Technology

Engrave Your Own Stationery Template

Q. Microsoft Word 2016 comes with plenty of templates, but none of them are quite what I want. Is there a way to modify one of the stock business letters into a multipage document with my own letterhead? A. Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows and Mac comes with a variety of page templates you can use to create different types ...

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One Surprise Standout for Uber: Food Delivery

There is also the threat of Amazon, which has tried food delivery in a few markets. The Seattle retail giant’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods provides hundreds of potential bases for drivers to pick up prepared food for delivery in major urban areas, where takeout orders are popular. “The number-one concern for all of these delivery companies is Amazon,” said ...

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Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far

Now men’s rights advocates in Silicon Valley have galvanized. “What Google did was wake up sectors of society that weren’t into these issues before,” said Paul Elam, who runs A Voice for Men, a men’s rights group. He said his organization had seen more interest from people in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley has always been a men’s space, others said. ...

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Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment – The New York Times

Facebook is fighting through a tangled morass of privacy, free-speech and moderation issues with governments all over the world. Congress is investigating reports that Russian operatives used targeted Facebook ads to influence the 2016 presidential election. In Myanmar, activists are accusing Facebook of censoring Rohingya Muslims, who are under attack from the country’s military. In Africa, the social network faces ...

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Retiring the Google Drive Desktop App

Q. Is it true that Google Drive is being discontinued? A. Google announced this month that it will end support for the Google Drive desktop apps for Windows and Mac computers on Dec. 11 and that the software will be shut down for good on March 12. But while those handy desktop programs for managing your files in the cloud ...

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Getting Social With Waze – The New York Times

Q. What does it mean when Waze makes a car horn noise at you? A. While Waze is primarily known as a traffic and driving-directions smartphone app with up-to-the-minute crowdsourced information about your route, it also includes some chatty social-media features that let you connect with other drivers. One of these features is a salutation called the “Beep Beep” — ...

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The iPhone 8: A Worthy Refinement Before the Next Generation

Unsurprisingly, both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are very good phones. Most of Apple’s improvements over the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are minor, but if you have an older model, either of the 8s will feel like a solid upgrade. And if you are considering upgrading from an Android phone, there’s one area where the new iPhones still ...

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Outlook for Android, Plain and Simple

Q. Is possible to bold or italicize text in Outlook for Android? A. Microsoft released its Outlook for Android email app in 2015 with a focus on managing your inbox and scheduling your day. While the app can display formatting in messages you receive, you can compose messages on your device only in plain text — which means no bold, ...

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Google and Facebook Face Criticism for Ads Targeting Racist Sentiments

But the potential misuse of those tools has become a national concern in the past year, particularly after Facebook disclosed last week that fake accounts based in Russia had purchased more than $100,000 worth of ads on divisive issues in the lead-up to the presidential election. “It’s shocking because it’s illustrating the degree of targeting that’s possible,” said Eli Pariser, ...

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Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

For years, the central processing units, or C.P.U.s, that ran PCs and similar devices were where the money was. And there had not been much need for change. In accordance with Moore’s Law, the oft-quoted maxim from Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, the number of transistors on a computer chip had doubled every two years or so, and that provided steadily ...

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