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On Computers: Cutting the cable revisite, with Philo TV, Watch Now

posted: 07/21/2018 2:01 a.m. Discuss

We asked AT&T how much it would cost to drop our TV service and just keep the Internet. They immediately offered to drop the monthly charge to $120 from $160. That's better, we thought, but hardly the best.

Google hit with $5B fine by EU

posted: 07/19/2018 2:06 a.m. Discuss

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion Wednesday for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

Amazon hyping grocery offerings

posted: 07/15/2018 2:08 a.m. Discuss proved it can use bargain buzz to sell a lot of gadgets on a random day in July. This year, it's hoping excitement around Prime Day gets shoppers to change how they buy groceries.

Lawmakers push leeway in AI car rules

posted: 07/15/2018 2:05 a.m. Discuss

As Silicon Valley and automakers attempt to steer the nation toward a future of driverless vehicles, a group of influential lawmakers remains concerned that bipartisan legislation now moving through Congress could leave consumers at risk by preventing states from demanding tighter safety regulations.

Software maker: Regulate face ID

posted: 07/14/2018 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Amid a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology, Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join the chorus.

On Computers: Google Project Fi cell service expands to LG, Motorola

posted: 07/14/2018 2:01 a.m. Discuss

We like Google’s Project Fi cellphone service so much we wish it were available on every phone. Until recently, you could get it only on a Google Pixel or Nexus phone. Now they’re branching out to LG and Motorola.

Google drone delivery, beaming of Internet getting off the ground

posted: 07/12/2018 2 a.m. Discuss

Google's efforts to build delivery drones and Internet-beaming balloons are no longer just science projects.

Amazon now sells supplies to cities

posted: 07/11/2018 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Regular consumers aren't the only ones shifting more of their spending to

Chinese tech firm bets on music

posted: 07/10/2018 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Tencent, China's most valuable tech company and the operator of the popular WeChat social media platform, says it plans to spin off its streaming music service on a U.S. stock exchange.

Twitter stock falls on purge of 70 million fake accounts

posted: 07/10/2018 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Twitter's shares took an initial plunge Monday after a Washington Post article reported that the company suspended more than 70 million fake accounts in May and June -- a cleanup of the platform that may affect user growth.

On Computers: Thousands of book-title downloads free at public libraries

posted: 07/07/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

And now some good news. Several years ago, we criticized the book choices available for download from public libraries. The result was a spontaneous demonstration by angry librarians. (The whole idea of an angry librarian was beyond our ken.) “It’s not our fault,” they yelled in unison, “it’s the publishers!”

Microsoft sex-bias suit denied class-action status

posted: 07/07/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Two women suing Microsoft over gender discrimination did not prove that performance reviews were conducted so uniformly across the company that thousands of other women could join the bias case, a Seattle judge wrote in a decision released to the public Thursday evening.

Online real estate closing a 1st for Texas

posted: 07/06/2018 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Texas' first all-digital real estate transaction closed this week, meaning that some notaries will start bearing witness to important deals with keyboard strokes rather than pen flourishes.

Unknown USBs risky, experts say

posted: 07/04/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

When journalists arrived in Singapore for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month, security experts were alarmed by what awaited those who were covering it. Inside a welcome bag that included bottled water and a guide to the area was a miniature fan that connects to a computer's USB port.

On Computers: Smart TV or Roku stick? Both have their advantages

posted: 06/30/2018 2:02 a.m. Discuss

A friend of ours is thinking of getting a smart TV. We asked her: Isn't your TV already smart?






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