Technology

F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality

Photo Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communication Commission. “Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet,” he said Tuesday. Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press The Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday that it planned to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block ...

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Stopping Autoplay Videos on Safari

Q. Is it true you can now stop those annoying videos that automatically play on some websites in the Safari browser? A. As part of its macOS High Sierra update for its computers, Apple has added controls to Safari, the company’s web browser, that stop loud videos from unexpectedly blaring. For sites that play videos that you do not mind ...

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Apple Postpones Release of HomePod Speaker

Photo Apple introduced its HomePod speaker in June and had said the product would ship by the end of the year. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is putting the brakes on the arrival this year of HomePod, its much-ballyhooed rival to Amazon’s Echo smart speaker. On Friday, the company said it would postpone the release ...

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For the First Family of Pleasure Products, Toys Are Us

On a day of scorching heat and dry Santa Ana winds gusting over the mountains, the two of us sat in an air-conditioned office at the Doc Johnson headquarters in North Hollywood. Bearded and muscled, Mr. Braverman was clad in Acne jeans, a Buck Mason shirt and a pair of pink Common Products sneakers. Behind his desk a wall of ...

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Taking Control of the Control Center

Q. On the new iPhone system, where did the button for turning on AirDrop go when you swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen? A. The iOS Control Center — that panel of icons you can quickly open by swiping up from the bottom of the phone or tablet screen — got a makeover with the release ...

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How to Add Emoji to Your Twitter Name

Q. How do you add emoji to your Twitter name? A. You can add emoji to the name displayed on your Twitter account by editing your profile and selecting the characters you wish to use. Start by opening the Twitter app on your Android or iOS device, or by logging into your account on the web at twitter.com. In the ...

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When Using 5 Messaging Apps is Not Enough

What could be better about the tools? If you look at my iPhone screen, you’ll see Gmail, Google Calendar, Spotify, Google Maps, and Alexa for voice stuff, so I suppose Apple could improve its software. Operating system updates are like a periodic hazing ritual. I’ve mostly blocked out the switch to iOS 11, but sometimes I remember and the night ...

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Spotify Now Sells Makeup by Pat McGrath

Photo The makeup artist Pat McGrath. The makeup artist Pat McGrath, considered by many to be at the top of her profession, is trying a new way to reach potential consumers. On Monday, she will be selling a collection of cosmetics from Pat McGrath Labs via a most unlikely channel: the Spotify shop of the teenage pop star Maggie Lindemann. ...

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Enlarge the Screen in Windows 10

Q. I recently discovered the keyboard shortcut in Windows 10 that automatically zooms in the whole screen, but it’s often a little too close-up. Is there a way to adjust this zooming? A. Pressing the Windows and plus (+) keys together automatically activates the Magnifier, the built-in Ease of Access utility for enlarging the screen, and yes, you can adjust ...

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Plugging Into the Gig Economy, From Home With a Headset

While critics of the arrangement cite rising insecurity, some of Liveops’ star agents — like Emmett Jones in Chicago, who knows of his rivals primarily as numbers on a leader board — say the opportunity has been transformative. Interactive Feature How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons The start-up has undertaken an extraordinary experiment in behavioral science ...

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