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Amazon dangles $50 tablet computer to hook more consumers

SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon is dangling a $50 tablet computer in its latest attempt to lure consumers who can’t afford or don’t want the more expensive Internet-connected devices made by Apple and other rivals. The 7-inch Fire tablet unveiled Thursday marks Amazon’s most aggressive attempt yet to undercut Apple, which has been the market leader …

Toyota to invest $50m in car-tech research at Stanford, MIT

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. – Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers. The financial commitment announced Friday by the Japanese automaker will be made over the next five years at joint research centers …

Google refines logo as it prepares to join Alphabet

SAN FRANCISCO – Google is refining its famous logo as it prepares to become a part of a new holding company called Alphabet. The revised design unveiled Tuesday features the same mix of blue, red, yellow and green that Google has been using throughout its nearly 17-year history, though the hues are slightly different shades. …

Apple aims to boost mobile device sales with Cisco’s help

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is leaning on Cisco Systems’ Internet networking expertise in its latest attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers. The alliance announced Monday calls for Cisco to ensure that corporate Internet connections relying on its gear deliver content quickly and securely to iPhones and iPads. Cisco will also help …

Google tries to woo iPhone owners with Android watch app

SAN FRANCISCO – Google is introducing an application that will connect Android smartwatches with Apple’s iPhone, escalating the rivals’ battle to strap their technology on people’s wrists. The move thrusts Google on to Apple’s turf in an attempt to boost the lackluster sales of watches running on its Android Wear software. The program uniting the …

Google heads down new path with ‘OnHub’ wireless router

SAN FRANCISCO – Google is making a Wi-Fi router as part of its ambition to provide better Internet connections that make it easier for people to access its digital services and see more of its online advertising. Pre-orders for the $199 wireless router, called OnHub, can be made beginning Tuesday at Google’s online store, Amazon.com …

Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

SAN FRANCISCO – Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya’s care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon’s Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a …

Yahoo suffers 2Q loss as revenue growth eludes company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is still limping along as the Internet company prepares to shed the financial crutch that has been propping up its stock during the three-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer. The latest evidence of the challenges facing Mayer emerged Tuesday with the release of Yahoo’s second-quarter earnings report. Yahoo posted a …

Deepening dependency on technology raises risk of breakdowns

SAN FRANCISCO – When technology breaks down now, people’s lives go haywire, too. Wednesday’s confounding confluence of computer outages at United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange and The Wall Street Journal delivered a jolting reminder about our deepening dependence on interconnected networks to get through each day. For the most part, technology has worked …

Google unveils Android’s latest technological tricks

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable. The upgrade will give Android’s personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that …

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