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March 28, 2017


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Nintendo of America chief says early Switch sales top previous consoles 03-13-17
SEATTLE — 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 Japanese company.
Smartphones have you pegged, and for better or worse they’ll soon ID you 03-06-17
SAN FRANCISCO — 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.
Snap’s IPO builds an ‘impregnable fortress’ where only the founders have power 02-27-17
LOS ANGELES — The founders of Snap Inc. want to take the company public. But that doesn’t mean they want to run a public company.
Company betting big on satellite broadband with upcoming launch 02-20-17
SAN 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.
One bot to rule them all? Not likely, with Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft virtual assistants 02-20-17
SAN JOSE, 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.
Snapchat’s young users are at once its greatest asset and one of its biggest risks 02-13-17
Kids don’t 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 at.
Apoorva Mehta had 20 failed startups before Instacart 02-06-17
SAN FRANCISCO — The gig: Apoorva Mehta, 30, is the founder and chief executive of San Francisco grocery delivery startup Instacart. 
Jennifer 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.
Can’t 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.
Designing a chatbot: male, female or gender neutral? 01-23-17
SAN JOSE, 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.
Satellite constellations could be poised to challenge the broadband industry 01-16-17
LOS ANGELES — 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 costs.
Unconventional Snap Spectacles make discrete video capture a cinch 01-09-17
LOS ANGELES — For decades, from Kodak to Polaroid to GoPro, companies have marketed cameras by touting features such as focal length, image size and memory space.
Adobe looks to artificial intelligence to make products more approachable 01-09-17
LOS ANGELES — 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 peers.
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.
 

 

 























 

 

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