Technology

2017’s Best Technology Tips and Tricks: You Asked, We Answered

Photo Credit Minh Uong/The New York Times The Tech Tip online column is published five days a week on The New York Times’s Personal Technology page, which adds up to about 240 questions tackled over the course of a year on a variety of topics: hardware, software, social media, gadgets and more. Looking back on 2017, here are five Tips ...

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Protecting Your Data When Using Browser Extensions

Q. I was installing a browser extension the other day, and the software said it needed to “read and change all the data on the websites you visit.” Why is this, and should I be worried? A. Browser extensions meant to perform tasks — like finding coupon deals or stopping videos from automatically playing — are programs all on their ...

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Moving Your Number and Going Mobile

Q. Can I transfer my landline telephone number — one I’ve had for years — to a new wireless smartphone? A. Moving your landline telephone number to a mobile phone is possible if you are staying in the same geographic area, but you should check with the wireless carrier you want to use to make sure the company can handle ...

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Apple Said to Be Acquiring Shazam, the Song Identifying App

Photo Shazam said last year that it had surpassed a billion mobile downloads. Credit Simon Dawson/Bloomberg, via Getty Images A decade ago, Apple’s iPhone helped make a music-tech star out of Shazam, the app that, almost like magic, could identify a song just by hearing a few seconds of it. Now, Shazam is about to become the property of Apple. ...

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Southeast Asia’s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes

Go-Jek, which started its main app in 2015 and is in only Indonesia at the moment, is counting on people coming back to its services again and again as it competes against both Uber and Grab, a Singapore-based ride-hailing company operating in seven Southeast Asian countries. “We have huge respect for Uber as a technology company,” said Nadiem Makarim, Go-Jek’s ...

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Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

The method she and her collaborators developed worked in steps. First, a detection program scanned through years of audio recordings and pulled out all segments with dolphin clicks. Their algorithm then carved these segments into five-minute blocks, generating an average click rate and frequency shape for each time window. Next, the program grouped together five-minute chunks with similar average click ...

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Where Silicon Valley Is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul

Every morning is dance awake, a chakra meditation and guitar class where Esalen guests dance across the large hardwood floor. Down in the kitchen, Mr. Kallayil’s assistant collected a large bag of raisins for eating during meditation. “I just sold my start-up and needed a place to reflect,” said Sam McBride, 31, from Chicago. “To give me some perspective.” Continue ...

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What Tech Tools Frequent Travelers Should Always Pack

My experience is that there isn’t a ton of difference between the various online travel agencies as far as finding hotels and flights. It happens sometimes, but it’s rare to look up a flight on Priceline and then find the price is wildly different on Expedia. For hotels, pick one site — one that allows you to collect points or ...

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A Reckoning on Sexual Misconduct? Absolutely. But How Harsh, Women Ask.

Most of all, many women are wrestling with how this reckoning will work in practice: Who is the judge, who is the jury and what evidence is admissible. Sherry Turner, a women’s career counselor in Kansas City, said that she was thrilled by the movement but that there needed to be different punishments for different kinds of misconduct — from ...

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Broadcom Puts Qualcomm on the Clock

Photo Broadcom has proposed a slate of 11 directors to replace the entire board of Qualcomm, setting the stage for a proxy battle over the fate of its unsolicited $105 billion bid for the world’s largest maker of smartphone chips. Credit Mike Blake/Reuters Broadcom has fired its board broadside. The chip maker is nominating 11 directors at Qualcomm, which has ...

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