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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 | Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
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,

For Some Gays Abroad, Social Networking Poses Risk

PERSONAL TECH | By David Crary | Sep 29
For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse.

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.

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.

FAA Approves Drone Use for TV and Movie Production

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 26
This is the first time the FAA has allowed the commercial use of drones in the U.S. and sets a precedent. Jeff Pegues reports.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.