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T-Mobile moves the needle in its research lab to compete with larger rivals

Erin Raney, Director of Network Technology Services and Innovation at T-Mobile, show how robots in T-Mobile's lab demonstrate one of 5G's benefits - millisecond reaction time - by balancing and controlling a ball much more rapidly than is possible with today's slower 4G technology. The lab is part of T-Mobile's effort to test out next-generation wireless technologies and services, including 5G  (Mike Siegel/Seattle Times/TNS)

March 28, 2017

SEATTLE — For a couple of minutes in a small, nondescript T-Mobile US conference room, the future of wireless is here. Two phone-book sized pieces of equipment stand about 8 feet apart, one representing a cell tower, the other the smartphone of the future. A nearby screen shows the transceiver is beam...

Amazon invests in Costa Rica as tiny nation carves out profitable niche in world economy

March 21, 2017

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. During a balmy weekend last month, the old brick and iron warehouse was packed again, this time with multilingual...

Biotech firm carves a large niche in tools for research

Bio-Techne sees the potential for some of its most exciting and lucrative contributions to science and precision medicine as the industry matures. (Anthony Souffle/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

March 16, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — More than 600,000 times, researchers have cited Bio-Techne Corp. in academic papers as a manufacturer of tools that helped in their search for new tests and treatments. The company, Minnesota’s biggest biotech company, makes tiny bits of biology plus analytical machines and kits used in...

Doctor and biomedical engineer team up on nerve stimulation device

Daniel Romo, MD, left, and Dan Gulick, a PhD in bio medical engineering, pose for a portrait on Jan. 8, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn. Together they formed Aucta Technologies, a startup that is creating a novel method and medical device known as decima to non-invasively stimulate nerves in order to treat a range of diseases, including diabetes. They estimate their device, after appropriate medical testing, could be available to the public in about three years. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

February 28, 2017

By Alex Van Abbema Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Daniel Romo and Daniel Gulick, the young scientists behind the Minneapolis-based startup Aucta Technologies, are used to being flexible with their research. After spending last year wading through the field of noninvasive neuron stimulat...

Spooked by spike in cyber extortion, businesses are stockpiling bitcoin for payoffs

Cybersecurity experts demonstrate their products at this year's RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. The annual conference is a major expo for digital security firms. (Tim Johnson/McClatchy/TNS)

February 21, 2017

By Tim Johnson McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. corporations that have long resisted bending to the demands of computer hackers who take their networks hostage are increasingly stockpiling bitcoin, the digital currency, so that they can quickly meet ransom demands rather than los...

Low-cost mobile carrier CEO finds his calling

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February 16, 2017

By Ronald D. White Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The gig: David Glickman, 51, is co-founder and chief executive of Ultra Mobile, a prepaid mobile carrier that provides low-cost, no-contract SIM cards with a focus on immigrants living in the U.S. The company, headquartered outside Los Angeles, l...

Snapchat’s young users are at once its greatest asset and one of its biggest risks

Andy Milonakis, 16, tries on Snap Spectacles on Nov. 10, the day they went on sale. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

February 9, 2017

By Tracey Lien and Samantha Masunaga Los Angeles Times (TNS) 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. Snap Inc.’s ability to court a young demographic with its ephemeral photo and...

CEO of recruiting software company focuses on diversity

Jon Bischke, CEO of San Francisco startup Entelo, poses Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, on the 24th floor of their offices in San Francisco, Calif. Entelo has developed software to help corporate recruiters find candidates for open positions. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

February 7, 2017

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) SAN FRANCISCO — At first glance, Jon Bischke would seem an unlikely spokesman for diversity. He’s white, 40, blonde — and the CEO of a tech company, an industry that’s been knocked for providing few opportunities for women, African-Americans and La...

Spectacles might get the buzz, but for investors Snapchat is all about the advertising

Los Angeles resident Albert Borrero tries his pair of Spectacles shortly after they went on sale in November 2016. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

January 26, 2017

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The company behind Snapchat has two offerings — that beloved, 5-year-old app for messaging and video streaming, and Spectacles, a months-old, $130 pair of sunglasses that double as a camcorder. The Los Angeles company has promised more gadgets ...

Nontraditional funding may have nearly killed e-sports video firm

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January 19, 2017

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Video games as a professional sport made no sense to Lars Windhorst, a European oil and agriculture investor, until a summer evening in Seoul. Before him lay an impressive sight: Thousands of kids in lawn chairs outdoors watching teams battle in the 20...

Troy Wolverton: At CES, voice assistants assert themselves

The Siri logo is shown on the big screen during a demo at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in 2012. A new study suggests that Siri and other smartphone personal assistants can't adequately help users with issues of mental health, interpersonal violence and physical health. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

January 17, 2017

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) LAS VEGAS — In the very near future, instead of controlling your gadgets by pressing buttons or tapping on screens, you may just talk to them. Intelligent assistant technology like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo is starting to spread widely. At this ...

Competing with Silicon Valley for engineers, aerospace firms start recruitment in pre-kindergarten

Timothy John, 25, an aerospace engineering senior at UCLA who hopes to go into the defense industry, poses on Jan. 4, 2017 at a Design Build Fly's club lab at UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

January 12, 2017

By Samantha Masunaga Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — USC mechanical engineering junior Stephanie Balais developed a passion for aerospace after joining the university’s AeroDesign team and helping to construct an airplane fuselage hours before transporting the plane to a competition in Kansas. ...

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