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Qualcomm buying Bay Area chip startup Nuvia for $1.4 billion

In a bid to boost the horsepower of its mobile silicon, Qualcomm said Tuesday that it plans to buy a Bay Area semiconductor startup Nuvia, founded by key former Apple chip designers, for $1.4 billion.

The move highlights Qualcomm's efforts to deliver top performing core processors not only for Android smartphones but also for laptops, connected...Read more

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New partnership could put University of Minnesota at center of biomanufacturing industry

The University of Minnesota aims to become a hub of bioindustrial manufacturing through a new multimillion dollar partnership partially funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The U's Board of Regents last week approved an agreement to host the Bioindustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE), an effort affiliated with the federal ...Read more

GM launches a new start-up business for deliveries

General Motors is launching a new business later this month called BrightDrop.

BrightDrop will make electric delivery vehicles and offer other technology and services to delivery companies such as FedEx and UPS.

It also gives GM an added revenue stream.

The start-up will initially offer two products: The EP1, an electrically powered pallet to...Read more

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The future of Section 230 and internet speech after Trump

Debates about content moderation, especially on social media, have been a background hum throughout Donald Trump's presidency. Early criticisms of his tone and comportment on the campaign trail morphed into more tangible worries about what a smartphone-happy commander in chief meant for America (Did he just threaten nuclear war in a tweet?) and ...Read more

Apple to open developer school in Detroit, the first program of its kind in the US

Technology giant Apple Inc. will open a school to train developers in Detroit later this year, its first "Apple Developer Academy" in the U.S.

The move is part of Apple's $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, which the company launched in June in the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. The program in Detroit, a...Read more

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Gadgets: Smart water bottle

Monos' new powered Kiyo UVC Water Bottle ensures people on the go have clean, purified drinking water. According to Monos, the UVC kills up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and other pathogens lurking inside the water. They also hope each Kiyo bottle can eliminate more than 100 plastic bottles per year for each user.

The travel-ready bottle is ...Read more


Jim Rossman: Adobe Flash is dead — it’s time to remove it from your computer

I had a few emails from readers asking about the end of Adobe Flash and what they should do about it.

In case you don’t know, Adobe Flash is a piece of software that web developers used to place animations, audio and video on websites.

It was great at first, but then it was found to be a big security hole for hackers to exploit.

Adobe ...Read more


‘Pokemon Go’ running can help you stay fit in the new year

“Pokemon Go” is secretly a fitness app. If you look beyond the cuteness of Pikachu and the simple battle mechanics, few games are more effective at getting players off the couch. That’s part of the game’s mission.

It pushes players to go outside and explore their community. For me, that has led to a deep dive into running as a ...Read more


Quick thoughts on OtterBox’s five Xbox gaming products

Otterbox is known for its smartphone cases. They’re tough and durable like armor wrapped around an expensive and delicate piece of tech. Although the company has experience on that front, it’s venturing into the unknown with its gaming products.

Yes, Otterbox is getting into mobile gaming business with five items designed around ...Read more

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CNET's top tech of 2021: Best true wireless headphones

When it comes to the best headphones, it's hard to narrow things down to the best of the best, especially since there's an endless array of great options available, and it's impossible to review every single model on the planet. But we'll try anyway. We tend to focus on wireless headphones, and true wireless in particular -- yes, Apple's ...Read more

Are robot-made 'printed' buildings a solution to Bay Area housing crisis?

In a cavernous warehouse near the Oakland Coliseum, a 3D printer extrudes a secret blend of minerals and plastic polymer that's hardened into a heavy stone-like form under ultraviolet light.

The end result of that alchemy? A move-in-ready, robot-made modular home from technology startup Mighty Buildings.

Backed by $30 million in venture ...Read more


Tech Q&A: Blocking noise of Zoom calls with kids

Q: I'm trying to block background noise on Zoom calls with students ages 5 to 8 who are at home or in daycare. The students have noise-canceling headphones that block the noise for them, but I have to listen to the sounds of other children, siblings, parents and barking dogs.

The students use iPads that have a plug for their headphones but no ...Read more

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gets into air taxi business with Silicon Valley's Archer

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, known for its love of heavy-duty horsepower in its Hemis and Hellcats, is partnering with a Silicon Valley air taxi start-up with plans to produce electric aircraft in 2023.

FCA, whose brands include Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, has already collaborated with Palo Alto, California-based ...Read more


Pro-Trump social media site Parler, booted by Amazon, takes step toward relaunching

Hours after Amazon effectively scrubbed it from the internet, conservative social media network Parler is taking stumbling steps toward a relaunch.

Parler filed suit Monday against Amazon in federal court in Seattle, contending the cloud-computing services provider violated antitrust law and breached the terms of its contract when it pulled the...Read more


Microsoft, Facebook pause political donations after riot at US Capitol

Facebook Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. said they will pause political contributions after a deadly pro-Trump riot in the U.S. Capitol last week that aimed to disrupt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden.

Airbnb Inc. and Intel Corp., meanwhile, instituted new policies of not donating to U.S. candidates who voted against the election...Read more

Earth’s spin is believed to be speeding up

As Earth’s rotation speed slowed ever-so-slightly in recent decades, leap seconds were added intermittently to keep clocks up to date.

But if a new trend holds, time might need to be turned in the other direction some day soon.

Earlier this month, The Daily Telegraph reported that Earth has reached its quickest spin speeds in the past half-...Read more

Austin's FlashParking to merge with Chicago-based Arrive

Austin-based FlashParking, which develops technology for managing parking lots, is merging with Arrive Inc., a Chicago-based online platform that lets drivers find and book parking spaces.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FlashParking CEO Dan Sharplin said the coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for digitized and touchless...Read more


Delta Air Lines to connect aircraft with Viasat-powered in-flight Internet

Carlsbad, Calif., satellite Internet provider Viasat said Tuesday that it has landed a contract to deliver in-flight Internet connectivity to more than 300 Delta Air Lines aircraft starting this summer.

Delta hasn't used Viasat previously to power in-flight connectivity. But Viasat is a top supplier to other airlines, including JetBlue, ...Read more


Jim Rossman: Try this passcode advice when masks don’t play nice with your phone’s facial recognition

Wearing a mask is a drag when you have a phone that unlocks with facial recognition.

It’s doubly a drag when you also use your phone multiple times each day to pay for things at stores and restaurants, which is exactly when you’d be wearing a mask.

My iPhone XS Max does not have a home button, so I can’t use my fingerprint to unlock ...Read more


Review: 'Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered' is a rush

It’s been 10 years since I first reviewed "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit." And yes, I know that’s wild. What’s even wilder? Ten years later, the gameplay still holds up.

Sometimes, you don’t need to reinvent a game at all for it to dominate the current gaming era. And that’s exactly the case with "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit ...Read more