In Hitting China on Trade, Trump Is Seen Neglecting U.S. Emerging Industries

Many experts worry the United States is not doing enough to help its own advanced industries compete — not just against China, but the rest of the world. Experts in artificial intelligence say the administration should push for more investment in academic and government research, instead of cutting back on scientific research across the government. They say administration immigration policies have spooked many foreign-born artificial intelligence researchers based in the United States. Canada, South Korea, France and Britain have ramped up government spending in an effort to ensure that they…

This Artist Foresaw Our Digital Future in a Meadow of Dandelions

In the digital fever dream of Thomas Bayrle’s work, pixelated pictures twist and bend and resolve into fuzzily warped images. Abstract films and videos pulse with psychedelic patterns. But if Mr. Bayrle’s art seems like the ultimate in early computer design, most of the 115 works in his first major New York retrospective, “Playtime,” at the New Museum, are actually handcrafted. Made over nearly 60 years, Mr. Bayrle’s work instead offers a window into digital thinking or, it could be said, how we got to where we are now. Consider…

Moving On From Picasa – The New York Times

TECH TIP Google’s old picture-editing program has been retired, but other free desktop or browser-based programs might be able to fill the void. Q. For many years, I used Picasa to edit my photos and send them to have prints made. It was an easy program to navigate. As you know, Google no longer supports Picasa. Is there another program that would be as easy as Picasa? A. After retiring Picasa from further development in 2016, Google announced in March that the desktop photo-editing program would no longer work to…

Firefox Is Back. It’s Time to Give It a Try.

In fact, both Chrome and Firefox have tough security. Both include sandboxing, which isolates processes of the browser so a harmful website doesn’t infect other parts of your machine. So if you loaded a website with malicious code, it would be contained within the webpage so it couldn’t infect your files, webcam and microphone. Google said there was one thing it could do better on: the inclusion of privacy settings to block tracking technology, similar to the tools that Firefox includes. “I think that’s something that we can improve on,”…

Instagram Allows Longer Videos in Challenge to YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO — Expanding beyond its origins as an app for sharing pretty photos, Instagram said on Wednesday that it will now allow videos up to an hour long. At an event in San Francisco that was delayed about 45 minutes because of technical issues, Instagram said it was launching IGTV — a new video feature for vertically shot videos. The company said it will launch IGTV as its own stand-alone app as well. The move thrusts Instagram into direct competition with Google’s YouTube and its own parent company, Facebook,…

After Volcano Eruption in Guatemala, Re-creating a Truck Covered in Ash

How 727 photos taken in 29 minutes became an immersive 3D experience. Screen capture of Augmented Reality experience of truck buried by Volcano in GuatemalaPublished OnJune 20, 2018CreditImage by Niko Koppel/The New York Times Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. On June 3, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala erupted, sending burning lava, rocks and gas surging down the slopes toward the communities at the volcano’s base. The village of San Miguel Los Lotes was swallowed by the volcano’s…

By Subway, Bus and Uber in New York, With Twitter and Other Apps in Hand

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Emma G. Fitzsimmons, a reporter for The Times who covers New York City transit, discussed the tech she’s using. What tech tools are most important to stay on top of your beat covering New York City transportation? I take the subway to our newsroom in Times Square every day and experience the constant delays that New Yorkers love to complain about. Right now, I’m focused on what’s being done to fix the system and…

How to Organize Firefox Bookmarks

TECH TIP The Bookmarks Library window gives you a tidy place to sort, file, rearrange and otherwise manage the shortcuts to your favorite places on the web. Q. When I first started using Firefox on my computer, I put a bunch of bookmarks into bookmark folders in the program, but I can never find them. How do I move some of these on the Bookmarks tool bar? A. You can see all your Firefox browser bookmarks at once — and rearrange them — by opening the program’s Bookmarks Library window.…

How Tech Companies Conquered America’s Cities

I’m not saying America’s cities are turning into dystopian technocapitalist hellscapes in which corporations operate every essential service and pull every civic string. But let’s take a tour of recent news from the metropolises. ■ In Seattle, the City Council decided last week to undo its plan to impose a $275-per-employee tax on local businesses, a measure it had approved unanimously last month as a way to address the city’s homelessness and housing-affordability crisis. Why the retreat? Many of the city’s businesses balked at the tax, including Amazon — and…

Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration

SAN FRANCISCO — In an open letter posted to Microsoft’s internal message board on Tuesday, more than 100 employees protested the software maker’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asked the company to stop working with the agency, which has been separating migrant parents and their children at the border with Mexico. “We believe that Microsoft must take an ethical stand, and put children and families above profits,” said the letter, which was addressed to the chief executive, Satya Nadella. The letter pointed to a $19.4 million contract that…