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State of the Art: A High-Stakes Bet: Turning Google Assistant Into a ‘Star Trek’ Computer

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:49:56 GMT

Google’s new assistant will be incorporated in new products like Google Home, an Amazon Echo-like talking computer.Google is threatened by the decline of web search, so it’s making a bold bet on what comes next: an all-knowing digital helper.

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F.C.C. Delays Vote on Cable Set-Top Boxes

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:39:33 GMT

Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Consumers now have to rent cable boxes to watch television from cable operators, though alternatives exist.The plan is intended to free consumers from renting the boxes, which cost them $231 a year on average.

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IBM to Acquire Promontory, a Financial Consulting Firm

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:33:21 GMT

The Watson immersion room at IBM’s headquarters. IBM said that acquiring Promontory would mesh with its own offerings, including its Watson platform.IBM said that Promontory, which advises banks on regulatory matters, would mesh with its own offerings, including its Watson artificial intelligence platform.

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Salesforce Is Said to Question Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal in Europe

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:37:56 GMT

From left, Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive of, and Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft.Salesforce, a San Francisco tech company, is said to have questioned whether Microsoft’s takeover of LinkedIn might hinder consumer choice and access to data.

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How Do You Make Turbo Engines More Efficient? Just Add Water

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:13:58 GMT

BMW is using a version of Bosch’s WaterBoost technology in its high-performance M4 GTS. BMW officials said they liked the results.Water injection technology is well-known, but has not caught on in consumer autos. Bosch is betting that environmental regulations will help it go mainstream.

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Qualcomm Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy NXP Semiconductors

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:36:17 GMT

A merger of the two companies would be the latest consolidation in the chip-making industry and could be valued at over $30 billion.

Microsoft Reorganizes Its Research Efforts Around A.I.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:28:26 GMT

The company will combine its vaunted research group with the unit focused on products that use artificial intelligence, like Bing and Cortana.

Bits: Daily Report: When Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Dark Side

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:19:38 GMT

South Koreans watched as the Google computer program AlphaGo beat the Go master Lee Se-dol in March. The kind of artificial intelligence that AlphaGo uses is starting to show up in criminal schemes.Criminals are beginning to take advantage of the kind of smart technology that imitates voices and helps people plot the fastest route home.

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Tech Tip: Take a Picture Quickly in iOS 10

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:34:21 GMT

Among other things, Apple’s latest redesign of its mobile operating system changes the lock screen’s shortcut to the iPhone’s camera app.

Donald Trump Pushes Debunked Theory That Google Suppressed Rival’s Bad News

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:50:25 GMT

Donald J. Trump at a campaign event on Wednesday in Waukesha, Wis.While seeking to publicize his success in unscientific online polls after Monday’s debate, Mr. Trump promoted a debunked conspiracy theory.

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YouTube Hires Music Executive as a Liaison to the Industry

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:44:53 GMT

Lyor Cohen, who got his start in hip-hop, said he would encourage the music world to embrace new technologies to promote music and talent.

Protecting Humans and Jobs From Robots Is 5 Tech Giants’ Goal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:00:15 GMT

Attendees examining a robot at a Microsoft developers conference in March.The Partnership on AI unites Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft to ease public fears of machines that are learning to think for themselves.

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Tech Tip: How Those Wireless Emergency Alerts Find You

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:23:42 GMT

Officials can push out emergency alerts for weather conditions and even warnings about wanted individuals, but not everybody gets the same messages.

On Technology: Social Media Got You Down? Be More Like Beyoncé

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:03 GMT

The pop star provides a model for dealing with the pressure of oversharing.

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Test Run: How to Use Google to Plan Your Trip

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:07:14 GMT

Google Maps revolutionized how you get from point A to point B. Google Trips aims to to do the same for how you vacation.

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BlackBerry Abandons Its Phone

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:46:31 GMT

“We have decided to discontinue all the handset hardware development,” BlackBerry’s chief executive, John S. Chen, said on Wednesday.BlackBerry, the Canadian company whose name was once synonymous with the smartphone, is exiting the hardware business and will license the brand to an Indonesian group.

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Bits: Daily Report: Latest Hack Shows Yahoo’s Weak Security History

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:46:43 GMT

Marissa Mayer, the chief of Yahoo, joined the company in 2012.The internet’s fun place had one of history’s biggest hacks, one of a series of security problems at Yahoo in recent years.

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Defending Against Hackers Took a Back Seat at Yahoo, Insiders Say

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:55:54 GMT

Alex Stamos, then Yahoo’s chief information security officer, at a Senate hearing in 2014. The hiring of Mr. Stamos that year was hailed as a sign that Yahoo was prioritizing its users’ privacy and security. Mr. Stamos left Yahoo for Facebook last year.Clashes over costs and fears that security measures would chase away customers hobbled Yahoo’s efforts, leading to the 2014 breach of 500 million users.

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Cost of College: An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:11 GMT

Charles Isbell at Georgia Tech in Atlanta this week. A senior associate dean at the College of Computing, he helped lead the university’s online education effort.A Georgia Tech computer science program at drastically reduced prices could change the way we think about the problem of college costs.

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A Voice Cuts Through, and Adds to, the Intrigue of Russia’s Cyberattacks

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:47:47 GMT

Vladimir M. Fomenko in Biysk, Russia. Mr. Fomenko is the owner of King Servers, which rents server space, including to those implicated in recent hacking attempts on election systems in Arizona and Illinois.A tattooed 26-year-old living near the Mongolian border is the only person publicly identified with Russia’s cyberattacks. And he’s apparently eager to talk.

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Meditation for Real Life: How to Be Mindful With Facebook

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:01 GMT

Sam KaldaTake a moment before you log on to your phone or computer to evaluate your intentions.

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Next Target for IBM’s Watson? Third-Grade Math

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:59:34 GMT

The IBM computer platform Watson in 2011 with “Jeopardy” champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.Watson, the IBM computer platform that dominated on “Jeopardy!” and has helped fight cancer, is part of a pilot program that will help teachers build personalized lesson plans.

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Trilobites: An App to Help Save Emissions (and Maybe Money) When Buying a Car

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:22 GMT

A Smart car in Annapolis, Md. The author owns one and loves that his “little rattletrap” gets 40 miles per gallon.The app is a result of research that looks at 125 cars and measures their mileage and the greenhouse gases generated in making and powering them.

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Tech Fix: Allo’s Tryout: 5 Days With Google’s Annoying Office Intern

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:07:06 GMT

Google’s new chat app promises to stand out from a crowded field by bringing artificial intelligence into conversations. But it turns out to be frustrating and unhelpful.

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App Smart: Here Come the iPhone 7 and iOS 10 Apps: What to Try First

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:56:29 GMT

Cosmic Watch is a rich app that can show off your new smartphone.For fun or function, the applications for Apple’s newest phone and operating system are rolling in. Here are some new ways to chat, pay and play.

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Tech Tip: What to Do if You Have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:21:46 GMT

Samsung’s new smartphone has a serious battery defect and owners should exchange the device as soon as possible.

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Tech Tip: Make the Mac’s Share Menu More Useful

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:06:40 GMT

Apple’s operating system provides an easy menu shortcut for sharing links, photos and other content, and you can customize your list of options.

Tech Tip: So Now You Want Windows 10 …

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:25:38 GMT

Microsoft ended its free upgrade offer for the operating system in July, but there are other ways to get the software.