW: 1 in 4 teens are 'cell-mostly' Internet users

    1 in 4 teens are 'cell-mostly' Internet users

    Thursday, March 14 2013 12:18 AM EDT2013-03-14 04:18:48 GMT
    As can be expected, more kids than ever are getting their first cell phone in the ages between 12 and 17, but what are the unintended consequence of this?
    As can be expected, more kids than ever are getting their first cell phone in the ages between 12 and 17, but what are the unintended consequence of this?
  • SUICIDE PREVENTION: Minn. lawmakers consider statewide text hotline

    Minn. lawmakers consider text suicide hotline

    Wednesday, March 13 2013 7:07 PM EDT2013-03-13 23:07:22 GMT
    Following the success of a pilot program in Carlton County, Minnesota lawmakers are considering a statewide text message suicide prevention program.
    Following the success of a pilot program in Carlton County, Minnesota lawmakers are considering a statewide text message suicide prevention program.
  • Tesla eyes Minnesota's electric car market

    Tesla eyes Minnesota's electric car market

    Wednesday, March 13 2013 11:11 AM EDT2013-03-13 15:11:50 GMT
    California-based Tesla Motors looks to open direct-to-consumer electric car stores in Edina and at the Mall of America.
    California-based Tesla Motors looks to open direct-to-consumer electric car stores in Edina and at the Mall of America.
  • How Facebook 'Likes' can reveal your private secrets

    How Facebook 'Likes' can reveal your private secrets

    Tuesday, March 12 2013 11:44 AM EDT2013-03-12 15:44:16 GMT
    Facebook said last year that roughly 2.7 billion new likes pour out onto the Internet every day - endorsing everything from pop stars to soda pop.
    Facebook said last year that roughly 2.7 billion new likes pour out onto the Internet every day - endorsing everything from pop stars to soda pop. That means an ever-expanding pool of data available to marketers, managers, and just about anyone else interested in users' inner lives, especially those who aren't careful about their privacy settings.
  • Switch your carrier, keep your phone

    Switch your carrier, keep your phone

    Tuesday, March 5 2013 2:14 PM EST2013-03-05 19:14:29 GMT
    The Obama administration and the FCC announced they will urge Congress to overturn a ruling last year that made it illegal for consumers to switch their cell phone carrier while keeping the phone.
    The Obama administration and the FCC announced they will urge Congress to overturn a ruling last year that made it illegal for consumers to switch their cell phone carrier while keeping the phone.
  • HARLEM SHAKE: Suspensions highlight need for social media policies

    HARLEM SHAKE: Suspensions highlight need for social media policies

    Tuesday, February 26 2013 11:48 PM EST2013-02-27 04:48:47 GMT
    An outside investigation into the "Harlem Shake" suspensions at Mound-Westonka High School is just beginning, and experts say the incident shows schools need social media policies.
    An outside investigation into the "Harlem Shake" suspensions at Mound-Westonka High School is just beginning, but the conversation isn't quelled and experts say the incident shows schools need social media policies.
  • SLEEP TEXTING? Doctors report rise in cases

    SLEEP TEXTING? Doctors report rise in cases

    Monday, February 25 2013 11:42 PM EST2013-02-26 04:42:47 GMT
    Sleep walking and sleep talking are issues that plague many, but doctors say people are also beginning to use technology to text or Tweet while they sleep.
    Sleep walking and sleep talking are issues that plague many, but doctors say people are also beginning to use technology to text or Tweet while they sleep.
  • Vikings to conduct social media surveillance on future players

    Vikings to conduct social media surveillance on future players

    Friday, February 22 2013 8:19 AM EST2013-02-22 13:19:16 GMT
    The Minnesota Vikings are currently looking for new talent in Indianapolis, but one player in particular is prompting some changes in the way teams evaluate hot prospects.
    The Minnesota Vikings are currently looking for new talent in Indianapolis, but one player in particular is prompting some changes in the way teams evaluate hot prospects.
  • Minneapolis teen awarded for leading police to AMBER Alert suspect

