The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

Parents like “Minecraft” because it can be a creative outlet for their children. Teachers like the game because it can bring lessons to life. And Microsoft likes the game so much that the tech giant wants to buy the parent company of “Minecraft” for more than $2billion.

Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that transplants the features of an iPhone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length away.

General Electric, a household name for more than a century in part for making households easier to run, is leaving the home.

Microsoft is giving its MSN news service a crisper look, new lifestyle tools and seamless syncing across devices.

Computers not only help restaurant staff handle mealtime crowds, but they help manage food purchases and expenses. For diners, everything has changed, from making a reservations to paying the check.

When a promising but still unproven company stumbles, it usually falls hard. Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., one of the bright lights of the Sacramento-area technology scene, is learning that difficult lesson in a big way.

As landlines and paper handouts disappear, local school districts are experimenting with new ways of reaching families. At Folsom Cordova and Natomas unified school districts this year, that means launching an app that allows parents to keep tabs on their children almost anywhere and anytime.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring disabling “kill switches” on new smartphones, his office announced Monday. The switch, which could render a stolen phone inoperable, was promoted by law enforcement groups as a deterrent to theft, while manufacturers argued disabling software is already widely available.



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