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February 1, 2015


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The doctor is in ....your mobile device 01-19-15
CHICAGO — It was 11:45 a.m. and Dr. Christopher Bailey’s laptop was chirping, indicating a patient was on the line.
Is bitcoin the wave of the future or a dangerous fad? 01-19-15
WASHINGTON — As customers ate lunch at a popular restaurant in Washington’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, few had any inkling they were on the front lines of an international monetary war that’s featured FBI raids, the Deep Web, allegations of money laundering and millions vanishing in a nanosecond.
Sound advice: Recommendations for 50-inch HDTVs 01-12-15
Q: I need a new HDTV and am looking to spend $400-600 on a 50-inch model. I am considering buying used on Craigslist, perhaps a plasma in this price range. Any thoughts on buying used, and any recommendations for my size and price range?
Cell phone signals offer massive trove of travel data 01-12-15
Every hour of every day cell phones are generating data which transportation planners, real estate developers and investors use to help them to understand traffic flows, shopping patterns and population shifts.
Web Buzz: Hopper.com and it Flight Tonight app are last-minute deal finders 01-12-15
What they do: To use Flight Tonight, a simple iOS app from Hopper.com, you input your hometown airport code and it returns same-day flight deals — domestic and international — for that airport and nearby cities. 
Sound Advice: Matching new receiver to vintage speakers 01-05-15
Q: I have some 1970s-vintage small Advent speakers. They are in great shape and rated at 15 watts RMS power handling. I’m in need of a new receiver to go with them as the old one died.
Coding at home: Kids can create technology, not just use it 12-29-14
Kids in more than 150 countries — and President Obama — dabbled in computer programming as part of the recent weeklong Hour of Code (hourofcode.com) initiative, dreamed up to introduce anyone as young as 4 to the fun of creating technology, not just using it.
Pluto.TV offers curated online videos as alternative to YouTube, TV 12-22-14
LOS ANGELES — Ilya Pozin’s 2-year-old daughter wasn’t about to abandon daddy’s comfortable lap. But Pozin had to manage his successful e-cards company, so he’d entertain Paisley in his home office by playing cartoons and educational videos off YouTube on a second monitor.
Ag-tech could change how the world eats  12-15-14
TRACY, Calif. — Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world’s newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming — the world’s oldest industry — with an audacious agenda: to make sure there is enough food for the 10 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2100, do it without destroying the world and make a pretty penny along the way.
Q&A: Shaun Rein, China expert, on why the nation has traded copying for innovation 12-08-14
For years, American firms far and wide have bemoaned Chinese copycats. But these days, the water-cooler chatter in Silicon Valley has turned to the meteoric rise of Alibaba, which in September sparked the world’s largest IPO. With millions of users and merchants, the Chinese firm handles more transactions than Amazon and eBay combined.
Re-engineering Microsoft's culture: 2 veterans work together to break down old barriers 12-01-14
Fans at Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s annual convention kept slipping up and calling the company’s big new video game "Overlord" — which sounds like an obvious, even cliché, name for the kind of dark, lurid shooter game everyone’s grown used to.
High-tech feeders free dairy farmers 11-24-14
FREEPORT, Minn. — The calves at Rohe Dairy don’t bawl when they’re hungry. They live together in small groups in a tall, well-ventilated barn here, about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis, and they eat whenever they please from an automated calf feeding machine.
Sound advice: Setting up a turntable sound system  11-17-14
Q: I just started collecting old and new records. Record Store Day sparked me, and I love my new hobby! I teach history, and have a Crossley portable turntable hooked up in my classroom. I play classic rock in the mornings, the kids really enjoy it.
Internet of Things will transform life, but experts fear for privacy and personal data 11-10-14
It will help you avoid traffic jams as you travel from work to that hot new spot you’ve been dying to try out, tell you on the way about the bar’s half-price coupons and let you check your home video monitors while knocking back a few to see if your cat is clawing the couch again.
Gamers' funding fuels meteoric rise of 'Star Citizen' 11-03-14
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Chris Roberts’ brain spun out a grand vision: a rich, immersive galaxy; exquisite spaceships traversing between infinite star systems with thousands of computer gamers manning the cockpits, racing, dogfighting and defending humanity.
Google execs discuss regulation, innovation and bobble-heads 11-03-14
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg help run Google, one of the world’s best-known, most successful — and most controversial — companies.
Cargomatic's mobile technology connects truckers to freight and people nearby 10-27-14
Truckers who own their vehicles loathe trips with an empty truck bed. 
Michelle Quinn: Criticism of Apple and Facebook's egg freezing benefit is misguided 10-20-14
The cascade of criticism to the news that Apple and Facebook will pay female employees who want to freeze their eggs strikes me as misdirected.
Can Whisper, an app for anonymous confessions, protect users' identities? 10-13-14
LOS ANGELES — Can an app that people anonymously share confessions on, some of which become fodder for news stories, protect the users’ identities?
Theme parks' Halloween scare tactics becoming frightfully high-tech 10-06-14
To re-create a bloody scene from the 1981 horror flick "American Werewolf in London," crews at Universal Studios Hollywood installed computer-controlled strobe lights behind the walls of a dark maze to simulate the flash of bullets.
Chat apps threaten to siphon advertising dollars from the social media leaders 09-29-14
With 21 million people following her on Facebook and 18 million on Twitter, pop singer Ariana Grande can’t personally chat with each of her loves, as she affectionately calls her fans.
Apple intercepts Microsoft's Surface tablet NFL play 09-22-14
Microsoft Corp. thought it had scored a touchdown when it struck a multiyear deal with the NFL that would allow teams to use the company’s Surface tablets during games.
Dell unveils new ultra-thin tablet 09-15-14
Dell Inc. this week unveiled what some are calling the thinnest tablet on the market. Company founder and CEO Michael Dell showed off the eight-inch device — which is only 6 millimeters thick, 20 percent thinner than an iPad Mini — this week at the 2014 Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Google to test cars without a driver 09-15-14
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google plans to begin testing its new prototype of a self-driving car — which, unlike earlier models, doesn’t require a back-up driver — at NASA’s Ames Research Center, just a few miles from the tech company’s headquarters, space agency officials said this week.
 

 

 























 

 

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