The 16 biggest tech stories of 2016

Technology doesn't just change the world — it runs it.  In 2016, the algorithms, networks and slabs of glass and metal that make up today's digital tools had a direct impact on our lives in some very unexpected ways.  From Facebook's fake news problem to the Galaxy Note7 literally exploding, that impact wasn't always for the good, but there were also signs of hope thanks to the promise of virtual reality and driverless cars. Here are the biggest tech stories of 2016: 1 [...]

UCLA basketball is back, baby

Not long ago, UCLA basketball was reeling.  In March, a plane flew a banner over the campus imploring the school to fire coach Steve Alford. The renowned college hoops program seemed listless, struggling to a 15-17 record one year after a March Madness run marked by luck as much as anything else.  Suddenly, all that drama seems ancient. UCLA just put the college hoops world on notice: The Bruins are back, baby.  SEE ALSO: Everyone's sharing this Ernie Johnson election monologue, but here's why it's off the mark UCLA upset top-ranked Kentucky in Kentucky on Saturday, controlling the second half en route to a 97-92 win. [...]

Apple letter hints at self-driving Apple Car in the future

The Apple rumormongers simply won't let talk of an Apple Car die.  Just months after reports indicated that there was, in fact, no Apple Car on the way, now a new document is sure to stoke the fires of Apple fans' hopes that the company's logo will grace an automobile in coming years.  SEE ALSO: If Apple is building a car, this is where it may test it A letter Apple sent to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in November, surfaced by Venturebeat on Friday, includes passages that indicate the company is interested in being a part of the autonomous automobile movement.  Read more... More about Self Driving Car , Automated Car , Apple , Apple Car , and Tech [...]

Cristiano Ronaldo strikes peak Ronaldo locker room pose

Real Madrid and FC Barcelona played to a 1-1 draw in soccer 's vaunted "El Clásico" match Saturday, but it's Cristiano Ronaldo who won the postgame.  The preening, preternaturally talented superstar stole the show in a teammate's celebratory photo after a late goal salvaged the day for Madrid.  SEE ALSO: Budding soccer star Christian Pulisic is America's saving grace Sergo Ramos headed in a last-minute equalizer for the 1-1 draw, which kept Madrid atop the La Liga standings with a six-point lead over rival Barcelona. Then he posted this celebratory team photo on Twitter .  ¡HASTA EL FINAL! Siempre hasta el final. Until the final whistle [...]

Why YouTubers are so mad at YouTube, again

LOS ANGELES — PewDiePie is so mad at YouTube that he's calling it quits once he hits 50 million subscribers. Why? Felix Kjellberg is among a handful of frustrated creators who claim they have seen their video views decline and their subscribers suddenly disappear. [...]
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