booming video game industry is more than just Microsoft’s
Microsoft raised eyebrows in 2014 with the announcement
it was spending a hefty $2.5 billion to buy Mojang, the
Swedish developer of world-building game "Minecraft."
old college try
ANGELES — Duran Parsi headed to Pepperdine’s law
school three years ago with a mission: By the end, he’d
either practice law or commit to his fledgling e-sports
fries? Extra sauce? Why McDonald’s wants to track all
your dining habits 04-17-17
You know a lot about McDonald’s, but McDonald’s
doesn’t know much about you. At
least not yet. By
year’s end, the world’s largest burger chain will
roll out nationwide a mobile ordering system that will
collect a wealth of data about the habits of customers
— everything from what kind of burgers they prefer to
how often they swing through the drive-thru.
long road to autonomous vehicles 04-10-17
DIEGO — Back in 1995, the NavLab 5 team at Carnegie
Mellon University launched an autonomous vehicle on a
trip from Pittsburgh to San Diego.
fatten up with food delivery apps 04-03-17
FRANCISCO — A year ago Mendocino Farms didn’t offer
delivery at any of its 15 Southern California locations.
Now Ellen Chen, co-founder of the artisanal sandwich
chain, is knocking down restaurant walls to make room
for delivery drivers.
invests in Costa Rica as tiny nation carves out
profitable niche in world economy 03-27-17
Costa Rica — In the 19th century, the customs house
here brimmed with the imported wares that first helped
this tiny Spanish-speaking nation become part of the
wider world economy.
Virgin Orbit’s new president isn’t worried about a
bubble in the small satellite market 03-20-17
— It seems like everyone wants their own swarm of
small satellites. SpaceX,
OneWeb, Boeing Co. and other companies have proposed
putting constellations of small satellites in low-Earth
orbit that could provide greater internet access in
previously hard-to-reach areas of the globe.
was the app where Iranians talked politics. Then the
government caught on 03-20-17
Telegram. With approximately 20 million Iranian users,
it’s the most widely used messaging app in the
of America chief says early Switch sales top previous
The Nintendo Switch, released to the world Friday, had
the best-selling 48 hours out of the gate in North
America of any video-game console ever made by the
have you pegged, and for better or worse they’ll soon
ID you 03-06-17
— The things that make human beings unique —
fingerprints, irises, facial features — have become
the preferred way to sign onto banking accounts online
or other sensitive websites, the newest solution to the
problem of hackable and forgettable passwords.
IPO builds an ‘impregnable fortress’ where only the
founders have power 02-27-17
— The founders of Snap Inc. want to take the company
public. But that doesn’t mean they want to run a
betting big on satellite broadband with upcoming launch
DIEGO — About eight years ago, ViaSat Chief Executive
Mark Dankberg bet the company he co-founded on satellite
broadband, eventually spending $1 billion to transform a
technology considered barely better than dial-up into a
service that smoothly streams YouTube video.
bot to rule them all? Not likely, with Apple, Google,
Amazon and Microsoft virtual assistants 02-20-17
Calif. — It’s no wonder titans of tech are locked in
an epic battle of the bots, racing furiously to produce
the best virtual assistant.
young users are at once its greatest asset and one of
its biggest risks 02-13-17
use email any more. Facebook is for Mom and Dad. And Yik
Yak is so 2015. When
it comes to communication in 2017, Snapchat is where it’s
Mehta had 20 failed startups before Instacart 02-06-17
— The gig: Apoorva Mehta, 30, is the founder and chief
executive of San Francisco grocery delivery startup
Van Grove: Why TV antennas are making a comeback 01-30-17
When it comes
to television viewing, what’s old is new again as an
increasing number of Americans are dumping their cable
boxes and going totally retro.
sleep? More technology devices promise relief 01-23-17
SAN DIEGO —
Do you believe drinking coffee is keeping you up at
night? It’s not — as long as you’re consuming less
than four cups per day.
a chatbot: male, female or gender neutral? 01-23-17
Calif. — Picture a virtual assistant that helps find
directions, schedules appointments or plays music, and
the soothing yet robotic sound of a female voice likely
comes to mind.
constellations could be poised to challenge the
broadband industry 01-16-17
— It’s been more than a decade since a handful of
ambitious entrepreneurs saw their plans to provide
global telecommunications service through massive
satellite constellations blow up, doomed by runaway
Snap Spectacles make discrete video capture a cinch 01-09-17
— For decades, from Kodak to Polaroid to GoPro,
companies have marketed cameras by touting features such
as focal length, image size and memory space.
looks to artificial intelligence to make products more
— A teary-eyed Mala Sharma felt vindicated as she
stood outside a school for impoverished children in
India. A student had snatched the Adobe Systems
executive’s iPad and had a go with the company’s
simplest video editing program. He nailed it, creating a
quick video that Sharma said amused his teacher and
robots will change the workforce
SAN DIEGO —
Thirty of the world’s top scientists are scheduled to
meet at the University of California at San Diego in
February to discuss the toughest challenges in robotics
and automation, including how to make driverless cars
safe for a mass audience.
parents to kids: Don’t do as I do 01-02-17
Calif. — They limit their kids’ screen time, set
filters on their browsers and banish digital devices
from the dinner table. Then those same parents pick up
their own iPhones to check email, scan Twitter and
update their Facebook statuses.
Microsoft emerged from the darkness to embrace the cloud
The winter of 2010 brought some of Microsoft’s darkest
the search engine Microsoft built to challenge Google,
was burning cash with little to show for it.
by self-checkout? Retailers look to smartphones to cut
the line 12-19-16
Self-checkout is supposed to be a time-saver.
before you’re admonished about an "unexpected
item in bagging area." Or before you struggle to
pick precisely which barcode-free apples are in your
cart — Honeycrisp or Gala? Regular or organic?.
adopts nation’s first energy-efficiency rules for
California Energy Commission has passed
energy-efficiency standards for computers and monitors
in an effort to reduce power costs, becoming the first
state in the nation to adopt such rules.
and YouTube play nice with their most popular users. Why
doesn’t Snapchat? 12-12-16
ANGELES — Self-described Snapchat power user Michael
Platco received a neon sign bearing his name from social
media rival Instagram. And a different video app emails
him every week, hoping he tries their services and
brings along his 500,000 Snapchat contacts.