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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

Tool lets you add up savings from swapping out light bulbs

Swapping out old-style incandescent bulbs for power-sipping compact fluorescent or LED ones can save a bunch of money. But you don't have to take my word for it. The U.S. government's Energy Star program, which Read More →

Big surprise: Area telecom providers earn poor grades in new report

You probably already knew this, but here in the Bay Area, your choice of triple play providers is generally between mediocre and worse. That's the conclusion of a new report from Consumer Reports. In its upcoming May Read More →

Netflix’s Hastings makes case for ‘strong’ neutrality rules

Net neutrality may be down for the count, but Reed Hastings is hoping it comes back even stronger. In a post Thursday on Netflix's corporate blog, the company's CEO criticized the tolls Read More →

The Web at 25: How it changed my life

Do you remember the first time you saw the World Wide Web? I do, and it changed my life. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Web, or at least Tim Berners-Lee's Read More →

Apple releases updated iOS for iPhones, iPads

iPhone and iPad users, the long-awaited update to the software underlying the handheld devices is finally here. Apple on Monday released iOS 7.1, the first significant revision to its handheld operating system since Apple Read More →

Windows Phone forecast slashed once again

When it comes to Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, market research firm IDC has long been among the few true believers. But the reality of tepid demand has repeatedly forced the firm to temper its enthusiasm. On Wednesday, IDC lowered its Read More →
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