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Flip Phones Are Back. Can They Sway iPhone Users?

WSJ Tech News Briefing

Flip phones and candy bars are back. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce explains how simple devices with low prices, long battery lives and some modern conveniences might just save you from your smartphone.

7 Min

Apr 20, 2018

Facebook Previews Its Privacy Makeover

WSJ Tech News Briefing

In a preview of how Facebook is changing its privacy policies, the site will start asking European users for permission to use their personal data. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman has more.

6 Min

Apr 19, 2018

3-D Printed Buildings: Tech's Twist on Construction

WSJ Tech News Briefing

3-D printed buildings are finally happening. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims joins Annmarie Fertoli with the latest innovation in concrete jail cells, foam homeless shelters and earthquake-proof bungalows.

8 Min

Apr 18, 2018

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8 min
Apr 17, 2018
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Tesla's public feud with the National Transportation Safety Board is highly unusual in business, but classic Elon Musk. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the latest.

7 min
Apr 16, 2018
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These days, online multiplayer videogames like "Fortnite" let teens and tweens socialize while playing -- slowly changing how parents perceive gaming. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has more.

8 min
Apr 13, 2018
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Too many Facebook friends might be the reason you don't like Facebook anymore. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce says the more your social networks reflect your real-life social networks, the more you'll enjoy using them -- and the safer you'll be.

8 min
Apr 12, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal had crisis experts rate and react to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony in front of U.S. Congress this week. Deputy Bureau Chief for Management and Careers John Simons has more.

5 min
Apr 10, 2018
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At a packed Senate hearing on the misuse of consumers' data, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the social-media giant's value and apologized for the company's missteps.

6 min
Apr 9, 2018
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Human-resource departments are becoming a bit less human as companies turn to artificial intelligence for help with hiring and firing. The Wall Street Journal's Imani Moise discusses how AI tools offer instant insights that once took months to process.

8 min
Apr 8, 2018
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Amazon is considering whether to use Alexa as a person-to-person payments feature, a move that would push it into new competition with Venmo and big banks' payments efforts. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis has the latest.

9 min
Apr 6, 2018
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As smartphones become more and more addictive, the Wall Street Journal's David Pierce offers a few tricks and tips to pull yourself back into the real world.

5 min
Apr 5, 2018
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As Facebook continues to battle concerns about privacy and trust, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says during a conference call with the press that he made a "huge mistake" in not focusing more on potential abuse. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has the latest.

5 min
Apr 4, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle discusses how Apple's tactic of using notifications to enroll iPhone users in Apple Pay has worked with some users but irritated others.

7 min
Apr 2, 2018
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Spotify is the global leader in music streaming, but as the company officially goes public, the Wall Street Journal's Anne Steele rounds up its top competitors working to win over artists and listeners.

8 min
Apr 2, 2018
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Facebook has admitted that user data on its site was mishandled. But exactly what kind of data are we talking about? The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley says Facebook users can get a lot of details by downloading their data.

8 min
Mar 30, 2018
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Since most Windows laptops have a pricing sweet spot at about $1,000, the Wall Street Journal's David Pierce breaks down the best options from Microsoft, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer -- and zeroes in on his best overall pick.

6 min
Mar 29, 2018
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Dozens of iPhone owners are taking Apple to court over the disclosure that it slowed down old phones to preserve battery life. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more on what could become one of the biggest legal challenges to the smartphone since its 2007 debut.

5 min
Mar 27, 2018
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In many consumer-electronic gadgets, a defect is an inconvenience-but with cars, they pose a bigger risk. The Wall Street Journal's Chester Dawson has the latest from the New York Auto Show on car makers' on-going struggle to modernize vehicle controls.

6 min
Mar 26, 2018
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Safety drivers who work for companies like Uber and Alphabet's Waymo have the critical and challenging job of backing up computers that control autonomous vehicles. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger has more.

6 min
Mar 25, 2018
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Software robots that automate various mundane tasks are helping companies such as Ernst & Young and Walmart ramp up worker productivity. The Wall Street Journal's Sara Castellanos has more.

