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AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines

Research teams at Microsoft and Chinese tech company Alibaba reached what they described as a milestone earlier this month when their AI systems outperformed the estimated human score on a …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Wearables get smaller and smarter

First there were fitness wearables. Then the focus turned to fashionable wearables. The latest evolution, seen throughout this week’s CES in Las Vegas: more functional, futuristic – and sometimes far-fetched …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction

Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media …


Ten years ago, Amazon changed Seattle, announcing its move to South Lake Union

Ten years ago Thursday, Amazon announced it would move to South Lake Union, consolidating the company’s growing footprint into an 11-building campus and abandoning the former hospital building on Beacon …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

Paris hosts major climate summit – and it’s all about Trump

The global climate summit in Paris was designed to bypass Donald Trump, but the U.S. president ended up playing a starring role.


ESPN eliminating 150 production, tech jobs in latest cuts

ESPN is eliminating 150 production and technical employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future.


Federal “extreme vetting” plan castigated by tech experts

Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be “inaccurate and …


Tech company pledges bitcoin donation to build youth home

A tech company in Eugene has pledged to donate $2 million to construct a facility for homeless teenagers in western Oregon, but the gift will be made in bitcoin.


Tech, housing boom creates homeless crisis on West Coast

A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region’s success: soaring housing costs, …


New tech, 3-D holograms preserve Holocaust survivor stories

Fritzie Fritzshall knows she is running out of time. Preserving her story is why she’s on stage, or at least a three-dimensional likeness of her is on stage, at the …


Tech firms seek Washington asset: secret clearances

Under siege for letting their platforms be co-opted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election, Silicon Valley companies are learning what many businesses with interests in Washington have long known: …


As bids for Amazon’s headquarters come due, tech has a chance to spread the wealth

As Amazon ponders where to locate a second headquarters site and 50,000 workers – proposals are due by Thursday – it is raising questions about whether the industry, and America, …


Tech-oriented New York grad school opens

The city’s quest to make itself a legitimate rival to Silicon Valley as a high-tech hub has long bumped up against some harsh realities, among them the fact it hasn’t …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Google gender debacle speaks to tech culture wars, politics

Special circumstances – from the country’s divisive political climate to Silicon Valley’s broader problem with gender equity – contributed to the outrage and subsequent firing of a Google engineer. But …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Google exec denounces employee’s views on female workers

When it comes to why there are so few women in tech, Silicon Valley is in the midst of an ideological battle. The latest conflict is at Google, where a …


The plan to make chip credit cards less annoying

In most of the world, buying goods with a credit card equipped with a chip is a mindless, routine task. Americans, having arrived late to chips after decades of swiping …


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017

Lawsuit challenges YouTube over lost ads in zombie videos

Google and YouTube can’t tell the difference between promoting terrorism and rekilling the undead, a new lawsuit claims.


Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair

Caskets made of paper and wicker coffins on display at a recent Hong Kong funeral industry trade highlighted a trend toward “green burials” in an industry booming as Asia’s population …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017

Robert W. Taylor, visionary in birth of personal computing and internet, dies at 85

In 1968, Robert W. Taylor made a prediction that would guide the course of computer science for decades to come. “In a few years,” he wrote, “men will be able …


The big takeaway for gadget nerds in 2016

Let’s face it: 2016 was a fairly disappointing year for the average gadget nerd. Yes, there were some bright spots, but they were mostly glimpses of technologies that are approaching …


Amazon getting bigger slice of holiday online spending pie, data suggest

Amazon.com has seen its already dominant share of online shopping rise in the walk-up to the holidays, says e-commerce consultancy Slice Intelligence.


WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted …


Gift Guide: Kiddie tech beyond video games, tablets

NEW YORK – What to get a tech-savvy kid who’s tired of the same old tablets and video games? New toys this year range from easy-to-use sets for building circuits …