Laura Sydell

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Too Much Video Streaming To Choose From? It's Only Going To Get Worse

Saturday, March 23, 2019

It can be frustrating when viewers try to figure out which service has what they want to watch — Netflix, Prime, Hulu? It's about to get worse as more streaming services launch this year.


Coming To A City Near You, 5G. Fastest Wireless Yet Will Bring New Services

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Sacramento, Calif., is one of the first U.S. cities to have 5G wireless service, and its mayor sees 5G giving the city an edge in attracting businesses and autonomous-vehicle technology.


Storing Health Records On Your Phone: Can Apple Live Up To Its Privacy Values?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

As its iPhone sales growth slows, Apple has been expanding its presence in health care, where privacy matters. Apple's privacy values could give it an edge, if the company lives up to them.


Microsoft Workers Protest Army Contract With Tech 'Designed To Help People Kill'

Friday, February 22, 2019

They say Microsoft's contract "crossed the line" into weapons development for the first time and that the company is failing to inform its engineers "on the intent of the software they are building."


Advocates Ask FTC 'To Hold Facebook Accountable' For In-Game Purchases By Kids

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following the unsealing of court documents, children's rights groups are asking the agency to open an investigation into practices that allow such purchases without parental permission.


Apple, Google Criticized For Carrying App That Lets Saudi Men Track Their Wives

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

An app that allows men to track the whereabouts of their wives and daughters is available in the Apple and Google app stores in Saudi Arabia. The firms are getting blowback for carrying the app.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Optimistic About U.S.-China Trade Talks

Monday, February 11, 2019

"Both sides are talking and I always think that is always the essential thing to reaching an agreement," Cook tells NPR. The U.S. has set a March 1 deadline for the talks, which resume this week.


Are You Frustrated With TV Subscription Services? Tell Us About It

Friday, February 08, 2019

As the number of streaming TV services grows, are you getting frustrated trying to find that one show you want? Are the costs of subscription services adding up?


Earnings Are Up At Google's Parent Company But So Is Spending

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Alphabet, parent company of Google, reported strong revenue in the last quarter — mostly from advertising. Analysts weren't totally satisfied with the results. They say the company is spending more.


Apple Reports Slow Holiday Sales Hurt Revenue And Profits

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Apple posted its first holiday quarter decline in revenue and profit in more than a decade. It warned the slowdown in its core iPhone business and weakness in China have spilled into this year.


Tech Industry Confronts A Backlash Against 'Disruptive Innovation'

Monday, January 28, 2019

Silicon Valley is rethinking the implications of technology that disrupts entire industries, while the man who coined the term "disruptive innovation" stands by its basic goodness.


Suspended Twitter Account Plays A Role In Misleading Viral Video

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A suspended Twitter account appears to have help spread video of a controversial encounter between a group of Catholic school boys and a Native American elder.


Shutdown Makes Government Websites More Vulnerable To Hackers, Experts Say

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The longer the federal shutdown lasts, the more likely security breaches of government websites become, cyber specialists say. And it could lead to security problems long after the government reopens.


After Years Of Blockbuster Global Sales, Apple's iPhone Hits A Slump

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Apple's stock nose dived after the company told analysts that it would be lowering revenue expectations this quarter. It cited problems in China as the reason.


The Relentless Pace Of Satisfying Fans Is Burning Out Some YouTube Stars

Monday, August 13, 2018

In the age of fast-paced social media, the pressure to perform has reached new heights. Like many entertainers who dream of reaching the top, YouTube stars are discovering it's not all fun and games.


Facebook Stock Drops After Missing Forecasts

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Facebook's user growth and earnings fell short of expectations in a second quarter report, sending its stock prices plunging.


Immigrant Rights Group Turns Down $250,000 From Tech Firm Over Ties To Border Patrol

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has been under mounting pressure for the company's contract with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. A Texas nonprofit says it won't accept a contribution from the company.


Google Fined $5 Billion By EU For Breaking Antitrust Rules

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The European Commission alleges that by forcing device-makers to install Google apps on Android devices it gains a significant advantage over competitors. Google plans to appeal.


Tech Workers Demand CEOs Stop Doing Business With ICE, Other U.S. Agencies

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Workers from Salesforce, Microsoft and other firms have been putting pressure on the companies, arguing that they support immoral policies through their ties to the federal government.


The Push For A Gender-Neutral Siri

Monday, July 09, 2018

Siri, Alexa and Cortana all started out as female. Now a group of marketing executives, tech experts and academics are trying to make virtual assistants more egalitarian.