8 min
Mar 22, 2018
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The incident in which an autonomous Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian has raised questions about whether self-driving vehicles are ready for the complexities of city life. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has more.

7 min
Mar 22, 2018
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With the launch of Google News Initiative, Google says it wants to help news organizations strengthen quality journalism, develop new business models and upgrade their technology. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Mullin has the details.

5 min
Mar 20, 2018
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A deal between mobile food-ordering company GrubHub and Yelp means more than 80,000 restaurants can now offer delivery. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon talks how this could shake up the growing meal-ordering app business.

7 min
Mar 19, 2018
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European Union officials say they will probe Facebook's handling of user data after a firm linked to the 2016 Trump campaign allegedly kept user's personal data for years despite saying it had destroyed those records. The Wall Street Journal's Natalia Drozdiak has more.

6 min
Mar 18, 2018
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Microsoft paid $27 billion for LinkedIn. Now the site has to prove it's worth it. The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene talks the new roll out of features aimed at drawing people regularly.

7 min
Mar 15, 2018
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Tesla is entering one of the most critical phases in its history, a make-or-break period in which the car maker must boost production of the Model 3 or possibly face severe financial consequences. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the latest.

6 min
Mar 14, 2018
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Amazon has grown into a $178 billion-a-year revenue business with online retail, a dominant cloud-services business, a grocery chain and a Hollywood studio. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens explains how it all happened.

5 min
Mar 13, 2018
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Looking to beef up its services business, Apple says it will acquire digital-magazine-subscription service Texture, a product that bundles together some 200 subscriptions into one monthly service. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has the latest.

7 min
Mar 12, 2018
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After lagging behind other countries for years, federal regulators say commercial drones in the U.S. are expected to begin limited package deliveries within months. The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor has the latest.

7 min
Mar 11, 2018
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With Tesla CEO Elon Musk using Twitter to lobby President Donald Trump on China's trade stance, the Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins talks why current rules "make things very difficult" for big-tech automakers in the important Chinese market.

7 min
Mar 8, 2018
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Samsung's new Galaxy S9 comes with a bunch of new features -- but does its software match up to its impressive new design? The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce has the official review.

5 min
Mar 8, 2018
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Amazon is rolling out a discounted Prime program to Medicaid recipients -- its latest salvo in a battle with Walmart for low-income shoppers. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

6 min
Mar 6, 2018
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Now that fashion retailer Zara has found success with its "click and collect" online strategy, it's hoping new robot technology can bring things to the next level. The Wall Street Journal's Jeannette Neumann has the latest from Madrid, Spain.

6 min
Mar 5, 2018
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Financial technology providers are eating up Manhattan office space as they expand operations and tap in to a growing labor force. The Wall Street Journal's Keiko Morris talks what the growth of leasing in fintech signals for the growing tech sector.

9 min
Mar 4, 2018
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Which ride should I take: Uber XL or Lyft Line? What's the best way to suggest a better route or cancel a ride? What about the best ride-sharing options? The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley has tips and explanations for improving the ride-sharing experience.

8 min
Mar 2, 2018
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Spotify's big subscriber count has helped fuel revenue growth for the music streaming company. But the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says adding subscribers has been a money-losing business for Spotify - not a hopeful sign as it prepares to go public.

7 min
Mar 1, 2018
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Amazon.com is expanding deeper into the online home security market. It's paying one billion dollars for Ring, a maker of video doorbells and security cameras. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens says it boosts Amazon's efforts to control devices that power smart homes.

7 min
Feb 28, 2018
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The major consumer brands have spent billions of dollars marketing their products. Now, their efforts are being challenged by voice-search assistants like Amazon's Alexa. The Wall Street Journal's Saabira Chaudhuri explains.

8 min
Feb 27, 2018
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Smartphone makers have always raised prices sharply every time they upgraded their devices. But those days may be ending, and the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains why.

7 min
Feb 25, 2018
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Samsung's Galaxy S9 smartphone will be released next month. Wall Street Journal San Francisco reporter David Pierce has tested the phone and says the S9 camera is really something special.

