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NY Program Uses Phone Calls, Text Messages to Teach English

By Deepti Hajela | Dec 2
A unique pilot English language learning program offered by New York state that works through phone calls and text messages.

Drake is Spotify's Most Streamed Artist of the Year Globally

By Mesfin Fekadu | Dec 1
Spotify users are clearly listening to Drake. The rapper was the most streamed artist of the year globally.

Don't Get Grinched by Cybercrime During the Holiday Season

By Bree Fowler | Dec 1
Online fraud spikes during the holiday shopping season, as people searching for the perfect gifts take to cyberspace and head to traditional stores armed with their smartphones.

Cyber Monday Sales Still On Top, But Losing Luster

By Mae Anderson | Nov 30
Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster.

Social Media Helps Drive Historic Cuban Exodus to U.S.

By Michael Weissenstein | Nov 30
As summer began to bake the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus, Elio Alvarez and Lideisy Hernandez sold their tiny apartment and everything in it for $5,000 and joined the largest migration from their homeland in decades.

Why Government and Tech Can't Agree About Encryption

By Bree Fowler and Tami Abdollah | Nov 28
Your phone is getting better and better at protecting your privacy. But Uncle Sam isn't totally comfortable with that, because it's also complicating the work of tracking criminals and potential national-security threats.

Streaming Channels, the Gifts That Keep on Giving

By Lynn Elber | Nov 28
Looking for a holiday present that's a perfect fit, procrastinator-friendly and a constant reminder of your generosity? Consider a gift subscription to one of the abundance of streaming choices that range from mainstream to niche.

Urban Students Grow Food at Los Angeles School Garden

By Amy Taxin | Nov 28
Elizabeth Castro had never tasted beets or kumquats before she joined an after-school gardening program at her inner-city Los Angeles high school.

College Programs Turning to Virtual Reality for Recruiting

By John Marshall | Nov 27
College football teams have been using virtual reality as a training tool, putting players in an interactive 360-degree environment without having to be on the field.

Samsung's Gear VR Shows the Promise of VR -- Today

By Anick Jesdanun | Nov 27
Samsung makes history of a sort Friday by launching the first major consumer-oriented virtual-reality headset. And its Gear VR headset is pretty impressive as first-generation devices go.

After Years of Delays, Palestinians Get High-Speed Mobile

By Mohammed Daraghmeh and Daniella Cheslow | Nov 26
Political science lecturer Amjad Abu el-Ez lived in London and Dubai for 17 years before returning home in 2014 to teach in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Lets Female Employees Review Workplaces

Nov 26
The site is being called the Yelp for maternity leave benefits.

College's Holiday Break Starts Early After Social Media Hate Speech

By Dona Gordon Blankinship | Nov 25
After a racist thread on social media sparked outrage on a quiet Washington state campus, college officials sent students home a day early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Give the Gift of Tech: Built-In Charging Bags & Wallets

By Leane Italie | Nov 25
There are so many ways to charge a cell phone these days, what with all the portable gizmos and cases out there. So why are we still whining?

Give the Gift of Tech Charging Built into Bags, Wallets

By Leanne Italie | Nov 25
This gift-giving season brings a selection of handbags, wallets and backpacks that have charging tech built in. Consider one of these for just the right power-challenged recipient who appreciates a touch of style

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