Stories by Zach Miners

Movie industry yells 'Cut!' on wearables in theaters

The dictum, "Please turn off all cell phones" at your local movie theater may soon be expanded to include Google Glass, smartwatches, GoPros, life-logging cameras, and a cast of thousands of other wearables.

Facebook: US$15 billion of WhatsApp's value is based on what it could be

Facebook has revealed a little more about what compelled it to spend close to US$19 billion earlier this year to buy mobile messaging service WhatsApp -- a deal that had many scratching their heads at the huge sum.

Google's new Fit app plays well with Strava, Runkeeper and others

Google is aiming to keep its users healthy -- and away from Apple -- with a new app that takes a broader view of fitness tracking.

Bing lets you dig behind the smiley face with emoji search

Bing now supports searches with emoji, meaning you can insert or paste a range of emoji icons like hearts, smiley faces, food graphics, or any combination thereof, for some interesting, though not always useful, results.

Twitter shares fall as user growth stalls

Twitter still has work to do to gain more users, and grow its ad sales in the process, judging from Wall Street's reaction to its latest financial results.

Startup arms cops with Internet-connected 'smart' guns

The Internet of Things has come to police guns.

Facebook hopes to get people talking -- using whatever name -- with Rooms app

Facebook is going old-school, with a stand-alone app for discussion boards aimed at letting users talk about shared interests without having to use their real names.

Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?

To identity Twitter solely as a micro-blogging service could be to do it a disservice. The company wants to be much more to developers building mobile apps, and at its Flight conference on Wednesday it welcomed them in.

Twitter brings log-in via phone number to wider app landscape with 'Fabric' platform

Twitter is opening its nest to more mobile developers, with a new service for easier app sign-ins.

Pew survey shows women bear brunt of online harassment

As much as the Internet provides a place to connect, it's also a haven for trolls, bullies, cyberthieves and wackos. Recent incidents targeting women, including GamerGate and the iCloud nude photo leak, have brought some of the issues to the fore.

Yahoo squeezes out some growth

Yahoo reported a 1 percent sales increase on Tuesday, a marked shift after multiple quarters of decline, though results in its critical ad business were mixed.

Your online TV watching is now being tracked across devices

Showing all viewers the same commercial six minutes into, say, an episode of "Modern Family" might soon be over. If you're watching it online.

Obama orders chip-and-PIN in government credit cards

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday to have secure chip-and-PIN technology embedded into government-issued credit and debit cards as part of a broader move aimed at stemming payment data breaches.

Snapchat rolling out non-'creepy' ads that still might get creepy

Ads are officially coming to Snapchat, in a form the company says is not "targeted," but Snapchat's own terms of service suggest it could do something very much like that.

Neil Young's Pono music store has more than 600K songs 'ingested', downloads are another matter

Neil Young says he is making progress toward filling his online Pono store with millions of high-fidelity music files. He's mum, though, on exactly when people can actually start downloading and listening.