the baseball card industry sees its future in the app
the top of the first inning of Major League Baseball’s
All-Star Game last month, Chicago Cubs third baseman
Kris Bryant clubbed a home run off the left field
scoreboard at San Diego’s Petco Park.
starts to see a role for virtual reality 08-01-16
NEW YORK —
On a recent weekday, Hollywood director Ivan Reitman was
in the bowels of the Madame Tussauds wax museum here
talking up an unlikely passion.
phone business forces Microsoft to back off hopes for
Windows 10 07-25-16
says it will take more time than it thought to get a
billion devices running Windows 10 because of its
sharply curtailed ambitions in the smartphone business.
Amazon’s team of old-school book reviewers influences
what we read
Within the highly automated folds of Amazon’s online
bookstore, there’s a small team of literary types
whose main job is rather old school.
kids don’t have a YouTube channel, but they pretend
they do 07-11-16
ANGELES — The YouTube experience doesn’t end for my
kids after I take away their iPads. It
follows them everywhere: when they’re playing with
toys, riding in the back seat of our car or roaming the
business models have put some startups on life support 07-04-16
FRANCISCO — Last summer, flower delivery startup
BloomThat was in an enviable position. The
2-year-old San Francisco company had raised more than $5
million in venture capital funding. I
app find next ‘Harry Potter’? 07-04-16
— Serial entrepreneurs Prerna Gupta and husband Parag
Chordia launched their mobile reading app Hooked in
September as a way to publish fiction for the social
dance with brands 06-27-16
— Car commercials are the kind of thing that Mindy
Lahiri, the titular character on "The Mindy
Project," might impatiently fast-forward through or
ignore while watching a bad reality-TV show. The Hulu
comedy offered an alternative earlier this month for
viewers of the latter mindset.
Allen’s giant plane takes shape in the desert, but its
market is unclear 06-27-16
Calif. — In the high Mojave Desert, the airframe of
Paul Allen’s giant, mysterious plane for carrying
rockets into space is approaching completion.
Alfie, Sears’ voice-controlled shopping assistant 06-20-16
Alexa, meet Alfie. Sears
Holdings, based in suburban Chicago, appears to have
introduced a "voice-controlled intelligent
shopper" that bears more than a passing resemblance
to Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker and its Alexa
virtual assistant — albeit without the speaker and
more limited features.
Yahoo’s media play went wrong 06-13-16
— When Yahoo announced last year that it had lost $42
million reviving NBC’s TV series "Community"
and launching two other original shows, the company
framed it as a failed experiment. It didn’t work, so
Yahoo was cutting its losses.
Uber’s cash path spur others? 06-13-16
— Startups have long been the domain of venture
capitalists. But with last week’s staggering $3.5
billion investment in Uber from Saudi Arabia’s Public
Investment Fund, the tech world has been put on notice
— sovereign wealth funds are loaded with cash and
ready to do business directly.
track emails, receipts to spot potential price-match
Nothing takes a big-ticket buy from exciting to
maddening faster than finding out the item went on sale
shortly after a purchase. A handful of apps have popped
up recently promising to track shoppers’ purchases and
score refunds from retailers who offer to match
post-purchase price changes.
unusual work environment that helped Naughty Dog make
the hot game ‘Uncharted 4’ 06-06-16
— Co-presidents. Co-directors. Co-animation leads.
Co-art directors. At
video game-maker Naughty Dog, it doesn’t take long to
notice that co-responsibilities are commonplace.
business model goes global 05-30-16
VIEW, Calif. — As U.S. startups compete to make
everything from diapers to dog food available at the tap
of a finger, a group of entrepreneurs from the
developing world is using those on-demand business
models to make life easier for consumers in their home
Google cash in on its pivot? 05-30-16
— Google Inc.’s latest technological marvels point
to a future where you’ll never need to visit websites,
write a term paper or stress over what to buy for your
tech industry is headed toward a new frontier 05-23-16
— California technology companies are poised to take
the lead in developing new anti-drone and gun safety
tools for the federal government — adding another
layer of complexity to the West Coast industry’s
relationship with East Coast intelligence agencies.
draw a bead on adult coloring books 05-23-16
— Since she got in on the adult coloring book craze
two years ago, Cheri Brown has spent more than $400 on
50 books holding intricate sketches that she embellishes
with Sharpies, colored pencils and gel pens.
people are falling for Amazon’s Echo 05-16-16
SAN DIEGO —
On Christmas Day, Liz Philips and her two sons Sutton,
8, and Greyson, 10, welcomed a new member into their San
Diego home. They called her Alexa, and though not your
traditional bundle of joy, she was immediately embraced
as a permanent resident and much-loved companion.
makes a big shift into cognitive computing 05-09-16
Calif. — IBM’s California research lab sits atop a
green hill here, 15 miles south of downtown San Jose.
the Skype for Fido 05-09-16
— Ever been stuck late at the office while your furry
friend is home alone, and wished you could give Fido or
Fluffy a quick ring or text to check in?