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?
helps seniors without smartphones 05-02-16
Calif. — Don’t be fooled by her age or her
not-so-smart flip phone. Eighty-five-year-old Betty Lou
Luce is spurring a technology movement that’s
spreading from bridge clubs to retirement homes across
Advice: Good news on sound bars 04-25-16
I planned on purchasing a ZVOX SoundBase 570 to
complement my new wall-mounted OLED TV. I see ZVOX has
some new sound bars, the SB400 and SB500.
Wolverton: Apple’s newer, smaller iPad Pro a terrific
launched its first iPad Pro last fall, I was skeptical
of the jumbo-sized device. I’m
much more enthusiastic about tablet’s smaller sibling,
which Apple launched late last month.
offers stand-alone video, month-to-month Prime
Amazon.com is adding some a la carte options to its
$99-a-year Prime all-you-can-eat buffet.