August 29, 2015

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Silicon Valley map wars heat up 08-17-15
BERKELEY, Calif. — Somewhere lies a mythical city where the cars drive themselves, and the people walk around with wearable guides that know what they want and where to find it. To make this city work requires the most detailed map ever created.
What’s next for YouTube as Google reorganizes? 08-17-15
Google stunned the tech world earlier this week when it announced the launch of Alphabet, a parent corporation designed to allow the continuation of what CEO Larry Page calls "smaller bets" for better innovation.
When your tablet becomes your adviser 08-10-15
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Say goodbye to your stock broker and financial planner. No more trips to Wells Fargo — you can get your home loan refinanced on your iPad.
Yahoo unveils new live video and texting app 08-03-15
Yahoo unveiled a live video texting app Wednesday that could boost the company’s mobile presence and help it compete against Apple and Facebook.
Geeks on demand: Bringing tech support to your front door 08-03-15
OAKLAND, Calif. — The broken printer frayed Ross Armstrong’s last nerve.
He had to make photo copies of the death certificate of his late husband, Jay Stern, who died in May. 
Snapchat drives trend toward vertical videos 07-27-15
LOS ANGELES — Whether it’s in a movie theater, on TV or on a computer screen, the videos you watch have almost always been horizontal.
2016’s campaign technology takes online tracking to new level 07-20-15
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Presidential campaigns this time around have a new technological ace in the hole — you.
Inside a former Ford plant, a robot takes step into the future 07-20-15
RICHMOND, Calif. — More than 80 years ago, Model As rolled out of the gleaming new Ford assembly plant at the edge of the San Francisco Bay. 
Apple TV 'skinny' package likely to accelerate cord cutting 07-13-15
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You slip a smartphone into a pair of clunky goggles and place them on your head. The room around you dissolves and you’re standing on a grassy field behind a lineup of football players. You hear the crowd’s cheers.
PC sales slow before launch of new Windows software 07-13-15
Desktop, laptop and tablet sales across the globe have hit a speed bump but could pick up by the end of the year, according to technology analysts.
IBM’s tiniest transistor casts big shadow on Intel 07-13-15
SAN JOSE, Calif. — IBM has pulled ahead of its rival Intel in the race to the microchip of the future with the announcement this week of the tiniest transistors ever made, but analysts say the competition has just begun.
Snapchat deletes distinctive feature and makes it easier to add friends 07-06-15
LOS ANGELES — Snapchat is removing a cumbersome feature and making it easier to add friends on its app.
Web Buzz: Lumy app tracks the sun to aid your picture-taking 07-06-15
What it does: Tells you exactly when a photographer’s coveted "morning magic hour" — sunrise — and "evening magic hour" — sunset — will occur at a specified destination around the world.
Sound Advice: Is more expensive Blue-ray player worth it? 07-06-15
Q. Some time ago you wrote about the Oppo BDP-103D Darbee Edition Blu-ray player. It sells for $599. On the Oppo website I also found the Oppo BDP-105D Darbee Edition Blu-ray player. It sells for $1,299.
Apple, Google bet on walletless future, but are shoppers ready to pay with phone? 06-29-15
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Some pay for deli sandwiches with a flick of their Internet-enabled wristwatches. Osama Bedier waves his phone.
Engineers look to insects for robotic inspiration 06-29-15
BERKELEY, Calif. — At a University of California, Berkeley laboratory, engineers are building cockroach-like robots with a noble purpose — search and rescue.
Now more than tweets: Twitter adds product and place pages to drive e-commerce 06-22-15
Social media network Twitter is testing product and place pages, a new feature that will help drive e-commerce through the platform.
YouTube launches new gaming site as it plays catch-up with Twitch 06-15-15
Ahead of the video game industry’s big E3 convention next week, YouTube is launching a new gaming app and website to provide a better experience to an online community that has flocked to alternatives.
Pinterest ramps up efforts to attract more men 06-08-15
SAN FRANCISCO — Artist Tim Odell uses Pinterest to gather images of classic Pontiac cars, U.S. Navy battleships and medieval armor, which he recreates as a hobby.
For app developers, more big changes are coming soon 06-08-15
The App Store revolutionized the tech world when it opened in summer 2008, spawning a billion-dollar industry in one fell swoop. It was neither the first nor the largest back then, but the store quickly exploded in popularity, prompting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to say "it is going to be very hard for others to catch up."
Bing no longer a search-engine blip 06-01-15
REDMOND, Wash. — In Microsoft’s expensive, decadelong battle against Google’s search engine, no detail is too small.
Supercomputers a hidden power center of Silicon Valley 05-25-15
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Silicon Valley is famed for spawning the desktop, mobile and cloud computing revolutions. What is less well known is that it’s one of the nerve centers for building the world’s fastest number-crunchers.
Google's new self-driving cars to hit the streets 05-18-15
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — After a year of testing its bubble-shaped driverless cars on the empty roads of a shuttered military base, Google is about to deploy its fleet on the busy streets of Silicon Valley.
Troy Wolverton: AT&T-DirectTV deal poses threat to consumers 05-11-15
AT&T’s bid to buy DirecTV has been floating under the radar, drawing neither the scrutiny nor the scorn of Comcast’s recently abandoned proposal to buy Time Warner Cable.





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