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IN THE NEWS: COMPUTERIZED CARS COMING YOUR WAY SOON?
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Will computerized car be coming to a garage or driveway near you soon? Depends on who you ask. A new study suggests the idea of a car that can drive itself would be great on many levels. The study says it can eliminate most traffic deaths, cut down on congestion _ and provide tens of billions of dollars in economic benefits. While most agree that computerized cars can be helpful, there are obstacles that keep them on the drawing board and not in driveways right now. While the cars won't drink and drive, do drugs, get distracted, run red lights or tailgate _ they do cost a lot to make. The add-ons for sensors, software and engineering can cost more than $100,000 per vehicle. There are also questions over whether the public will accept a self-driven car, who might be held liable in the event there is an accident _ and whether the computers needed to run the vehicles can be made hack-proof.
IN THE NEWS: AARON'S SETTLES OVER COMPUTER SPYWARE CASE
UNDATED (AP) _ Most people know buying technology, furniture or other items from places that rent by the week isn't the best deal you can find. But now one of those companies is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over something a lot of people didn't know: that Aaron's had been using spyware on computers that secretly monitored consumers by taking web cam pictures of them in their homes. The FTC has settled with the Atlanta-based rental firm. In a news release, the FTC says Aaron's will be barred from using spyware from now on. The company didn't admit or deny the allegations _ and it has claimed the individual franchisees were responsible for installing the spyware, though the Feds dispute that, too.
ON THE WEB: CONDOR CAM
CYBERSPACE (AP) _ It's a way to set your eyes on the largest birds in North America _ while sitting with your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. A solar-powered ``condor cam'' has been nestled in the hills of Big Sur, on the Central California coast. The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/1a9WmJh ) the live-streaming camera went online Monday. It already has captured video of the birds feeding and preening in the wild. There are only about 430 of the massive, vulture-like birds alive in the world today.
Condor Cam site: http://www.ventanaws.org
IN STORES: APPLE ANNOUNCES NEW iPADS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ New iPads _ and a new swipe at rival Microsoft. That's the takeaway from the latest Apple product reveal. As expected, the company has retooled its lineup of tablet computers. The new cleanup hitter is the iPad Air. It's thinner, lighter and faster running than the original models. Apple is also souping up the iPad Mini. It will have a faster microprocessor _ and get the retina display that the latest generation of iPads have boasted. Apple is trying to hold on to its market share as a growing number of players are edging into the tablet arena it helped launch when it released the first iPad. Meanwhile, Apple is trying to step up the pressure on computer makers that run Microsoft's Windows. Apple is coming out with new MacBook Pros _ that cost between 9 and 13 per cent less than previous versions. On top of that, Apple will give away its latest Mac operating system _ Maverick _ for free. It will also throw in free software, including the equivalent of the Microsoft Office suite. Tech analysts say Apple's OS and software giveaways will force lower PC prices and raise expectations among computer buyers that they should get such software for free going forward.
Apple site: http://www.apple.com