    Minneapolis teen awarded for leading police to AMBER Alert suspect

    Thursday, February 21 2013 10:05 PM EST2013-02-22 03:05:55 GMT
    Police credit one Minneapolis teen's quick thinking -- and quick dialing -- with helping them safely locate an abducted child and the suspect in his disappearance on Wednesday.
    Police credit one Minneapolis teen's quick thinking -- and quick dialing -- with helping them safely locate an abducted child and the suspect in his disappearance on Wednesday.
  • Carver County schools get Wi-Fi buses rolling

    Carver County schools get Wi-Fi buses rolling

    Thursday, February 21 2013 12:45 AM EST2013-02-21 05:45:17 GMT
    High school students have a lot of homework, but one metro school district is putting technology and transportation together to help traveling students get things done on the road.
    High school students have a lot of homework, but one metro school district is putting technology and transportation together to help traveling students get things done on the road.
  • EMERGENCY ALERTS: Cell phones abuzz with wireless AMBER Alert info

    EMERGENCY ALERTS: Cell phones abuzz with wireless info

    Wednesday, February 20 2013 10:52 PM EST2013-02-21 03:52:38 GMT
    The minute the AMBER Alert was issued on Wednesday, cell phones across the state started buzzing, marking the first time an emergency alert of this type went wireless.
    The minute the AMBER Alert was issued on Wednesday, cell phones across the state started buzzing, marking the first time an emergency alert of this type went wireless.
  • INTERNET ADDICTION: Withdrawal symptoms similar to drug users'

    INTERNET ADDICTION: Withdrawal symptoms similar to drug users'

    Wednesday, February 20 2013 8:19 PM EST2013-02-21 01:19:27 GMT
    Internet addiction is a growing problem in America and a new study found that for those who spend so much time online it starts to disrupt their life, trying to quit can result in withdrawal symptoms.
    Internet addiction is a growing problem in America and a new study found that for those who spend so much time online it starts to disrupt their life, trying to quit can result in withdrawal symptoms.
  • Expelled for Facebook comments, man sues Brainerd college

    Expelled for Facebook comments, man sues Brainerd college

    Monday, February 18 2013 4:31 PM EST2013-02-18 21:31:16 GMT
    A man has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Brainerd's Central Lakes College after he says he was expelled for a Facebook post.
    A man has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Brainerd's Central Lakes College after he says he was expelled for a Facebook post.
  • Investigators: Reservations over Yelp reviews

    Investigators: Reservations over Yelp reviews

    Thursday, February 14 2013 8:55 AM EST2013-02-14 13:55:13 GMT
    Many people turn to the Internet to get reviews on restaurants before deciding to dine there, but some local complaints about Yelp.com have some expressing reservations about using the site.
    Many people turn to the Internet to get reviews on restaurants before deciding to dine there, but some local complaints about Yelp.com have some expressing reservations about using the site.
  • Facebook Graph Search: What's the big deal?

    Facebook Graph Search: What's the big deal?

    Wednesday, February 13 2013 11:17 AM EST2013-02-13 16:17:29 GMT
    Facebook Graph Search will give users an easier way to find pictures of friends, reviews on restaurants your friends like or didn't like, friends who like certain TV shows or movies, and other info.
    Facebook Graph Search will give users an easier way to find pictures of friends, reviews on restaurants your friends like or didn't like, friends who like certain TV shows or movies, and other information.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Clues to the crime?

    SOCIAL MEDIA: Clues to the crime?

    Tuesday, February 12 2013 12:28 AM EST2013-02-12 05:28:01 GMT
    Millions of people send messages and post pictures on Facebook, but those posts are proving to be pretty handy for police during investigations.
    Millions of people send messages and post pictures on Facebook, but those posts are proving to be pretty handy for police during investigations.
  • Investigators: Smartphone Secrets

    Investigators: Smartphone Secrets

    Thursday, February 7 2013 10:15 AM EST2013-02-07 15:15:55 GMT
    Have you ever sold an old smart phone after wiping all your private information from it? Many have, but the FOX 9 Investigators found there are still ways to recover those secrets.
    Have you ever sold an old smart phone after wiping all your private information from it? Many have, but the FOX 9 Investigators found there are still ways to recover those secrets.
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