Technology

Samsung May Bring Back Its Fire-Plagued Galaxy Note 7

Photo A customer returning a Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at a Samsung store in Seoul, South Korea, in October. Credit Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images SEOUL, South Korea — The star-crossed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — the ambitious new smartphone whose problems with fires prompted an unprecedented and costly product axing, warnings from airlines and a host of one-liners ...

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After London Attack, U.K. Wants Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages

Photo Amber Rudd, Britain’s home secretary, has said that officials want tech companies “to recognize that they have a responsibility to engage” with terrorism investigations. Credit Reuters British government officials will meet with representatives of American technology companies this week to demand that they do more to help in the fight against terrorism and online hate speech, the latest move ...

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Uber Suspends Tests of Self-Driving Vehicles After Arizona Crash

Photo Uber’s modified Ford Fusion sedans in Pittsburgh last year. Credit Jeff Swensen for The New York Times Uber said on Saturday that it was suspending the testing of its self-driving vehicles, a day after one of the vehicles was involved in a collision in Tempe, Ariz. The Uber vehicle, which had a person in the driver’s seat but was ...

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Amazon Wants to Crush Your Store With Its Technology Might

The company is exploring the idea of creating stores to sell furniture and home appliances, like refrigerators — the kinds of products that shoppers are reluctant to buy over the internet sight unseen, said one of several people with knowledge of the discussions who, in conversations with The New York Times, spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans were ...

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De Grisogono Offers You a ‘Botler’

Photo The Swiss resort of St. Moritz, subject of the new De Grisogono Facebook Messenger app. Credit Olaf Protze/LightRocket, via Getty Images Artificial intelligence is not something found every day in the jewelry and watch sectors — but then De Grisogono doesn’t consider itself to be one of your everyday brands. Last year the Geneva house made a splash at ...

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Smartwatches at a Crossroads, and Some Analysts are Optimistic

Over all, smartwatch sales have been disappointing, analysts say, compared with the initial predictions made when the Apple Watch and other models were first hitting stores a few years ago. A central problem, they say, is that the rationale for why consumers who already have smartphones would also buy smartwatches has not been clearly articulated. Continue reading the main story ...

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Airbnb’s Rivals in China Hold Hands in a Nervous New Market

But like other global tech firms with an eye on China, Airbnb faces challenges. Chief among them are domestic versions of the site, including Xiaozhu and another rival, Tujia, that offer more local listings. To counter Airbnb’s advantage with cosmopolitan Chinese who may have used its service in New York, Paris or Tokyo, the competitors are taking big steps to ...

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Platform Companies Are Becoming More Powerful — but What Exactly Do They Want?

Predictably, platforms have long been intoxicating to investors. They’ve also been the subject of rapturous popular business writing. In their 2016 book “Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multisided Platforms,” the economists David S. Evans and Richard Schmalensee cast the subject in revolutionary terms, calling for a “new economics” to account for businesses that are “transforming economies” around the world, “making ...

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Two Executives to Leave Uber, Adding to Departures

Photo Jeff Jones, who once oversaw Target’s marketing division, left Uber after just six months with the company. Brian McClendon, vice president of maps and business platform, plans to leave Uber at the end of the month. Credit Anthony Wallace/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The number of executive departures from Uber is growing. Jeff Jones, Uber’s president of ride sharing, ...

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As Uber Woos More Drivers, Taxis Hit Back

The upending of the traditional taxi business across the United States and around the world by Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services has given consumers new and sometimes cheaper options and forced cities to re-examine their transportation policies. Uber, in some places, has employed aggressive techniques to evade regulatory limits, and prompted demonstrations by taxi drivers and owners in places ...

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