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5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides....

Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry skiers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they've put a special emphasis on gear and equipment to keep people safe in case of avalanches....

Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images - or holograms - in daily life....

GoPro, NHL in deal to bring cameras closer to the action
NEW YORK (AP) -- GoPro has signed a deal with the NHL to bring its wearable cameras closer to the action on the ice and let viewers see games from the perspective of players and referees....

Viacom CEO's 2014 pay rises 19 percent to $44.3 million
NEW YORK (AP) -- Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman's pay climbed 19 percent to $44.3 million last year while the TV-and-film company's stock slumped and its earnings remained flat....

Got Battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix
NEW YORK (AP) -- At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?...

Verizon reports 4Q loss on pension costs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $2.23 billion, hurt by pension and severance costs....

Apple's Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models....

China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship
BEIJING (AP) -- China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday....

Online storage provider Box soars in Wall Street debut
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Box's shares soared 66 percent in their stock market debut Friday despite the online storage provider's decade-long history of losses, a showing that may encourage more unprofitable technology startups to go public this year....

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Viacom CEO's 2014 pay rises 19 percent to $44.3 million

China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship

Hutchison offers $15B for Telefonica's UK mobile phone unit

Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device

Apple's Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014

Obama seeks broader audience through YouTube personalities

Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

Got Battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix

T-Mobile to offer new phone deals to people with bad credit

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