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AT&T launches HBO Max as it makes a big bet on streaming

AT&T's long-anticipated streaming service, HBO Max, officially launches Wednesday, thrusting the longtime wireless and pay TV provider into a crowded streaming market, perhaps forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The service will launch with 10,000 hours of programming, including new original titles like "Love Life," a scripted comedy...Read more

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Jim Rossman: No more Wi-Fi dead zones

I've had a few reader queries about how to get better Wi-Fi signals at home.

The Wi-Fi router that comes with your internet service may not be up to the task of covering all the corners of your house. Almost every house has dead spots where the Wi-Fi signal (and internet speed) slows to a crawl or is lost all together.

Depending on placement...Read more

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Gadgets: Good time to turn old photos into a book

Even with the lockdown starting to lift, our hours at home are more than ever, so what better time to turn some of those great, priceless photos you have stored on your iPhone into a coffee table photo book. Think of vacations, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries or just a selected period of time. Any group of images will work.

Storing ...Read more

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CNET: Great graduation gifts for under $100

2020 will be a graduation season like no other, with virtual commencement addresses, Zoom graduation parties and drive-in ceremonies with social distancing guidelines in effect. Suffice it to say, it's not going to be very fun or familiar. But that's why it's doubly important for you to step up with a good gift for anyone you know who's ...Read more

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Need help getting organized? Here are 4 apps to keep you on track

Now that many of us are working from home, it's so easy to get distracted by pretty much everything.

Though we can't control things like kids asking us about multiplication, a partner's conference call or needy pets, we can try to control our time management. To help with that, we tested a few productivity applications to keep us on task ...Read more

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Must-have Switch accessory has a Nintendo touch

One of the most important accessories to pick up with a Nintendo Switch or a Nintendo Switch Lite is a memory card. The popular console has 32GB of internal memory, but as players will discover, that isn't nearly enough if they plan on buying games.

More space will be needed if they plan on picking up titles such as "NBA 2K20." (That eats up ...Read more

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Review: 'Trials of Mana' a pitch-perfect remake bridging old and new

Hollywood knows plenty about remakes. The industry has been doing it for decades as the website Film School Rejects noted: With every technological leap, the push to retell a previous film follows. The advent of sound led to a new "Count of Monte Cristo" movie and the introduction of computer-generated images produced an unending slew of live-...Read more

Wall Street banks get a surprise: Investors like virtual events

When the pandemic hit in March, Wall Street banks scrambled to switch their long-standing investor conferences to a virtual format. They're now luring more people than traditional conferences -- perhaps obvious given how easy it is to log on -- but the popularity is even surprising people who organize them.

More than 5,000 people logged on to a...Read more

Tech Q&A: How being online renews Office 365 PC apps

Q: In your column about Microsoft Office 365 (see tinyurl.com/ydyhsap2), you said the user "must go online at least once every 30 days or your PC-based software will stop working." What do you mean by go online? Just connect to the internet? Use the Microsoft Edge browser? Update my Office 365 software?

-- Lauren Tiffany, Iowa City, Iowa

A: As...Read more

Branson's Virgin Orbit fails in attempted rocket launch from 747

Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit said a crucial test of its two-stage, orbital rocket system, designed to rival that of Elon Musk's SpaceX for satellite launches, ended the mission shortly after releasing the rocket from the plane.

A Boeing Co. 747, named Cosmic Girl, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California on Monday...Read more

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Jim Rossman: Keeping your phone clean and germ-free has never been more important

I received an email from a subscriber: "Have you done any research on effective and appropriate ways to clean a mobile phone so as to prevent the phone from being a way to transmit COVID-19?

"I have an iPhone XS covered with an Otter Box and screen."

Well, first, thanks for being a subscriber. Newspapers need all the support we can get. I ...Read more

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CNET: Galaxy Z Flip: After 3 months, I can't stop using it

Last year, if you told me about all the things that would happen in 2020, I'd shake my head with disbelief. This includes the fact that I'd like the Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone. When it launched in February I was skeptical because just a year before, Galaxy Fold reviewer units had a number of issues. Then there was the Motorola Razr. It ...Read more

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Gadgets: Summer fun with this gear

Despite everything else, the summer kicks off this Memorial Day weekend and there are some great gadgets to ensure your fun in the sun has perfect sound, is well-charged and even keeps your beverages chilled.

Ultimate Ears Hyperboom is party-ready with the most powerful sound I've seen from a portable wireless speaker. Yes, it's big with a 14...Read more

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CNET: Best gifts for grads between $100 and $250

The sun's out, but we're stuck inside. And in lieu of mortarboards being thrown skyward, many colleges are preparing to host their graduation ceremonies online instead. Yes, that's going to be a tough transition that no one anticipated even just 90 days ago. And that's why 2020 graduates deserve a generous gift this year. To that end, we've ...Read more

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Roundup: 'Ghost of Tsushima' details, new 'Paper Mario' and Evo Online

Mark July 17 on your calendars because it's going to be busy. It will feel a little like Christmas in the summer with two big titles scheduled for release on that day.

The more anticipated project is "Ghost of Tsushima" on the PlayStation 4, a title that has been in the works for years. Sucker Punch Productions offered a deeper dive into the ...Read more

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Q&A: John Cumbers on how synthetic biology will change us

John Cumbers is founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, a global network of biological engineers and entrepreneurs in a promising new scientific field known as "synthetic biology." The San Francisco Bay Area is a leader in this little-known but fast-growing industry, which reassembles the building blocks of life in imaginative and diverse ways.

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Apple, Google release template for COVID-19 contact tracing apps

Apple and Google on Wednesday released the first phase of a template that would allow software developers to build apps to assist public health authorities in tracking the spread of COVID-19.

Apple and Google executives told reporters that they had refined several features of the template after extensive consultations with public health ...Read more

Did HP purge boomers to make way for millennials? Judge rules lawsuit claims can go ahead

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A federal court judge in San Jose narrowed a lawsuit accusing HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise of purging older workers in favor of younger ones, but ruled that the case should proceed based on its central claims.

Three dozen former employees are suing the firms for age discrimination, claiming they were fired because they ...Read more

Amazon promises 1,000 jobs for a new warehouse near Joe Biden's house in Delaware

PHILADELPHIA -- Amazon has confirmed some details of a much-expected new warehouse center at the former General Motors plant site just west of Wilmington, Del.

On Tuesday, Amazon pledged "more than 1,000 full-time jobs" and a first-floor, robotics-heavy 820,000-square-foot operations center at the site, where developer Dermody Properties has ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Reaching the limits of unlimited storage in Google Photos

Q: For years, I've been storing my camera and phone pictures to my online Google Photos account. (I download the camera photos to my PC and upload them to Google Photos from there.) But for the last couple of months I either haven't been able to upload the camera photos from my PC, or could only upload some photos but not others. Meanwhile, ...Read more