9 min
Feb 22, 2018
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Snapchat's new roll-out aims to hook in new users and build something Instagram can't copy. The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce explains how to make the most of the new app.

7 min
Feb 21, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims offers a historical a lesson in how Facebook and other networks through history became hierarchies, as individuals got more influence.

7 min
Feb 20, 2018
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With Vice President Mike Pence expected to announce new moves promoting private ventures in outer space, the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor talks what deregulation could mean for the commercial space industry.

6 min
Feb 20, 2018
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With video services like YouTube TV, Hulu and Sling TV promising to stream all the live TV you could want, more cheaply and easily than cable, the Wall Street Journal's David Pierce talks how to get the most for your needs.

7 min
Feb 19, 2018
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Now that Epic Games has lured in millions of players with a free version of its $40 videogame "Fortnite," the Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman talks whether it can turn buzz into profit.

5 min
Feb 16, 2018
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Amid Google's Chrome browser launching a new ad blocker to challenge spammy advertisements, the Wall Street Journal's Benjamin Mullin talks the impact on publishers and why critics say the plan is self-serving.

6 min
Feb 15, 2018
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With Alphabet's Google Cloud Platform now generating about $1 billion in revenue per quarter, the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains why reporting cloud revenue could help offset concerns about costs of the core business.

7 min
Feb 13, 2018
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Amazon is pushing hard to gain footing in medical supplies, with a goal to create a new marketplace where hospitals could shop to stock emergency rooms and outpatient facilities. The Wall Street Journal's Melanie Evans has the latest.

5 min
Feb 12, 2018
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While Amazon may have ambitions to compete against FedEx and the UPS with its own shipping business, the Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens talks why the online retail giant is a long way from reaching the scale of America's freight titans.

9 min
Feb 11, 2018
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eHarmony CEO Grant Langston visited the Wall Street Journal to discuss the results of a recent poll by the online dating service that indicates what makes people happy and frustrated in relationships.

4 min
Feb 8, 2018
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Amazon has just announced it will start delivering Whole Foods groceries via its fastest delivery option in four markets. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more on the first major integration between Amazon's e-commerce and Whole Foods operations.

6 min
Feb 8, 2018
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To get employees thinking about new business ideas opened up by AI, T. Rowe Price rolled out a unique challenge -- creating a smart app that can tell the difference between pop and heavy metal songs. Wall Street Journal reporter Angus Loten has more.

4 min
Feb 7, 2018
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Apple, responding to U.S. Senate questions about its decision to slow performance on older iPhones, said it is considering rebates for battery replacements for some users affected by the issue. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle breaks down the latest.

8 min
Feb 5, 2018
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Researchers have spent nearly two decades to carry out the definitive study on the health effects of cellphone radiation. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson explains why the results are likely to fuel rather than dispel the debate.

6 min
Feb 5, 2018
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Investors in Amazon.com should be prepared for even-more ambitious ventures from the CEO Jeff Bezos after the company posts record earnings. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher has more.

8 min
Feb 2, 2018
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At a time when its parent social network draws much criticism, Instagram has recently started using many of the same digital tricks Facebook pioneered to keep you scrolling longer. The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley has more.

5 min
Jan 31, 2018
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The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating potential securities violations related to the Apple software update that slowed older iPhones. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

5 min
Jan 31, 2018
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The Pentagon is reviewing its policies that allow activity-measuring devices and fitness apps after a map produced by fitness tracker Strava revealed where American troops are deployed overseas. The Wall Street Journal's Gordon Lubold has the details.

8 min
Jan 29, 2018
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With 4K TVs becoming increasingly affordable, should you finally cave in and buy one? Joshua Fruhlinger has the Wall Street Journal's guide to the next TV revolution.

8 min
Jan 29, 2018
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Digital threats will continue to cause organizations and stakeholders anxiety in 2018. French Caldwell, chief evangelist at MetricStream, reveals how organizations can determine whether cybersecurity is a top priority in their business.

