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Google Earth’s New Voyager Tool Aims to Feed Our Wanderlust

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:46 GMT

Landing page on Google Voyager.Want to visit the places where Ernest Hemingway hung out? Google’s “interactive tours” allow users to explore parts unknown — without leaving their cubicles.

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F.C.C. Leader Seeks Tech Companies’ Views on Net Neutrality

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:01:24 GMT

Ajit Pai, the F.C.C. chairman, in Washington in February. The agency voted on Thursday to roll back rules restricting telecom companies and broadcasters.The chairman, Ajit Pai, met with companies like Facebook and Oracle about his plans to roll back rules that require broadband providers to make all internet content equally accessible.

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Haven’t Bought a Car in a While? It’s a New World Out There

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:50:19 GMT

With people keeping their vehicles longer, a visit to the dealership may leave some feeling like Rip Van Winkle.

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:39:37 GMT

Harry Huskey, circa 1950, with an early computer prototype.One of the last surviving scientists in the forefront of the computer revolution, Dr. Huskey helped develop what was once billed as the first personal computer.

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Russian Hacker Sentenced to 27 Years in Credit Card Case

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:17:00 GMT

Investigators seized evidence from Roman Seleznev’s computers of his hacking schemes and photographs of him with flashy sports cars.The schemes of Roman Seleznev led to the theft and resale of more than two million credit card numbers, resulting in losses of at least $170 million.

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Bits: Daily Report: F.C.C. Boss Wants to Listen to Tech After All

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:52:25 GMT

Ajit Pai, the F.C.C. chairman, in Washington in February. The agency voted on Thursday to roll back rules restricting telecom companies and broadcasters.The industry has been on the outside looking in with federal regulators, but a meeting provides a sign that that could change with net neutrality revisions.

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Tech Tip: What to Try When the Firefox Browser Stalls

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:36:02 GMT

A number of factors may be causing your web browser to lock up, but you might be able to find the culprit yourself with a little troubleshooting.

Ex-Walgreens Chief Starts Venture to Commercialize New Technologies

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:25 GMT

Gregory D. Wasson, the former chief executive of Walgreens, is now working on a smaller scale to build up new companies.The effort by Gregory D. Wasson involves working with a team of entrepreneurs to develop businesses around new technologies lent by big corporations.

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Getting Used to the New Auto Technology

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:50:16 GMT

Buyers who have held on to their cars for a long time may feel a bit like Rip Van Winkle when they shop for a new one.

Bits: Daily Report: Silicon Valley Losing Ground in Washington

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:58:40 GMT

Ajit Pai, chairman of the F.C.C. Since being appointed in January, he has abolished a plan to open the cable box market, suspended several participants from a program for low-income broadband subsidies, and chipped away at net neutrality.The days of tech-industry-friendly regulations are fading fast as rule changes bend to the benefit of telecommunications companies.

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Tech Tip: Ignoring a WhatsApp Scam

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:33:15 GMT

Hackers have been trying to fool people for years by hiding malicious software in seemingly friendly messages, but don’t fall for it.

Unbuttoned: The New Meaning of Fast Fashion

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:00:17 GMT

How quickly do you really need that Gucci handbag? Sometimes it’s O.K. to have to wait for what you want.

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Ajit Pai, F.C.C. Chairman, Moves to Roll Back Telecom Rules

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:47:20 GMT

Ajit Pai, chairman of the F.C.C. Since being appointed in January, he has abolished a plan to open the cable box market, suspended several participants from a program for low-income broadband subsidies, and chipped away at net neutrality.Mr. Pai, who has been unwinding Obama-era regulatory efforts, is putting two items up for vote on Thursday that would empower telecom companies and broadcasters.

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Meet the Foreign Tech Workers Left in Limbo by Trump

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:08:46 GMT

Early-morning commuters at a BART station in Fremont, Calif., a part of the Bay Area where many residents with tech jobs live.They are app makers, they are podcasters, and they are also H-1B visa holders — possibly putting them at risk from the president’s immigration policies.

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On the Runway: Zara Loses Its Skirt Over Pepe the Frog

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:48:42 GMT

A miniskirt sold by Zara, printed with cartoon frog faces, became a subject of social media controversy because of the graphics’ resemblance to Pepe the Frog.The Spanish chain is embroiled in yet another social media crossfire.

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Entrepreneurship: Starting Up a Business, With Little Ones Close By

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:11:24 GMT

Lis Tyroler, center, helped start Nido, a co-working space that offers on-site day care, in Durham, N.C.Though not plentiful, a new crop of work spaces are aiming to offer child care and entrepreneurship support.

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Bits: Daily Report: Cautious Optimism for Trump’s H-1B Plans

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:06:34 GMT

President Trump’s order calls for a series of steps aimed at reforming the visa program for foreign technical workers.The tech industry has aggressively fought the president on several issues. But with regard to Tuesday’s executive order, there is some hope the industry could benefit.

