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Exclusive: this is Android TV

Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up …

Can HTC thrive in a Samsung world?

“If it wasn’t for the One, HTC probably wouldn’t be here today,” says Scott Croyle, vice president of design at HTC. Croyle is giving me a tour of the company’s San Francisco studio, which was acquired when HTC bought the One & Co. design firm in 2008. “It’s the reason we’re still in the …

Facebook becomes the new front in Mexico's drug war

The social narconetwork<p><i>A banner left at the scene of a drug war killing. Translated to English, it reads, in part, "The company does not tolerate kidnappers and traitors or anybody that acts beyond the rules."*</i><p>On December 16th, 2009, Arturo Beltrán Leyva, leader of one of the largest and most …

Amazon Fire TV review

My name is Dan Seifert and I’m addicted to cable TV.<p>Last fall, I tried to break that addiction. I became one of the growing number of Americans to cancel their cable TV service. I went from a couple hundred channels to zero. I’ll have lots of free time, I said. Maybe I’ll even catch up on my …

The State Department is trolling America's enemies on Twitter

See if this sounds familiar: a strange name pops into your twitter mentions, using violent photos and provocative language to force the conversation off-track. You start out talking about something innocuous, but by the end, you're being challenged to shore up your whole view of the world or admit …

Driven: how Zipcar's founders built and lost a car-sharing empire

In the late ’90s, Antje Danielson’s son Max and Robin Chase’s daughter Linnea often played together on a tire swing in Cambridge, Massachusetts' Dana Park. The two women had met at their kids’ kindergarten, but supervising the playground is how they got to know each other. As Danielson, a Harvard …