Yahoo’s media play went wrong 06-13-16
— 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.
Uber’s cash path spur others? 06-13-16
— 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.
track emails, receipts to spot potential price-match
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.
unusual work environment that helped Naughty Dog make
the hot game ‘Uncharted 4’ 06-06-16
— 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.
business model goes global 05-30-16
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
Google cash in on its pivot? 05-30-16
— 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
tech industry is headed toward a new frontier 05-23-16
— California technology companies are poised to take
the lead in developing new anti-drone and gun safety
tools for the federal government — adding another
layer of complexity to the West Coast industry’s
relationship with East Coast intelligence agencies.
draw a bead on adult coloring books 05-23-16
— Since she got in on the adult coloring book craze
two years ago, Cheri Brown has spent more than $400 on
50 books holding intricate sketches that she embellishes
with Sharpies, colored pencils and gel pens.
people are falling for Amazon’s Echo 05-16-16
SAN DIEGO —
On Christmas Day, Liz Philips and her two sons Sutton,
8, and Greyson, 10, welcomed a new member into their San
Diego home. They called her Alexa, and though not your
traditional bundle of joy, she was immediately embraced
as a permanent resident and much-loved companion.
makes a big shift into cognitive computing 05-09-16
Calif. — IBM’s California research lab sits atop a
green hill here, 15 miles south of downtown San Jose.
the Skype for Fido 05-09-16
— Ever been stuck late at the office while your furry
friend is home alone, and wished you could give Fido or
Fluffy a quick ring or text to check in?
helps seniors without smartphones 05-02-16
Calif. — Don’t be fooled by her age or her
not-so-smart flip phone. Eighty-five-year-old Betty Lou
Luce is spurring a technology movement that’s
spreading from bridge clubs to retirement homes across
Advice: Good news on sound bars 04-25-16
I planned on purchasing a ZVOX SoundBase 570 to
complement my new wall-mounted OLED TV. I see ZVOX has
some new sound bars, the SB400 and SB500.
Wolverton: Apple’s newer, smaller iPad Pro a terrific
launched its first iPad Pro last fall, I was skeptical
of the jumbo-sized device. I’m
much more enthusiastic about tablet’s smaller sibling,
which Apple launched late last month.
offers stand-alone video, month-to-month Prime
Amazon.com is adding some a la carte options to its
$99-a-year Prime all-you-can-eat buffet.
finds niche in restaurants and stores 04-18-16
JOSE, Calif. — Apple has often touted the millions of
consumers who have switched from Windows PCs to Macs and
from Android devices to iPhones.
stunt highlights Facebook’s push into streaming 04-11-16
— Viral video maker BuzzFeed got at least 3.1 million
people to flip over to Facebook to watch a pair of
people in hazmat suits and goggles wrap rubber bands
around a watermelon until it exploded.
consumers ready for telemedicine? 04-04-16
SAN DIEGO —
Is health care going the way of Uber? Though
it may sound far-fetched, seeing a doctor could move in
that direction if telemedicine gains more acceptance,
according to health technology experts.
smartphones answer your call for help? 04-04-16
JOSE, Calif. — If you’re depressed and suicidal, a
victim of rape or domestic violence, can your smartphone’s
personal assistant answer your call for help?
seeks foothold in mobile payments 04-04-16
SAN DIEGO —
Does a small San Diego startup stand a chance in the
mobile payment market competing against the likes of
Apple Pay and Samsung Pay?
hearing aid will help people not to miss a beat 04-04-16
— After three years and millions of dollars, Starkey
Hearing Technologies recently unveiled a next-generation
hearing aid that promises to channel both realistic
speech and authentic-sounding music to the hard of