Bedside tracker works — but won’t improve your sleep

Sleep trackers can tell us about the quality and quantity of our sleep, a product reviewer finds, but the devices can’t do much, if anything, about the sleep problems we may have.

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Vintage machines come alive at computer museum in Sodo

Sketched Feb. 14, 2015 My tech-loving son has set an ambitious goal for his sixth-grade “passion project” at school: to build his own PC. While he tries to get creative with sourcing parts on an 11-year-old’s budget, we decided to visit the Living Computer Museum in Sodo for an educational tour of the history of...

State tech tally: 8,610 companies, 238,900 workers, $22 billion in wages

There's much more to the tech boom than the forest of construction cranes, horrific traffic and hordes of geeks in Seattle, according to a new report on the industry's regional effect. Across the state, information and communications companies employed 176,600 people in 2013, according to the report by the WTIA tech trade group, the state...

Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say it falls short

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information. The draft bill, first obtained by The Associated Press, gives a nod to consumers fed up with how much of their...

FCC ‘net neutrality’ vote: what it means, and what’s next

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists scored a major victory after the Federal Communications Commission agreed to rules that would ban service providers from creating Internet fast lanes. What "net neutrality" means and what is likely to happen next: ____ THE ISSUE Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers won't block or slow Web...

‘House of Cards’ dealt Netflix a winning hand

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its...

Sweden’s Ericsson sues Apple in patent dispute

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement. The Swedish company said Friday it has filed two complaints with the International Trade Commission and seven complaints with a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. The complaints center on 41 patents for technology used in Apple devices such...

Google looks for more revenue from ads in Android app store

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google will start showing ads in its online store for mobile apps and entertainment as the Internet search leader strives to bring in more revenue from smartphones and tablets. The advertising expansion announced Thursday will provide Google with a new opportunity to profit from its Android software, the world's most...