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Actually, virtual reality slow to catch on

posted: 01/16/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

SEATTLE -- For a technology to crack the mainstream, there is an unspoken understanding: It shouldn't make the people who use it queasy.

ON COMPUTERS: Ask questions, control your home with Amazon, Google smart speakers

posted: 01/16/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

We're going to talk some more about the digital assistants put out by Amazon and Google. Those would be the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. They are small, relatively cheap (from $50 to $129), and they answer questions and do requests. This is the future.

Earth-movers lose steering wheel

posted: 01/16/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

In Chicago, not far from Lake Michigan, the driver of a Caterpillar bulldozer looked left, right and forward to maneuver the 115-ton machine through a desert obstacle course of sand mounds and old tires. But for all his effort, he didn't go anywhere.

Disney’s Freeform premieres all 10 episodes of Beyond

posted: 01/16/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Walt Disney Co.’s Freeform cable network tried something new with the Jan. 2 premiere of Beyond.

Fayetteville firm sees high-flying market for laser technology

posted: 01/15/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Technology developed by Fayetteville-based Space Photonics is ready for a marketplace that's increasingly interested in bringing the Internet to the world through the use of satellites, drones and high-altitude balloons.

Amazon sets plan to add 100,000 jobs

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Amazon said Thursday that it plans to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. over the next 18 months.

Net providers push to repeal privacy rules

updated: 01/09/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Some of America's biggest cable companies are asking the government to roll back a landmark set of privacy regulations it approved last fall -- kicking off an effort by the industry and its allies to dismantle key Internet policies of the Obama years.

Blood-testing startups draw investors' interest

posted: 01/09/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Blood is still pumping in Silicon Valley.

Private-jet makers expect soaring sales

posted: 01/09/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

Ever since the U.S. presidential election, Ed Dahlberg has pretty much had a smile on his face.

ON COMPUTERS: Google Wi-Fi booster bridges 30 feet that router signal couldn't traverse

posted: 01/09/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

From the earliest days, one of the primary rules about computers and related technology has been: "No matter what you get, you have to get something else to make it work."

Adobe leverages automated tools

posted: 01/09/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- A teary-eyed Mala Sharma felt vindicated as she stood outside a school for impoverished children in India. A student used the Adobe Systems executive's iPad and the company's simplest video editing program to create a quick video that Sharma said amused his teacher and peers.

Fitness-tracker Fitbit works to get apps in shape for '17

posted: 01/09/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

After a tough 2016, Fitbit Inc. has a plan to keep users hooked to its devices for the new year.

Startups look to take worry out of wedding planning

posted: 01/09/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Planning a wedding remains a largely traditional pursuit. For many couples, it is a frustrating monthslong project that requires sifting through masses of details and costs on venues, services and products.

Study detects ad differences on news sites

posted: 01/02/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- The contrast between mainstream and fringe news sites isn't just about content. A Web analytics firm has found clear differences in their underlying advertising technology.

Tesla opens Gigafactory 1 to tours

posted: 01/02/2017 2:04 a.m. Discuss

As far as Tesla's concerned, what's happening in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas. The real action is some 400 dusty miles northwest, across the state in Reno.

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