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Banks passing on passwords, turn to scans

posted: 06/27/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

The banking password likely is on the way out.

In Sao Paulo, Uber takes to skies

posted: 06/27/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

The thunderous chop of helicopter blades echoes from the glassy facades of skyscrapers as top bank executives return from weekend beach jaunts. The ear-splitting migration is heard most Sundays in the financial district of Sao Paulo, South America's biggest metropolis. But if Uber has its way, helicopter commutes will no longer be exclusively for Brazil's most elite financiers.

Israeli firm flying autonomous drones

updated: 06/27/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM -- In two unmarked warehouses in Petah Tikva, Airobotics, an Israeli startup, is assembling, testing and developing an autonomous drone system.

With startup values falling, acquisitions expected to pick up

posted: 06/27/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

David Drummond has a simple explanation for why Alphabet Inc., one of the more acquisitive technology companies, has been sitting on its hands for more than a year.

ON COMPUTERS: Google improving Project Fi cellular service, keeping it inexpensive

posted: 06/27/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

We love our cellphone service from Google's new Project Fi, which we switched to almost three months ago after it won a user-satisfaction poll. It only works with Google Nexus phones, but if you get one, your bill might be as low as $20 a month with tax.

At Hulu, ads given a role in shows

posted: 06/27/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Car commercials are the kind of thing that Mindy Lahiri, the titular character on The Mindy Project, might impatiently fast-forward through or ignore while watching a bad reality-TV show. The Hulu comedy offered an alternative earlier this month for viewers of the latter mindset.

Autistic kids try out face-reading technology

posted: 06/27/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder.

Startups try new models for local online news

posted: 06/27/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- A few new startups are tackling a thorny problem that AOL couldn't solve: How to cover local news in different cities without going broke.

Video sharing latest venture for Facebook

posted: 06/20/2016 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Skyy John owes much of his early Internet fame to YouTube, where he's amassed nearly 3 million subscribers to his cocktail tutorial channel, Tipsy Bartender.

More businesses, customers embrace text communication

posted: 06/20/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Clients can text their lawyers to double-check hearing times. Potential customers may message a dog breeder to find out the due date of the next litter. More often, people who want to get in touch with small businesses are using texts or online chats rather than emails or phone calls.

Chinese company: Robot-maker to fly solo if buyout OK'd

posted: 06/20/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

HONG KONG -- Chinese appliance-maker Midea promised recently that German industrial robot-maker Kuka will remain independent, seeking to allay fears about its takeover bid for the company.

ON COMPUTERS: MySMS app brings Android text messaging to Windows computer

posted: 06/20/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Joy's sister recently sent her an email saying: "Look at your text messages." (She implied, but did not add, "Dummy!") We're much more likely to see email on our computer than texts on our phone and Sis knows it. We're that rare couple who doesn't live on their phones.

Online tools can reveal data limits

posted: 06/20/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Need a dermatologist? Today, online tools can show potential patients which doctors are in their plans' network as well as rank them by the likely cost of a visit.

Apple to limit reach of Google's searches

posted: 06/20/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Apple Inc.'s new artificial-intelligence capabilities may help it protect its software and services businesses from incursions by Alphabet Inc.'s Google -- and cut the internet giant out of lucrative search roles on its devices.

EU official: Data key in LinkedIn merger

posted: 06/20/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

REDMOND, Wash. -- Any probe into Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition of professional social network LinkedIn Corp. will focus on the tie-up's potential to leverage vast amounts of user data, the European Union's antitrust chief said Friday.

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