LAS VEGAS -- On any given day during the year, tech news is typically dominated by the Apples, Amazons, Facebooks and Googles of the world.
Not so every January, when CES descends on Las Vegas and attention turns for a few brief days to roughly 4,000 exhibiting companies, many of them little-known or completely unheard of start-ups.
Thanks to ...Read more
While we're just a few days into 2018, we're already seeing big names (and small ones, too) make waves as far as Internet access goes.
That means, if the first week in January is any indication, broadband and wireless consumers can expect some pretty dramatic changes and maybe even a few, cool alternative providers to choose from. Happy ...Read more
Q: We use an Amazon Echo Dot device to play streaming music throughout the day, and often have a second unit streaming music on a different floor. Are these devices slowing down my internet service from Comcast?
Bob Oldowski, Bloomington
A: Whether Amazon's streaming music service affects your internet usage depends on what internet speed you ...Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Auto and tech companies are racing to get human drivers completely out of their autonomous cars, perhaps as soon as this year.
Numerous companies have been testing small fleets of autonomous vehicles on highways and city streets, yet, to date, nearly all of these vehicles have had test drivers or engineers inside, ready to take ...Read more
Comcast Corp.'s venture capital arm and IBM Corp. have agreed to finance MState, a fund that invests in early-stage firms looking to sell blockchain-based services to big corporations.
The fund's first investment is in BlockDaemon, a New York firm founded by Konstantine Richter (formerly of Lookbooks) which promises clients "one-click ...Read more
One of the biggest advancements in TVs is the 4K standard, in which resolution is four times that of regular HD. Chances are good that if you bought all but the cheapest TVs in the past year, your new one has 4K capability. But 4K content, outside of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, has been limited. That's about to change: ...Read more
FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Imagine flying from Fort Worth to Frisco in just a matter of minutes.
If all goes according to plan, urban air taxis could be zipping across the Dallas-Fort Worth area within the next decade.
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Bell Helicopter will roll out its air taxi cabin design. The mockup will ...Read more
It's no surprise that the United States ranks absolutely last in child mortality among the world's wealthiest countries -- that's been true for years. A new study examines how this sad situation came to be.
According to data from the World Health Organization and the global Human Mortality Database, the problems go all the way back to the 1960s...Read more
The BeastAlex Bobrov
Poised precariously between imagination and madness, The Beast is a psychological thriller and action novel in which several personalities from parallel worlds come together in a single body at a turning point in their lives. It is a culmination of absolutely different ...
People can judge whether someone is sick by looking at a photo for just a few seconds.
That may not sound remarkable -- until you consider that the sick people in the photos were in the very early stages of illnesses. They were participants in a scientific experiment and had agreed to be infected with a bacterium that would cause an ...Read more
When Mr. Rogers told viewers of his beloved children's TV show to "look for the helpers," bonobos clearly weren't paying attention. A new study of one of our closest living relatives finds that these docile apes prefer individuals who hinder over those who help.
The findings, described in the journal Current Biology, could shed light on the ...Read more
Roku, which makes devices for streaming internet video on television sets, announced Wednesday that it plans to develop a voice assistant and let manufacturers create Roku-connected speakers, stepping up its competition with Apple, Google and Amazon.com.
Owners of Roku TVs and players will get the voice-powered Roku Entertainment Assistant free...Read more
Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new...Read more
Across a span of 11,500 years, a baby is speaking to us.
Although she was just an infant when she died, her diminutive remains are helping researchers understand how ancient people first entered and then moved around the Americas.
The little girl recently was given the name Xach'itee'aaneh T'eede Gaay (Sunrise Girl-Child) by indigenous people ...Read more
Every year one or two breakout technologies capture the imagination of consumers. Eighteen months ago, it was Pokemon Go, the first augmented reality mobile app to really catch fire. A few years before that, it was 3-D printers.
Last year, it clearly was digital assistants -- Amazon Echo, Google Home and others -- that tapped cloud-connected ...Read more
There's no question: 2017 was the year of the cord-cutter.
The rise of online skinny bundles and the exodus of traditional pay TV customers mean 2018 will be another formative year for Internet TV. Not only will winners and losers be decided, but everyone will be watching to see what, if anything, cable and Internet providers do to drum up ...Read more
Q: My PC's SSD (solid-state drive, memory chips that replace a hard drive) has been scrambled. That means I'll have to erase it and reload Windows 7, my programs and my 900 gigabytes of data -- a time-consuming process.
I'd like to avoid doing this again if I have another SSD failure. Is there an easy way to regularly back up my entire SSD -- ...Read more
Just how bad is it for women who work in Silicon Valley, the land of disruption and the tech capital of the world?
Think sex parties at mansions and chateaus where there are two women for every man in attendance, with alcohol aplenty and drugs "molded into the logos of some of the hottest tech companies." Or "cuddle puddles" that later lead to ...Read more
Looking for a bargain? How about that $275 laptop PC from an office-supply store? Ever since Black Friday, this laptop has intrigued me. This isn't a Chromebook, either. It's a real honest-to-goodness computer. Windows 8.1 is included. And there's the tipoff. Most PCs sold in the last few years come equipped with Windows 10.
This is a vintage ...Read more
Call it whatever you like -- a blue red moon, a purple moon, a blood moon -- but the moon will be a special sight on Jan. 31.
Three separate celestial events will occur simultaneously that night, resulting in what some are calling a super blue blood moon eclipse. The astronomical rarity hasn't happened for more than 150 years, according to ...Read more
Before there was an iPhone, iMac or Macintosh, Apple had the Lisa computer.
The Lisa computer -- which stands for Local Integrated Software Architecture but was also named after Steve Jobs' eldest daughter -- was a flop when it released in 1983 because of its astronomical price of $10,000 -- $24,700 when adjusted for inflation. But in the grand...Read more
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