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Laura Sydell

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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.


Please Touch! Cooper Hewitt Creates A Museum For The Internet Age

Friday, December 12, 2014

The design museum is housed in a historic building, but it has been remade into one of the country's most technologically advanced museums. Officials hope it attracts younger visitors — and donors.


Inventor Ralph Baer Was An American Success Story

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who turned TV sets into visual playgrounds, died Saturday at the age of 92. Baer was a refugee from Nazi Germany who invented the first home video system.


Did You Hear? Going Viral No Longer Just For Videos, Memes

Monday, December 01, 2014

Sure, the Internet is littered with viral cat videos. But recently some bits of audio have drawn millions of listens. Yet it may be too soon to say we're entering a new age of viral audio.


Pandora's New Deal: Different Pay, Different Play

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Internet radio service offers greater exposure to artists in exchange for a lower royalty rate.


Uber Executive Lashes Out At Journalists After Negative Publicity

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In the latest flap involving the ride sharing company Uber, an executive is apologizing after saying the company should spy on unfriendly reporters. Uber is a hit with customers, but has clashed with competitors, regulators and some journalists.


Victims Of Online Threats Say Perpetrators Aren't Being Caught

Friday, November 14, 2014

Women who turn to law enforcement for help are often frustrated that authorities aren't doing enough. Police say tracing the culprits can be a complicated and time-consuming process.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out, Writing He's 'Proud To Be Gay'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Bloomberg Businessweek, Tim Cook, now the most prominent business executive to come out, writes that his desire for privacy had held him back from publicly disclosing his sexual orientation.


I've Got The Ingredients. What Should I Cook? Ask IBM's Watson

Monday, October 27, 2014

IBM's supercomputer has crushed Jeopardy! Now chefs are using Watson to come up with new kinds of recipes that work around dietary restrictions and other limitations.


Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing

Friday, October 17, 2014

The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.


Twitter Is Suing The U.S. Over Free Speech (Its Own)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Twitter sued the federal government because it stopped the tech company from disclosing government requests for user information. Twitter says the current disclosure rules aren't transparent enough.


The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.

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Amazon's Original Content Primes The Pump For Bigger Sales

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The company has a history of mediocre self-produced programming, but now it's putting more money and talent into its movies and TV shows. It's betting that better shows will lead to more online sales.


Cab Competition In San Francisco Benefits Riders

Friday, September 26, 2014

Taxi ridership has plummeted 60 percent in San Francisco due to competition from the ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft. Now taxis are fighting back with ride hailing apps of their own.


Buggy, Bendy iPhones Create Bad Week For Apple

Thursday, September 25, 2014

From bending iPhones to a glitchy new operating system, it's been a bad week for Apple. Are they simply bumps in the road or a sign of something amiss at Apple?


Minecraft Purchase Gives Microsoft New Foothold

Monday, September 15, 2014

Microsoft announced on Monday that it will pay $2.5 billion for the Swedish software company Mojang AB, developer of the popular Minecraft franchise.

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Yahoo Threatened With Huge Fines If It Didn't Release User Data

Friday, September 12, 2014

On Thursday, a court unsealed some 15,000 pages of documents in which Yahoo and the government battled it out. The government threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 a day for not complying.


Apple Unveils New Payment System, iPhones, Smartwatch

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

On Tuesday afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 6, a slightly larger iPhone 6 Plus, a mobile payment system and a new smartwatch.