Laura Sydell

Laura Sydell appears in the following:

Live Video Apps Like Periscope Make Life Even Less Private

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Video cameras are everywhere — from those in smartphones to security cams. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video apps are raising new questions about privacy.


Tiny Music Royalties Add Up, Unexpectedly

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Internet is full of music, but not all of it generates income for composers and songwriters. Services that specialize in "micro-licensing" are helping to fix that.


At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

Friday, April 24, 2015

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?


At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.


European Union Charges Google With Antitrust Violations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After a nearly five year investigation, European Union officials on Wednesday charged Google with antitrust violations and opened an investigation into its Android operating system.


Once The Cream Of The Crop, Zynga Zigzags To Adapt To Mobile

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Zynga's former CEO is back, less than two years after leaving the company he founded. The company had a smash hit with Farmville on Facebook, but has struggled to stay current in new markets.


Artists In Residence Give High-Tech Projects A Human Touch

Monday, April 06, 2015

A 3-D printing software company hands artists high-tech tools to craft human-centered projects. But it isn't the first program to pair the imaginative with the practical to inform great innovation.


After Resuming Deliberations, Jury Rules In Favor Of Kleiner Perkins

Friday, March 27, 2015

The jury said that the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers did not retaliate against former partner Ellen Pao by terminating her.


SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.


Apple Reveals Details Behind Highly Anticipated Smart Watch

Monday, March 09, 2015

Apple is banking that people will want to read or watch videos on the watch face. But the company already has a remarkable track record of creating desire for a device where it didn't exist before.


Developers Continue Push To Make Virtual Reality Mainstream

Sunday, March 08, 2015

As virtual reality becomes more lifelike and the technology more consumer friendly, developers continue to push it as the new heart of the video game and movie experience.


Long Before Net Neutrality, Rules Leveled The Landscape For Phone Services

Friday, February 27, 2015

The new FCC rules require service providers to be a neutral gateway to the Internet. The move has precedent in the 1930s, when regulators enacted "common carrier" rules on phone service companies.


Now You Can Sign Up To Keep Drones Away From Your Property

Monday, February 23, 2015

Most Americans worry that drones will invade their privacy, polls show. Thousands of people have signed up with — the equivalent of a "get-off-of-my-lawn" warning to drone operators.


Facebook Offers New Options For Digital Life After Death

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The company is introducing a new policy that allows users to appoint an executor who will keep their account active posthumously.


Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

Monday, February 09, 2015

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.


FCC Proposal Would Regulate Internet Like A Public Utility

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Supporters of the move say it's the best way to guarantee so-called net neutrality. Opponents believe meddlesome regulators will impose intrusive new rules on Internet service.


Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could choose to ban ISIS propaganda. But analysts say law enforcement agencies ask the firms to leave messages alone to help them track terrorist activity.


At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

Monday, January 19, 2015

Barbara Beskind stands out in youth-obsessed Silicon Valley. She inspires designers at the IDEO firm to think about the needs of older generations: What if your glasses could help you remember people?


With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Digital downloads of iTunes fell sharply in 2014, as consumers abandoned Apple's music store in favor of cheap, easy-to-use subscription services.


Hustle Behind The Wheel: What It's Like To Be An Uber Driver

Monday, December 15, 2014

The ride-hailing service says it is creating 20,000 driver jobs every month. While this makes the service better for customers, drivers worry it will drive prices — and their earnings — down.