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State of the Art: The iPhone 8: A Worthy Refinement Before the Next Generation

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:53:49 GMT

The iPhone 8, left, and the 8 Plus both have processors that are significantly faster than the iPhone 7’s.Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have a ring of familiarity. But the phones may feel like a solid upgrade from older models because of their new processor.


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Facebook Faces a New World as Officials Rein In a Wild Web

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:29:51 GMT

Vietnam’s government has said Facebook agreed to help create a new communications channel with the government.The web is not as open as it once was, with nation-states exerting their power over the internet. Facebook and other tech companies are dealing with the consequences.


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Mediator: Facebook Knows More About Russia’s Election Meddling. Shouldn’t We?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:40:53 GMT

A Facebook mural on the company’s campus in 2014. Facebook is under fire for running ads purchased by fake users trying to cause disruption in the American electorate.The social media giant owes it to its users to let them know if they interacted with what amounts to a digital spy. And that’s just the start.


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Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:00:19 GMT

After years of stagnation, the computer is evolving again, prompting some of the world’s largest tech companies to turn to biology for insights.New technologies are testing the limits of computer semiconductors. To deal with that, researchers have gone looking for ideas from nature.


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An Earthquake Hits and Angelenos Shelter on Twitter

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:24:52 GMT

Monday night’s earthquake hit a few miles away from Westwood, Calif., an area near Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.It may have been mild and standard, but it happened in Los Angeles. So, naturally, earthquake was a trending topic on Twitter by early Tuesday.


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Tech Tip: Why Deleted Tweets Still Linger Online

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:55:11 GMT

Even if you kill a Twitter post from your timeline, a search engine may give it a second life until it updates its index files.



High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:48:23 GMT

Miah Persson, live onstage, and Roderick Williams, in film, in “Blank Out,” by Michel van der Aa, who has become known for combining traditional opera and high-tech elements.Michel van der Aa’s “Blank Out,” at the Park Avenue Armory, brings together a live singer onstage and another who appears only in a 3-D film.


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Tech Tip: Outlook for Android, Plain and Simple

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:03:49 GMT

Microsoft’s mobile version of Outlook for the Android platform doesn’t offer text-formatting options, but it does manage your mailbox.



How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Rain from Hurricane Harvey last month pummeling the Skybox data center west of Houston.While millions lost electricity across Florida, and thousands of homes and businesses were flooded in Miami and Texas, the data centers powering the internet held firm.


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How Facebook Is Changing Your Internet

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:41:45 GMT

Behind the scenes, Facebook is involved in high-stakes diplomatic battles across the globe that have begun fragmenting the internet itself.



Jerry Pournelle, Science Fiction Novelist and Computer Guide, Dies at 84

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:49:57 GMT

Jerry Pournelle in 1985.An aerospace consultant, advice columnist, blogger and best-selling author. (And maybe the first to write a novel on a word-processor.)


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Funding Talks at Uber and Lyft Complicate Ride-Hailing Allegiances

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:00:18 GMT

Discussions by Uber and Lyft with potential funding partners illustrate the tangled connections in the ride-hailing business.With Uber reportedly nearing a deal with SoftBank and Lyft having held discussions with Alphabet, alliances are shifting quickly in the industry.


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Lurid Lawsuit’s Quiet End Leaves Silicon Valley Start-Up Barely Dented

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 02:55:44 GMT

For all the outcry over how women are treated in the tech industry, the resolution of a sexual harassment case against Upload, a virtual reality start-up, shows that little has changed.


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Vocations: Serving the Community, Working for Microsoft

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:00:01 GMT

Shy Averett, a community development and event specialist for Microsoft in Troy, Mich., helped students during a workshop for a Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School class.A community development specialist employed by Microsoft tries to help people, especially children, while using the company’s products.


