The simple act of turning off the lights had become a hassle at Andrew Schmitt's high-tech condo. The 36-year-old had installed a bunch of Internet-connected devices that were supposed to make his habitat more automated and efficient.
A quarter here, a penny there and pretty soon all the loose change left in plastic bins at Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoints adds up to real money -- about $531,000 in fiscal 2012.
TDC A/S, Denmark’s biggest wireless carrier, joined Nordic rivals in calling for businesses to combine as falling prices in the region’s saturated market hurt earnings and hinder operators’ ability to invest.
Anyone who has survived a marathon phone session with an Internet service provider knows the frustration, not to mention the elevated stress level, associated with today’s automated world. In many cases, customer service has been supplanted by do-it-yourself phone menus and websites. In some cases, do-it-yourself beats doing it with a real person.
Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable technology company, was found by a federal jury not to infringe the patent of a 70-year-old electrical engineer who claims he came up with the idea for the smartphone.
Revelations that BBC TV host Jimmy Savile sexually abused hundreds of children have spurred anger across Britain. With voters enraged, Prime Minister David Cameron has made restricting access to pornography, and especially stamping out images of children, a signature issue.
Liberty Global Plc’s Austrian unit, UPC, and other Internet service providers can be forced to block access to sites that post copyright-infringing material, an adviser to the European Union’s highest court said.