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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’s new fingerprint scanner: A good idea gone wrong

Apple's new fingerprint scanner is a good idea. But the company has crippled it so much that it's little more than a gimmick at best and a security problem at worst. The fingerprint scanner, dubbed "Touch ID" by Apple, is one Read More →

New iPhones, same old limit on talk-and-surf

There's bad news for iPhone fans on Verizon and Sprint's networks: Apple's newest smartphones have the same problem as its old ones with talking and surfing at the same time. Users of the Sprint and Verizon versions of the new iPhone Read More →

Update on my Apple wish list: I got nothing

Updated When it comes to my wish list for the iPhone, it looks like I struck out. In my Tech Files column for Monday, I listed four things I was hoping that Apple would Read More →

Research firm again cuts bullish forecast for Windows Phone

IDC wants you to know that, despite everything, it still has high hopes for Windows Phone ... just not as high as before and not nearly as high as Microsoft's. On Wednesday, the technology market research firm released its Read More →

Hoping for quick sale, BlackBerry could struggle to find takers

BlackBerry, it seems, wants to find a buyer ASAP. The big question, though, is whether it will find any takers. The struggling smartphone announced last month that is was exploring "strategic alternatives," which is Read More →

Microsoft to buy Nokia in $7 billion deal

Trailing far behind in the smartphone market, Microsoft has decided to make a drastic move: It's agreed to buy Nokia's mobile phone division. As part of a deal announced Monday night, Microsoft Read More →

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