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State incentives lure data centers

posted: 10/05/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The former limestone mine seemed perfect for a large computer data center. The air was cool. The rock walls provided a defense against natural disasters. And the tunnels bored into a Kansas City hillside had access to abundant electricity and fiber-optic cables.

Scientists find way to shrink transistors, speed up processors

posted: 10/05/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

In the semiconductor business, it is called the "red brick wall" -- the limit of the industry's ability to shrink transistors beyond a certain size.

India next frontier for tech companies

updated: 10/05/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

BANGALORE, India -- U.S. technology companies desperately want to win over people like Rakesh Padachuri and his family.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Home electronics can be controlled with app

posted: 10/05/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The days are getting shorter and my workdays seem to be getting longer. It usually means I come into a dark house at the end of the day.

ON COMPUTERS: Basic Kindles trump iPad when reading in the sun

posted: 10/05/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

A reader wrote to say his wife has a Kindle and loves reading outdoors. His iPad cost hundreds of dollars more but he can't read it in sunlight. "Not fair!" he said. "My wife grins at me as I struggle."

Self-driving taxis to be tested in Japan

posted: 10/05/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Japan will allow tests of self-driving taxis on public roads with passengers next year as the country readies itself to showcase the technology by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Google to FCC: Set free box atop TVs

posted: 09/29/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- It's an afterthought or even an object of scorn in some homes, and it costs TV viewers an estimated $232 per household each year.

No LTE-U rules, group urges FCC

posted: 09/29/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Facing opposition from consumer advocates and the cable industry over a new but controversial flavor of 4G LTE, T-Mobile, Verizon, Qualcomm and a handful of other companies will join an industry coalition this week in an effort to sway regulators in Washington's latest technology fight.

U.S. panel lists ideas on encryption bypasses

posted: 09/28/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- A working group appointed by President Barack Obama's administration has explored four possible approaches tech companies might use that would allow law enforcement agencies to unlock encrypted communications -- access that some tech firms say their systems are not set up to provide.

Ad blockers' rise a threat to stem websites' profits

posted: 09/28/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Website visitors often find themselves waiting and waiting for advertisements to load. Video starts playing automatically, and animated ads jump in front of what they were there to see in the first place. The seconds tick by.

Robots on job in China's factories

posted: 09/28/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

SHENZHEN, China -- In China's factories, the robots are rising.

Facebook plans movies, games through virtual reality headsets

posted: 09/28/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Virtual reality won't just be another technology for hard-core nerds if Mark Zuckerberg gets his way.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Apps help save food from going to waste, recipes from getting lost

posted: 09/28/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

I read a startling statistic recently: The average household throws out about $640 worth of food each year. As of July, there were about 117 million households in the U.S. That works out to nearly $75 billion in wasted food. That's just in the United States, and in just one year.

ON COMPUTERS: Anti-Spy protects privacy of Windows 10 users

posted: 09/28/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

A reader asked us whether it's true that the new Windows 10 collects information on your computer usage. Yes, it does, but no, we're not worried about it (anyone watching us needs serious help). If you're concerned, there's a free program to shield you.

India builds drones, shares blueprints

posted: 09/28/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

India is opening up the designs of its first indigenously developed drones to domestic private companies, seeking to spur further technological advances and encourage manufacturing as Prime Minister Narendra Modi modernizes the military.




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