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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

Amazon unveils Fire smartphone

Amazon on Wednesday announced its first smartphone, dubbed the Fire Phone. CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the device at a special event in Seattle. The phone features a 4.7-inch screen and a 13-megapixel rear camera. It costs $199 for the 32 GB Read More →

Netflix shareholders urge reforms, but reject split of CEO, chairman roles

Update For the fourth year in a row, Netflix's shareholders on Monday delivered a rebuke to the streaming media company's board and management by overwhelmingly passing investor-backed proposals that the company opposed. But shareholders voted down the highest-profile proposal, Read More →

Report: Google’s browsers take top spot in U.S.

When it comes to browser market share, Google is now king of all it surveys. According to a new report, the combined usage of the company's mobile and desktop browsers has finally overtaken that of Read More →

Samsung makes play for wearables and digital health

SAN FRANCISCO -- Already the top smartphone maker, Samsung is hoping to take a lead role in what many expect to be one of the next big electronics markets: wearable technology. At a press event here on Wednesday, the Korean electronics Read More →

Tech Files First Look: LG’s new G3 smartphone sports laser, high-resolution screen

SAN FRANCISCO -- LG is a major player in the consumer electronics industry as a whole, but is a minor player when it comes to smartphones. The company is hoping to change that. Taking a page from arch-rival Read More →

Comcast, broadband providers get poor marks from consumers

Americans on the whole don't like their Internet service or pay TV providers very much. And they particularly don't like Comcast, the dominant provider of both services in the Bay Area. In a new survey Read More →
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