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SoFi Board Says C.E.O. Is Out Immediately Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:41:24 GMT

Mike Cagney, a founder of the online lender Social Finance. The company’s board said on Friday that Mr. Cagney would step down immediately as chief executive rather than stay on until the end of the year.Mike Cagney, the company’s chief executive, had said earlier this week that he would step down at year’s end.


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Ranting and Rapping Online in China, and Raking In Millions

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:23:27 GMT

Li Tianyou live-streaming at a hotel in Dalian, China. Mr. Li is one of the country’s best-known internet personalities, commanding a fan base of 22 million people for his live video streams.Li Tianyou is one of China’s best-known internet personalities and a hero for a generation of disaffected youth from smaller cities and rural areas.


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Tech Tip: Scheduling Your Smartphone for a Little Peace and Quiet

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:00:23 GMT

If you need a break from the constant stream of alerts, notifications and calls, check your device’s settings for a Do Not Disturb feature.



Bits: Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: New iPhones and Facebook Ads

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:00:03 GMT

Bodega, a start-up that is making a vending machine, was criticized for trying to replace corner stores.Two Times tech reporters discuss the week’s events and developments in Silicon Valley, including a certain Apple iPhone event.


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In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:08:17 GMT

At the Threshermen’s Reunion, or Rough and Tumble, in August in Kinzers, Pa. The Amish community’s rapid growth is helping to push some sect members to use modern technology in certain circumstances.Some members of the famously tech-shunning sect have begun to incorporate cellphones and computers into their lives, raising unique questions about the balance between work and home.


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Google and Facebook Face Criticism for Ads Targeting Racist Sentiments

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:45:27 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, in April. A report by ProPublica said the social network’s self-service ad-buying system let advertisers seek out self-described “Jew haters.”Both companies said they would change how their ad systems worked in response to two separate news reports exposing the issues.


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Nikon Picked 32 Photographers to Promote a Camera. All 32 Were Men.

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 22:05:21 GMT

Daniella Zalcman, a photojournalist based in London who has created a database of female photographers.The Tokyo-based company said the women it invited had been unable to attend, but female photographers were unsatisfied by the explanation.


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Google Sued by 3 Female Ex-Employees Who Say It Pays Women Less Than Men

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:35:33 GMT

Google’s main campus in Mountain View, Calif. Three female ex-employees sued the company this week over what they say is systematic discrimination in how women are paid.In a lawsuit filed in state court, the plaintiffs accuse the search giant of systematically discriminating against women in its work force.


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Hyperloop One Strikes Early-Stage Partnership With Colorado

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:41:55 GMT

A Hyperloop One test site in Nevada. The company announced 10 finalists from a global contest for ideas about where the company may build its first routes.Hyperloop One, one of several companies trying to develop high-speed transportation technology, will work with Colorado to study a potential route in the state.


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The Shkreli Syndrome: Youthful Trouble, Tech Success, Then a Fall

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:37:00 GMT

Rule-breaking at an early age may point to the success of company founders like Martin Shkreli, researchers say. It may also foretell their undoing.


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China Bitcoin Exchange to Stop Trading Virtual Currencies Amid Crackdown

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:20:06 GMT

An employee at the Bitmain farm that “mines” for Bitcoin. Chinese regulators have said they will halt exchange trading in the virtual currency.The announcement by BTC China raises the specter of other exchanges shutting down Bitcoin trading in the coming weeks.


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Can a Vending Machine Replace a Bodega? A Start-Up’s Plans Draw Fire

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:17:49 GMT

Bodega’s web-connected vending machines are currently in over 30 spots throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.A company that wants to make its internet-connected vending machines ubiquitous did damage control after implying that it wanted to displace beloved corner stores.


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Tech Tip: Spotting the Phish in a Sea of Email

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:00:25 GMT

Scammers constantly change their tactics to try to fool you into clicking into their clutches, so be aware of hidden links in spam.



