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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Hit Traffic

Google Inc.’s self-driving cars can maneuver adroitly in traffic, but they have had less success handling regulatory congestion. Google was a key backer of a 2012 California law that required state officials to devise rules for so-called autonomous vehicles by Jan. 1. More than two months after that deadline, a draft has yet to appear, […]

Virtual Reality: Promising but Posing Challenges

Lucas Unger was excited to reach the next level of “The Gallery: Six Elements,” a virtual-reality videogame his parents are developing. But the eight-year-old had a problem. He wasn’t tall enough in real life to pull a lever in the virtual world. “I was too short,” the second grader said. “I was reaching up super […]

PowerPoint Karaoke Brings Stress Relief

ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO—On a sunny Friday afternoon earlier this month, about 100 employees of Adobe Systems Inc. filed expectantly into an auditorium to watch PowerPoint presentations. “I am really thrilled to be here today,” began Kimberley Chambers, a 37-year-old communications manager for the software company, as she nervously clutched a microphone. “I want to talk […]

Apple Is Tinkering With Augmented Reality, Too, Analyst Says

By Daisuke Wakabayashi CONNECT What else does Apple CEO Tim Cook have up his sleeve? Associated Press With the Watch already on the way and an electric car in the research labs, what could be next for Apple? Piper Jaffray senior research analyst Gene Munster believes it could be augmented reality. In a research note […]

Tech Fails: What Annoys You Most About Technology

ENLARGE Last week, Personal Technology columnists Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern shared their biggest tech annoyances and asked readers to share their own. We received a few hundred responses via email and social media. It turns out many of you have some of the same complaints. Here are edited versions of some of our […]

Microsoft to Offer Some Chinese Users Free Upgrades

BEIJING—Microsoft Corp. is offering some Chinese users a free upgrade to its latest Windows operating-system software, even if it is unlicensed, in its latest attempt to grapple with a market plagued by piracy and regulatory issues. The Redmond, Wash., software giant said on Wednesday that users of its Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 software…

Sync Your Family’s Music, Movies and E-Books So Everybody’s Happy

Updated March 17, 2015 4:11 p.m. ET Dear tech companies: If you want me, accept my family, too. Gadget makers and providers of digital services too often assume you’re all by yourself, wandering the Internet, buying apps, music and books for an audience of one. In reality, you’ve got a spouse, children, grandparents, roommates, cousins, […]

Unbundling Pay-TV Brings New Questions

The media industry is racing toward an Internet-TV future at a breathtaking pace. But the swift changes, highlighted by efforts from Apple Inc., Dish Network Corp. and others, are giving consumers an array of confusing options and forcing entertainment giants to confront some sober realities. Not long ago, consumers who wanted to watch “Monday Night […]

Uber CFO Brent Callinicos Steps Down

Brent Callinicos is stepping down as Uber Technologies Inc.’s chief financial officer after helping spearhead the car-hailing service’s fastest years of growth. Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick shared the news of Mr. Callinicos’s departure with investors Monday in an email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Callinicos will stay on as an adviser to […]

Apple Plans Web TV Service in Fall

Apple Inc.’s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus. The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and […]

Nintendo Opens Door to Smartphone Games

TOKYO—Nintendo Co. dropped its long-standing aversion to mobile gaming, saying Tuesday that it would begin developing games for smartphones based on characters such as Mario the plumber. The surprising about-face by Nintendo includes a partnership with DeNA Co., a Japanese mobile game provider, under which the companies will exchange ownership stakes and jointly develop “gaming […]

Pinterest Valued at $11 Billion After Latest Funding

Pinterest Inc. on Monday said it raised $367 million, giving the online site a valuation of $11 billion and making it one of the most highly valued startups by venture capitalists in the world. The latest funding more than doubles Pinterest’s previous valuation of $5 billion from less than a year ago, underscoring the premium […]

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