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Twitter-funded learning center for homeless set to open next summer on Market Street

The Chronicle has learned that Twitter has moved a one step closer toward opening a $1 million learning center where company employees will teach tech skills to some of the city’s poorest residents.<p>They’ve got a location now for what’s being dubbed The NeighborNest. It’s right across the street …

Amazon’s Echo and the smart TVs that are listening to and watching everything you do

Amazon’s Echo defies easy description. Actually, that’s not quite true: the easy way to describe it is “creepy as hell”. What’s trickier is explaining what it is.<p>The Echo <i>(below)</i> is a 20cm-tall black cylinder, that sits in your home and listens to everything you do. You will want it to do this, if …

Two of the best iPhone car mounts we’ve tried: Fuse Chicken Une Bobine and MONTAR by WinnerGear

There are a lot of options for mounting your iPhone in your car. I’ve relied on the highly-rated Kensington suction cup windshield car mount for a few years without too much incident. However, I’ve never been too pleased about how it blocks a bit of my driving view and requires a non-elegant wire …

Jameis Winston: INTs hurting team

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has turned the ball over at the worst rate of his collegiate career during his past …

Why Steve Ballmer picked Gillian Zucker

LOS ANGELES -- Steve Ballmer is loud.<p>Anyone who has seen him in person or watched one his infamous YouTube videos knows that he doesn’t need a …

3 Problems Los Angeles Kings Must Address in Order to Peak Before Playoffs

With only a few games left and the Los Angeles Kings firmly entrenched in a playoff spot by a considerable margin, making the postseason is almost a given (it's not over til it's over, though...).<p>However, the defending champs haven't exactly been in prime form in recent games. Some puzzling …

Griner, Delle Donne, Diggins go 1-2-3

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Brittney Griner left an indelible mark on women's college basketball. Now she's ready to take on the pros.<p>The Phoenix Mercury took …

Phil Jackson Tweets on Kobe Bryant Injury, Compares to Derrick Rose

Phil Jackson weighed in on Kobe Bryant's torn Achilles tendon Saturday, and in typical Zen Master fashion, his opinion came with subtle doses of ego and smugness:<p>It's hard to question Jackson's opinion on anything related to NBA basketball, as his 11 championship rings make a strong case that he's …

Basketball

How Miami Heat's LeBron James Is a Better Player Now Than Last Year

It's fair to say that the year LeBron James had in 2012 was possibly the best stretch of basketball any human being had ever experienced.<p>James collected his third MVP award in the past four seasons. He lead the charge for Team USA in the Olympics to capture his second gold medal. And, most …

Basketball

Carlos Quentin drops appeal

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Padres slugger Carlos Quentin on Sunday dropped his appeal and began serving an eight-game suspension for rushing the mound …

San Diego Padres

Doug Collins Officially Out as Philadelphia 76ers' Head Coach

Doug Collins has officially resigned as the Philadelphia 76ers' head coach.<p>ABC's Jeff Skversky has the latest:<p>FOX's Howard Eskin has more details on Collins' upcoming role as 76ers advisor:<p>Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports originally reported the news last week.<p>The coach's decision should come …

Basketball

Lakers win in first game without Kobe Bryant, near playoff spot

LOS ANGELES -- An empty chair sat in front of Kobe Bryant's locker Sunday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers realized they would have to fill it …

Dirk Nowitzki scores 25,000th point

NEW ORLEANS -- Dirk Nowitzki reached a major milestone before finally using a razor again Sunday night.<p>Nowitzki became the 17th member of the NBA's …

Tim Brabants announces retirement from canoeing as he admits he is 'unlikely to improve'

Great Britain's most successful Olympic canoeist Tim Brabants has announced his retirement from the sport.<p>The 36-year-old appeared at the Games four times, becoming the first British canoeist to win gold with victory in the K1 1,000m at Beijing in 2008.<p>He also won bronze medals in the K1 500m …

