Laura Sydell

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Apple Looks To Compete With Netflix Originals, But Making Hits Is Hard

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Apple is about to join Amazon and Netflix and get into the content-making business, sources say. Apple stands to boost revenue, analysts say, but finding success in Hollywood isn't easy.


Survey Finds Lyft Drivers Happier Than Uber, Though Pay Has Declined

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A survey of 1,150 drivers found that those working for Lyft made more on average than those at Uber. It also illustrates demographics of participants in the ride-hailing industry.


Can Virtual Reality Make You More Empathetic?

Monday, January 09, 2017

Charities are using virtual reality to immerse people in the plight of refugees and others who need help. Researchers are studying whether it's more effective than other media. And there are skeptics.


We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right," says Jestin Coler, whose company, Disinfomedia, is behind some fake news sites.


Tech Leaders Vow To Resist Trump, But They Also Hope To Find Common Ground

Monday, November 14, 2016

With issues ranging from privacy to trade, many leaders find themselves at odds with the president-elect's campaign stances. But CEOs say they'll look for ways to work with his administration.


What's Hot On Netflix? A Startup Aims To Track Ratings In The Streaming Age

Monday, November 07, 2016

Companies like Nielsen aren't able to easily measure the new ways people watch TV since Netflix and Amazon don't release their viewing numbers. Now a startup called Symphony aims to fill the void.


Major Trump Backer's Alleged Positive Comments About Apartheid Stir Anger

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Silicon Valley billionaire investor Peter Thiel reportedly told two of his classmates at Stanford that he thought South Africa's former apartheid system of government was "a sound economic system."


Peter Thiel Stands Out In Silicon Valley For Support Of Donald Trump

Monday, October 31, 2016

Thiel, a billionaire investor, has caused friction in Silicon Valley, which has largely backed Hillary Clinton. But others who disagree with Thiel's views stand by his right to express them.


It Ain't Me, Babe: Researchers Find Flaws In Police Facial Recognition Technology

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nearly half of American adults have been entered into law enforcement facial recognition databases, a new report shows. But problems with the accuracy of the technology could affect innocent people.


Pundits Vs. Machine: Who Did Better At Predicting Campaign Controversies?

Monday, October 17, 2016

We pitted two political pundits against an algorithm to compete at predicting the biggest issues to arise over a month in the presidential election. Now we find out who won.


Amazon Prepares To Launch Cheaper Music Streaming Service

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Amazon is taking a deep dive into the highly competitive music streaming world. It's introductory price of $3.99 a month undercuts every other streaming service, and it does some heavy lifting with artificial intelligence.


Samsung Officially Halts Production Of Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co., is reeling Tuesday after announcing it would halt production and sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Samsung had to issue a recall about a month ago after multiple incidents in which the phone overheated and caught fire.


As Buyers Circle, Could Twitter Be Better Off As A Nonprofit?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Disney, Google and others are said to be considering buying Twitter. It's got baggage — lackluster ad sales, abusive trolling — but also millions of users. What if Twitter focused on a public mission?


Would Twitter Be Better Off As A Nonprofit?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Twitter is struggling to earn a profit and please investors. Companies including Disney and Alphabet are said to be considering bids for it. But would Twitter be better off as a nonprofit?


Tech Group To Set Industry Standards For Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming part of everyday life: think Apple's Siri. Major tech firms formed a group to help the public understand AI and develop standards so it isn't misused.


Republicans Say Obama Administration Is Giving Away The Internet

Monday, September 26, 2016

The U.S. is about to complete its long-planned handover of Internet domain name management to a global non-profit. Republicans argue it's an example of the Obama administration giving up U.S. power.


Pundits Vs. Machine: Predicting Controversies In The Presidential Race

Monday, September 19, 2016

How well can a computer program predict which controversies around Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are likely to re-emerge in the coming weeks? Two human pundits agree to compete against the machine.


Coming To The App Store: Nintendo's New Game 'Super Mario Run'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

"Super Mario Run" will soon be available for iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook made the announcement at a product event Wednesday, and shares of Nintendo soared on the news.


Apple May Test iPhone Users' Loyalty If It Dumps The Headphone Jack

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The next iPhone, expected to be unveiled Wednesday, may be missing something familiar: the ubiquitous headphone jack. Usability experts say the change could really sit badly with Apple customers.


A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

Monday, August 29, 2016

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.