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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...

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

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

December 18, 2015

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

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 ( 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

By Jay Greene The Seattle Times (TNS) LAS VEGAS _ 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...

Microsoft fills a hole, unveils its first laptop

October 6, 2015

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) Microsoft Corp. is of two minds. The company says its new Surface Pro 4 tablet can “absolutely” replace a laptop. Its new Lumia phones can work “like PCs” too. Yet Microsoft on Tuesday said it has built a laptop for the first time — a laptop that’...

Anti-piracy battle unfolds in real time on Periscope, live-streaming apps

October 6, 2015

By Queenie Wong San Jose Mercury News (TNS) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Floyd Mayweather Jr. vanquished his last opponent on Sept. 12, but as fans used live-streaming apps such as Periscope to broadcast the fight, they were also throwing punches at anti-piracy rules in real time. The battle extends beyo...

Amazon To End Sales Of Rival Streaming Media Players

October 2, 2015

By Jay Greene The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Amazon plans to stop selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast streaming media players, which compete with Amazon’s Fire TV devices, at the end of October. The company, which will debut an updated version of its Fire TV on Monday, said it’s...

Tech Q&A: Email Isn’t The Place To Store Important Documents

October 2, 2015

By Steve Alexander Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) After reading in last week's column that a woman lost irreplaceable data stored in an email account, a computer expert says consumers shouldn't treat email as an electronic filing cabinet. Janet Ikola of Richfield, Minn., wrote that she lost photos,...

Snapchat? Twitter? Millennials aren’t that interested

September 29, 2015

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times (TNS) All millennials are hooked on social networks like Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram, right? Maybe not, according to survey results recently published by investment firm Battery Ventures. The findings, which came from an Ipsos poll conducted online in August from a s...

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