Technology

Daily Report: Facebook Use Polarizing? Site Begs to Differ

Photo Credit For years, political scientists and social theorists have fretted about the Internet’s potential to flatten and polarize democratic discourse, Farhad Manjoo writes. Because so much information now comes through digital engines shaped by our preferences — Facebook, Google and others suggest content based on what consumers previously enjoyed — scholars have theorized that people are building an online ...

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Chinese Drone Maker DJI Gets Lift From Accel Investment

Photo The Inspire 1, a drone manufactured by DJI.Credit Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press DJI, the Chinese company that has emerged as one of the leaders in the burgeoning civilian market for drones, has raised $75 million from Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The deal values DJI, which is based in Shenzhen, China, at about $8 billion, according ...

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E.U. Commission Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into E-Commerce Sector

Photo Andrus Ansip, left, the European commissioner in charge of the digital overhaul, and Günther Oettinger, the commissioner in charge of the digital economy, in Brussels on Wednesday. Credit Emmanuel Dunand/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — European officials on Wednesday opened an antitrust investigation into whether large technology companies were impeding competition in online shopping, the latest in a ...

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Video Feature: Apps to Cope and Help in a Disaster

Continue reading the main story Video App Smart | Be Prepared for Disaster In the event of an emergency, your phone can be a lifeline in more ways than one. New apps give instructions on first aid, disaster preparedness and can help you find missing loved ones. By Kit Eaton and Dallas Jensen on Publish Date May 6, 2015. The ...

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Navy Robots Test the Limits of Autonomy

Continue reading the main story Video Building the Autonomous Machine Navy robotics engineers are working to develop autonomous tools that can integrate with other technologies. But in field tests, the autonomous future still seems far away. By Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper and Emma Cott on Publish Date May 6, 2015. This is the second episode in a Bits video series, ...

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Zynga Is Trimming Its Staff and Its Game Ambitions

Photo Scenes from FarmVille 2 on a stairway at Zynga’s headquarters in San Francisco. Credit Robert Galbraith/Reuters Zynga said on Wednesday that it would cut its work force by 18 percent and leave the sports video-game category, moves meant to narrow its business and improve the quality of its video games. The company, whose headquarters are in San Francisco, said ...

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Oculus to Ship Virtual Reality Headsets in Early 2016

Photo A look inside the Oculus Rift.Credit Early next year, consumers will finally be able to buy the Oculus virtual reality headgear that so impressed Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook that he spent $2 billion to buy the company. Oculus VR announced on Wednesday that it would begin shipping its flagship Rift headset in the first quarter of 2016. Pre-orders will ...

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