future is likely to be in goods 10-10-16
to imagine a future in which products as mundane as
toasters and window blinds will be connected to the
internet and controlled by software.
self-driving Uber cars look so geeky 09-26-16
— Qawiyah Muhammad can see her own future. Literally.
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.
a new course with smartphone apps 09-19-16
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.
to expect from GoPro’s big drone unveiling 09-19-16
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.
Series 2, Apple admits its smartwatch isn’t for
ago, Apple Inc. executives made the case that anyone
with an iPhone would be better off also owning the
company’s new smartwatch.
Almaden Lab: A glimpse into the future 08-29-16
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.
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?
ride-hailing’s cheap fares persist? 08-15-16
— 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.
5G into question 08-15-16
— 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.
the baseball card industry sees its future in the app
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.
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.
phone business forces Microsoft to back off hopes for
Windows 10 07-25-16
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.
Amazon’s team of old-school book reviewers influences
what we read
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.
kids don’t have a YouTube channel, but they pretend
they do 07-11-16
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
business models have put some startups on life support 07-04-16
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
app find next ‘Harry Potter’? 07-04-16
— 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
dance with brands 06-27-16
— 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.
Allen’s giant plane takes shape in the desert, but its
market is unclear 06-27-16
Calif. — In the high Mojave Desert, the airframe of
Paul Allen’s giant, mysterious plane for carrying
rockets into space is approaching completion.
Alfie, Sears’ voice-controlled shopping assistant 06-20-16
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.
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