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State of the Art: The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:19:02 GMT

Remember gadgets? They were wonderful, and now they’re no more.

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Tech Fix: Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:17:08 GMT

Moxie Marlinspike, who founded Open Whisper Systems, the nonprofit that developed the messaging app Signal.Signal, an encrypted chat service, is a must in an era when companies collect ever more information about users and government surveillance may expand.

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New Orleans Becomes New Model for Airbnb to Work With Cities

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:37:16 GMT

Laura Spanjian, a public policy manager at Airbnb who negotiated with New Orleans.Agreements between Airbnb and the city reflect a move by the company to be more conciliatory with local governments, especially after tough regulatory battles globally.

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Lawmakers Change Their Tone on AT&T and Time Warner Deal

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:11:42 GMT

An AT&T store in Manhattan. The telecom giant and Time Warner have proposed an $85.4 billion merger.The telecom giant and media behemoth defended their proposed $85.4 billion merger in a Senate hearing.

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Donald Trump Summons Tech Leaders to a Round-Table Meeting

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:26:27 GMT

Peter Thiel, left, at Trump Tower in New York on Monday. His role is to formulate a tech policy for the Trump administration.During the presidential race, Silicon Valley leaders shunned Mr. Trump and all he stood for. Next week, they’ll meet in New York.

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List of Five: The Straightforward Style of the Polymathic B.J. Novak

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:00:23 GMT

B.J. Novak at home in Los Angeles.He writes. He acts. He developed an app. And he wears clothes.

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App Smart: Make Your Phone a Valuable Holiday Shopping Companion

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:26:27 GMT

The Amazon app is a helpful tool while perusing the offerings in stores.Gift-buying season has arrived, and there are plenty of apps to help make you a smarter shopper.

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Bits: Daily Report: Software Is Eating Your Christmas

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:44:16 GMT

The glory days of tech gadgets may be on the decline. They’ve been consumed by smartphones. Yet, there are reasons to believe in a revival.

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Tech Tip: How to Link to the Good Part of the YouTube Video

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:08:13 GMT

If you don’t want to tell your friends to fast-forward to a certain time in the clip you have shared, send them a special link that goes right there.

Automated Assistants Will Soon Make a Bid for Your Finances

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:01:02 GMT

Ken Lin, chief executive of Credit Karma, which has been adding more financial features for customers, including free state and federal tax filings.Companies are vying to create automated financial assistants that employ artificial intelligence; one was directly inspired by science fiction.

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Girl Posting to Twitter From Aleppo Gains Sympathy, but Doubts Follow

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:23:02 GMT

Bana al-Abed, 7, has more than 220,000 followers on Twitter, where she chronicles the deprivations of a child in war-torn Syria. But she has also raised questions of authenticity.

Man Who Hacked Celebrities’ Email Accounts Gets 5 Years in Prison

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:24:09 GMT

Alonzo Knowles, 24, stole unreleased music and movie and television scripts, as well as nude images, and tried to sell them for thousands of dollars.

The Best New Podcasts of 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:03:51 GMT

Jessica Williams, left, and Phoebe Robinson of “2 Dope Queens,” one of this year’s breakthrough podcasts.Splendid new series, including “2 Dope Queens,” “Bad With Money,” “In the Dark” and “Homecoming,” represent a growing aural landscape.

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Supreme Court Gives Samsung a Reprieve in Apple Patent Case

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:13:35 GMT

Kathleen M. Sullivan, a lawyer for Samsung, outside the Supreme Court building in October. The court ruled on Tuesday that Samsung may not have to give up $399 million for copying parts of the distinctive look of Apple’s iPhone.A unanimous court ruled on Tuesday that Samsung may not have to pay $399 million in damages for copying parts of the iPhone’s distinctive look.

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K.K.R., With Deal for Cybersecurity Company, Extends Its Flurry of Activity

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:44:32 GMT

Henry R. Kravis, co-chairman and co-chief executive of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. The company is building its presence in the technology sector.The planned purchase of Optiv Security would add to a long list of transactions over the past five months including the acquisitions of Epicor and Calabrio.

