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A selection of smart speakers and other devices.
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Matt Bigler
December 05, 2019 - 3:44 pm
Do you have a smart speaker at home? The devices from Amazon, Google and others are expected to be hot holiday stocking stuffers this season, despite growing safety concerns.
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Christmas trees lined up for sale
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December 02, 2019 - 2:01 pm
If you want an environmentally responsible Christmas tree, here are some suggestions from an industry insider.
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AP News
November 22, 2019 - 8:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday told people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, because of another food poisoning outbreak. The notice comes almost exactly one year after a similar outbreak led to a blanket warning about romaine. Officials urged Americans not to...
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A selection of smart speakers and other devices.
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Holly Quan
November 05, 2019 - 2:19 pm
Privacy advocates already worry about the vulnerabilities in smart speakers, like Amazon's Alexa, Google Home or Apple's Siri. Now, scientists have shown they can hack the devices using just a laser pointer or a flashlight.
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October 03, 2018 - 3:04 am
A group of investors is planning a comeback for Toys R Us, in the latest twist for the troubled retail brand. The group, made up of secured lenders, said Tuesday it's scrapping an auction for intellectual property assets because it didn't receive any bids that were better than its own. The...
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Rents continued to rise in San Francisco, despite a Zillow report saying they held steady across the country.
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Matt Bigler
September 28, 2018 - 2:09 pm
Rents have stopped rising across the country for the first time since the Great Recession. According to Zillow, an online real estate database, median rent is unchanged nationally from a year ago.
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Advocates for the homeless say that the shuttered San Jose City Hall should be turned into housing.
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Matt Bigler
September 26, 2018 - 2:07 pm
For San Jose officials to accomplish their stated goal of building 10,000 affordable homes by 2022, they only need to see 9,946 more constructed.
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Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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September 12, 2018 - 5:14 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to showcase three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product's appeal amid slowing sales growth. Most of the buzz is swirling around a rumored iPhone with a screen that is bigger and...
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Mike Colgan
September 10, 2018 - 2:03 pm
Apple's stock price tumbled by almost $3 on Monday after President Trump targeted the tech giant on Twitter over the weekend.
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FILE- In this May 16, 2018, file photo, traffic makes it's way past the Macy's flagship store in New York. Macy's Inc. reports earnings Wednesday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 15, 2018 - 8:33 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's raised its annual profit forecast as the department store reported an unexpected increase in a key sales measure. The Cincinnati department store chain has now reported its third straight quarter of higher sales at existing stores after a three-year slump. But shares on...
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