Canoeing

Oilers fire GM Steve Tambellini

After five years at the helm – and no playoffs under his reign – Steve Tambellini was fired Monday as the Edmonton Oilers' general manager.<p>Tambellini has been overseeing a perpetual rebuild that has seen the team miss the playoffs for the past six seasons and is poised to come up short again this …

Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano Continue to Honor No. 42 and Robinson's Legacy

On Opening Day for the 2014 MLB season, there will not be a single player in professional baseball to wear the No. 42 on a regular basis.<p>That's incredible. For the past 16 years, the number has been retired by all teams in the major leagues in honor of Jackie Robinson, who made his major league …

Jackie Robinson

Ricketts' focus on World Series

Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said Monday that the framework for a deal to renovate Wrigley Field, which was agreed to by the City of Chicago, …

Kobe Bryant Calls Pau Gasol Mid-Game from Hospital Bed, Lives Up to 'Coach Vino'

Kobe Bryant isn't going anywhere.<p>Ruptured Achilles, missing limbs—it doesn't matter. Whatever the Los Angeles Lakers do, he'll be a part of it, even if he's not playing.<p>Bryant himself tweeted as much, broadcasting to the social-media sphere that he would phone the Lakers with any adjustments he had …

Nerlens Noel: Expect Kentucky Center to Be Top Pick in 2013 NBA Draft

Kentucky center Nerlens Noel has declared for the 2013 NBA draft, according to ESPN.<p>Expect the top prospect in the class to be selected No. 1 overall on June 27.<p>We saw how much a prospect's potential plays into an NBA team's draft-day decisions in 2011 when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected point …

NBA

Adam Scott's Masters Breakthrough Will Pave Way for Momentous 2013 Season

Australian Adam Scott had always been there but not quite in men's golf.<p>He was forever the bridesmaid but never the bride when it came to golfing majors. He was always at the wedding and always close to the action.<p>But he was never the one getting married.<p>That was until this week at Augusta …

Golf

NBA Playoffs 2013: Rising Stars Who Will Shine Under Bright Lights of Postseason

In less than one week, the 2012-13 NBA regular season will conclude and the postseason will commence. In turn, the next wave of stars will be placed under the spotlight as they attempt to shine on the grandest stage of them all.<p>The question is, which of the rising stars will shine under the bright …

Jomi’s Smart Water Bottle Sleeve-Plus-App Wants To Track & Chart Your Liquid Intake To Make You Drink More

Move over HAPIfork. Estonian startup Jomi Interactive is cooking up a pair of smart devices that will remind people to drink <i>more</i> water. Or at least whatever liquid/poison of choice you put in your water bottle. The aim, says the startup, is to encourage healthy behaviour and counteract the mild …

Boot up: Apple iWatch hints, mobile in China, PC slowdown explained and more

A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Apple's 'Coach' Campbell sees Google Glass starting era of intimate objects …

iPhone-controlled bionic hands allow father to hold daughter’s hand for first time since accident

A new type of prosthetic hand partly controlled by an iPhone app has allowed a father to hold his daughter’s hand for the first time since an accident four years ago in which both hands had to be amputated …<p>Conventional prosthetic hands have a limited range of movements, typically with all four …

Microsoft Reportedly Preparing To Jump On The Smartwatch Bandwagon

Apple, Google, LG, and Samsung are all reportedly working on wrist-worn computing devices behind closed doors, and it seems like that little club of big companies may soon get another member. If a new report from the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, Microsoft has been in touch with an …

Ignore your dull family, says new Facebook Home ad

You know those self-centered, self-regarding people who just have to look at their cell phones during dinner?<p>Facebook loves them. Facebook admires them. Facebook wants to promote them.<p>This thrust toward spiritual progress is the company's latest ad for Facebook Home, its attempt to turn your …

Mark Zuckerberg

First Google Glass Devices Are Coming Off The Production Line Now, Will Ship In Batches

Google just notified everybody on the Google Glass waiting list that it is “seeing the first few devices come off the production line right now.” Google says it wants to start shipping the devices as soon as possible and doesn’t want to wait until it has produced enough to fully satisfy demand. …