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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:20:52 -0700
Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:42:07 -0700
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets. A much-speculated 10.5-inch iPad Pro didn’t materialize, nor did new versions of existing sizes in the Pro lineup, which is aimed at businesses and creative professionals. The […]
Google opens ‘shortcuts’ to information, tools on phones
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:03:08 -0700
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine. Its new feature, called “shortcuts ,” will appear as a row of icons below the Google search box. Instead of having to ponder and then […]
Trump’s immigration policies give Vancouver’s tech sector an extra bump
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700
Vancouver’s tech payroll has grown 27 percent in the last decade, fueled partly by flexible Canadian immigration policies. Though that’s drawn U.S. companies frustrated with U.S. limits, B.C. officials consider it a short-term advantage and hope to develop homegrown talent.
Google affiliate offers tools to safeguard elections
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:03:02 -0700
NEW YORK (AP) — An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking. Jigsaw, a research arm of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., says that free and fair elections depend on access to information. To ensure such access, Jigsaw says, sites for news, […]
Uber’s latest executive exit follows string of controversies
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:56:57 -0700
President Jeff Jones quit the ride-hailing company after just six months, saying, “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber.”
Insider Q&A: Girding for net neutrality fight
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:03:06 -0700
NEW YORK (AP) — Some tech companies are gearing up for a fight over Obama-era rules that prohibit broadband providers from treating some web services — ahem, their own — better than rival services. These rules made the Federal Communications Commission a tough overseer of telecom. But the new FCC chairman, appointed by President Donald […]
College students turn James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ into a virtual-reality game
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0700
The goal of “Joycestick” is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, as well as to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature, says the Boston College professor coordinating the project.
How the internet is saving culture, not killing it
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0700
In just about every cultural medium, digital technology is letting in new voices. And now the business side of culture is changing: People have started paying for online content.