Science & Technology




Relaxed rules attract entrepreneurs to state 'sandboxes'

Sandboxes aren’t just play areas for toddlers. Increasingly, state and national governments around the world are creating so-called regulatory sandboxes: programs that allow software companies to skirt regulations in order to test a new product or service.

The most common U.S. sandbox programs serve companies that make financial technology, ...Read more

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Tech Q&A: How to get good Wi-Fi reception in a really old house

Q: We have 114-megabit cable internet service in a 100-year-old house. When we stream to our TVs, we constantly have problems with buffering (delays while the TV waits for the streaming to catch up).We have the most buffering delays with the second-floor TV (about 10 feet on the other side of a wall from the wireless router) and two TVs on the ...Read more

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GE and Safran tout new 'open rotor' engine future for sustainable aviation

To advance the goal of achieving environmentally sustainable aviation, the jet engine giants of the U.S. and France on Monday unveiled a joint vision that would significantly change both the look of airplane engines and how they work. Their timeline suits Airbus but may be problematic for Boeing.

For the next big advance in future aircraft ...Read more


Qualcomm unveils 7 new Internet of Things chips to power smart grocery carts, remote work tech

Qualcomm has been working for years to get its mobile technology into other products besides smartphones — think drones, laptops and smart security cameras.

Those efforts to connect the unconnected — generally called the Internet of Things — have recently started to deliver consequential financial results for Qualcomm, with revenue ...Read more


‘Far Cry 6’ preview shows players igniting a revolution against a dictator

Ubisoft title will launch Oct. 7 and takes place in an nation inspired by Cuba

For a long time, Giancarlo Esposito, who starred in “The Mandalorian” and “Breaking Bad,” was the face of the first-person shooter series “Far Cry" as the dictator Antón Castillo, but a recent Ubisoft announcement detailed the role players will take in ...Read more


Jim Rossman: How to find your laptop’s hidden battery stats

This week a reader writes in: “If I was going to look at buying a refurbished laptop, is there any simple way to determine the state of the battery? I know it is not going to be a new battery, but is there any way to tell if it is on its last leg?”

The answer is yes, you can get a look “under the hood” and see some battery statistics ...Read more


Gadgets: Dewalt power cleaner kit delivers 10 times the pressure of the average garden hose

What was supposed to be an hour or two for testing turned into a successful 12-hour cleaning project with the Dewalt 20 V MAX 550 PSI power cleaner kit.

I’ve been a power washing fan for a year, so now adding the portable outdoor cleaner gives me a full arsenal. The 20V MAX 550 PSI power cleaner is an addition this spring to Dewalt’s 20V ...Read more

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CNET: Best smartwatches for 2021

If you're looking for your first smartwatch or replacing an old one, there are a lot of factors to consider when trying to figure out the best smartwatch for your needs — especially since it will probably be strapped to your wrist 24/7. You'll want to decide on your preferred shape for the watch face, whether you want a model with a fitness ...Read more

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'Mass Effect: Legendary Edition' makes classic games feel modern: review

It’s been nine years since the final proper "Mass Effect" game was released on the Xbox 360. It was 2012 and that game was "Mass Effect 3," the third part of a trilogy that involved you as Commander Sheperd, the Reapers, and the vast part of the galaxy. It was the culmination of a wild ride that blended space politics, shooting, and RPG ...Read more

Review: ‘Subnautica: Below Zero’ thrives on survival, exploration and mystery

Sequel is more than ‘underwater Minecraft’ by giving players a compelling plot even if it meanders a bit

Scientist Robin Ayou is alone on a strange planet and everything is trying to kill her. If it’s not the wintry weather on the surface threatening her with hypothermia, it’s the creatures of the ocean world trying to eat her while ...Read more

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Amazon advertising rates soar in pandemic-fueled surge Inc.’s advertising rates jumped more than 50% in May from a year earlier, signaling the online retailer’s rising profitability should continue through busy periods like its upcoming summer sale Prime Day and the holiday shopping season.

The rise in ad rates, reported by industry researcher Marketplace Pulse, may give lawmakers ...Read more

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Black, Latinx and female entrepreneurs are still ignored by most venture capitalists

As voices of protest rang out during the pandemic year, Jorge Rios had a front row.

The former high school teacher from Mexico wasn't just watching crowds massing in the U.S. and elsewhere over George Floyd's murder, Black Lives Matter, anti-government sentiment and other issues. Rios was monitoring rows of computer equipment and hearing his ...Read more

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Philly tech start-up Sporttrade has a new model for sports betting, and it looks a lot like a stock exchange

Alex Kane traces the origin of his Big Idea to revolutionize sports betting to his junior year at Drexel University, when he and his father placed a wager on an obscure Thai golfer to win the 2016 Masters Tournament.

Kane’s golfer, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, performed surprisingly well through the first half of the four-day tournament and was only...Read more

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Internet ads are a popular tax target for both parties

Last month, Robert Reeve, a digital tech worker from Washington, D.C., went to visit his mom in Michigan for a week. Shortly after, ads for a brand of toothpaste his mom uses—and that he also used during his stay at her house—popped up in his Twitter feed.

Outraged, Reeve posted a Twitter thread explaining how tech companies can determine ...Read more

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Tech Q&A: How to store camera photos where you want them

Q: When I had Windows 7, photos from my camera would be downloaded to my PC. But Windows 10 wants to put my camera photos on OneDrive, Microsoft's online storage service. How can I get Windows 10 to just put the photos on my PC instead of on OneDrive?

Glenn Correnti, Metairie, La.

A: You can avoid using OneDrive simply by changing your ...Read more

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NASA selects 2 Venus missions, co-developed by Wesleyan University professor, to explore Earth's 'hellish' neighbor

For decades, scientists who study Earth’s neighbor Venus have watched with dismay as NASA sends mission after mission to Mars.

The last time the United States visited Venus was in 1989, when it sent the spacecraft Magellan to map the topography of the “hellish” planet. Although Venus is roughly the size of Earth, the planet is ...Read more

The Income Store's 3,300 websites to be auctioned in effort to recover millions for investors in alleged Ponzi scheme

Confiscated by federal authorities, The Income Store’s more than 3,300 websites are set to be auctioned Thursday in a bid to recover at least some of the more than $77 million that investors lost in an alleged Ponzi scheme.

The court-ordered online auction includes 200 operating websites and thousands of dormant domain names, ranging from ...Read more

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Crypto exchange Blockchain announces move to Miami, with plans to create 300 jobs

A major cryptocurrency exchange is joining the move-to-Miami moment., whose digital platform lets users buy, sell, and trade Bitcoin and other forms of digital payment, said it would be moving its U.S. headquarters from New York to the Magic City. In doing so, it said it hoped to create as many as 300 jobs over the next 18 months...Read more

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Facial recognition for fish? Researchers test technology on Asian carp in battle to stop invasive species

CHICAGO — There may come a day on the Illinois River when a fish swims up a chute, slides through a scanner, and, after being recognized as a feared silver carp, is sorted and removed, eventually ending up in a carp burger on your dinner plate.

Keeping invasive carp out of the Great Lakes has involved a series of less-than-silver bullets — ...Read more


Jim Rossman: How to wipe an iPhone for recycling

This week a reader emailed to ask, “Do you have step-by-step instructions for wiping an iPhone 5s prior to donating it or recycling it? My husband and I each purchased a new iPhone SE and it was a wonderful upgrade! Now we have our two old iPhone 5s and want to be sure we accomplish this properly.”

This is a good question and I found ...Read more