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New Net rule fires up those opposed

posted: 12/16/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

The Federal Communications Commission's vote on Thursday to repeal its Net neutrality rules marked the end of a brief experiment by the network regulator to rein in the tremendous power of Internet providers by treating them like the highly-regulated telecoms. Now, providers will be allowed to speed up some websites -- and block or slow down others -- so long as they disclose it to the public, and violations will largely be handled after the fact by the Federal Trade Commission, not the FCC.

ON COMPUTERS: Factors simple in selecting next computer to purchase

posted: 12/09/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

This is the time of year when we get our most frequent reader question: What computer should I buy? It's also the easiest question we ever get; whatever you buy, you'll almost certainly love it.

Tech stocks staking bigger claims

posted: 12/08/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

As technology takes over more of people's daily lives, it's also taking over ever-bigger chunks of their investment accounts.

If Net data is breached, site can tell you

posted: 12/06/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Troy Hunt has collected a trove of 4.8 billion stolen identity records pulled from the darkest corners of the Internet -- but he isn't a hacker.

On Computers: Pets get their 15 minutes of fame with storybook sites

posted: 12/02/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Half a century ago Andy Warhol predicted that someday everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. He forgot to mention pets.

Google facing bumpy ride with troublesome products

posted: 12/01/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google, which prides itself on developing software that seems to know what people want almost before they do, is finding itself in a very different world when it comes to its own phones and other gadgets.

Artificial intelligence next tech act

posted: 12/01/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

There are basically three big questions about artificial intelligence and its impact on the economy: What can it do? Where is it headed? And how fast will it spread?

Warehouse robotics draws venture capital

posted: 11/26/2017 2:12 a.m. Discuss

A few years ago, Amazon.com Inc. triggered a robot arms race when it purchased a company called Kiva Systems, maker of automated warehouse robots. Now its competitors are landing bigger and bigger cash injections to lay low the e-commerce giant.

As Apple toyed with speaker, Amazon's Echo left it in dust

posted: 11/26/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Apple audio engineers had been working on an early version of the HomePod speaker for about two years in 2014 when they were blindsided by the Echo, a smart speaker from Amazon.com with a voice-activated assistant named Alexa.

ON COMPUTERS: Windows 10 available free, but it's not without hassles

posted: 11/25/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

A reader said he missed the free period for getting Windows 10. No he didn't. If you want it, you can still get it for free until Dec. 31.

ON COMPUTERS: Website connects experts with people who pay for answers

posted: 11/18/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Earn.com lets you make money giving out your email address. You decide how much it's worth. If you're a big shot, or you think you are, you could charge $100 per message.

Self-driving car eschews human

posted: 11/12/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- The self-driving car is edging closer to becoming driverless.

Sprint vows upgrade now that merger is off

posted: 11/12/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Unwilling to turn control of Sprint over to rivals at T-Mobile US, Sprint's chairman vowed last week to spend more money on the Overland Park-based company's wireless network.

Software startup Sift Science works to stop hacks in their tracks

posted: 11/12/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- With every new hack of computer networks comes questions about how it happened and what kind of security can prevent the next one.

IBM scores in quantum development

posted: 11/11/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

IBM is increasing the pressure on Google in the battle to commercialize quantum computing technology.

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