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Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

Jan 11, 2015

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for ...

Jan 9, 2015

Google's U.S. search share drops while Yahoo logs a rise

Google saw its share of the U.S. Internet search market slip on December to its lowest ever mark, while Yahoo notched its highest share in five years, an independent analytics firm said Thursday. Google handled 75.2 percent of U.S. online search referrals for the ...

Cars of the future emerge at CES

Jan 8, 2015

Cars of the future emerge at CES

by Sophie Estienne

It has four wheels, is always connected and the driver is optional: the car of the future is starting to take shape from collaboration between automakers and their technology partners. At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a new breed of cars ...

Jan 8, 2015

Don't sound the death knell for the PC just yet

by Brandon Bailey

A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring. Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets are perfect for watching ...

Sony's Walkman makes comeback in high resolution, for $1,200

Jan 7, 2015

Sony's Walkman makes comeback in high resolution, for $1,200

Sony Corp. is bringing back the Walkman, with a new model of the music player pioneer that comes with high-resolution playback and Bluetooth-connected headphones. The new Walkman, targeting audiophiles and set to cost about $1,200, is a high-end version of a model Sony released ...

Jan 6, 2015

Dish to unveil $20-a-month streaming-TV service with ESPN, TNT

Dish Network Corp. plans to unveil the first major online television service from a cable or satellite company, a $20-a-month set of 12 channels that targets U.S. customers who don’t want to pay for larger, more expensive TV packages. Called Sling TV, the service ...

Dec 30, 2014

Gmail blocked in China

Google Inc’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail Web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a ...

Xbox back online but PlayStation still down

Dec 27, 2014

Xbox back online but PlayStation still down

by Stephanie Griffith

Microsoft’s online network for its Xbox game console was restored to nearly full service Friday after an allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hacker attack brought it and Sony’s PlayStation network down. The PlayStation network remained down, while Xbox’s service returned to all except three of ...

Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards

Dec 26, 2014

Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards

by Kazuaki Nagata

The tradition of sending “nengajo,” or New Year’s postcards, has been in decline as people turn to the Internet, social networking and digital gadgets like smartphones instead of putting pen to paper. Japan Post Co., the postal arm of government-owned Japan Post Holdings Co., ...

Xbox, PlayStation game networks felled by known hacker group

Dec 26, 2014

Xbox, PlayStation game networks felled by known hacker group

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network, Internet services that video gamers use to play online, were hit by connection failures Christmas Day, with the hackers Lizard Squad claiming responsibility. The group, which took credit for an attack on Sony earlier this ...