Q&A: Endless tablet reboots may be a battery problem 06-03-19
Q: I have two Galaxy
Tab S2 tablet computers that continuously turn themselves on and
5G network in Chicago lives up to the hype most of the time.
Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ downloaded in seconds. 06-03-19
Verizon’s 5G network is up and running in Chicago, and when it
works, the fifth generation of wireless lives up to the
review: Time to get serious about my TV antenna
Sometimes you have to
go big. I’ve been a
cord-cutter for more than a year, and until now, I have used an
indoor antenna to watch my local over-the-air channels.
Q&A: How to become a bit less LinkedIn
Q: I’ve used
LinkedIn, the social network for business people, for years. But
I’m having trouble removing myself from LinkedIn Groups I was
once associated with. The instructions I’ve found online
haven’t worked. What can I do?
recognition bans: What’s next in Oakland, at Amazon and more
Efforts to rein in
government use of facial recognition have a big couple of weeks
ahead, days after San Francisco approved a first-of-its-kind ban
on use of the technology by police and other city agencies.
why your internet may be delivered by a drone someday soon 05-20-19
As the pilotless
flying wing came in for a landing, winds suddenly picked up.
Facebook Inc.’s Aquila drone — powered by the sun and wider
than a Boeing 737 jetliner — struggled to adjust. Just before
landing, part of the right wing broke off.
review: Edifier headphones and earbuds give you great sound, no
There are times when
we all would like to tune out the outside world and just relax
in peace and quiet.
Q&A: Why some Mac software will soon be outdated 05-20-19
Q: My four-year-old MacBook Pro is warning me that eight of my
programs “will not work with future versions of MacOS and need
to be updated to improve compatibility.”
tech to power new supercomputer for Department of Energy 05-13-19
AUSTIN, Texas —
Advanced Micro Devices announced Tuesday that its technology
will help power a new supercomputer at Tennessee-based Oak Ridge
National Laboratory in 2021.
is here. Is it a technological leap forward — or a health
CHICAGO — 5G, the
fifth generation of wireless, promises lightning-fast download
speeds and could lay the foundation for high-tech advancements
like self-driving cars. But like many new technologies, it’s
sparking concern about potential health issues.
review: Apple’s second-generation AirPods have improved in
ways you can’t really see 04-29-19
In my January 2017
review of Apple’s AirPods, I called them “the best wireless
earbuds I’ve tried — by a lot.”
Q&A: Telling your PC where you really are 04-29-19
Q: I recently moved
from Chicago to Lakeland, Fla., but my PC doesn’t always
realize it. Whenever I use
Google Maps via the Windows 10 Edge browser, the map shows me a
Chicago starting point.
tech companies want to use AI to make you lunch at work 04-22-19
The next frontier in
automated food could be coming to an office kitchen near you,
complete with big, salad-making robots.
recognition may help you get on a plane or cruise ship faster.
Should you worry about your privacy? 04-22-19
Say goodbye to
standing in long lines clutching boarding passes and other
travel documents. Step this
way, instead. Look into the camera lens and off you go.
twice before sharing medical secrets with Amazon’s Alexa,
Florida’s CFO warns 04-22-19
Amid reports that
Amazon employs thousands of people to listen to customers talk
to their virtual personal assistant Alexa, Florida’s chief
financial officer is warning residents to be careful what they
say about their private health matters.
lawmakers back new online terror content rules 04-15-19
BRUSSELS — Google,
Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and other tech firms are one step
closer to facing the threat of fines if they fail to speedily
remove terror propaganda from their sites, under new European
Union rules backed by lawmakers Monday.
Q&A: Making it easy to log in to websites 04-08-19
Q: My wife and I use
the same PC, but have separate accounts for websites such as
Fitbit or Gmail. Google’s Chrome browser usually saves all the
usernames and passwords for our separate accounts, making it
easy for either of us to sign in.
has its own 19-year cicada problem 04-08-19
Most people of a
certain age remember the Y2K problem that worried digitalists
worldwide when we transitioned from 1999 to 2000 on the night of
Dec. 31, 1999. What would happen to computers and systems when
the last two digits on the date went from 99 to 00?
Q&A: How to stop mysterious ads from appearing 04-01-19
Q: I keep getting
notifications from a sweepstakes website on my iMac. I can’t
figure out where they come from, or how to get rid of them. What
can I do?
announces an impressive list of esports partnerships. Can it
save the company? 04-01-19
Wednesday that it will partner with nearly every major esports
organization in Texas in what could be a pivotal move for a
company that’s been struggling for years to redefine itself.
review: Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ is the best Android phone you
can buy today 03-25-19
Sometimes the tech
gods send a sign. This week
the sign was very clear — it’s time to review the Samsung
Galaxy S10. Usually when a
new phone is released, I’ll get an email from someone at the
phone’s manufacturer or a wireless company asking whether
I’d like to review it.
Q&A: Sometimes computer security can hurt you 03-25-19
Security is a big
concern for all of us, but mostly we worry about keeping
intruders out — out of our computers, our phones and our
could enter the satellite launch business by 2022 03-25-19
Michigan was a major
force in the early Space Age, when Chrysler made rockets that
carried astronauts and General Motors built the electric buggies
they used to explore the moon.
destroys any subtlety that was left on Twitter 03-18-19
First came Twitter.
Then came Twitter fights. Then
came Twitter passive aggression: Insults that don’t explicitly
identify the person being criticized are so pervasive they have
a name, the subtweet.
Q&A: Why you aren’t told your email is blocked 03-11-19
Q: I learned that
email providers sometimes block mail sent from other providers
over the issue of misuse.
video game to day job: How ‘SimCity’ inspired a generation
of city planners 03-11-19
Jason Baker was
studying political science at UC Davis when he got his hands on
“SimCity.” He took a careful approach to the computer game.
spotlights its big bet on 5G at Mobile World Congress
Qualcomm fired off a
barrage of news about its latest 5G technologies on Monday as
the annual Mobile World Congress trade show opened in Barcelona
— highlighting the big bet that the San Diego company is
making on fifth-generation wireless networks.
latest 5G chips to deliver 7 gigabits per second speeds to
mobile devices 02-25-19
SAN DIEGO —
Qualcomm is introducing a 5G cellular modem chip that the
company says is capable of delivering peak wireless download
speeds of 7 gigabits per second to mobile devices.
Spotify gets into podcasts, industry readies for a new era 02-25-19
Some are calling it
the second golden age of audio. Podcasting,
once viewed as a niche industry that catered to public radio
fans, got a major boost this month when Swedish streaming giant
Spotify agreed to pay around $230 million for Gimlet Media, the
New York producer of such audio dramas as “Homecoming” and
the documentary series “Crimetown.”
lets amateurs publish custom Alexa apps to reach broad audiences
Amazon is enlisting
customers to create voice-controlled games, broadcast lectures
and sermons, and turn blogs into audio presentations available
to anyone, through its growing universe of Alexa-enabled