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Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Edition
The Alienware Area 51 has always been a larger-than-life gaming desktop, but this year it will be the only pre-built PC to feature AMD’s new Threadripper processors. That basically means Alienware will...
"Best gig in the town": L.A. subway construction workers unearth prehistoric fossils
A subway construction project in Los Angeles is unearthing the prehistoric side of Southern California. Workers excavating the tunnels discovered fossils of ancient mammals that roamed the area about 11,000...
Amazon gives away free Prime membership to promote Manchester by the Sea
To celebrate the Oscar-winning film Manchester by the Sea being released on Amazon Prime, Amazon is gifting every home in the real Manchester-by-the-Sea area a free year-long subscription to the streaming...
Bay Area economic confidence slips, survey says
Bay Area economic confidence slips, survey says Even as a well-paid software engineer at Google, Jake Hamby said living in the Bay Area had become suffocating. Housing and traffic concerns have usually...
Dinosaur footprint may be largest ever discovered
Researchers may have uncovered the largest dinosaur footprints ever found, measuring in at five feet, nine inches long and etched into the Earth millions of years ago by massive four-legged sauropod dinosaurs. The...
Obama said to be in Bay Area meeting tech leaders
Former President Barack Obama flew to San Jose Sunday night to meet with Silicon Valley tech leaders, according to NBC Bay Area. The former president made several trips to the Bay Area during his eight...
A Day Without a Woman comes to Bay Area
“We need to go to work tomorrow,” said Stacy Villalobos, a 27-year-old fellow at Legal Aid at Work, a nonprofit that supports the rights of low-wage workers. Because we do things that are urgent for the...
Tips for hiring painting contractors
Painting is the most common do-it-yourself project for homeowners — after all, the consequences of messing up a paint job pale by comparison to botching electrical or plumbing work. [...] painting is...
Apple promises it’s still serious about desktop PCs
If you thought that desktop computers had fallen by the wayside at Apple, then think again, because Tim Cook has spoken out regarding his firm’s plans to do more with PCs in the ‘pro’ market.In a Q&A...
iPhone 8 could replace Touch ID with a MacBook Pro-inspired function area
Apple could be ditching its celebrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the upcoming iPhone 8 in favour of a new “function area”, according to a new investor note from trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo...
13 of Glassdoor's 50 best big companies to work for are in the Bay Area
Bay Area workers really love the perks that accompany jobs in the tech industry. That's why 13 of them, including some of the biggest names in tech all landed in Glassdoor's annual roundup of the best...
The plan to ban fishing in more than half the world’s oceans
Deadliest catch?Dan Rafla/Aurora PhotosBy James RandersonIT IS one of the planet’s last true wildernesses, yet a handful of the world’s wealthiest nations are plundering its riches to satisfy the appetites...
Unusual Martian region leaves clues to planet's past
An unusual region on Mars — an area with high elevation called Thaumasia Planum — has been the focus of recent research. Scientists analyzed the geography and mineralogy of this area they termed Greater...
McDonald’s agrees to $3.75 million deal with Bay Area workers
McDonald’s has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a federal lawsuit that sought to hold the company liable for allegations that a franchise owner in the Bay Area cheated hundreds of workers out of...
Richest people in the Bay Area, according to Forbes
If you weren't already certain that the Bay Area is for the wealthy, this could confirm it: Fifty Bay Area billionaires made it onto the Forbes 400 richest Americans list, which was released Tuesday....
Foster City, San Mateo to help pay for carpooling
Foster City and San Mateo are chipping in to partially subsidize carpooling for anyone who lives or works in either city through a partnership with Scoop Technologies, which makes a carpooling app. “We...
ICYMI: Ruffalo promises nudity; Bay Area grows; Brangelina waxed
Actor Mark Ruffalo promised he would appear nude in his next film if anyone except Donald Trump is elected president. Consumer Reports said that Samsung put out a software update to let users test to...
Rez Infinite’s new content is so good, it made me cry
Rez Infinite's reveal trailer for Area X. reader comments 10 Share this story SEATTLE—I just finished playing the final level in the upcoming PlayStation VR launch title Rez Infinite and took my headset...
San Francisco climbs rankings in startup activity
San Francisco ranked fourth among U.S. metropolitan areas for startup activity, up from ninth in 2015 but trailing Austin, Miami and Los Angeles, according to a report released Thursday by the Ewing Marion...
