April 20, 2019

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Tech 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.
GPS 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?
Tech 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?
GameStop announces an impressive list of esports partnerships. Can it save the company? 04-01-19
GameStop announced 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.
Tech 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.
Tech 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 internet connections.
Michigan 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.
‘Snitch-tagging’ 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.
Tech 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.
From 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.
Qualcomm spotlights its big bet on 5G at Mobile World Congress  03-04-19
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.
Qualcomm’s 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.
As 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.”
Amazon lets amateurs publish custom Alexa apps to reach broad audiences 02-18-19
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 speaker-and-microphone devices.
McCormick will use IBM artificial intelligence to develop flavors, products 02-11-19
McCormick & Co. Inc. plans to use artificial intelligence to create new flavors and products through a research collaboration with IBM, the spice maker said Monday.
‘Why are you looking at me? I see you watching me.’ Smart devices like Nest getting hacked in digital home invasions 02-11-19
Arjun and Jessica Sud routinely use a baby monitor to keep tabs on their 7-month-old’s bedroom. Last month, they heard something chilling through the monitor: A deep male voice was speaking to their child.
Apple is hurrying to fix FaceTime bug that allowed eavesdropping 02-04-19
The FaceTime video-chat app on your iPhone may have let people eavesdrop on you — an embarrassment to Apple Inc., which yanked the flawed feature and said Tuesday that it’s hurrying to fix the underlying problem.
Amazon looks to turn public buses into mobile delivery stations 02-04-19
Public transit systems suffering revenue losses as riders migrate to Uber and Lyft may be able to turn to another tech giant for salvation.
Amazon tests delivery robots 01-28-19
Amazon is testing a wheeled robotic delivery vehicle in a Snohomish County, Wash., neighborhood, the company said Wednesday.
The electronics industry sees money in your health 01-28-19
LAS VEGAS — If the scores of personal health care devices at the recent Consumer Electronics Show are any indication, it’s clear that the Apple Watch has kicked off a rush by high-tech companies to capitalize on people’s worries about their health.
VR gets reality check with significant decline in investment 01-21-19
LAS VEGAS — A few years ago, virtual reality was all the rage in Hollywood, helping to fuel the rise of Silicon Beach with the promise of reinventing the entertainment business.
Apple, a CES no-show, makes its presence felt in ad tweaking smartphone rivals 01-14-19
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas doesn’t officially start until Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped one of the biggest names in tech from making a splash at the gathering.
No, your computer probably won’t blind you 01-14-19
About two months ago, two of my colleagues showed up to work wearing identical new glasses. 
Tech review: New 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro is the perfect combination of size and performance 01-07-19
I can remember when the iPad was just something we hoped Apple would release. After the original 9.7-inch iPad was introduced in 2010, it was another five years before Apple released the iPad Pro, which had a bigger screen (12.9 inches) with more RAM and more storage as well as an optional stylus called the Apple Pencil.
What you really need for the holidays: A tech purge 12-31-18
The traditional time for airing out your closets and getting rid of all the clutter and stuff you no longer need is from New Year to spring. 
Google announces $1 billion expansion in New York City 12-24-18
Google announced Monday that it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new campus in New York City, a major expansion that could add more than 7,000 jobs to the area.
Apple is the latest tech giant looking for a home away from home 12-17-18
Apple will expand its workforce at new and existing offices across the country and plans to build a billion-dollar campus for 5,000 additional employees in Austin, Texas.
Video-greeting company says it’s ‘safer than it’s ever been’ after celebs duped into taping anti-Semitic messages 12-10-18
CHICAGO — Cameo, a company that allows people to pay for personalized video greetings from athletes, celebrities and social media influencers, has been having a banner year.
Qualcomm touts 5G in 2019, launches new processor for flagship smartphones 12-10-18
Qualcomm said Tuesday that another milestone has been hit in efforts to bring ultra-fast 5G wireless devices to consumers next year when a smartphone using its latest modem chip operated on a 5G network at an event in Hawaii.
Beware the holiday ‘smart toys’ that spy on your kids 12-10-18
Children talk to their toys as if they’re really listening, sometimes confiding in dolls and stuffed animals.





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