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Tech Tip: What to Do When the Cable Goes Out

Q. Is there an easy way to tell if the cable television service is out for everybody or just at my own house because of equipment problems? I really hate calling. A. If you have a working internet connection (or ...

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Reading This While Walking? In Honolulu, It Could Cost You

“A lot of people do it; they know it’s risky and do it anyway. They convince themselves that ‘this text is important,’” he said. “It’s something we need to be aware of.” There is a dearth of data directly linking ...

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Amazon Counts Its Suitors: 238 Want to Be Home for 2nd Headquarters

When Amazon announced on Sept. 7 that it was taking bids for a second headquarters, which it calls HQ2, it kicked off weeks of chest-thumping, publicity stunts and prostration by cities and regions eager to lure the 50,000 high-paying jobs ...

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Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped.

As the presidential election heated up in the spring of 2016, RT consistently featured negative stories about Mrs. Clinton, according to United States intelligence officials. That included claims of corruption at her family foundation and ties to Islamic extremism, frequent ...

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Tech Tip: New Windows for the Fall Season

Q. I see there’s yet another Windows 10 update out now. I get notifications about patches all the time, so how do I know when this notice is for a system upgrade? Can I tell if it already installed itself? ...

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Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent

The cutting edge of artificial intelligence research is based on a set of mathematical techniques called deep neural networks. These networks are mathematical algorithms that can learn tasks on their own by analyzing data. By looking for patterns in millions ...

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Advertising: With Literary Support, Xerox Asserts Its Modern Relevance

“They had a cultural footprint as a brand that was pretty big and vivid,” said Kevin O’Neill, an advertising professor at Syracuse University. But the company has had to reinvent itself as other tech companies have caught up. Xerox was ...

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With…Susan Fowler: She’s 26, and Brought Down Uber’s C.E.O. What’s Next?

No doubt when Mr. Kalanick met the wide-eyed Ms. Fowler at the office Christmas party soon after she started, it never entered his head that she would become the disciplinarian who effectively confiscated his car keys for reckless driving with ...

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Mind: How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Agents with links to the Russian government set up an endless array of fake accounts and websites and purchased a slew of advertisements on Google and Facebook, spreading dubious claims that seemed intended to sow division all along the political ...

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Bits: Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Regulation Is Looming

I guess that’s cool, but also sort of freaks me out? I do wonder if Torontans — Torontonians? Toronti? — are O.K. with the whole thing. Farhad: No surprise, I’m going to disagree with you. We worry about techies for ...

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