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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

Startup camera maker Lytro cut jobs earlier this year

Lytro, the digital camera start-up that has developed a technology that allows users to focus their pictures after taking them, laid off some of its staff earlier this year. The Mountain View company cut loose an undisclosed number of employees in Read More →

Tech Files First Take: Google Glass

Google Glass may have a lot of potential. But my first impression of the new wearable technology product¬†is that it needs a lot of polishing if it's ever to become a mainstream device. And it suffers from what may be a Read More →

Tech Files test drive: Smart’s new electric car

Not too long ago, you couldn't find an electric car on the market. Now, it seems, every manufacturer either has one -- or has one in the works. One of the latest to hit the market is the Read More →

Tech Files preview: Google Chromecast

This week I'm testing Google's Chromecast digital media adapter for my next Tech Files column. That piece will have my full thoughts on the new $35 digital media adapter. But I thought I'd offer a little taste. Below you'll find a Read More →

Report: Apple in talks to buy 3D sensor company

A new report indicates that Apple's iPads and iMacs and its rumored television may get a nifty new trick: depth perception. The Cupertino company is in early talks to buy PrimeSense, which Read More →

Judge resigns from local patent office, citing delay in move to permanent space

The indefinite delay in opening the Silicon Valley branch of the U.S. Patent and ¬†Trademark Office has now cost the agency a key hire. Neil Smith, a longtime patent litigator who was the Read More →
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