December 20, 2014

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Q&A: Shaun Rein, China expert, on why the nation has traded copying for innovation 12-08-14
For years, American firms far and wide have bemoaned Chinese copycats. But 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.
Re-engineering Microsoft's culture: 2 veterans work together to break down old barriers 12-01-14
Fans 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.
High-tech feeders free dairy farmers 11-24-14
FREEPORT, Minn. — The calves at Rohe Dairy don’t bawl when they’re hungry. They 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.
Sound advice: Setting up a turntable sound system  11-17-14
Q: I just started collecting old and new records. Record Store Day sparked me, and I love my new hobby! I teach history, and have a Crossley portable turntable hooked up in my classroom. I play classic rock in the mornings, the kids really enjoy it.
Internet of Things will transform life, but experts fear for privacy and personal data 11-10-14
It will help you avoid traffic jams as you travel from work to that hot new spot you’ve been dying to try out, tell you on the way about the bar’s half-price coupons and let you check your home video monitors while knocking back a few to see if your cat is clawing the couch again.
Gamers' funding fuels meteoric rise of 'Star Citizen' 11-03-14
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Chris Roberts’ brain spun out a grand vision: a rich, immersive galaxy; exquisite spaceships traversing between infinite star systems with thousands of computer gamers manning the cockpits, racing, dogfighting and defending humanity.
Google execs discuss regulation, innovation and bobble-heads 11-03-14
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg help run Google, one of the world’s best-known, most successful — and most controversial — companies.
Cargomatic's mobile technology connects truckers to freight and people nearby 10-27-14
Truckers who own their vehicles loathe trips with an empty truck bed. 
Michelle Quinn: Criticism of Apple and Facebook's egg freezing benefit is misguided 10-20-14
The cascade of criticism to the news that Apple and Facebook will pay female employees who want to freeze their eggs strikes me as misdirected.
Can Whisper, an app for anonymous confessions, protect users' identities? 10-13-14
LOS ANGELES — Can an app that people anonymously share confessions on, some of which become fodder for news stories, protect the users’ identities?
Theme parks' Halloween scare tactics becoming frightfully high-tech 10-06-14
To re-create a bloody scene from the 1981 horror flick "American Werewolf in London," crews at Universal Studios Hollywood installed computer-controlled strobe lights behind the walls of a dark maze to simulate the flash of bullets.
Chat apps threaten to siphon advertising dollars from the social media leaders 09-29-14
With 21 million people following her on Facebook and 18 million on Twitter, pop singer Ariana Grande can’t personally chat with each of her loves, as she affectionately calls her fans.
Apple intercepts Microsoft's Surface tablet NFL play 09-22-14
Microsoft Corp. thought it had scored a touchdown when it struck a multiyear deal with the NFL that would allow teams to use the company’s Surface tablets during games.
Dell unveils new ultra-thin tablet 09-15-14
Dell Inc. this week unveiled what some are calling the thinnest tablet on the market. Company founder and CEO Michael Dell showed off the eight-inch device — which is only 6 millimeters thick, 20 percent thinner than an iPad Mini — this week at the 2014 Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Google to test cars without a driver 09-15-14
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google plans to begin testing its new prototype of a self-driving car — which, unlike earlier models, doesn’t require a back-up driver — at NASA’s Ames Research Center, just a few miles from the tech company’s headquarters, space agency officials said this week.
Keep tabs on your fitness with these trackers 09-09-14
The latest fitness watches, bands and trackers will remind you to stick with your fitness goals — they’ll track your progress and they’ll sync the info with your phone. There are basic heart rate monitor and, calorie counter options too. The only thing they won’t do? Work out for you.
Jumping into streaming TV 09-02-14
More TV viewers are picking up so-called streaming media boxes in the hope of fulfilling a simple wish: Let me watch what I want when I want.
ASCPA app helps people locate lost pets 08-25-14
Can’t find Fluffy? The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wants to help. The ASPCA recently launched an app designed to help frantic owners find their lost pets.
Wearable devices are unlikely to be big sellers, analysts say 08-18-14
Is wearable tech already wearing thin? Despite the hype for upcoming products from Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., a number of analysts say Internet-connected personal devices such as smartwatches and fitness bands — so-called wearables — will be hard-pressed to reach the same sales heights as smartphones and tablets.
Will learning computer coding boost kids' college, career prospects? 08-18-14
LOS ANGELES — Jared Flores loved the two weeks he spent this summer at a computer coding school where he programmed a hand-crafted robot that could steer itself through a maze.
Levi's Stadium to offer 49ers fans high-tech treats 08-11-14
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Along with their replica jerseys, homemade signs and foam "We’re No. 1" fingers, football fans will want to take one other essential piece of gear when they attend games at the new Levi’s Stadium—a smartphone.
Geeking out over L.A. with creators with Five Every Day app 08-04-14
Claire Evans is on a mission: to get you to love L.A. She’s come up with a jam-packed itinerary to show off the not-always-obvious magic of this sprawling, jumbled-up city — a hidden garden built as a labor of love by an Iranian immigrant, a taco stand that may or may not be able to serve you, a mini-train ride that gives you a glimpse of Walt Disney’s barn.
Amazon jumps into 3-D printing market with bobbleheads, more 07-28-14
From personalized miniature bobbleheads to flower vases, Amazon’s new 3-D printing marketplace plans to simplify the 3-D printing process for consumers.
Q&A: Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius on innovation, wearables and the PC market 07-21-14
In recent years, Lenovo has been at the forefront of exploring new PC designs, from machines such as the Yoga notebook, which can emulate tablets with a screen that flips around and folds back, to the Horizon tabletop, an all-in-one design that can be laid flat on a table and used like an electronic game board.





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