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Recent articles by Stephen:

Ad-blocking Brave gets memory advantage over Chrome on news websites

And 40 percent lower power usage, too. But other browsers get similar results with ad blockers. → Read More

Trump's border wall could be a virtual barrier patrolled by drones too

Companies are hoping to cash in on millions of dollars in new border security spending as the president plans to declare a national emergency. → Read More

Silicon Valley Index shows the misery and triumph of the world's tech capital

Soaring costs and soul-crushing commutes aren't stopping the economic engine. At least not yet. → Read More

Backblaze raises online backup prices $1 a month, but still cheaper than rivals

The unlimited-data service now charges $6 per month or $60 per year, but existing customers can sign up for another year at the old $50 annual rate. → Read More

Lightroom AI boosts image quality by 30 percent, Adobe says

"Enhance details" overhauls the most foundational aspect of high-end photo editing in Adobe's software. Also: Lightroom CC gets big improvements. → Read More

IBM's AI loses to a human debater, but it's still persuasive technology

Big Blue is now moving its Project Debate technology on to commercial uses. → Read More

Safari ditches anti-tracking tech that perversely helps websites track you online

Do Not Track didn't even work as originally hoped anyway, and the group standardizing it gave up, so browser makers are taking matters into their own hands. → Read More

This home security drone will help you tell possums from prowlers

Homeowners could start protecting their property with Sunflower Labs drones starting in 2020. → Read More

Flickr gives you one more month to download your photos before deletion

The 1,000-photo limit still stands, but site owner SmugMug won't delete your photos yet if you're having trouble fetching them now. → Read More

Today's the last day to download your Flickr photos if you're not going pro

Flickr will keep only your 1,000 most recent shots for free accounts, or you can pay $50 a year for a pro membership. → Read More

Firefox Fission aims to thwart nasty Spectre-style attacks

The "massive" project's first milestone should be complete this month. → Read More

Side Kick spools your laptop power cable out of the way

This accessory restores the cable-coiling ability Apple phased out of its MacBook power supplies. → Read More

Microsoft staffer riles Firefox faithful by telling Mozilla to embrace Chrome

Debate: Does Mozilla have more influence as a Chrome rival or ally? → Read More

Firefox gets new knobs so you can fine-tune your privacy

Also in Firefox 65: support for AV1 video and a task manager to find which websites are sucking up your memory. → Read More

Microsoft exec riles Firefox faithful by telling Mozilla to embrace Chrome

Debate: Does Mozilla have more influence as a Chrome rival or ally? → Read More

Brave's privacy-focused ads to spread beyond startup's own browser

Other app developers will be able to tap into the tech in the second half of 2019. → Read More

Google may break ad blockers with upcoming Chrome change

It's an unintended consequence of a security and performance upgrade plan. Google says it doesn't want to disable content blocking. → Read More

Sony invests in What3words for better voice-controlled navigation

The digital addressing startup already is built into Mercedes car mapping systems. → Read More

Brave browser can now show ads, and soon you'll get 70% of the money

The startup hopes its privacy-respecting system will clean up the toxic parts of today's ad tech so you can actually enjoy free websites again. → Read More

Apple Maps gooses DuckDuckGo in search privacy partnership

The maps that show up on iPhones are now used on the privacy-first search engine, too. → Read More