6 min
Jan 25, 2018
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Apple's spring update includes a "Health Records" feature that will import and store medical data. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks simplifying networks of information and putting it into the hands of consumers.

5 min
Jan 24, 2018
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Under pressure to grow, Snapchat, the social-media app distinctive for its intimacy in an era of personal broadcasting, is moving beyond its so-called walled garden. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has the details.

6 min
Jan 24, 2018
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Apple will start selling its voice-activated speaker HomePod in stores Feb. 9, after a launch delay that cost the company sales during the critical holiday shopping season. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

7 min
Jan 23, 2018
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Facebook is making changes to its news feed and the Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Winkler talks about what it means for news publishers. Plus, in Tech Headlines: another quarter of big subscriber growth for Netflix.

6 min
Jan 22, 2018
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Amazon's search for a second headquarters location has disappointed cities across North America. The silver lining? A chance to pitch themselves as a destination for a smaller investment. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more.

6 min
Jan 19, 2018
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Apple will pay a one-time tax of $38 billion on its overseas cash holdings and ramp up spending in the U.S., as the world's most valuable public company seeks to emphasize its contribution to the American economy. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

7 min
Jan 18, 2018
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Can CEO Mark Zuckerberg bend Facebook without breaking it? The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher talks why the social network's profit machine needs to take pain now to avoid more later.

4 min
Jan 17, 2018
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In a bid to speed up its cloud-computing business and catch up to rivals Microsoft and Amazon, Google is expanding its network of undersea cables to plug into new regions around the world. The Wall Street Journal's Drew Fitzgerald has the latest.

9 min
Jan 15, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins, back from CES 2018, joins us with the latest car trends and what the future of transportation beholds.

8 min
Jan 15, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's personal tech editor Wilson Rothman talks the three things robots need to be your ideal home companion and the technology we still need to get there.

10 min
Jan 11, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's personal tech editor Wilson Rothman joins us fresh from the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada with an official recap of all the brilliant, necessary and/or totally crazy technologies to come.

7 min
Jan 11, 2018
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Activision Blizzard faces new challenges in turning its hit videogame into a mainstream spectator sport. Can the Overwatch league prove to be an esports game-changer? The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the details.

9 min
Jan 9, 2018
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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada gathers the biggest tech companies to spotlight the latest innovation in self-driving cars, virtual reality, robots, voice assistance and more. Tom Coughlin, IEEE Senior Member and Founder of Coughlin Associates, patches in live from the scene.

6 min
Jan 9, 2018
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Two voice-operated giants will have a showdown at 2018's Consumer Electronics Show as Amazon and Alphabet take new interest in the annual tech convention. The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley has more from Las Vegas.

8 min
Jan 7, 2018
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As dating apps like Bumble and Tinder continue to have their own flaws and virtues, the Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley breaks down how to make them work for you. Plus, does a pro photographer up your game?

6 min
Jan 5, 2018
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Virtual reality hasn't caught on with consumers yet because no one has come up with the right combination of hardware. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says untethering VR devices from computers should boost appeal-if the content delivers.

6 min
Jan 4, 2018
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Samsung has just been announced as a major supplier in Verizon's push to offer fifth-generation, or 5G, internet over its wireless network. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson has the details.

6 min
Jan 3, 2018
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With millions of objects connecting to the internet for the first time, companies like Microsoft and GE are putting more computing resources at the edge of the network, in vehicles, elevators, factory machines and the like. The Wall Street Journal's Sara Castellanos has more.

7 min
Jan 2, 2018
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Apple issued a rare apology for its handling of concerns about performance issues in iPhones with older batteries in the wake of a wave of consumer complaints. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan has more.

9 min
Jan 1, 2018
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From artificial intelligence to electric cars, The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims talks about tech highlights in the new year.

7 min
Dec 28, 2017
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Apple paid its top executives handsomely in fiscal year 2017, after exceeding its sales and profit goals for the year. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle explains what the boost in compensation says about the overall health of the company in the new year.

