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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

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 →

Lauded photo service Everpix to shut down

Everpix, a startup that developed a cloud-based photo storage service designed to help users more easily view and organize their pictures, is shutting down. The San Francisco company, whose service was beloved by users and praised by a reviewers, emailed users Read More →

BlackBerry buyout squashed; new deal yields $1 billion, new CEO

Remember how BlackBerry, the struggling smartphone company, had at last found a savior to buy the company and help it get back on its feet? Yeah, you can forget all about that. The company Read More →

Researchers: Security flaw could expose Apple iMessages

Remember Apple's claim that Apple's iMessage system is super secure and that the company itself can't even read your messages? There's good reason to doubt it. Security researchers this week demonstrated that the iMessage system has some built-in Read More →

Report: Amazon working on smartphones

If you like your Kindle e-book reader or Kindle Fire tablet, get ready for a Kindle phone. Amazon, working with HTC, has a smartphone that's in the "late stages" of development and may launch as early as next year, Read More →

Game industry update: Console sales to finally grow, but Pincus is “bored”

You know things aren't good for much of the games business when "marginal growth" counts as good news and a leading game executive says he's "bored" of games. In a report issued Wednesday, tech research shop IDC Read More →

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