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Troy Wolverton: Lithium battery dangers mean Samsung recall won’t be last

Troy Wolverton: Lithium battery dangers mean Samsung recall won’t be last

October 20, 2016

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) A faulty battery has cost Samsung a pile of money and tarnished its reputation. But the Korean electronics giant wasn’t the first company forced to recall a product due to batteries that had a tendency to catch fire — not by a long shot. And it almost c...

Tech’s future is likely to be in goods

Tech’s future is likely to be in goods

October 11, 2016

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) It’s easy to imagine a future in which products as mundane as toasters and window blinds will be connected to the internet and controlled by software. It’s harder to guess who’s going to make them. Leading producers of consumer software such as Googl...

Medical tech investor Allan Will betting on wireless pacemaker

Medical tech investor Allan Will betting on wireless pacemaker

October 11, 2016

By Tracy Seipel The Mercury News (TNS) SAN JOSE, Calif. — For decades, Silicon Valley health technology investor and operating executive Allan Will has successfully bet on some of the most innovative medical therapeutic devices created to improve, extend and save lives. He’s been a serial CEO, ...

Why restaurants want you to order food on your phone

Why restaurants want you to order food on your phone

September 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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