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January 22, 2017


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How robots will change the workforce  01-02-17
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.
Tech-addicted parents to kids: Don’t do as I do 01-02-17
SAN JOSE, 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.
How Microsoft emerged from the darkness to embrace the cloud 12-26-16
SEATTLE — The winter of 2010 brought some of Microsoft’s darkest days.
Bing, the search engine Microsoft built to challenge Google, was burning cash with little to show for it. 
Frustrated by self-checkout? Retailers look to smartphones to cut the line 12-19-16
CHICAGO — Self-checkout is supposed to be a time-saver.
But that’s 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?.
California adopts nation’s first energy-efficiency rules for computers 12-19-16
The 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.
Instagram and YouTube play nice with their most popular users. Why doesn’t Snapchat? 12-12-16
LOS 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.
At Nom, telling stories through food is on the menu 12-12-16
SAN FRANCISCO — Tourists snap photos of a scrumptious foreign dish, families gather around the dinner table to catch up and novice cooks may turn to a video to learn how to whip up butternut squash soup or a rainbow grilled cheese.
Amazon’s commander of the Cloud shares his vision 12-05-16
SEATTLE — Andy Jassy, a 19-year Amazon veteran, is arguably the most powerful man in the cloud.
He heads Amazon Web Services, the cloud-computing division that drives much of Amazon.com’s profitability and that dwarfs most competitors, including ventures by crosstown rival Microsoft and search giant Google. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who calls AWS a "pillar," earlier this year upgraded Jassy’s title to division "CEO."
The unusual work environment that helped Naughty Dog make the hot game ‘Uncharted 4’ 11-28-16
LOS ANGELES — When cars exit the tunnel of the next 15 years, they’ll be like giant smartphones.
Their sensors will capture sight, sound and motion and transmit the information to the internet quickly and affordably. 
How a billionaire’s right-hand man became a big fish in a big pond 11-21-16
LOS ANGELES — The gig: Chris Hollod, 33, is venture capital partner at billionaire Ron Burkle’s Los Angeles-based private equity firm Yucaipa Cos. They’ve traveled together for the last five years, with Hollod as the frontman on evaluating thousands of startup investment opportunities.
‘Grandma’s’ garage that housed Nest holds lure for new startups 11-14-16
PALO ALTO, Calif. — At first glance, the light blue cottage on Alma Street in this Silicon Valley city may not look like a place where big ideas are born.
But in the past 15 years, this modest house has produced nearly a dozen successful tech companies. Its owner swears there’s something special in the air.
Tech firms aim to be video gateways 11-07-16
LOS ANGELES — Facebook and Snapchat have overtaken the home pages of Yahoo and Google as the front door to the Internet for hundreds of millions of people. Now, the two rivals are pursuing a much bigger challenge: surpassing television to become the dominant gateway to video.
Don’t think of Amazon Echo as just a speaker. It’s a whole new way of life 11-07-16
SAN FRANCISCO — Stephanie Palermo wasn’t interested in living in a "smart home" outfitted with web-connected appliances controlled remotely by phone or computer. She didn’t need her fridge to have Wi-Fi or her blinds to close themselves.
Former Facebook Live manager bets on more private video sharing with Alively 10-31-16
SAN MATEO, Calif. — Vadim Lavrusik tried to send a video of his son celebrating his first birthday to family in Minnesota, but the process didn’t exactly go smoothly.
To keep drones out of high-risk areas, companies try hijacking them and shooting them down 10-24-16
LOS ANGELES — A public awareness campaign last year did little to deter the growing number of rogue drones flying near wildfires and forcing firefighters to ground their own aircraft.
Instagram prepares for more growth 10-17-16
MENLO PARK, Calif. — When Pope Francis joined Instagram at age 79 in March, a thought crossed the mind of the tech firm’s chief operating officer. For Marne Levine, the moment made the company’s value to the world even clearer.
Tech’s future is likely to be in goods 10-10-16
It’s easy to imagine a future in which products as mundane as toasters and window blinds will be connected to the internet and controlled by software.
Why self-driving Uber cars look so geeky 09-26-16
SAN FRANCISCO — Qawiyah Muhammad can see her own future. Literally.
An Uber driver in Pittsburgh, she knows that one day her job will be replaced by a robot car. She knows the robot cars are coming because she sometimes spots experimental models driving themselves around town.
Mapping a new course with smartphone apps 09-19-16
SAN JOSE, Calif. — When it comes to map apps, consumers are finding plenty of fresh paths to digital navigation thanks to Google, Apple and a whole host of rivals.
What to expect from GoPro’s big drone unveiling 09-19-16
Action camera-maker GoPro Inc. gets its big chance to rebound from a disastrous year when it unveils its first drone and other new products Monday.
With Series 2, Apple admits its smartwatch isn’t for everyone 09-12-16
Two years ago, Apple Inc. executives made the case that anyone with an iPhone would be better off also owning the company’s new smartwatch.
IBM’s Almaden Lab: A glimpse into the future 08-29-16
SAN JOSE, Calif. — To step inside IBM Research-Almaden is to get a peek into how the latest advances in technology are being applied to a crazy quilt of important issues from food safety and cancer to recycling.
Sound Advice: How to use and antenna and satellite TV 08-22-16
Q. I would like to get the local digital sub-channels you mentioned in a recent column. How do I connect the antenna to the HDTV while it is connected to DirecTV at the same time?
Will ride-hailing’s cheap fares persist? 08-15-16
SAN FRANCISCO — In the fight for more customers, drivers and market share, ride-hailing companies have in recent years embraced a simple but powerful strategy: cheap rides.
Calling 5G into question 08-15-16
WASHINGTON — As wireless companies prepare to launch the next generation of service, there are new questions about the possible health risks from radiation emitted by cellphones and the transmitters that carry the signals.
 

 

 























 

 

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