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Firms inspect hateful screed on media sites

posted: 08/20/2017 2:11 a.m. Discuss

When white supremacists plan rallies like the one Aug. 12 n Charlottesville, Va., they often organize their events on Facebook, pay for supplies with PayPal, book their lodging with Airbnb and ride with Uber. Technology companies, for their part, have been taking pains to distance themselves from these customers.

Police plugging into fast-acting 'crime cam' developed by Arkansas company

posted: 08/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A Bryant company has developed a security system with a camera and software that allows businesses to notify police when a crime is happening.

VIP players get cold shoulder from poker site

posted: 08/14/2017 2:04 a.m. Discuss

PokerStars has a stern, and unusual, message for some of its most passionate clients: Quit winning so much.

Tech developers get military help

posted: 08/14/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- An effort enlisting startup companies to come up with solutions to the military's toughest technological challenges is funding experimental drones, new cybersecurity technology and advanced communications systems for soldiers.

Car safety devices threaten to erode drivers' expertise

updated: 08/14/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

If a car can hit the brakes in an emergency and check its blind spots, will that make car owners worse drivers?

As Snapchat stalls, Instagram prospers

posted: 08/14/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Facebook once failed to buy Snapchat; ever since, it's tried to copy it, mostly without success.

ON COMPUTERS: Google's syncing program backs up important files, tracks changes

posted: 08/14/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

We recently mentioned using File History in both Windows 10 and Windows 8 because it backs up changes you make to your files. You can find it by typing the name in the Windows search box. Another solution is Google Backup and Sync. It's free and somewhat simpler and works for both Windows and Mac. It automatically backs up all your files, or just the ones you mark; it also keeps track of the files you delete.

Facebook to add 500 hate-speech erasers

posted: 08/14/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Facebook said it's adding 500 content-control employees in Germany and bolstering psychological support for workers who delete hate speech from its site, as it faces pressure in the country to crack down on offensive posts.

Reality tech next big thing for the iPhone

posted: 08/07/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple's iPhone is now seen as a possible springboard into "augmented reality," a technology that projects lifelike images into real-world settings viewed through a screen.

Indian firm to offer free phones

posted: 08/07/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

NEW DELHI -- In a move to corner India's vast, untapped smartphone market and elbow out foreign competitors, Mukesh Ambani, the country's richest man and the multibillionaire owner of Reliance Industries Ltd., recently announced that he will start handing out effectively free cellphones.

ON COMPUTERS: Getting the most out of Wi-Fi sometimes means drilling through walls

posted: 08/07/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

We have a reader named McCoy, and he maintains that he is "The Real McCoy" (accept no substitutes). Well, we believe him and he has some good tips, which we will pass along a little further down the way.

$1.8B plant divides chipmakers

posted: 08/07/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Toshiba is moving forward with plans to build a new memory chip plant without partner Western Digital Corp., another escalation of the fight over the future of their joint venture.

U.K. eyes fund to nurture tech startups

posted: 08/07/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The U.K. proposed a new National Investment Fund to help close a $5.3 billion funding gap between American and British technology startups.

China's Didi, Uber to face off in Estonia

posted: 08/07/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Uber Technologies Inc. and Didi Chuxing are once again going head-to-head, this time in Estonia.

Facebook said to work on video-chat hardware

posted: 08/07/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Facebook Inc. is working on a video chat device for the home -- the first major hardware product from its experimental Building 8 lab.

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