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For Some Cord Cutters, Streaming Super Bowl Was a Nonstarter

bits.blogs.nytimes.com — Watching the Super Bowl over the weekend turned out to be a not-so-superb experience for some owners of streaming devices like the Apple TV and Google's Chromecast. When the big game aired on Sunday, dozens of people trying to live-stream the Super Bowl through the CBS Sports app took to Twitter to report problems with the service.

How to Watch the Super Bowl When You Don’t Have Cable

nytimes.com — This Super Bowl weekend, you can focus on making nachos and Buffalo wings and worry less about how to watch the big game. There will be more methods and devices than ever before to watch the Broncos and Panthers without cable - all headache-free, no sketchy workarounds required.
Feb 03, 2016

Damn, it feels good to be a cord cutter. Case in point: How easy it will be to stream the Super Bowl this weekend nytimes.com/2016/02/04/tec…

Feb 03, 2016

RT @bxchen: Damn, it feels good to be a cord cutter. Case in point: How easy it will be to stream the Super Bowl this weekend nytimes.com/2016/02/04/tec…

Feb 03, 2016

RT @bxchen: Damn, it feels good to be a cord cutter. Case in point: How easy it will be to stream the Super Bowl this weekend nytimes.com/2016/02/04/tec…

Feb 03, 2016

How to Watch the Super Bowl When You Don’t Have Cable nyti.ms/23J48Fm

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Test of virtual assistants finds strengths, weaknesses in each

seattletimes.com — None of the services from the major tech companies was close to perfect, but individually they excelled in some things while coming up short in others. Share story When I asked Alexa earlier this week who was playing in the Super Bowl, she responded, somewhat monotonously, "Super Bowl 49's winner is New England Patriots."

Siri, Alexa and Other Virtual Assistants Put to the Test

nytimes.com — WHEN I asked Alexa earlier this week who was playing in the Super Bowl, she responded, somewhat monotonously, " Super Bowl 49's winner is New England Patriots." "Come on, that's last year's Super Bowl," I said. "Even I can do better than that." At the time, I was actually alone in my living room.
Jan 27, 2016

RT @puiwingtam: Putting virtual assistants like Facebook's M & Amazon's Alexa to the test - and which one scored best. https://t.co/ywX86EB…

Jan 27, 2016

RT @puiwingtam: Putting virtual assistants like Facebook's M & Amazon's Alexa to the test - and which one scored best. https://t.co/ywX86EB…

Jan 27, 2016

NY Times ranks virtual assistants in informal comparison as follows Google Now, Siri, Cortana, Alex (Amazon) mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/tec…

Creating strong passwords, and using apps to help remember

seattletimes.com — Apps that help manage passwords can make it easier to have more complex passwords without having to remember each one individually. Share story It became official again this week: We are awful at passwords. Year after year, studies show that many people still rely on passwords that are so weak that even a 5-year-old could crack them.

Apps to Manage Passwords So They Are Harder to Crack Than ‘Password’

nytimes.com — It became official again this week: We are awful at passwords. Year after year, studies show that many people still rely on passwords that are so weak that even a 5-year-old could crack them. According to a study released this week by SplashData, a developer of password management software, consumers continue making the riskiest choices with passwords by consistently using overly simple ones.
Jan 20, 2016

A security audit revealed that I had used the same password 46 times. My quest to solve password misery: mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/21/tec…

Jan 23, 2016

Stuck inside during the storm? Perfect task: Apps to Manage Passwords So They Are Harder to Crack Than ‘Password’ nyti.ms/1UbXcKN

My Virtual Life at Tech’s Big Consumer Electronics Show

bits.blogs.nytimes.com — LAS VEGAS - Over the last few days, I've repaired a robot, driven a Rover across Mars and zapped objects with a laser gun. I did all of that while mostly standing around in a far less interesting place: Las Vegas, where the International CES, the giant consumer electronics trade show, was being held.

Facebook’s Oculus Says It Will Charge $599 for the Rift

bits.blogs.nytimes.com — Facebook's Oculus is finally offering clarity on how much of a premium a virtual reality experience will cost. After months of teasing the introduction of its Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles, the company said on Wednesday that it had opened orders for the system, which includes a headset and controller devices, with a price of $599.
Jan 06, 2016

RT @vindugoel: Facebook's new virtual reality headset will cost you $599 in real money (plus $1K for a fast PC). @oculus nyti.ms/1mGrYjG

Jan 06, 2016

Facebook's new virtual reality headset will cost you $599 in real money (plus $1K for a fast PC). @oculus nyti.ms/1mGrYjG

Jan 06, 2016

RT @nytimes: Facebook's Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will cost you $599 nyti.ms/1Juu28S

Jan 06, 2016

Facebook’s Oculus Says It Will Charge $599 for the Rift nyti.ms/1mGrYjG via @nytimesbits

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Despite the CES Hype, It’s Better to Wait on That 4K TV

nytimes.com — TELEVISION makers like Sony, Samsung Electronics and Panasonic will be working overtime this week to sell you on so-called ultra high-definition 4K television. My advice: Wait at least another year or two before buying it - the hype and the TV sets themselves.
Jan 05, 2016

Today's Tech Fix: Wait at least another year or two before buying a 4K Ultra HDTV nytimes.com/2016/01/07/tec… (You can't even watch GoT in 4K!)

Jan 05, 2016

RT @puiwingtam: Lots of tech at #CES2016 including 4K TVs. But here's why you should wait before upgrading to a 4K set, via @bxchen nyti.ms/1mDrwme

Jan 05, 2016

RT @bxchen: Today's Tech Fix: Wait at least another year or two before buying a 4K Ultra HDTV nytimes.com/2016/01/07/tec… (You can't even watch GoT in 4K!)

Jan 05, 2016

RT @bxchen: Today's Tech Fix: Wait at least another year or two before buying a 4K Ultra HDTV nytimes.com/2016/01/07/tec… (You can't even watch GoT in 4K!)

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Parental Controls for Smartphones

nytimes.com — While it may be tempting to save money by buying cheaper Android devices for children, parents who want tight control over their children's activities on smartphones will be better off buying iPhones for the family. Apple's parental controls were detailed and took a while to set up, but they accomplished all of the restrictions that I wanted.
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Feb 05, 2016

@joemfbrown So annoyed. First straw was losing my motorcycle parking at work. Second was the event blocking my BART exit to work.

Feb 05, 2016

Booking.com shows that hotels are 61% booked in SF during Super Bowl City. I’m not impressed. tinyurl.com/zcgfo6q

Feb 05, 2016

Mail theft is rampant in my neighborhood and nothing is being done about it missionlocal.org/2016/02/mail-t…

Feb 03, 2016

Damn, it feels good to be a cord cutter. Case in point: How easy it will be to stream the Super Bowl this weekend nytimes.com/2016/02/04/tec…

Feb 03, 2016

Is Superb Owl City a block party for the SF police?

Feb 02, 2016

I would happily go back to a smaller iPhone after owning a 6 9to5mac.com/2016/02/02/mar…


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