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iPhone 8 Review: Worth the Upgrade?

With no shortage of iPhone options to choose from this fall, the Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler talks why the iPhone 8 is the best model... to avoid.

Duration: 00:07:03

Companies Go Old School to Fight New Cyber Threats

As cybersecurity threats become more volatile, companies are returning to tape as a medium for storing data as hackers get smarter about penetrating defenses. The Wall Street Journal's Rob Sloan has the latest.

Duration: 00:05:39

High Tech's Chillier Relationship With Washington

The high-tech industry enjoyed a cozy relationship with Washington under Barack Obama's presidency. But the Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau says that's changed under the Trump administration, with tougher legislation and new scrutiny of companies including Facebook.

Duration: 00:05:52

Emmy Awards Pit Streaming Series Against Broadcast TV

'The Crown,' 'This Is Us' and 'Westworld' all will vie Sunday for Emmy awards. An open field and a rivalry between streaming series and broadcast TV have injected suspense into the ceremony. The Wall Street Journal's John Jurgensen has the details.

Duration: 00:06:06

Cyber Extortion is the New Hacker Weapon

With cyber extortion, hackers try to steal corporate secrets that they then threaten to make public if victims don't pay. The Wall Street Journal's Robert McMillan says such attacks have been made on companies ranging from small medical clinics to HBO.

Duration: 00:07:16

Google's Self-Driving Guru

John Krafcik is the head of Google's autonomous vehicle unit, Waymo. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins says a big part of Krafcik's job is to be a bridge between Silicon Valley and the more traditional auto industry.

Duration: 00:08:36

Does Apple's New iPhone Equal $1 Trillion?

Apple's market value has soared this year in anticipation of the new iPhone expected to be unveiled Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher on whether the new phone can help Apple reach a market cap of one trillion dollars.

Duration: 00:05:26

Facebook's Billion-Dollar Video Push

Facebook is reportedly willing to spend up to one billion dollars through next year on original video content. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman says it's Facebook's biggest investment yet in video.

Duration: 00:06:12

Amazon's New HQ: Coming Soon to a City Near You?

Amazon has officially started its search for a second headquarters city in North America, with plans to employ up to 50,000 workers and spend up to $5 billion dollars. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

Duration: 00:04:31

Apple (Finally) Opens Up Thanks to Artificial Intelligence

As tech companies seek to woo A.I. talent in a discipline known for its openness, the battle for artificial-intelligence expertise is forcing Apple to grapple with its famous penchant for secrecy. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks what happens now.

Duration: 00:05:06

Verizon Offers New Rewards -- With a Catch

A new Verizon rewards program, Verizon Up, is providing credits that subscribers can use for concert tickets, movie premieres and phone upgrades -- as long as they provide access to their web-browsing history. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson has the details.

Duration: 00:07:43

Apple's iPhone 8 Event: The Final Countdown

With Apple holding its annual product launch next week at its new headquarters, the tech giant formally sets the stage for the unveiling of the iPhone 8. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle previews what to expect.

Duration: 00:04:59

Amazon Seeks Man Power to Keep Alexa in Lead

As rivals Google and Apple work to improve their own digital products, Amazon is set to add a team of engineers to build new features for its virtual assistant, Alexa. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

Duration: 00:04:30

Amazon's Alexa to Join Forces With Microsoft's Cortana

Microsoft and Amazon have announced plans to allow their voice-enabled digital assistants -- Cortana and Alexa -- to work together later this year. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the details.

Duration: 00:04:24

Google Tells EU How Search Results Will Change

Following orders to treat rival comparison-shopping services equally in its rankings, Alphabet's Google has officially sketched out how it plans to stop tipping the scales in its favor. The Wall Street Journal's Natalia Drozdiak talks what happens next.

Duration: 00:05:50

Apple Spars With Hollywood Ahead of Apple TV Rollout

As Apple scrambles to strike deals with Hollywood studios to offer 4K definition films on the new Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle talks what's at stake for the streaming video device ahead of its latest rollout.

Duration: 00:05:15

Ask Not for Whom the Doorbell Tolls. They Won't Answer It.

Some smartphone-carrying millennials and Gen Zers are so used to texting upon arrival that the sound of a ringing doorbell freaks them out. The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims has the details.

Duration: 00:04:55

Amazon's Whole Foods Price-Cuts Reignites Retail War

Amazon will begin slashing prices on grocery staples at Whole Foods starting Monday, the first changes the online retailer plans for its $13.7 billion acquisition. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens has the latest.

Duration: 00:05:39

Samsung's Recall Shapes Galaxy Note 8

Rather than cautiously go on the defensive, Samsung made a specific approach not to hold back with the new Galaxy Note 8. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Fitzgerald talks how last year's epic Note 7 recall helped shape the new device.

Duration: 00:07:07

Electronic Arts, NFL Bet on Casual Esports Gamers

Electronic Arts and the National Football League are teaming up to create an annual videogame tournament aimed at a new kind of esports competitor -- the player sitting at home on the couch. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah E. Needleman has the details.

Duration: 00:06:43

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