Draper: Venture capitalist's eccentricity 'runs deep'
MATEO, Calif. — As a third-generation venture capitalist, Tim
Draper gauges the motivation of entrepreneurs who pitch him. Are
they true believers or opportunists? Are they committed for the
long haul, or just hoping to cash out?
The Airbnb for cars
JOSE — Parking a car at the airport can be a money drain for
travelers — the vehicle sits there idly while the driver
shells out $15 or $20 a day.
printers to make human body parts? It's happening 02-09-15
JOSE, Calif. — It sounds like something from a science fiction
plot: So-called three-dimensional printers are being used to
fashion prosthetic arms and hands, jaw bones, spinal-cord
implants — and one day perhaps even living human body parts.
try again: More apps joining anti-smoking arsenal 02-09-15
don’t need a crystal ball to make this projection about the
future: Ditching the cigarettes is — and will likely continue
to be — the single most important thing you can do for your
our smart gadgets become trusted or oppressive companions? 02-02-15
JOSE, Calif. — Like legions of hyperactive butlers, many of
the brainy gadgets being developed for the Internet of Things
will anticipate our needs and make choices for us — without
being told what to do — marking a momentous transformation in
our relationship with machines.
growing patent portfolio offers clues about future products 02-02-15
Calif. — A computer mouse that doubles as a scanner. A coating
that keeps gadgets safe and dry even in the event of a spill.
And a smartphone that rotates like a cat midair to avoid landing
on its pretty glass face.
video games good for you? New research suggests answer is yes 02-02-15
— Imagine a hardcore video game fanatic, and the picture you
summon probably won’t resemble Roman Rivera.
charging system on cusp of commercialization 01-26-15
— Imagine a world where you don’t have to plug in your
smartphone, tablet or laptop, or even lay it on one of the
Duracell charging mats that Starbucks is rolling out nationwide.
Instead, your refrigerator sends them power from across the room
via a WiFi-like radio signal.
Q&A: Full drive warning is false alarm 01-26-15
worried that my Dell PC’s 320-gigabyte hard drive is running
out of storage space. I keep getting warnings that nearly all of
"backup/recovery E:" capacity has been used up; only
2.57 megabytes remain out of 14.6 gigabytes.
A worthy $200 laptop 01-26-15
nothing flashy about the $200 HP Stream notebook, save its
choices of colors — horizon blue and orchid magenta.
technology stop scourge of bicycle thefts? 01-26-15
JOSE, Calif. — Urban cyclists have more in common than an
aptitude for pedaling through city streets — they share the
ever-present dread of one day discovering their bicycle missing
from the bike rack, or finding only the skeletal remains of its
doctor is in ....your mobile device 01-19-15
— It was 11:45 a.m. and Dr. Christopher Bailey’s laptop was
chirping, indicating a patient was on the line.
bitcoin the wave of the future or a dangerous fad? 01-19-15
— As customers ate lunch at a popular restaurant in Washington’s
Adams Morgan neighborhood, few had any inkling they were on the
front lines of an international monetary war that’s featured
FBI raids, the Deep Web, allegations of money laundering and
millions vanishing in a nanosecond.
advice: Recommendations for 50-inch HDTVs 01-12-15
need a new HDTV and am looking to spend $400-600 on a 50-inch
model. I am considering buying used on Craigslist, perhaps a
plasma in this price range. Any thoughts on buying used, and any
recommendations for my size and price range?
phone signals offer massive trove of travel data 01-12-15
hour of every day cell phones are generating data which
transportation planners, real estate developers and investors
use to help them to understand traffic flows, shopping patterns
and population shifts.
Buzz: Hopper.com and it Flight Tonight app are last-minute deal
they do: To use Flight Tonight, a simple iOS app from Hopper.com,
you input your hometown airport code and it returns same-day
flight deals — domestic and international — for that airport
and nearby cities.
Advice: Matching new receiver to vintage speakers 01-05-15
have some 1970s-vintage small Advent speakers. They are in great
shape and rated at 15 watts RMS power handling. I’m in need of
a new receiver to go with them as the old one died.
at home: Kids can create technology, not just use it 12-29-14
in more than 150 countries — and President Obama — dabbled
in computer programming as part of the recent weeklong Hour of
Code (hourofcode.com) initiative, dreamed up to introduce anyone
as young as 4 to the fun of creating technology, not just using
offers curated online videos as alternative to YouTube, TV 12-22-14
ANGELES — Ilya Pozin’s 2-year-old daughter wasn’t about to
abandon daddy’s comfortable lap. But Pozin had to manage his
successful e-cards company, so he’d entertain Paisley in his
home office by playing cartoons and educational videos off
YouTube on a second monitor.
could change how the world eats 12-15-14
Calif. — Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world’s
newest industries have started to put their money and tech
talents into farming — the world’s oldest industry — with
an audacious agenda: to make sure there is enough food for the
10 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2100, do it
without destroying the world and make a pretty penny along the
Shaun Rein, China expert, on why the nation has traded copying
for innovation 12-08-14
years, American firms far and wide have bemoaned Chinese
these days, the water-cooler chatter in Silicon Valley has
turned to the meteoric rise of Alibaba, which in September
sparked the world’s largest IPO. With millions of users and
merchants, the Chinese firm handles more transactions than
Amazon and eBay combined.
Microsoft's culture: 2 veterans work together to break
down old barriers 12-01-14
at Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s annual convention kept
slipping up and calling the company’s big new video game
"Overlord" — which sounds like an obvious, even
cliché, name for the kind of dark, lurid shooter game everyone’s
grown used to.
feeders free dairy farmers 11-24-14
Minn. — The calves at Rohe Dairy don’t bawl when they’re
live together in small groups in a tall, well-ventilated barn
here, about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis, and they eat
whenever they please from an automated calf feeding machine.