9 min
Dec 28, 2017
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The repeal of net neutrality has some Silicon Valley startups seeking workarounds to ensure a fair and open internet. The Wall Street Journal's Doug MacMillan explains how they're using virtual private networks, mesh networks, and antennas.

7 min
Dec 27, 2017
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In a throwback to TV "appointment viewing," the game show HQ Trivia has tethered hundreds of thousands of fans to their phones at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. precisely. The Wall Street Journal's John Jurgensen breaks it down.

6 min
Dec 26, 2017
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Estimates from market-research firms indicate customers are buying the iPhone X and a pair of other new offerings at a rate comparable to recent models -- but falling short of the iPhone's 2014 peak. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

8 min
Dec 25, 2017
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From Microsoft's Peggy Johnson to GM CEO Mary Barra, personal tech columnist Joann Stern has accidentally "bumped" into some of the top tech minds in 2017 -- inside the elevator of the Wall Street Journal.

5 min
Dec 21, 2017
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Facing questions about reduced performance in older iPhones, Apple acknowledged its latest software curtails the computing power of some models to prevent unexpected shutdowns. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

7 min
Dec 21, 2017
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The GOP tax reform bill would theoretically free up hundreds of billions of dollars that high-tech giants have stashed offshore. But that's unlikely to lead to a lot of deal making, including merger activity. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains.

7 min
Dec 19, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Doug MacMillan talks about why tech giants who book most of their profits overseas might see their tax rates rise as a result of the GOP tax overhaul.

7 min
Dec 19, 2017
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Amazon.com has cut the prices for its Echo smart speaker line, including the smallest device, the Echo Dot. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says this has forced the hand of rivals including Apple and Google.

7 min
Dec 18, 2017
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This holiday season, gaming kids will encounter one of the industry's most contentious moneymaking tactics in years -- the "loot box," an in-game reward that is also for sale. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has what parents need to know.

7 min
Dec 14, 2017
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Smartphones take photos so easily they're often overwhelmed with useless, repetitive shots. The Wall Street Journal's "Gear and Gadgets" has a beginner's guide to de-cluttering space and saving your best pictures. Sara Clemence breaks it down.

6 min
Dec 14, 2017
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Disappointing "Star Wars: Battlefront II" sales have left video-game publisher Electronic Arts in need of a boost from the new "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" movie. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher has more.

6 min
Dec 13, 2017
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Apple has announced it has acquired Shazam Entertainment, giving it ownership of one of the popular song-recognition apps at a time the iPhone maker is looking to boost its music-subscription service. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle has more.

6 min
Dec 12, 2017
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Winning a slot in one of Amazon.com's short-term promotions can not only skyrocket a merchant's ranking but also trigger sales for the rest of the season. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has more on how Amazon picks its seemingly random "Deal of the Day."

6 min
Dec 10, 2017
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Leading workplace tech firm Crestron is joining forces with Amazon Web Services to make meetings more productive. Crestron's Head of Enterprise Innovation, Dan Jackson, discusses how voice control is changing productivity.

7 min
Dec 8, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Katie Bindley discusses how she went on a week long "Amazon diet" to find out how much life one person can live through Amazon products and services.

5 min
Dec 7, 2017
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With Google pulling YouTube from some Amazon devices in retaliation for Amazon refusing to sell many Google products, the Wall Street Journal's Jack Nicas talks the growing battle between two tech giants as their businesses increasingly overlap.

7 min
Dec 6, 2017
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Facebook rolled out a new messaging app for its youngest audience yet -- children between the ages of 6 and 12 -- but experts are questioning whether kids are ready for social-media access. The Wall Street Journal's Betsy Morris has more.

5 min
Dec 4, 2017
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With a new app from Apple enabling its smartwatch to test and track irregular heart rhythms, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks the company's big new health ambitions.

6 min
Dec 4, 2017
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As tech companies in Silicon Valley seek to bolster diversity in their workplace, some employees say their politics are unwelcome in an industry dominated by liberal views. The Wall Street Journal's Georgia Wells has more.

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