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December 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

NSA phone spying: Back off or open up?

Perhaps it’s time to look at the NSA spying scandal from another angle, now that we know the agency is tracking hundreds of millions of cellphones, slurping up 5 billion phone records a day.

Yes, it’s an outrage. But maybe it’s also an opportunity.

The NSA's Utah datacenter. AP Photo by Rick Bowmer.

The NSA’s Utah datacenter. AP Photo by Rick Bowmer.

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October 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Apple rolls out new iPad Air, Macs for holidays

Here are highlights from Apple’s press event in San Francisco today, which I followed via a webcast.

It’s a critical rollout for the company that has seen sales of its iPad fall in the face of growing competition, including lower priced devices based on Google’s Android software.

Apple highlighted the momentum of its new iPhones and revealed a new, thinner version of its iPad, which it’s now calling the iPad Air. Chief Executive Tim Cook also took several swipes at competitors, mocking efforts by PC makers to produce tablets, such as the new Microsoft and Nokia tablets that debuted today.

The company declined to lower prices of its iPads to compete with cheaper Android tablets that are selling faster. Instead it raised the price of its new iPad mini by $70, to $399.

But Apple slightly lowered the price of its new laptops and will begin giving away some apps, including its iWork productivity software.

Phil Schiller, Apple senior vice president of marketing, presents the new iPad Air. AP photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez.

Phil Schiller, Apple senior vice president of marketing, presents the new iPad Air. AP photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez.

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October 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Review: Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire HDX tablet, with Mayday

It’s a little odd when a company selling a new gadget says one of the most exciting features is its “help” button.

How many carmakers talk up their new models’ emergency brakes? Do airplane makers call out  state-of-the-art oxygen masks?

But Amazon.com tries to think differently about the Kindle tablets  it began selling five years ago. It may be on to something with the “Mayday” button that’s a highlight of its new Kindle HDX tablets.

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June 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Microsoft touts Azure progress, builds iOS app

SAN FRANCISCO _ When in Rome, do as the Romans, so Microsoft built app for the iPhone using a Mac on stage in front of 6,000 developers here at its Build conference today. After touting the growth of its Azure online computing platform and its new Visual Studio software tool kit, Microsoft demonstrated how easy it…

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