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Apple and Amazon have ways to encourage you to buy more of their products: Offer bonus features that work only with gadgets from the same company.

A Closer Look: Do More with Companion Devices

PERSONAL TECH | By Anick Jesdanun | Thursday Aug 21, 2014
Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices like the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets. Amazon does it, too.

Uber Hires Former Obama Adviser

PERSONAL TECH | By Mae Anderson | Aug 20
Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. The taxi-alternative service is hiring a former White House adviser to lead its campaign for acceptance in the 170 cities around the world where it operates.

Arches, Canyonlands National Parks Ban Drones

PERSONAL TECH | Aug 20
Drones are now off limits in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Officials say the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility.

Celebrities Embrace the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

PERSONAL TECH | Aug 19
After exploding on social media last week, the ice bucket challenge was completed by tons of celebrities over the weekend. Norah O'Donnell reports on the craze.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a press conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Assange Talks of Leaving Embassy, Sowing Confusion

PERSONAL TECH | By Raphael Satter | Aug 19
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.

Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other

PERSONAL TECH | By Joan Lowy | Aug 19
The Obama administration said it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

NJ Man Sues Grindr Over Encounter With Underage Boy

PERSONAL TECH | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 16
A New Jersey man is suing the gay hookup app Grindr in federal court, claiming the social media app has lax age restrictions, which he says allowed him to have an encounter with an underage boy.

App to Hail Taxis, Limos Launches in Las Vegas

PERSONAL TECH | By Michelle Rindels | Aug 16
Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone, even if they can't use the popular ridesharing apps available in many other U.S. cities.

Two UK Men Found Guilty of Blackmailing Gay Men on Grindr

PERSONAL TECH | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 15
Two men from the United Kingdom, who were accused of blackmailing gay men on the gay hookup app Grindr, have been found guilty of their crimes and will be heading to prison.

A customer receipt reads "f@g"

Queer Apple Customer Finds 'F@G' Written on His Receipt

PERSONAL TECH | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 15
A queer Apple customer was shocked to find a homophobic slur printed on his receipt after a recent visit to a Portland, Oregon, Apple store.

Taxi and Limo Apps Launch in Las Vegas

PERSONAL TECH | Aug 15
Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone.