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For Some Gays Abroad, Social Networking Poses Risk

PERSONAL TECH | By David Crary | Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse.

John Crawford III , right, with his mother, Tressa Sherrod.

Caught in the Act? Videos of Police Can Mislead

PERSONAL TECH | By Kentele Franko, Andrew Welsh-Huggins | Sep 30
A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object - a gun? - as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction. Eight minutes later,

FBI Chief: Important for Gov. to Access Citizens Phone Data

PERSONAL TECH | By Ken Dilanian | Sep 27
The FBI director criticized the decision by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphones data so it can be inaccessible to law enforcement, even with a court order.

Facebook 'Real Name' Controversy Continues

PERSONAL TECH | By David-Elijah Nahmod | Sep 27
SFGN spoke to Michael Williams, aka Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who explained why protesting Facebook's real names policy matters.

Jason Prosser picks up his son Zachary from day care, in SeaTac, Wash.

Middle-Class Squeeze :: From Day Care to Health Care

PERSONAL TECH | By Christopher S. Rugaber | Sep 26
Legions of middle-class families are straining under the weight of accelerating costs for a range of essential services from day care to health care. And now a study by the Center for American Progress shows just how heavy the burden has grown.

Apple's Response to iPhone Glitches is Key

PERSONAL TECH | By Brandon Bailey | Sep 26
Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself. The giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls.

Apple Bites Stock Market

PERSONAL TECH | By Matthew Craft | Sep 26
A stumble by Apple set off a rout in the stock market yesterday, its worst day in nearly two months. All 30 big companies in the Dow Jones industrial average and the 10 industries in the Standard & Poor's 500 index lost ground.

How Costs have Surged for US Middle-Class Families

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 25
The picture painted by a report from the Center for American Progress is a gloomy one. For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of health care, day care, housing and savings jumped 32 percent in 12 years.

Samsung Alpha Phone

Samsung Alpha Big on Design, Short on Tech

PERSONAL TECH | By Anick Jesdanun | Sep 25
Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone.

CEO John Chen shows off the company's new Passport device at a launch event in Toronto.

Struggling BlackBerry Releases New Phone

PERSONAL TECH | By Rob Gillies | Sep 25
BlackBerry launched a new smartphone Wednesday as the embattled Canadian company hopes for a comeback.

Worst Drop for Stocks Since July as Apple Sinks

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 25
A swoon in technology stocks left the market with its worst drop since July. Apple sank nearly 4 percent after the company pulled a software update for the iPhone after users complained that they weren't able to make calls.