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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 TheStreet.com and CNET News.com.


Cell phone unlocking legal again as president signs measure

You are no longer doing something criminal if you unlock your cell phone. The president on Friday signed into law a measure that reverses a ban on Read More →

Netflix strikes paid connection deal with AT&T

Netflix has struck a paid data connection deal with another one of its supposed antagonists. The company announced Tuesday that it had agreed to pay AT&T for a direct connection between the two companies' networks. The companies struck the deal back Read More →

Research: Home security systems vulnerable to hackers, cyberattacks

You probably knew that hackers could break into your email account and the NSA can listen in on your calls. But did you know that your home security system may be vulnerable to a cyberattack also? Hackers can easily compromise the Read More →

Ban on cell phone unlocking close to being overturned

You may soon be able to legally unlock your cell phone again. The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would roll back a prohibition on unlocking that took effect early last year. Because the bill, formally known Read More →

Security researcher: Apple downplaying security holes in iPhones, iPads

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, beware: Some features built into the iOS operating system that underlies those Apple devices could be used to glean sensitive personal information, such as all the photos in your photo album and Read More →

New consoles help spark game sales

Mired in a six-year-long slump, the traditional video game industry is making a modest comeback this year. Through the first half of 2014, physical sales of video game products in the United States are actually up on an annual basis, thanks Read More →

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