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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 and CNET

Apple iPhone’s new fingerprint sensor draws complaints

Do you have an iPhone 5s? Are you having trouble getting its signature fingerprint sensor to work consistently? It turns out, you're not alone. The Huffington Post reported Monday that numerous people are complaining Read More →

Amazon tablets get ‘beaming” power

Amazon's latest tablets are no more than a month old, but they're already getting a significant update. The company announced on Monday that it has released an update to the operating system that underlies Read More →

Sorry Firefox, it’s an Android world

If you had your hopes pinned on soon being able to buy a smartphone running Mozilla's new Firefox OS from one of the major carriers, prepare to be disappointed. Instead, be prepared to live in an increasingly Android world. Mozilla has Read More →

Netflix gets a makeover

Netflix is getting a whole new look. The company on Wednesday unveiled a new design for its streaming video service. When browsing for things to watch, subscribers will find more pictures, rewritten synopses and a new Read More →

Report: Despite problems, Apple Maps wrested iPhone users from Google

When it comes to the great maps debacle of 2012, Apple might have gotten the last laugh. You likely remember the pillorying the iPhone maker took when Read More →

Tech Files Mailbag: Anti-virus software for Android phones, tablets

I often receive email from readers of my Tech Files column who are looking for advice or recommendations or just want to comment on my pieces. From time to time, I’m republishing edited versions of my email exchanges with Read More →