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‘TV everywhere’ might not cut your $150-a-month cable bill

Charter's bid to buy Time Warner Cable comes at a time of sharp and rising competition in the broadband Internet and pay-TV business. For the consumer, that promises faster and faster Internet speeds and more and more high-definition channels.It means further advances toward "TV everywhere," ...

Apple’s Mac still influences, 30 years after debut

NEW YORK -- Look around. Many of the gadgets you see drew inspiration from the original Mac computer.Computers at the time typically required people to type in commands. Once the Mac came out 30 years ago Friday, people could instead navigate with a graphical user interface. Available options ...

Few ‘wearables’ balance as fashion and function

LAS VEGAS -- Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages.Some brave souls are even donning Google's geeky-looking Glass eyewear.For the technology industry, this is exciting time, but also a risky one. No one ...

Privacy lessens as technology infiltrates our lives

We're no longer just strangers in a crowd.Imagine any street corner in any town where, let's say, four people -- Alexandria, Larry, Cory and Cameron -- are lost in private thought.Without a single conversation, without even knowing their names, we could learn that Alexandria's angry ...

New software battle coming to smart TVs

NEW YORK -- More choice -- and confusion -- is coming to the next generation of TVs.At least three new software systems were announced Monday for Internet-connected television sets, which let viewers watch Internet video and interact with friends online on the big screen. The new smart TV ...

Young tech moguls try to change world with pet projects

Google's Sergey Brin puts his money where his meat is, funding the world's first test-tube hamburger in a bid to change the way the world eats. Tesla's Elon Musk pushes space tourism as a down payment on ensuring our intergalactic salvation. And Amazon's Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post ...

Digital is one costly proposition for drive-ins

In a few hours, cars will roll into the Family Drive-In Theatre and settle into neat lines next to row upon row of waist-high speaker poles. For tonight at least, that is just as it was during the first show in 1956."These speakers and posts are getting harder to deal with because there's only ...

It takes a ‘war room’ to launch Netflix’s series

Netflix's Internet video subscription service works around the clock, but it's unusual for more than two dozen of the company's engineers and top managers to be huddled in a conference room at 10:30 on a midsummer Wednesday evening.This is a special occasion. It's near the end of a grueling day ...

Are smart watches the next big thing?

If you're like most Americans, you don't wear a wristwatch. But increasingly, electronics companies are betting you'll slap one on your wrist if it's more like a smartphone than a simple timepiece.In the past year, Sony and startup Pebble have released devices called "smart watches" because ...