December 16, 2018

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Start-up meets Wakanda? Disney innovation hub aims to advance technology for filmmakers 12-03-18
Inside Walt Disney Studios’ original animation building, where artists once drew “Dumbo” and “Cinderella” by hand, a 15-person team of innovators is trying to create a moviemaking Tomorrowland.
The most rampant robocall scams are linked to health insurance, Amazon and student loans 11-26-18
PHILADELPHIA — There’s a good chance the next caller on your cell phone will try to take your money or steal your identity.
Cloud-focused Microsoft keeps its feet on the ground with evolving Surface hardware line 11-19-18
In the dim light of a New York event space, a video announcing the newest version of the Microsoft Surface laptop was playing loudly, projected on a huge screen to a crowd of analysts and media.
A cavernous hangar for Google’s huge ambitions 11-12-18
LOS ANGELES — Google has moved a step closer to transforming the historic Spruce Goose hangar in the Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles into a state-of-the-art office and production facility, the latest sign of how tech giants are expanding their presence in Hollywood’s backyard.
People are keeping their smartphones longer, report says 11-05-18
People are holding on to their aging smartphones longer, squeezing out a few more months of use before trading them in, a report indicates.
Epic Games, maker of smash hit ‘Fortnite,’ raises $1.25 billion from VCs and real-world sports backers 10-29-18
Epic Games, the maker of the wildly popular online battle royal game “Fortnite,” announced Friday that it had raised $1.25 billion from a group that included several big-name sports team owners.
The growing space industry is scrambling to find workers — but it can’t take foreigners 10-22-18
Glow in the dark stars twinkling inside his childhood bedroom and science fiction books in his lap, Shayan Shirshekar grew up like most kids fascinated by space. When he was old enough to say what he wanted to be when he was older, his answer was always immediate: An astronaut.
5G service rolls out — but not without controversy 10-15-18
Lampposts around downtown Los Angeles are being wired with fiber optic cable and shoebox-sized gadgets to beam the fifth and fastest generation of cellular data, known as 5G, into homes and mobile devices.
Microsoft unveils new Surface devices, including headphones 10-08-18
Microsoft announced several new Surface devices at an event in Manhattan on Tuesday, saying the computers have faster speeds and longer battery lives.
Ignite conference: Smart search, LinkedIn profile info coming to Microsoft Office apps 10-01-18
Microsoft announced new features coming to its Office 365 suite, including an AI-powered Clippy-like tool, at its annual Ignite information technology conference Monday in Orlando, Fla.
Intel and other tech companies join Apple against China tariffs 09-24-18
Apple last week filed an objection to tariffs the Trump administration is proposing to impose on China — saying they would raise the costs of Apple Watches, AirPods and other products— prompting President Donald Trump to renew over the weekend his call for the company to make its products in the United States.
Grocers invest heavily in digital to keep up with customers’ shopping habits 09-17-18
More grocery shoppers than ever before are using mobile devices to supplement — or in some cases take over — their shopping, with one Deloitte study finding more than half of all grocery sales today are digitally influenced.
A new app pays you for product recommendations 09-17-18
Don’t try to make money off my online behavior — unless, of course, I get a commission.
Qualcomm says uber-fast 5G networks, phones coming to the U.S. by April 2019 09-10-18
As Qualcomm battled rival Broadcom’s hostile takeover bid earlier this year — probably the biggest threat to the company in its 33-year history — it continued to pour money into developing next generation 5G wireless technologies.
Why some workers think Walmart’s pay-in-advance app is a lousy deal 09-03-18
When Walmart sales associate Emeraid Gems saw that her paycheck was $200 short, she started looking for solutions.
Fires, floods and other calamities fuel this app’s popularity 08-27-18
On the morning a fire forced the evacuation of her daughter’s school, Ruth Kobayashi found out about it when her smartphone bleated out the distinctive tone she knows she can’t ignore: the Orange County high school’s app-based emergency communications system
Google confession: Yes, we track your location, even when you turn off Location History 08-20-18
Google clarified that it does in fact collect users’ location data, even if the user’s Location History setting is turned off. 
Magic Leap, the $2 billion 3D software startup, is finally live. It doesn’t come cheap. 08-13-18
Magic Leap, the secretive Plantation, Fla.-based tech company that has raised more than $2 billion in venture capital to build sophisticated 3D software, has finally gone live.
Tech Q&A: Switching cloud providers on a Mac 08-13-18
Q: I’ve used iCloud (Apple’s cloud storage service) on my Mac, but I find it confusing. I’d like to switch to Dropbox for cloud storage. How do I get disconnected from iCloud?
A new wave of satellites in orbit: Cheap and tiny, with short lifespans 08-13-18
SAN FRANCISCO — It’s one of the most recognizable images in aerospace: Highly specialized workers clad in gowns, hair nets and shoe coverings crawl over a one-of-a-kind satellite the size of a school bus.
Hearing Amazon’s footsteps, Walgreens unveils new digital platform to connect patients to doctors 08-06-18
Walgreens has unveiled a new digital platform to connect customers to medical services, just weeks after its stock dove on news that Amazon is expanding into the pharmacy business.
With an insatiable demand for data centers, some are worried Illinois can’t keep up 07-30-18
Entering the data center that occupies the former Chicago Sun-Times’ printing facility is like walking through the set of a James Bond film.
Virtual reality can help people overcome fear of heights, study shows 07-23-18
Researchers have found virtual reality exercises can help alleviate a fear of heights, showing the technology can be used as an accessible, affordable tool in mental health treatment.
Twitter accounts are about to lose a bunch of followers  07-16-18
Twitter accounts with legions of fishy followers are about to take a hit. As part of its efforts to fight disinformation, the company announced Wednesday that locked accounts will soon stop being counted as followers.
Helpware: Kardia Mobile takes an EKG on the fly 07-16-18
My family thinks I’m a bit of a hypochondriac, but at my age I want to head off potential problems before they turn into ones that require expensive medical attention.
Tech Q&A: Precautions to take if you use Windows XP 07-09-18
Q:09an I continue to use Windows XP safely if I install the for-pay version of Malwarebytes, which is now considered to be antivirus software?
Tech Q&A: How to avoid browser hijacking 06-25-18
Q: I read that I could get better protection against hackers by switching to an independent internet connection service, such as Google Public DNS, Cloudflare or Quad9. What do you think?
Net neutrality rules are dead, but fight lives on 06-18-18
The repeal of net neutrality rules became official Monday despite their popularity with the majority of Americans, opposition from the U.S. Senate and numerous court challenges already underway against the FCC’s controversial decision to end the Obama-era regulations.
Robert Barba: 6 apps that help you save money 06-11-18
Some people are really good at saving, while others might just need a little help. Over the past few years, a number of apps have popped up that help people save money.
Technology is disrupting the way we work, but it’s not all doom and gloom 06-04-18
DALLAS — Business leaders and experts from around the country gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas this week to talk about nothing less weighty than the rapid, relentless and widespread disruption of the economy enabled by fast-moving technological advances.





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