October 24, 2016

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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.
Paul Allen’s giant plane takes shape in the desert, but its market is unclear 06-27-16
MOJAVE, Calif. — In the high Mojave Desert, the airframe of Paul Allen’s giant, mysterious plane for carrying rockets into space is approaching completion.
Meet Alfie, Sears’ voice-controlled shopping assistant 06-20-16
CHICAGO — Alexa, meet Alfie.
Sears Holdings, based in suburban Chicago, appears to have introduced a "voice-controlled intelligent shopper" that bears more than a passing resemblance to Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker and its Alexa virtual assistant — albeit without the speaker and more limited features.
Where Yahoo’s media play went wrong 06-13-16
SAN FRANCISCO — When Yahoo announced last year that it had lost $42 million reviving NBC’s TV series "Community" and launching two other original shows, the company framed it as a failed experiment. It didn’t work, so Yahoo was cutting its losses.
Will Uber’s cash path spur others? 06-13-16
LOS ANGELES — Startups have long been the domain of venture capitalists. But with last week’s staggering $3.5 billion investment in Uber from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the tech world has been put on notice — sovereign wealth funds are loaded with cash and ready to do business directly.
Apps track emails, receipts to spot potential price-match refunds 06-13-16
CHICAGO — Nothing takes a big-ticket buy from exciting to maddening faster than finding out the item went on sale shortly after a purchase. A handful of apps have popped up recently promising to track shoppers’ purchases and score refunds from retailers who offer to match post-purchase price changes.
The unusual work environment that helped Naughty Dog make the hot game ‘Uncharted 4’ 06-06-16
LOS ANGELES — Co-presidents. Co-directors. Co-animation leads. Co-art directors.
At video game-maker Naughty Dog, it doesn’t take long to notice that co-responsibilities are commonplace. 
On-demand business model goes global 05-30-16
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — As U.S. startups compete to make everything from diapers to dog food available at the tap of a finger, a group of entrepreneurs from the developing world is using those on-demand business models to make life easier for consumers in their home countries.
Can Google cash in on its pivot? 05-30-16
LOS ANGELES — Google Inc.’s latest technological marvels point to a future where you’ll never need to visit websites, write a term paper or stress over what to buy for your mother’s birthday.





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