Mystery of Russian Fake on Facebook Solved, by a Brazilian

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:54:22 GMT

The Facebook profile of “Melvin Redick,” a fake account that was used to spread Russian propaganda during the 2016 American election. The photos were stolen from a man in Brazil.The Times concluded that “Melvin Redick” on Facebook was a fake American created by Russia as part of its propaganda campaign. But where did the man’s photos come from?


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Tech We’re Using: How to Keep on Top of Technology When You Write About It

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:32:03 GMT

Nick Wingfield at home in Seattle with his Macbook and Apple watch.Nick Wingfield, a New York Times technology reporter who writes about Amazon and Microsoft, discusses the tech he’s using.


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Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:48:59 GMT

American government agencies have been ordered to stop using antivirus software made by Kaspersky Lab, whose headquarters, above, are in Moscow.The company’s origins in Russia have for years fueled suspicions about possible ties to Russian intelligence agencies. Kaspersky denies the allegations.


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Lake Ontario Journal: Hunting for a Canadian Legend: the Avro Arrow Jet Fighter

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 03:21:05 GMT

The Avro Arrow, shown in flight in 1958, was designed to defend Canada against bomber attacks from the Soviet Union.Production of a Canadian supersonic jet fighter, was abruptly canceled almost 60 years ago. But the plane’s legend has grown ever since.


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Noted: Everyone Is Trying to Outdo Each Other With Cute Wi-Fi Names

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:47:30 GMT

DropItLikeItsHotspot, Abraham Linksys — if all you have is a chain of letters and numbers, you’re not living.


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Forced Searches of Phones and Laptops at U.S. Border Are Illegal, Lawsuit Claims

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:46:20 GMT

A lawsuit claims searches of phones and laptops at airports and at the border violated plaintiffs’ constitutional rights. “I felt humiliated and violated,” one woman said after agents detained her and searched her phone.Activists consider the searches a violation of First and Fourth Amendment rights, while United States officials say they are rare and lawful.


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Critic's Notebook: The Silent Film Returns — on Social Media

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:30:16 GMT

Though we may still pop headphones in to watch a YouTube rant, social media has cultivated its own mute visual culture.



Tech Tip: Choosing a Simple Smartphone Solution

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:00:23 GMT

Alternative app launchers can give a phone’s home screen a more simplified look. The Evie Launcher, left, and Big Launcher Easy Phone for Android are shown here.Hardware and software that declutters the phone screen and makes it easier to use can be a big help for nontechnical users.


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Toshiba Says It Favors Bain Group’s Bid for Microchip Business

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:28:54 GMT

Toshiba’s chip-making business is the second-largest producer of flash memory chips used in smartphones.The struggling Japanese company will negotiate with the group over a deal that will be worth billions, but it left the door open for other offers.


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In China’s Hinterlands, Workers Mine Bitcoin for a Digital Fortune

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:14:10 GMT

Inside the Bitmain China facility, which issues over $300,000 in digital currency a day.One of the largest sources of Bitcoin can be found in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, despite Chinese skepticism over its potential for risk.


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‘It Was a Frat House’: Inside the Sex Scandal That Toppled SoFi’s C.E.O.

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:46:47 GMT

“It was a frat house,” Yulia Zamora, a former SoFi employee, said of working at the online lender.Mike Cagney is stepping down as chief executive of the lending start-up Social Finance amid questions about sexual harassment at the company. Inside the events that preceded the move.


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Purged Facebook Page Tied to the Kremlin Spread Anti-Immigrant Bile

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:03:11 GMT

Posts taken from SecuredBorders, a Kremlin-tied Facebook page that posed as an American activist group and spread provocative anti-immigrant messages.The page, posing as an activist group, was one of hundreds of fake accounts Russia used in an information campaign during the election, a revelation that has put Facebook on the defensive.


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Critic's Notebook: At the Apple Keynote, Selling Us a Better Vision of Ourselves

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:32:35 GMT

Ten years after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, Tim Cook, his successor, opened the latest Apple product launchApple’s annual program is an odd streaming TV event: an extended commercial that the faithful watch willingly.


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