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  • The next iPhone may have no fingerprint reader, and other rumors

    The next iPhone may have no fingerprint reader, and other rumors

    As the expected fall debut of Apple Inc.'s next iPhones nears, rumors have taken hold, based on reports from analysts and leaks from Apple's supply chain. As with all speculative reports, it's best to take these ideas with a grain (or shaker) of salt. Apple did not immediately respond to a request...

  • Cars are full of tech that gets outdated fast — so people are leasing, not buying

    Cars are full of tech that gets outdated fast — so people are leasing, not buying

    Buy a smartphone, use it for a couple of years, then ditch it for something new and improved. It’s a life cycle that has become the norm for cellphones. Now, that same short-term relationship is applying to what traditionally has been a long-term commitment: cars. Instead of buying a vehicle, more...

  • Snapchat shifts policy to allow hyperlinks in posts

    Snapchat shifts policy to allow hyperlinks in posts

    Snapchat users now can include hyperlinks to outside websites in their posts, reversing a longstanding strategy that has helped keep eyeballs from leaving the messaging and entertainment app. The update, which rolled out Wednesday, allows users to adorn their photo and video Snaps with clickable...

  • Microsoft is laying off thousands of sales workers worldwide

    Microsoft is laying off thousands of sales workers worldwide

    Microsoft Corp. is laying off thousands of employees in a shake-up aimed at selling more subscriptions to software applications that can be used on any Internet-connected device. Most of the people losing their jobs work in sales and are located outside the United States. The Redmond, Wash.-based...

  • Silicon Valley has a new vision for the pizzeria. It involves lots of robots

    Silicon Valley has a new vision for the pizzeria. It involves lots of robots

    Not long after the pizzeria Zume opened for business last year, its kitchen staff noticed a problem with some of its pizzas: they had holes in them. It wasn’t the fault of the workers, who rolled out intact dough bases. There wasn’t a kitchen mole prodding holes. It wasn’t even the recipe — a Zume...

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