Laura Sydell

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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.


Size Matters: Why Apple Is Expected To Unveil A Bigger iPhone

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Pushed by rivals like Samsung, Apple is likely to announce bigger iPhones on Tuesday. Users of bigger-screen devices say they prefer their larger images and the ability to see multiple apps together.


In E-Book Price War, Amazon's Long-Term Strategy Requires Short-Term Risks

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Amazon's position is that "instead of selling 100,000 copies at $14.95, you would sell 200,000 copies, let's say, at $8.99 or $9.99," says industry analyst Tim Bajarin.


An Old-School Entertainer, Making Jazz In The Present Tense

Thursday, September 04, 2014

One of Europe's biggest jazz stars, pianist Stefano Bollani is also a TV personality, a published author and, his friends attest, a skilled impressionist.


Nude Photos Hack Wasn't Broad Attack On Apple Services

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Nude photos of celebrities have spread across the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple said that some celebrity accounts were hit by an attack on user names, passwords and security questions.


Amazon Makes A Big Move Into The World Of Online Gaming

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amazon is buying Twitch Interactive, a live-streaming service for video game players. Amazon will reportedly pay more than $1 billion for the fast-growing tech company.


As Ferguson Unraveled, The World Found A New Way Of Watching

Monday, August 25, 2014

When protests over the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent in Ferguson, Mo., live-streaming videos showed Americans what they couldn't see on TV.


Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Steve Ballmer, 58, on Tuesday resigned from the software giant's board because of other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.


How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

Monday, August 18, 2014

Preservationists are worried about troves of records stored on what was once considered a durable medium: the compact disc. Many discs can last for centuries โ€” but most won't.


In Hashtag Protest, 'Black Twitter' Shows Its Strength

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Following the shooting of an unarmed black teen, the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown caught fire on Twitter. The response demonstrated the scope of what's informally known as Black Twitter.

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A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

Monday, August 11, 2014

Your doctor and lawyer may know a lot about you. But in a time when we are using computers to socialize, keep track of finances, do work and store family photos, your IT person probably knows more.

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