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Air Force pilots refuse to fly F-22 over safety fears

WASHINGTON — Two F-22 pilots say they have stopped flying the US Air Force’s most advanced fighter jet because of safety fears over the aircraft’s oxygen system, according to a CBS television “60 Minutes” report. The F-22 Raptor was grounded last year after a spate of incidents with pilots suffering…

SpaceX to send unmanned cargo mission to ISS on May 19

WASHINGTON — SpaceX said Friday it will attempt to send a cargo-loaded spacecraft to the International Space Station on May 19 after a series of delays, the latest over software issues. “SpaceX and NASA are nearing completion of the software assurance process, and SpaceX is submitting a request to the…

Company’s ‘LaserSaber’ looks just like ‘Star Wars’ Jedi weapon

George Lucas might be about to sue somebody. A company called Wicked Lasers, which produces some of the most powerful consumer-level lasers available, began selling on Friday a special attachment for one of their latest creations that turns it into a “LaserSabre,” which looks suspiciously like the favorite weapon of…

Android expenses questioned at Oracle copyright trial

SAN FRANCISCO — Jurors on Thursday continued to weigh whether Android infringed on Java copyrights as the trial judge ordered Google to clarify how much money has been made or lost on the mobile gadget software. The order in the case pitting Internet titan Google against business software giant Oracle…

13 million Facebook users fail to use privacy controls

Many users of Facebook are unaware of the privacy risks from the massive social network site or fail to take adequate precautions, a report by Consumers Reports said Thursday. The report found nearly 13 million US Facebook users do not use, or are not aware of the site’s privacy controls.…

Activision uses convicted felon Oliver North to sell ‘Call of Duty’

Col. Oliver North, a man convicted on multiple counts during the Iran-Contra scandal — who by his own admission had a “fairly good relationship” with the brutal, drug-running Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega — is apparently the new frontman for Activision’s next “Call of Duty” game. In a video published this…

Apple forced to withdraw 4G iPad claims

Apple has been forced by the Advertising Standards Authority to withdraw claims in the UK that its new iPad has “4G capability” to join high-speed mobile broadband services – because there will be no services compatible with the device here. The UK joins Australia in banning the use of the…

Anti-SOPA leader Mozilla breaks with tech companies to oppose CISPA

Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, became this week the world’s loudest critic of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill that would give the National Security Agency (NSA) open access to Internet companies’ private user data. Mozilla, along with Reddit, Wikipedia and Google, led the…

2 million British homes face digital TV disruption due to cell phone interference

Nearly two million homes face disruption to their digital TV signal because of interference from new mobile services, with fears that a government help scheme to combat the problem will prove inadequate. About 1.9 million households – all with digital terrestrial TV service Freeview – will suffer interference from the…

Samsung and Apple have more than half the smartphone market

Samsung and Apple are eating up the smartphone market – which, in turn, is increasingly eating up the mobile phone market, according to new figures released by the research company IDC. In the first quarter of 2012, the two companies’ joint share of the smartphone market edged past 50% for…

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