of America chief says early Switch sales top previous
The Nintendo Switch, released to the world Friday, had
the best-selling 48 hours out of the gate in North
America of any video-game console ever made by the
have you pegged, and for better or worse they’ll soon
ID you 03-06-17
— The things that make human beings unique —
fingerprints, irises, facial features — have become
the preferred way to sign onto banking accounts online
or other sensitive websites, the newest solution to the
problem of hackable and forgettable passwords.
IPO builds an ‘impregnable fortress’ where only the
founders have power 02-27-17
— The founders of Snap Inc. want to take the company
public. But that doesn’t mean they want to run a
betting big on satellite broadband with upcoming launch
DIEGO — About eight years ago, ViaSat Chief Executive
Mark Dankberg bet the company he co-founded on satellite
broadband, eventually spending $1 billion to transform a
technology considered barely better than dial-up into a
service that smoothly streams YouTube video.
bot to rule them all? Not likely, with Apple, Google,
Amazon and Microsoft virtual assistants 02-20-17
Calif. — It’s no wonder titans of tech are locked in
an epic battle of the bots, racing furiously to produce
the best virtual assistant.
young users are at once its greatest asset and one of
its biggest risks 02-13-17
use email any more. Facebook is for Mom and Dad. And Yik
Yak is so 2015. When
it comes to communication in 2017, Snapchat is where it’s
Mehta had 20 failed startups before Instacart 02-06-17
— The gig: Apoorva Mehta, 30, is the founder and chief
executive of San Francisco grocery delivery startup
Van Grove: Why TV antennas are making a comeback 01-30-17
When it comes
to television viewing, what’s old is new again as an
increasing number of Americans are dumping their cable
boxes and going totally retro.
sleep? More technology devices promise relief 01-23-17
SAN DIEGO —
Do you believe drinking coffee is keeping you up at
night? It’s not — as long as you’re consuming less
than four cups per day.
a chatbot: male, female or gender neutral? 01-23-17
Calif. — Picture a virtual assistant that helps find
directions, schedules appointments or plays music, and
the soothing yet robotic sound of a female voice likely
comes to mind.
constellations could be poised to challenge the
broadband industry 01-16-17
— It’s been more than a decade since a handful of
ambitious entrepreneurs saw their plans to provide
global telecommunications service through massive
satellite constellations blow up, doomed by runaway
Snap Spectacles make discrete video capture a cinch 01-09-17
— For decades, from Kodak to Polaroid to GoPro,
companies have marketed cameras by touting features such
as focal length, image size and memory space.
looks to artificial intelligence to make products more
— A teary-eyed Mala Sharma felt vindicated as she
stood outside a school for impoverished children in
India. A student had snatched the Adobe Systems
executive’s iPad and had a go with the company’s
simplest video editing program. He nailed it, creating a
quick video that Sharma said amused his teacher and
robots will change the workforce
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.
parents to kids: Don’t do as I do 01-02-17
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.
Microsoft emerged from the darkness to embrace the cloud
The winter of 2010 brought some of Microsoft’s darkest
the search engine Microsoft built to challenge Google,
was burning cash with little to show for it.
by self-checkout? Retailers look to smartphones to cut
the line 12-19-16
Self-checkout is supposed to be a time-saver.
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?.
adopts nation’s first energy-efficiency rules for
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.
and YouTube play nice with their most popular users. Why
doesn’t Snapchat? 12-12-16
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.
Nom, telling stories through food is on the menu 12-12-16
— 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.
commander of the Cloud shares his vision 12-05-16
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."
unusual work environment that helped Naughty Dog make
the hot game ‘Uncharted 4’ 11-28-16
— 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
a billionaire’s right-hand man became a big fish in a
big pond 11-21-16
— 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
garage that housed Nest holds lure for new startups 11-14-16
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.
firms aim to be video gateways 11-07-16
— 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.
think of Amazon Echo as just a speaker. It’s a whole
new way of life 11-07-16
— 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