These are the West Coast's richest people from Forbes' list
Photo: Ethan Miller, Getty Images Image 1of/9 CaptionClose Image 1 of 9 Phil Knight - Portland, OR areaNet worth: $25.4 billionBusiness: Nike Phil Knight - Portland, OR area Net worth: $25.4 billion Business:...
These Bay Area companies embrace pets at work
The Bay Area loves pets and for some lucky employees, bringing your pet to work is just another fun perk. Many Bay Area based companies have pet-friendly policies that allow employees, and customers alike,...
13 Bay Area CEOs are among Glassdoor's 'Highest Rated CEO' list
It appears Bay Area professionals have been busy filling out Glassdoor reviews for their respective companies. In Glassdoor's most recent report for "50 Highest Rated CEO's," 13 Bay Area senior executives...
Maker Faire expects 150,000 people for annual do-it-yourself expo
[...] with 150,000 people expected for this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area, which starts Friday in San Mateo, the do-it-yourself tech movement could be ready to graduate into a mainstream cultural force....
Bay Area home prices set record, sort of
Bay Area home prices set record, sort of The median price paid for Bay Area homes set a nominal record of $686,000 in April, but when adjusted for inflation fell short of the 2007 peak of $665,000, according...
Daily Briefing, May 4
Gilroy Garlic Fries — named for the city famous for its garlic crop — are offered in four restaurants in the Bay Area. The fries are made fresh when ordered, tossed with garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese...
Buying flowers without getting trimmed
Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook and Checkbook.org checked prices at florists and at other retailers that sell flowers and found substantial differences. If you can pick up the flowers (as opposed to having...
Bay Area biotech firms Medivation, Stemcentrx get takeover bids
Two large pharmaceutical companies have announced bids to acquire two Bay Area biotechnology firms in efforts to expand their portfolios of drugs to treat cancer. [...] on Thursday, biopharmaceutical...
Google launches start-up incubator Area 120
Google's offices in Kirkland, Wash.(Photo: Elaine Thompson, Associated Press) SAN FRANCISCO — Google is combating brain drain by creating a start-up incubator inside the technology giant. Dubbed "Area...
Bay Area home prices now higher than before the recession
Bay Area home prices now higher than before the recession Bay Area home prices are now even higher than they were before the recession, according to data released Friday by the California State Board...
Earth's internal heat drives rapid ice flow, subglacial melting in Greenland
The North Atlantic Ocean is an area of active plate tectonics. Between 80 and 35 million years ago tectonic processes moved Greenland over an area of abnormally hot mantle material that still today is...
Introducing VR Day at CNET HQ - CNET
If we've learned anything from the launch of the Oculus Rift this week, it's that people are excited about virtual reality -- and the potential of VR in general. Will it change lives? Is it just for gaming?...
Lyft to leverage app for commute carpools starting on 101
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission hopes a pink-mustached unicorn can galvanize Bay Area carpooling. Despite a drumbeat of messages about carpooling’s benefits, only about 10 percent of Bay Area...
For first time, drone delivers package to residential area
Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney said the six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile along a pre-programmed delivery route on March 10 and lowered the package outside a vacant residence in an uninhabited area of...
Protest organizers in Brazil use analytics to measure attendance
Organizers of yesterday's massive demonstration in São Paulo against the Brazilian government have employed an analytics tool to get accurate attendance data.Opposition group Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL)...
Chinese developers muscling in to Bay Area housing market
The flood of Chinese money into Bay Area housing is coming not just from home buyers. The only U.S. metro area attracting more Chinese development dollars between 2013 and 2015 was New York and its boroughs,...
Mysterious 'Area 6' landing strip in Nevada desert baffles experts
A mysterious, mile-long landing strip in the remote Nevada desert could be the home base for testing sensors on a top-secret fleet of drones, security experts speculate. The asphalt landing strip is in...
Consumers’ Checkbook: Rating the work of carpet cleaners
Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook and Checkbook.org evaluated 67 carpet and rug cleaners and found plenty of firms that received high ratings from customers. Companies that received the highest ratings from...
Wildlife secrets revealed with advanced tracking devices
Scientists say the trove of information thanks to ever smaller, tougher and more powerful tracking devices is leading to discoveries that could be used to make better wildlife and habitat management decisions....
Cooling ahead for high-end San Fran real estate
Hatvany confirms the same trends. In the second quarter of last year, her firm said, 18 homes sold in San Francisco for $6 million or higher. That number dropped to nine in the fourth quarter. One question:...
