Technology

Taking a Look at Linux

Q. I hear desktop Linux has gotten to look more like Windows, but can you do everything on Linux that you can do on Windows? A. Linux, the open-source operating system project first developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, is now used by millions of people on desktop computers, mobile devices and servers; Google’s Android and Chrome OS even have ...

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487 Original Programs Aired in 2017. Bet You Didn’t Watch Them All.

Popular new shows this past year included Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” ABC’s “The Good Doctor” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” And consider that “Big Little Lies” was supposed to be a one-and-done series, but that it proved so successful that HBO executives — who, like their counterparts at just about every other network, are hungry for content — announced that ...

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Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid

Pure water can be obtained by using a reverse osmosis filter, the gold standard of home water treatment, but for Mr. Singh, the goal is not pristine water, per se. “You’re going to get 99 percent of the bad stuff out,” he said. “But now you have dead water.” He said “real water” should expire after a few months. His ...

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Didi Chuxing, China’s Ride-Hailing Giant, Said to Buy Uber Rival in Brazil

Photo Engineers from Didi and 99 working inside 99’s offices in Brazil. Credit 99 RIO DE JANEIRO — Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-sharing company, has agreed to acquire full control of 99 — the main rival Brazilian rival to Uber and a company in which Didi already holds a stake — for around $600 million, according to three people with ...

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How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying

Mr. Wardle’s curiosity was piqued by recent news that Russian spies had used Kaspersky antivirus products to siphon classified documents off the home computer of an N.S.A. developer, and may have played a critical role in broader Russian intelligence gathering. “I wanted to know if this was a feasible attack mechanism,” Mr. Wardle said. “I didn’t want to get into ...

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With Disney Deal Looming, Murdoch’s Empire Is Fractured

At first, Lachlan was unenthusiastic about discarding such a large chunk of the family’s holdings, according to the four people with knowledge of the sales process. Disney would take the 20th Century Fox movie and television studio, cable networks like National Geographic and FX and stakes in two behemoth overseas television-service providers, Sky of Britain and Star of India. Lachlan ...

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Why Are All Our Words in Bubbles?

Scott McCloud, the author of “Understanding Comics,” called the bubbles the graphic equivalent of quotation marks. He said that the comics pioneer Will Eisner had called word balloons a “desperation device.” Mr. Eisner was referring to the struggle to represent sound in a soundless medium. Photo Mr. McCloud added that bubbles created a consistent amount of negative space around words, ...

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Tesla the Car Is a Household Name. Long Ago, So Was Nikola Tesla.

Tesla was on the cover of Time magazine in 1931 but died a poor man in 1943 after years devoted to projects that did not receive adequate financing. Yet his most significant inventions resonate today. The A.C. Motor In 1884, Tesla came to New York to work for Thomas Edison with the hope that Edison would help finance and develop ...

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Dealing With Destructive System Updates

Q. Just got the latest upgrade for Windows 10, and my installed LibreOffice disappeared. What do I do? A. Operating system updates have been known to cause problems with existing programs, because of software incompatibilities or installation issues. The recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was no exception, with a community forum thread on missing apps and other problems generating ...

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China Offers Tax Incentives to Persuade U.S. Companies to Stay

But ministers, officials and analysts in much of the rest of the world have said it could create an uneven playing field and set off a race among countries to cut corporate taxes. What’s in the Final Republican Tax Bill The legislation would cut taxes for corporations. American taxpayers, in large part, would also get cuts, though most of the ...

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