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Trilobites: Broke a Glass? Someday You Might 3-D-Print a New One

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:16 GMT

A pretzel made with a new 3-D printing technique that uses fused silica glass.Researchers think 3-D printing may make it cheaper and easier to create glass objects, from skyscraper facades to tiny devices used in research.

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Tech Tip: An iTunes-Free Way to Back Up Your iPod

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:45:54 GMT

If you choose not to use Apple’s software to manage your music library, there are still plenty of other options to keep your collection safe.

Apple Faces Inquiry in China Over App Store Content

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:06:50 GMT

An Apple store in Beijing. The American technology giant has been under pressure from Chinese authorities over the content it provides in the country.Chinese authorities said they would meet with the American tech giant over video-streaming apps that they said offered forbidden content.

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Ask The Wirecutter: The Value of Sound Bars (Even if They Cost $700)

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:20:23 GMT

A Sonos Playbar is located on the wall under the screen.A sound bar system — good ones cost around $200 and up — is a big improvement over the tiny speakers built into your flat-panel television.

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State of the Art: Why Facebook Keeps Beating Every Rival: It’s the Network, of Course

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Facebook’s chief, Mark Zuckerberg, realized early that creating the best new features is not as important as owning the biggest and most engaged network.

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First Comes Tinder. Then Comes Marriage?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:14:24 GMT

A new study reveals that the app’s users are more likely than offline daters to be looking for committed relationships. And they say “I love you” more often.

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How Trump’s ‘Hire American’ Order May Affect Tech Worker Visas

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:05:50 GMT

Infosys, an Indian outsourcing company that is one of the biggest employers of H-1B visa holders, has opened offices in countries like Poland as it faces more political pressure in the United States.No immediate changes are expected. But the order asks various federal agencies to recommend changes.

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Trump Signs Order That Could Lead to Curbs on Foreign Workers

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:04:27 GMT

The president said the executive order was a way to end the “theft of American prosperity,” which he said had been brought on by low-wage immigrant labor.

Bits: Daily Report: Facebook Struggles With Being Responsible

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:22:31 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, at the company’s developer’s conference on Tuesday. The video of a murder posted on Facebook — and the two hours the company took to remove it — provoked intense criticism of the social media giant.As social media sites add more types of content, critics say it’s time they learn to better police what is posted.

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Tech Tip: Snapping a Shot of the Android Screen

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:54:06 GMT

You can take a picture of your Android device’s screen by pressing the buttons yourself or having the Google Assistant software help you out.

Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:28:35 GMT

At the conference, Facebook introduced an augmented reality platform for people to view and digitally manipulate the physical world around them through the lens of their smartphone cameras.Facebook’s chief executive introduced an augmented reality platform that will allow people to digitally manipulate the world around them.

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Hunt for Facebook Killer Ends With McDonald’s Sighting and a Suicide

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:06:50 GMT

Steve W. Stephens was being sought in connection with a fatal shooting in Cleveland on Sunday.Two days after Steve W. Stephens shot a stranger in Cleveland and posted a video of the crime online, he ended his life near Erie, Pa.

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To Stay Ahead of Facebook, Snap Rolls Out 3-D Features for Messaging

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:02 GMT

Snap’s new technology allows users to place 3-D cartoon images into their pictures and videos.The company’s stock has fallen as competitors copy the features that once made Snapchat unique.

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Frugal Traveler: Which Travel Search Site Is Best? It Depends on Your Goals

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:02 GMT

I began this informal study expecting prices and options to be more or less the same from site to site. Let’s just say I was surprised by how wrong I was.

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Tech Fix: Why You Should Wait Before Buying Samsung’s New Galaxy S8

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:25:35 GMT

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone, with the fingerprint sensor on the back.The phone’s new design, an unfinished important feature and the company’s safety record are all worth taking time to consider.

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Silver Lake Raises $15 Billion Fund for New Tech Deals

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:30:01 GMT

The firm that has helped buy companies like Dell and Ultimate Fighting Championship is looking for more tech and media.

A Murder Posted on Facebook Prompts Outrage and Questions Over Responsibility

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:11:01 GMT

Frame from a video posted on Facebook shows Robert Godwin Sr. moments before being fatally shot.The social media network is struggling with its role in policing content on its global platform.

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Critic's Notebook: How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:48:21 GMT

A move to block hateful speech on the site has punished comedians, political commentators and experts on everything from military arms to video games.

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Bits: Tech Roundup: A Busy Week to Come

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:17:56 GMT

Visitors got a look at the new Samsung smartphones at an event in Moscow last week.Quarterly earnings reports from IBM, Qualcomm and Yahoo; a new Samsung smartphone; and a Facebook developer conference are on the horizon.

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Tech Tip: See All the Mac’s Open Windows at Once

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:01:40 GMT

Mission Control is one of the many features built into the Mac operating system designed to let you find your stuff faster.