Finding the right plumber at the right price
Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook and Checkbook.org surveyed customers and evaluated 141 plumbing firms. Plenty of plumbing outfits were rated “superior” overall by at least 90 percent of their surveyed customers....
Bay Area Airbnb Hosts Get Less Than They Bargained For During The Big Game
As Super Bowl 50 draws near, some Airbnb hosts are hoping for a substantial payout. Crazy listings are popping up – this home is going for $6000 a night. If that’s out of your price range,...
Study says Super Bowl 50 fans will spend $220 million in Bay Area
Super Bowl 50 is expected to generate more than $220 million in direct revenue for the Bay Area from the NFL, fans, businesses and members of the media, according to a PwC study released Monday. The professional...
NASA sees formation of unusual North Atlantic Hurricane Alex
The low pressure area known as System 90L developed rapidly since Jan. 13 and became Hurricane Alex on Jan. 14. Several satellites and instruments captured data on this out-of-season storm. NASA's RapidScat...
Two new species of frogs are discovered in Madagascar
The Tsaratanana Massif –the highest mountain on Madagascar and one of the island's most remote regions– is home to several indigenous species. Yet, the majority of these species remain unknown to science...
Finding a good computer store
New technology places new demands on computers and their operating systems, making constant replacement or upgrades necessary. To have something to sell to a wide range of buyers, computer manufacturers...
Iron-Age Norwegians liked their bling
Ingrid Ystgaard, an archaeologist at the NTNU University Museum and project manager for the archaeological survey at the Ørland Main Air Station, holds a shard of a glass beaker imported from the Rhine...
Congress extends EB-5 ‘visa for investment’ policy until Sept. 30
The program lets foreign nationals get a green card for themselves and their families if they invest at least $500,000 or $1 million (depending on the area) in a business that creates or preserves at...
Best place to buy home security systems
Although the incidence of burglaries is fairly low, over time, the odds can turn against you. [...] given the financial, physical and psychological damage that can result from a burglary, it makes sense...
Secure an area rug with Velcro to keep it from sliding around - CNET
Taylor Martin/CNET Many people opt for an area rug in the kitchen to add a little cushion where they spend a lot of time standing. But a rug that constantly rolls in the corners, bunches or slips and...
How the Bay Area could benefit from Bill Gates’ climate pledge
Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names joined Microsoft found Bill Gates Monday in pledging to pour their money into ground-breaking energy technologies that can fight global warming. Gates’ Breakthrough...
In SF Bay Area, tech companies still lag on gender diversity
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Gender diversity in the San Francisco Bay Area technology sector has improved over the last five years, but the region's most gender-diverse businesses are in the retail, biopharmaceuticals...
Typical Bay Area freelancer: Moonlighting IT guy, survey finds
Typical Bay Area freelancer: Moonlighting IT guy, survey finds Lots of Bay Area workers — about 29 percent of the workforce or 1.5 million people — do freelance work, according to a survey called “Freelancing...
Airbnb scores huge win in California
"Airbnb has indicated that they want regulation, they want clarity," said Nathan Tobin, head of growth at Guesty, a site that helps Airbnb hosts manage their bookings. "The posture of activists in the...
Google.org gives $2.35 million to groups fighting for racial justice
Justin Steele (left), who leads Google.org's Bay Area giving efforts, at the Google Impact Challenge with Bay Area finalists.(Photo: Google) SAN FRANCISCO — Google.org is giving $2.35 million in grants...
Amazon Brings Its One-Hour Delivery Service, Prime Now, To The San Francisco Bay Area
Amazon this morning announced it’s expanding its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, to two more markets: the San Francisco Bay Area and San Antonio, Texas. The company had clearly been ramping...
The Mission District’s Gray Area Incubates Fugue Machine, A Multi-Playhead Sequencer
Amid all of the angst over whether San Francisco is losing its artists or culture is a small non-profit in the heart of Mission District that bridges the worlds of technology, art and urbanism. Called...
Image: 2015 Antarctic ozone hole area approaches annual maximum
The Antarctic ozone hole, which typically reaches its annual peak area between mid-September and early October, formed more slowly this year but quickly expanded to cover a larger area of low ozone values...
Bay Area roaster Peet’s acquires Portland’s Stumptown Coffee
On Tuesday, Bay Area coffee mainstay Peet’s gulped down Portland’s hipster coffee roaster Stumptown, acquiring a majority stake in the company. Stumptown has grown rapidly, selling coffee beans, bottled...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark