Stories by Bree Fowler

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

Kids tablet makers shift to more mature, higher-end products

NEW YORK — Tablets designed just for kids are getting more sophisticated as they face increased competition from regular tablets.
By Bree Fowler

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

After the VTech hack, some tips on keeping your kids safe

After digital toymaker VTech's hack, how to ensure your kids' online safety.
By Bree Fowler

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Study cites cybercrime's rising costs to corporations

Amid rash of breaches, cost of cybercrime rising for companies in US and abroad, study shows.
By Bree Fowler

Monday, June 1, 2015

Intel buys chip company to aid its wireless reach

Intel is buying chip designer Altera for about $16.7 billion in cash to expand its reach into new chip markets that power the wireless revolution, smarter cars and more.
By Bree Fowler

Friday, May 22, 2015

MasterCard's settlement with Target fails to get bank support

NEW YORK - A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer's massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped.
By Bree Fowler

Friday, May 23, 2014

Visa, MasterCard renew push for chip cards

NEW YORK - Visa and MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards in the wake of recent high-profile data breaches.
By Bree Fowler

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Secret Service: It could take years to nab Target hackers

WASHINGTON - Secret Service investigators say it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal ...
By Bree Fowler

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What you need to know about Heartbleed

Here are answers to some common questions about Heartbleed and how you can protect yourself.
By Bree Fowler

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Target breach puts corporate tech execs under fire

NEW YORK - Hackers are putting top technology executives under pressure. And this week's departure of Target's chief information officer in the wake of the company's data breach has only ratcheted ...
By Bree Fowler

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Target hackers could have used business as back door

NEW YORK - The hackers who stole millions of customers' credit and debit card numbers from Target might have used a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration business as the back door to get ...
By Bree Fowler

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Kindle FreeTime offers parents peace of mind

NEW YORK - It's no secret that kids love tablets, but the devices also can get them into trouble. By the time my daughter turned 3, she knew how to pull up Sesame Street clips on YouTube and ...
By Bree Fowler

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Answers to some questions about the Target data breach

NEW YORK - With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers.
By Bree Fowler

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Surface great for work

New Surface tablets are great for work, but lack the fun and style of iPads and Android devices.
By Bree Fowler

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

Slimmer Kodak still aims to innovate

Kodak emerged from bankruptcy protection Tuesday vastly different from the company of old.
By Bree Fowler

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pinterest update cleaner, easier to manage

Pinterest, the popular link- and photo-sharing Web site, has rolled out an update.
By Bree Fowler

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Herbalife stock jumps on news of Icahn stake

Strictly business, nothing personal. That's how Carl Icahn characterizes the latest turn in his clash with fellow Wall Street titan William Ackman.
By Bree Fowler

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Android version of Google Maps leads way

Review: Google Maps for iPhone strong on directions, but lacks features of Android version
By Bree Fowler

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Avon will cut 1,500 jobs

The job cuts amount to almost 4 percent of Avon's workforce and mark one of the first major moves by CEO Sheri McCoy.
By Bree Fowler

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

Apple to make some Macs in U.S.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will move a Mac line home from China.
By Bree Fowler

Monday, Aug 6, 2012

Best Buy founder offers to buy company, take it private

Best Buy's co-founder is looking to make a buy of his own, offering to take the electronics seller private.
By Bree Fowler
 
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