Posts by Troy Wolverton

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.

  • Amazon debuts Siri-like assistant for the home

    Amazon debuts Siri-like assistant for the home

    Amazon is turning the virtual personal assistant into a physical product. The e-commerce giant on Thursday unveiled Echo, a cylindrical gadget that has a Siri clone built into it. Like […]

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  • iPad mini gets little love from Apple

    iPad mini gets little love from Apple

    It’s now clear why Apple spent so little time talking at its press event Wednesday about the iPad mini: the company gave it only the slightest of updates.

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  • HBO to offer standalone streaming service

    HBO to offer standalone streaming service

    Starting next year, HBO will offer its HBO Go streaming service as a standalone product, the company announced on Wednesday.

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  • Netflix raises prices on 4K videos

    Netflix raises prices on 4K videos

    Netflix is now requiring new customers who want access to its library of ultra-high definition television shows and movies to sign up for a pricier plan than its regular subscription service; the 4K plan costs $12 a month, while its regular plan costs $9 a month.

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  • Apple quickly pulls update to iOS 8

    Apple quickly pulls update to iOS 8

    Apple on Wednesday released and then quickly retracted an update to iOS 8, the software that underlies iPhones and iPads, after early adopters reported numerous bugs.

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  • iPhone 6 models offer new — but still immature — calling feature

    iPhone 6 models offer new — but still immature — calling feature

    The new iPhone 6 models support a new calling standard called VoLTE that sends calls made with the phones’ built in dialer over the wireless carriers’ data networks; the new technology could eventually mean better quality calls and fewer dropped connections, but in the near-term, the switch to VoLTE could mean a more frustrating experience for some consumers — assuming they can use the service at all.
    But in the near-term, the switch to VoLTE could mean a more frustrating experience for some consumers — assuming they can use the service at all.

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  • New iPhones, similar talk-and-surf limit

    New iPhones, similar talk-and-surf limit

    Apple’s iPhones 6 models offer some new calling tricks, but they have the same old limitation on talking and surfing in some situations.

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  • Apple denies Beats Music shutdown, but other changes may be coming

    Apple denies Beats Music shutdown, but other changes may be coming

    Apple said Monday it’s not shuttering its recently acquired Beats Music service, but that doesn’t mean that the iPhone maker doesn’t have other changes planned for the subscription song company.

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  • Tech Files outtakes: Apple’s new openness has its limits

    Tech Files outtakes: Apple’s new openness has its limits

    The newfound openness Apple has demonstrated in iOS 8 is nowhere near complete; instead, it retains tight-fisted control in two big areas of the operating system — Siri and default apps.

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  • Apple’s Touch ID privacy flaw just got worse

    Apple’s Touch ID privacy flaw just got worse

    When Apple launched its Touch ID fingerprint sensor, it had a troublesome flaw, but now that the company is allowing the sensor to be used by outside developers, that problem has potentially metastasized.

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