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State of the Art: Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:00:58 GMT

Next to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, Amazon’s voice assistant may be turning into the third great consumer computing platform of our era.


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Tech Fix: In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:38:16 GMT

There are times an old-fashioned alarm clock may be a better choice than an Amazon Echo Spot. When you don’t want someone taking a picture of what you do in bed, for example.It can be tempting to hook up everything you love to the internet. But take a moment to appreciate some of the objects that can remain unplugged.


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Tech We’re Using: Limiting the Influence of Tech When You Report on It

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:28:59 GMT

Natasha Singer, a technology reporter for The New York Times, at the Data & Society Research Institute in Manhattan, where she did a fellowship. Encrypted communication services have become crucial tools in her work.How Natasha Singer, a tech reporter at The Times, uses tech when she chronicles the industry’s effect on education, privacy and our health.


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Tech Tip: Leaping Over the Language Barrier

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:27 GMT

If you want to browse international sites but cannot understand the text, a number of software interpreters will translate for you.



Bahrain Activist Gets 5-Year Sentence for ‘Insulting’ Tweets

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:27:55 GMT

Nabeel Rajab, right, in 2014. Over the past few years, he has been in and out of jail on a series of charges related to his criticism of the monarchy in Bahrain.Nabeel Rajab, a leading figure of pro-democracy rallies in 2011, had criticized prison abuses and the Yemen war. He was already serving time for criticizing the government.


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Tech Tip: Signing Your Name in Digital Ink

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:00:17 GMT

If you need to electronically sign PDF files, annotation tools built into popular programs let you scrawl your name right on the screen.



Venezuela Launches Virtual Currency, Hoping to Resuscitate Economy

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:32:25 GMT

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela spoke at a news conference in Caracas on Tuesday about the launch of an oil-backed digital currency called the petro.Government officials are hoping to spur vitally needed imports like food and medicine and, perhaps, give investors a way of skirting American sanctions.


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Op-Ed Contributor: How to Monitor Fake News

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:38:22 GMT

Displays showing social media posts were shown at a congressional hearing in November about Russian interference in the election.A software technique could help oversee the spread of disinformation.


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Good News: A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:51:23 GMT

A drone made by a company called Skydio that can follow a person without human interaction The building blocks of artificial intelligence are becoming more affordable and easier to work with. A new report explains why that opens the door to additional risks.


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In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:19:26 GMT

Using tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology, researchers were able to discover new insights into “La Miséreuse accroupie,” a 1902 painting by Pablo Picasso from his “Blue Period.”Scientists used a variety of tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology to discover hidden details in the artist’s paintings and sculptures.


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AT&T Loses Bid to Obtain White House Call Logs

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:20:45 GMT

The AT&T corporate headquarters building in downtown Dallas. The company has argued that the Justice Department has unfairly singled out its $85 billion proposed merger with Time Warner.The decision by a federal judge hampers the company’s argument that politics influenced the government’s move to block its $85 billion merger with Time Warner.


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On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:22:50 GMT

Erin Barnes, a publicist and writer, learned that an automated “bot” account on Twitter was using her name, her portrait and a photograph of her husband and daughter. “It makes my skin crawl,” she said.Millions of “bots” posing as real users are promoting celebrities, spreading misinformation and sowing discord. And it’s far easier to build a bot than to kill one.


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Qualcomm, Moving to Fend Off Broadcom, Raises Bid for NXP to $44 Billion

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:06:29 GMT

Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego. The chip maker’s bid for NXP Semiconductors could prompt Broadcom to abandon its hostile $121 billion pursuit of Qualcomm.The increased offer for a rival chip maker puts pressure on Broadcom to decide how hard it wants to push its hostile bid for Qualcomm.


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Tech Tip: Adding Ports to a Portable Computer

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:00:16 GMT

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock is one option for adding a variety of additional ports to a laptop that offers only a USB-C jack or two.If your lightweight laptop comes with only one standard port for plugging in devices, adding a dock or hub allows you to reconnect with your hardware.


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After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:10:48 GMT

A weekend gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. One hour after news of the school shooting in nearby Parkland spread, Twitter accounts that researchers have linked to Russia shifted their focus to the gun control debate.Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia were focused on Robert Mueller. But after news broke about the shooting, they quickly changed their focus.


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Fox News Plans a Streaming Service for ‘Superfans’

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:00:13 GMT

The Washington bureau of Fox News, which plans to start a stand-alone subscription streaming service, Fox Nation, by the end of the year.Fox Nation will focus primarily on right-leaning commentary and charge viewers a subscription fee.


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The Shift: On Russia, Facebook Sends a Message It Wishes It Hadn’t

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:10:21 GMT

Facebook posts were an important tool for Russians trying to subvert the 2016 presidential election, federal prosectors said last week.Some Facebook executives still seem more interested in defending themselves from criticism than owning their mistakes related to the 2016 election.


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Why A.I. Researchers at Google Got Desks Next to the Boss

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:10:06 GMT

Overstock.com’s headquarters near Salt Lake City. The company’s research operation, OLabs, sits directly outside the chief executive’s office.At Google, Facebook and other tech companies, executives are making statements about priorities with their seating charts.


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Tech Tip: Finding Closed-Caption Content Online

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:00:16 GMT

Many streaming video providers offer movies and television shows with embedded text descriptions for those who cannot hear the words being spoken.



Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive’s Comments on Russian Interference

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:29:38 GMT

President Trump cited tweets by Rob Goldman as proof that Russia’s disinformation campaign was about something other than giving him an election victory.Rob Goldman, Facebook vice president for ads, tweeted about Russia’s disinformation effort. President Trump then cited him. We fact-checked Mr. Goldman.


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Advertising: Google Chrome Now Blocks Irksome Ads. That’s a Good Thing, Right?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:32:07 GMT

When Google updated Chrome last week, it effectively banned some of the kinds of ads web users find most annoying.The brower’s latest update filters out pop-up ads and other annoyances. It also strengthens Google’s grip on the web.


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Bitcoin Thieves Threaten Real Violence for Virtual Currencies

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:32:09 GMT

A person with a cryptocurrency hardware wallet at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris.Criminals have been going after big holders of Bitcoin and Ether, taking advantage of the ease with which vast virtual currency riches can be transferred.


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To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:18:26 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, faces renewed questions about why the social network didn’t catch the Russian activity earlier or do more to stop it.The special counsel’s indictment detailed how crucial Facebook and Instagram were to the Russian campaign to disrupt the presidential election.


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Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russian Oligarch Indicted by U.S., Is Known as ‘Putin’s Cook’

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:51:05 GMT

Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, left, serving dinner to President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow in 2011, when Mr. Putin was prime minister.The secretive oligarch is one of 13 Russians the special counsel charged on Friday for allegedly meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.


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Tech Tip: Creating a Point of Return for Windows

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:00:16 GMT

While it does not back up personal data, Microsoft’s System Restore feature saves a snapshot of your Windows settings for emergencies.



Bits: Farhad’s Week in Tech: Netflix Gets a Star, and Google’s Conflicted Ad Blocker

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:00:13 GMT

As Netflix lures top producers like Ryan Murphy, cable viewers — and not the cord cutters — are the ones missing out, more and more, on television’s biggest shows.A look at the week’s developments in tech, plus a request: Which tech stories would you like to read more about?


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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Tyranny of Convenience

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:30:31 GMT

All the personal tasks in our lives are being made easier. But at what cost?


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