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    Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, speaks at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle.

    Microsoft wants Windows 10 to play nice with iPhones, Android

    Microsoft unveiled an update to Windows 10, adding key features that are likely to benefit users of gadgets that run rival mobile operating systems iOS and Android.

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    While the wireless future we’ve been promised is so close, it’s tethered to the reality that every “wireless thing” still needs a wire to charge.

    Analysis: Wireless gadgets tie us down more than ever

    As we add more cordless, smart and rechargeable stuff to our lives, we run more into a mundane but real issue: We still have too many cords to deal with when it’s time to charge them. And there’s no good solution. This issue really undercuts the whole “freedom from cords” promise inherent in wireless tech.

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    Amazon’s new Echo Show allows users to make and take video calls. It goes on sale on June 28, 2017.

    Amazon adds video calling with Echo Show

    Amazon on Tuesday rolled out yet another version of the Echo — this time sporting a screen that allows users to make and take video calls. The Echo Show, as it’s called, signals that Amazon is not only pushing ahead with its goal of ruling the home but is also taking a major shot at a messaging platform. The Echo Show looks to complement — or even supplant — the phone or personal computer when it comes to real-time communication.

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    Technology isn’t new to agriculture. Since John Deere invented the steel plow in the early 1800s, farming has embraced new tools from tractors that use global positioning systems to genetically modified seeds. But even though much of the $400 billion U.S. farm economy is mechanized, fresh produce and dairy remain heavily dependent on human labor. Much of that comes from immigrants, both documented and unauthorized.

    The heartland hooks up with Silicon Valley in Trump’s America

    President Donald Trump’s get-tough attitude on immigration is spurring a surge of high-tech investment in America’s heartland, where farmers are scrambling for new ways of coping with labor shortages and slumping profits.

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    Does Not Commute is a game that asks you to shepherd several cars on their way through their chaotic daily commutes, one by one.

    App reviews: Does Not Commute, Punkpost

    App reviews: Does Not Commute is a game that asks you to shepherd several cars on their way through their chaotic daily commutes, one by one. Punkpost is one of many apps that promise to make it easy to send thoughtful, custom messages and cards through the mail. But rather than having typewritten text, Punkpost will write your message in very attractive handwriting.

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    Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, speaks during the Dell EMC World conference, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Las Vegas.

    Michael Dell says he’s winning back customers from ‘pricey’ public cloud

    Michael Dell said his company is seeing some customers return to buying equipment after discovering that working with the giant cloud-computing providers is more complicated and costlier than they thought. Hardware from Dell Technologies Inc. is getting a second look from companies finding that outsourcing their computing needs to the public cloud — big providers such as Amazon.com Inc., and Microsoft Corp. — can be twice as expensive or more as running it themselves, Dell said.

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    A group of schoolchildren study a painting in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, January 19, 2005.

    Can the new .art domain finally bring art into the 21st century?

    Founders hope “.art,” a new, top-level domain, will create digital infrastructure for the international art community: individuals, organizations and eventually, art objects.

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    Israeli special combat soldiers conduct a training exercise using virtual reality battlefield technology to simulate Hamas tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel at an Israeli Army base in Petach Tikva, Israel, on April 26, 2017.

    VR headsets help military prepare for real-life threats

    In a refurbished building on a military base in central Israel, soldiers are training in underground combat using headsets made by Oculus, the virtual-reality headset maker owned by Facebook, and Vive, owned by HTC Corp. While it’s not unusual for a military to use virtual reality, the Israel soldiers are using VR to prepare for Hamas attacks through tunnels that crisscross Israel’s border with Gaza, learning how to navigate the claustrophobic terrain both alone and as a team.

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    In August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit dealt the Federal Trade Commission a major blow by calling into question one of the consumer protection agency's most important powers. The court said the FTC should be banned from regulating a company if even a small part of that firm's business is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission as a telecom service, otherwise known as a “common carrier.”

    How one obscure court case could decide future of internet business

    There's a huge court case you need to hear about. It might not be on your radar yet because, frankly, some of it gets pretty technical. But the outcome is likely to have enormous repercussions for online privacy, net neutrality and the economy.

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    When it comes to technology and kids, other parents can complicate things. Even if you feel like you’re in control of what happens in your home, the parents of your child’s peers will undoubtedly come into play.

    When other parents have different technology rules

    When it comes to technology and kids, other parents can complicate things. Even if you feel like you’re in control of what happens in your home, the parents of your child’s peers will undoubtedly come into play.

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