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  • How to protect your Android phone from the Gooligan virus

    How to protect your Android phone from the Gooligan virus

    Cybersecurity experts are warning that a new type of malicious software known as Gooligan has infected more than 1 million Android devices worldwide and is spreading at a rate of 13,000 devices a day. The malware has the ability to affect Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive and related services....

  • State Farm files lawsuit to block historic rollback in insurance rates

    State Farm files lawsuit to block historic rollback in insurance rates

    Last month, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones ordered more than $100 million in refunds for nearly 2 million State Farm policy owners, alleging the company charged excessive rates for its homeowners and renters insurance. It apparently was the first such refund approved since California’s...

  • The SoftBank investment Trump touted looks pretty great for SoftBank

    The SoftBank investment Trump touted looks pretty great for SoftBank

    When President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Japanese corporate giant SoftBank had agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. and create 50,000 new jobs, he presented it as a triumph for American workers. But economists and analysts who have been scrutinizing the announcement suggest...

  • SunPower to cut 2,500 jobs amid struggles in the solar industry

    SunPower to cut 2,500 jobs amid struggles in the solar industry

    A San Jose solar company announced plans Wednesday to cut 2,500 jobs, including about 200 in California, as part of an effort to restructure operations and reduce expenses. Most of SunPower Corp.’s layoffs, which represent 25% of its workforce, are expected to come from its operations in the Philippines,...

  • Trump's Carrier jobs triumph looks more like a sham every day

    Trump's Carrier jobs triumph looks more like a sham every day

    I was taking some time off last week, when Donald Trump announced his big rescue of jobs at a Carrier furnace factory in Indianapolis, so I’ve needed a few days to catch up. One thing was clear even on Dec. 1, when Trump made his announcement on the scene, and has become even clearer with every...

  • American Apparel sets date for auctioning off its business

    American Apparel sets date for auctioning off its business

    American Apparel set the date for the bankruptcy auction of its manufacturing, retail and wholesale business, likely delaying layoffs slated to affect as many as 3,457 employees in Southern California.  The Los Angeles clothier, which in November filed for bankruptcy for the second time, told workers...

  • Heat on ice: Dodge Challenger GT goes AWD

    Heat on ice: Dodge Challenger GT goes AWD

    Just in time for winter, Dodge has unveiled an all-wheel-drive version of its Challenger GT. The resulting vehicle, capable of baking up endless amounts of snow donuts, will retail for just under $35,000. Dodge calls the new vehicle “the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupe.”...

  • SpaceX now hopes to return to flight in January, not this month

    SpaceX now hopes to return to flight in January, not this month

    SpaceX said it is now targeting early January for its first flight after a September explosion that destroyed one of its Falcon 9 rockets. The Elon Musk-led company said in a statement Wednesday that it is “finalizing the investigation” into the explosion and is “working to complete the final steps...

  • Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on Jan. 20

    Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on Jan. 20

    About a decade after the Main Street Electrical Parade left Disneyland, the cavalcade of lights and music is scheduled to return to the Anaheim park starting Jan. 20 and running until June 18. The Electrical Parade was a fan favorite at Disneyland from 1972 until 1996. For the last six years, the...

  • Instagram is the latest social media firm to tweak its app in an attempt to prevent harassment

    Instagram is the latest social media firm to tweak its app in an attempt to prevent harassment

    Instagram on Tuesday announced policy changes intended to combat online bullying that has, for some users, turned the photo-sharing service into a platform for harassment. Kevin Systrom, co-founder and chief executive of Instagram, said the social network is rolling out three features that give users...

  • SeaWorld eliminates hundreds of jobs

    SeaWorld eliminates hundreds of jobs

    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. announced Tuesday that it is eliminating 320 jobs, part of an ongoing effort to sharply cut its costs. In Southern California, about 60 employees will be laid off, according to a notice filed Tuesday with the California Employment Development Department. The affected...

  • Roman Polanski extradition request rejected by Poland's top court

    Roman Polanski extradition request rejected by Poland's top court

    Director Roman Polanski scored a key legal victory in Poland on Tuesday when the country’s top court rejected an extradition request from the U.S. stemming from the filmmaker’s 1977 Los Angeles case in which he pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor. The Polish Supreme Court in Warsaw ruled...

  • Trump takes credit for SoftBank CEO's pledge to invest $50 billion in the U.S.

    Trump takes credit for SoftBank CEO's pledge to invest $50 billion in the U.S.

    After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday, Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and “commit” to creating 50,000 new jobs over an unspecified time period. Son is the founder and chief executive of SoftBank, one of Japan's...

  • Justice Department approves Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America

    Justice Department approves Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America

    The Justice Department on Tuesday cleared the parent company of Alaska Airlines to buy Virgin America, but imposed some route-sharing conditions. The $2.6-billion purchase of Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America by Alaska Air Group, which will create the nation’s fifth largest domestic carrier, is...

  • Boeing to acquire ocean drone maker Liquid Robotics

    Boeing to acquire ocean drone maker Liquid Robotics

    Boeing Co. will acquire floating-drone maker Liquid Robotics, the aerospace giant said Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Based in Sunnyvale, Liquid Robotics developed the Wave Glider, a surfboard-shaped drone that floats on the ocean surface and collects data, propelling itself for...

  • Can R-rated 'Office Christmas Party' unseat Disney's 'Moana' at the box office?

    Can R-rated 'Office Christmas Party' unseat Disney's 'Moana' at the box office?

    Youth-oriented fantasies like “Moana,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and “Doctor Strange” have dominated the box office the last few weeks, but now there’s a chance for misbehaving adults to climb the charts.  “Office Christmas Party,” a raunchy R-rated comedy from Paramount Pictures...

  • Parents, put the phone down — after you read this

    Parents, put the phone down — after you read this

    OK, kids, a quick moment to gloat: As it turns out, it’s not just you; it’s us parents too. We just can’t stop staring at screens. That’s the result of a new national survey suggesting that parents spend nine hours a day plugged into tech, with only an hour and a half of it dedicated to work and...

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  • Growing up with elevators and escalators (Infographic)

    Just as the urban spaces we live in today have changed dramatically in the past 30 years, the cities of tomorrow will look very different than the cities of today. Buildings are rising taller than ever to accommodate growing urban population.

  • Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening

    Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening

    You engaged in spring cleaning and organization earlier this year, but with the holidays approaching, your home office could probably stand a bit of freshening up. Fall is the perfect time to make sure your office is a well-equipped and appealing workspace that boosts your efficiency and productivity....

  • Co-working trend shows working from home isn't right for every small business person

    Co-working trend shows working from home isn't right for every small business person

    Working from home seems like a professional dream for many, but sometimes your home isn't the optimum place to do business. Perhaps you've outgrown your home office or your startup requires a more professional atmosphere for client meetings. Maybe you crave the kind of personal interaction that's...

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