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Troy Wolverton Troy Wolverton (250 Posts)

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.


Ban on cell phone unlocking close to being overturned

You may soon be able to legally unlock your cell phone again. The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would roll back a prohibition on unlocking that took effect early last year. Because the bill, formally known Read More →

Security researcher: Apple downplaying security holes in iPhones, iPads

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, beware: Some features built into the iOS operating system that underlies those Apple devices could be used to glean sensitive personal information, such as all the photos in your photo album and Read More →

New consoles help spark game sales

Mired in a six-year-long slump, the traditional video game industry is making a modest comeback this year. Through the first half of 2014, physical sales of video game products in the United States are actually up on an annual basis, thanks Read More →

FCC extends deadline for net neutrality comments after site problems

If you want a say in the future of the Internet, you have a few more days to make yourself heard. The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday announced that it was pushing back the Read More →

Beware, Android owners: Deleted data may not be gone

If you are selling or giving away an Android phone, beware -- your personal data may still be on the device, even if you tried to delete it. From devices purchased on eBay, researchers from security company Avast were able to Read More →

Report: Apple to release multiple iWatches this fall

Consumers may finally be able to strap on Apple's long-rumored iWatch later this year, according to a new report. The iPhone maker is likely to launch its new wearable device this fall, possibly as early as October, Read More →
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