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Troy writes the Tech Files column as the Personal Technology Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. He also covers the digital media, mobile and video game industries and writes occasionally about Apple, chips, social networking and other aspects of technology. Previously, Troy covered Apple and the consumer electronics industry. Prior to joining the Mercury News, Troy reported on technology, business and financial issues for TheStreet.com and CNET News.com.


Comcast-Time Warner deal can claim one prominent Silicon Valley supporter

(Updated below) The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has at least one high-profile backer here in Silicon Valley. Carl Guardino, president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and an ever-present present figure in regional Read More →

Tech Files outtake: Roku gadget’s rough edges

Roku's new Streaming Stick is a great bargain, but it does have some rough edges. I reviewed the new digital media player for my column this week. As I mentioned, I Read More →

WiFi gets more room thanks to new rules

Is your WiFi network bogging down thanks to all the other WiFi networks around you? Well, a solution may be in sight. The Federal Communications Commission on Monday approved rules that will double the amount of Read More →

Tool lets you add up savings from swapping out light bulbs

Swapping out old-style incandescent bulbs for power-sipping compact fluorescent or LED ones can save a bunch of money. But you don't have to take my word for it. The U.S. government's Energy Star program, which Read More →

Big surprise: Area telecom providers earn poor grades in new report

You probably already knew this, but here in the Bay Area, your choice of triple play providers is generally between mediocre and worse. That's the conclusion of a new report from Consumer Reports. In its upcoming May Read More →

Netflix’s Hastings makes case for ‘strong’ neutrality rules

Net neutrality may be down for the count, but Reed Hastings is hoping it comes back even stronger. In a post Thursday on Netflix's corporate blog, the company's CEO criticized the tolls Read More →
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