Posts by Troy Wolverton

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. He can be reached at twolverton@mercurynews.com.

  • Report: Google’s browsers take top spot in U.S.

    Report: Google’s browsers take top spot in U.S.

    When it comes to browser market share, Google is now king of all it surveys; according to a new report, the combined usage of the company’s mobile and desktop browsers has finally overtaken that of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the United States after surpassing I.E. in markets outside the U.S. last year.

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  • Samsung makes play for wearables and digital health

    Samsung makes play for wearables and digital health

    The Korean electronics giant announced that it is trying to spur the development of wearable devices by creating a prototype device that could be customized with a wide variety of sensors and a cloud-based service intended to bring together and help make sense of the data collected by those sensors.

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  • Tech Files First Look: LG’s new G3 smartphone sports laser, high-resolution screen

    Tech Files First Look: LG’s new G3 smartphone sports laser, high-resolution screen

    Taking a page from arch-rival Samsung, the Korean company used a global press event on Monday to unveil its latest flagship phone, the G3, which will go on sale this summer in the United States and features a large, ultra-high resolution display and the first-ever laser-based auto-focus system in a smartphone.

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  • Comcast, broadband providers get poor marks from consumers

    Comcast, broadband providers get poor marks from consumers

    In a new survey from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index focusing on telecommunications services, Internet service scored and pay TV service earned the lowest scores among the 43 products and services across all industries rated by the ACSI.

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  • Hollywood, sports leagues share blame with cable companies for rising rates

    Hollywood, sports leagues share blame with cable companies for rising rates

    The costs that pay television companies pay for the networks and programs they air, particularly sports and national broadcast networks, have skyrocketed over the last 20 years; according to industry statistics, only a portion of those costs are being passed on to subscribers.

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  • Pay TV prices continue to outpace inflation

    Pay TV prices continue to outpace inflation

    If you have the feeling your cable rates just keep going up and up, you’re not imagining things; the Federal Communications Commission has released a report documenting that — yet again — the average pay TV bill grew faster than inflation in 2012.

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  • Comcast: Data caps likely within 5 years

    Comcast: Data caps likely within 5 years

    At a financial conference earlier this week, David Cohen, the broadband giant’s Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, predicted that within five years, all of the company’s Internet customers would be subject to caps on their usage. Cohen predicted that the caps would only affect a small portion of Comcast’s users, but didn’t promise anything.

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  • FCC Chairman insists he really, really backs net neutrality

    FCC Chairman insists he really, really backs net neutrality

    Tom Wheeler, the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, want you to know that he’s really, really a believer in net neutrality, using a blog entry on Tuesday to try to clear up all the “misconceptions” people seem to have about his views on the subject and a new neutrality-related proposal he is circulating among his fellow commissioners.

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  • Samsung loses share in smartphones

    Samsung loses share in smartphones

    Samsung’s smartphone market share actually slipped in the first quarter, marking the first time since 2009 that the Korean electronics giant had lost share in the smartphone market.

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  • Apple updates, cuts price on laptops

    Apple updates, cuts price on laptops

    Apple on Tuesday announced that it’s updating the line with faster processors and is slashing the price on all models by $100.

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