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Instagram Introduces New Tools Meant to Curb Abuse and Expand Privacy

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:29:05 GMT

Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and chief executive, at an event in 2013.Instagram users will soon be able to remove comments and filter out certain followers.

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Europe Presses American Tech Companies to Tackle Hate Speech

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:37:27 GMT

Nowar al-Husari, an illustrator from Syria, used Facebook on his mobile phone in Berlin. Facebook is facing mounting pressure from German lawmakers to clamp down on hate speech.A report published by European officials said that only 40 percent of online material flagged as offensive was reviewed within 24 hours.

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Bits: Daily Report: Google’s Renewable Cloud

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:01:14 GMT

A 50,000-acre wind farm facility in Minco, Okla., supplies energy to Google’s large data center in Pryor, Okla.The owners of the world’s largest network say it will soon run 100 percent on renewable power. There are business reasons for this.

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Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:51:14 GMT

Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Officials hope to be dependent on renewable energy by next year. Last year, the online company consumed as much energy as San Francisco.The internet giant has spent years migrating the source of electric power at its giant data centers to sources like wind turbines and solar panels.

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The Top Political Tweets and Hashtags of 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:17:17 GMT

Hillary and Bill Clinton at her concession speech in New York on Nov. 9.Twitter announced the year’s biggest topics and tweets in news and politics, but matters of identity and safety were also prominent.

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How Loud Are Your Headphones?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:30:20 GMT

Apple headphones.There are many headphones for sale with different noise levels, but an audiologist helped The Times create a safe experiment with a common model of headphones.

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Children’s Headphones May Carry Risk of Hearing Loss

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:30:21 GMT

Half of 30 sets of so-called noise-limiting headphones and earbuds tested did not restrict volume as much as their manufacturers promised.

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Amazon Moves to Cut Checkout Line, Promoting a Grab-and-Go Experience

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:07:32 GMT

Amazon employees outside the Amazon Go store, which will allow customers to pluck items off shelves and walk out without having to wait in a checkout line, the company said.At an experimental store on the ground floor of a new Amazon office building in Seattle, shoppers will be able to pluck what they want off the shelves and leave without waiting to pay.

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Uber Bets on Artificial Intelligence With Acquisition and New Lab

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:37:49 GMT

Checking a vehicle at an Uber recruitment event this year. The company wants to improve how the computers behind self-driving vehicles make decisions.With the Geometric Intelligence deal, Uber wants to make major advances in how the computers behind self-driving vehicles think and make decisions on the road.

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Streaming: Why Netflix Lets Movie Lovers Down, and What to Do About It

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:00:20 GMT

From left, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo in “Stranger Things.”Sure, there’s choice via streaming. But, really, how much?

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Tech Fix: Two Sous Vide Gadgets Face Off in a Kitchen Showdown

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:45:31 GMT

The Joule sous vide cooker, which is controlled by a smartphone app.Sous vide cooking is simple enough: Put a bag of food in hot water and wait. But two devices for doing this, the Joule and the Anova, differ greatly.

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State of the Art: While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:55 GMT

Snap started with a new idea, of pictures that can be seen for only a short time, but it has since branched out.Once known for its disappearing messages, Snap, the parent of Snapchat, has moved into news and, with Spectacles, consumer devices.

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Trying Snap’s Spectacles: Live With the Look, Enjoy the View

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:11 GMT

If you can pull off the look, Snapchat Spectacles will help you capture video while remaining in the moment.Spectacles, the video-recording sunglasses released by the company behind Snapchat, are among the most compelling tech gadgets of recent years.

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Tech Fix: How Not to Overpay on Black Friday? Let the Web Be Your Guide

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:51:49 GMT

Despite what the ads say, the overwhelming majority of deals on the day after Thanksgiving are duds.

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Vast Group of New Video Games and Hardware Jostle for Holiday Attention

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:45:25 GMT

A customer tries out a first-person shooter game using the new virtual reality system on PlayStation 4.Recently introduced game consoles are breaking the usual new-product cycle, while interest grows in virtual reality titles.

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