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Why restaurants want you to order food on your phone

Why restaurants want you to order food on your phone

September 29, 2016


Filed under Business, Food, Technology

By Samantha Bomkamp Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — Swipe, click, food. The ability to order food with the click of a few buttons on a smartphone is becoming widespread — even fast-food companies are getting in on the action. But the technology — which in some cases tracks a customer’s loca...

Despite state barriers, cities push to expand high-speed internet

Despite state barriers, cities push to expand high-speed internet

September 22, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Jen Fifield Stateline.org (TNS) WASHINGTON — Websites take minutes to load and photos take hours to upload at Ryan Davis’ home in the small southern Tennessee city of Dayton. If Davis gets in his car and drives about half an hour south to Chattanooga, though, everything takes under a second....

What to expect from GoPro’s big drone unveiling

What to expect from GoPro’s big drone unveiling

September 20, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) Action 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. The company’s share price has plunged more than 70 percent since last July’s release of a delayed and overpric...

With Series 2, Apple admits its smartwatch isn’t for everyone

With Series 2, Apple admits its smartwatch isn’t for everyone

September 13, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) Two years ago, Apple Inc. executives made the case that anyone with an iPhone would be better off also owning the company’s new smartwatch. But as many gadget buyers remain unsure about the usefulness of high-tech timepieces, Apple this week pitched its seco...

Startups in Target’s Techstars accelerator race to finish line

Startups in Target’s Techstars accelerator race to finish line

September 8, 2016


Filed under Business, Technology

By Kavita Kumar Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Some of Target Corp.’s first class of Techstar startups are already running tests within the company. Others are in active talks about potential partnerships. In the last several weeks, many have zigged or zagged their original conce...

Troy Wolverton: 8 simple steps to secure your devices and data

September 1, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) It’s not easy protecting your devices and data these days. Ransomware, email scams, identity theft, hacking attacks, massive data breaches — the news is filled with stories of the security threats consumers, businesses and governments face. When even t...

Troy Wolverton: Virtual world meets virtual reality as Minecraft heads to Oculus Rift

Tim Johnson, Reporter

August 23, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) If you have an Oculus Rift, you can now use it to explore and build in the world of Minecraft. Microsoft-owned Mojang announced Monday that it has updated its Lego-like virtual world game to support the new virtual reality headset from Facebook’s Oculu...

Snapchat, looking to bitmojis for ad potential, buys Bitstrips

Snapchat, looking to bitmojis for ad potential, buys Bitstrips

March 30, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) You as a cartoon? That’s what Bitstrips Inc.’s app does, slapping customized avatars onto comical sketches designed to be shared on social media. The messages convey greetings, compliments, inside jokes and Internet memes. They’re the kind of bright, silly ...

Cord cutters face a sea of streaming options

Cord cutters face a sea of streaming options

January 14, 2016


Filed under Technology

By Meg James and Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) Like millions of other consumers, Evan Hartstein was fed up with pay TV. The 40-year-old father of two was paying nearly $250 a month for a bundle of phone, high-speed Internet and hundreds of cable channels that he and his family barely wat...

Twitter warns some users about potential ‘state-sponsored’ hacks

Twitter warns some users about potential ‘state-sponsored’ hacks

December 18, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Samantha Masunaga Los Angeles Times (TNS) Several Twitter users said they have received warnings from the microblogging company that their accounts may have been targeted by “state-sponsored actors.” The warnings, which some users said they received Friday, say that the hackers may have been tryin...

Tech Q&A: How To Save Email On A Computer Hard Drive

October 13, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Steve Alexander Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) Several readers were confused about last week’s column dealing with backing up email to avoid losing it (tinyurl.com/qg7hc4n). They wondered how to copy an email folder to a Windows PC or Macintosh hard drive, as suggested by IT expert Dennis...

Amazon Jumps Into Market For Business-Data Analysis

October 13, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Jay Greene The Seattle Times (TNS) LAS VEGAS _ Amazon.com rolled out a new service that lets business customers analyze large amounts of data, putting it into the business intelligence market where it will compete with SAP and Microsoft, as well as younger firms such as Tableau. At the annual...

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