May 22, 2017

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Sweden’s booming video game industry is more than just Microsoft’s ‘Minecraft’ 05-08-17
STOCKHOLM — Microsoft raised eyebrows in 2014 with the announcement it was spending a hefty $2.5 billion to buy Mojang, the Swedish developer of world-building game "Minecraft."
E-sports’ old college try  04-24-17
LOS ANGELES — Duran Parsi headed to Pepperdine’s law school three years ago with a mission: By the end, he’d either practice law or commit to his fledgling e-sports business.
Large fries? Extra sauce? Why McDonald’s wants to track all your dining habits 04-17-17
CHICAGO — You know a lot about McDonald’s, but McDonald’s doesn’t know much about you.
At least not yet. By year’s end, the world’s largest burger chain will roll out nationwide a mobile ordering system that will collect a wealth of data about the habits of customers — everything from what kind of burgers they prefer to how often they swing through the drive-thru.
The long road to autonomous vehicles 04-10-17
SAN DIEGO — Back in 1995, the NavLab 5 team at Carnegie Mellon University launched an autonomous vehicle on a trip from Pittsburgh to San Diego.
Restaurants fatten up with food delivery apps 04-03-17
SAN FRANCISCO — A year ago Mendocino Farms didn’t offer delivery at any of its 15 Southern California locations. Now Ellen Chen, co-founder of the artisanal sandwich chain, is knocking down restaurant walls to make room for delivery drivers.
Amazon invests in Costa Rica as tiny nation carves out profitable niche in world economy 03-27-17
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — In the 19th century, the customs house here brimmed with the imported wares that first helped this tiny Spanish-speaking nation become part of the wider world economy.
Why Virgin Orbit’s new president isn’t worried about a bubble in the small satellite market 03-20-17
LOS ANGELES — It seems like everyone wants their own swarm of small satellites.
SpaceX, OneWeb, Boeing Co. and other companies have proposed putting constellations of small satellites in low-Earth orbit that could provide greater internet access in previously hard-to-reach areas of the globe.
Telegram was the app where Iranians talked politics. Then the government caught on 03-20-17
Iranians love Telegram. With approximately 20 million Iranian users, it’s the most widely used messaging app in the country.
Nintendo of America chief says early Switch sales top previous consoles 03-13-17
SEATTLE — The Nintendo Switch, released to the world Friday, had the best-selling 48 hours out of the gate in North America of any video-game console ever made by the Japanese company.
Smartphones have you pegged, and for better or worse they’ll soon ID you 03-06-17
SAN FRANCISCO — The things that make human beings unique — fingerprints, irises, facial features — have become the preferred way to sign onto banking accounts online or other sensitive websites, the newest solution to the problem of hackable and forgettable passwords.
Snap’s IPO builds an ‘impregnable fortress’ where only the founders have power 02-27-17
LOS ANGELES — The founders of Snap Inc. want to take the company public. But that doesn’t mean they want to run a public company.
Company betting big on satellite broadband with upcoming launch 02-20-17
SAN DIEGO — About eight years ago, ViaSat Chief Executive Mark Dankberg bet the company he co-founded on satellite broadband, eventually spending $1 billion to transform a technology considered barely better than dial-up into a service that smoothly streams YouTube video.
One bot to rule them all? Not likely, with Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft virtual assistants 02-20-17
SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s no wonder titans of tech are locked in an epic battle of the bots, racing furiously to produce the best virtual assistant.
Snapchat’s young users are at once its greatest asset and one of its biggest risks 02-13-17
Kids don’t use email any more. Facebook is for Mom and Dad. And Yik Yak is so 2015.
When it comes to communication in 2017, Snapchat is where it’s at.
Apoorva Mehta had 20 failed startups before Instacart 02-06-17
SAN FRANCISCO — The gig: Apoorva Mehta, 30, is the founder and chief executive of San Francisco grocery delivery startup Instacart. 
Jennifer Van Grove: Why TV antennas are making a comeback 01-30-17
When it comes to television viewing, what’s old is new again as an increasing number of Americans are dumping their cable boxes and going totally retro.
Can’t sleep? More technology devices promise relief 01-23-17
SAN DIEGO — Do you believe drinking coffee is keeping you up at night? It’s not — as long as you’re consuming less than four cups per day.
Designing a chatbot: male, female or gender neutral? 01-23-17
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Picture a virtual assistant that helps find directions, schedules appointments or plays music, and the soothing yet robotic sound of a female voice likely comes to mind.
Satellite constellations could be poised to challenge the broadband industry 01-16-17
LOS ANGELES — It’s been more than a decade since a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs saw their plans to provide global telecommunications service through massive satellite constellations blow up, doomed by runaway costs.
Unconventional Snap Spectacles make discrete video capture a cinch 01-09-17
LOS ANGELES — For decades, from Kodak to Polaroid to GoPro, companies have marketed cameras by touting features such as focal length, image size and memory space.
Adobe looks to artificial intelligence to make products more approachable 01-09-17
LOS ANGELES — A teary-eyed Mala Sharma felt vindicated as she stood outside a school for impoverished children in India. A student had snatched the Adobe Systems executive’s iPad and had a go with the company’s simplest video editing program. He nailed it, creating a quick video that Sharma said amused his teacher and peers.
How robots will change the workforce  01-02-17
SAN DIEGO — Thirty of the world’s top scientists are scheduled to meet at the University of California at San Diego in February to discuss the toughest challenges in robotics and automation, including how to make driverless cars safe for a mass audience.
Tech-addicted parents to kids: Don’t do as I do 01-02-17
SAN JOSE, Calif. — They limit their kids’ screen time, set filters on their browsers and banish digital devices from the dinner table. Then those same parents pick up their own iPhones to check email, scan Twitter and update their Facebook statuses.
How Microsoft emerged from the darkness to embrace the cloud 12-26-16
SEATTLE — The winter of 2010 brought some of Microsoft’s darkest days.
Bing, the search engine Microsoft built to challenge Google, was burning cash with little to show for it. 
Frustrated by self-checkout? Retailers look to smartphones to cut the line 12-19-16
CHICAGO — Self-checkout is supposed to be a time-saver.
But that’s before you’re admonished about an "unexpected item in bagging area." Or before you struggle to pick precisely which barcode-free apples are in your cart — Honeycrisp or Gala? Regular or organic?.
California adopts nation’s first energy-efficiency rules for computers 12-19-16
The California Energy Commission has passed energy-efficiency standards for computers and monitors in an effort to reduce power costs, becoming the first state in the nation to adopt such rules.
Instagram and YouTube play nice with their most popular users. Why doesn’t Snapchat? 12-12-16
LOS ANGELES — Self-described Snapchat power user Michael Platco received a neon sign bearing his name from social media rival Instagram. And a different video app emails him every week, hoping he tries their services and brings along his 500,000 Snapchat contacts.





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