December 8, 2016

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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.
Even the baseball card industry sees its future in the app store  08-08-16
In the top of the first inning of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game last month, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant clubbed a home run off the left field scoreboard at San Diego’s Petco Park.
Hollywood starts to see a role for virtual reality 08-01-16
NEW YORK — On a recent weekday, Hollywood director Ivan Reitman was in the bowels of the Madame Tussauds wax museum here talking up an unlikely passion.
Flailing phone business forces Microsoft to back off hopes for Windows 10 07-25-16
Microsoft says it will take more time than it thought to get a billion devices running Windows 10 because of its sharply curtailed ambitions in the smartphone business.
How Amazon’s team of old-school book reviewers influences what we read  07-18-16
SEATTLE — Within the highly automated folds of Amazon’s online bookstore, there’s a small team of literary types whose main job is rather old school.
My kids don’t have a YouTube channel, but they pretend they do 07-11-16
LOS 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 supermarket aisles.
On-demand business models have put some startups on life support 07-04-16
SAN 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
Can app find next ‘Harry Potter’? 07-04-16
LOS ANGELES — 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 media generation.
Hulu’s dance with brands 06-27-16
LOS ANGELES — 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.





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