Which computer hardware manufacturers will benefit from faster Wi-Fi?

New blazing-fast Wi-Fi will usher in a cordless future. Plus, what to expect from upcoming cable regulation, state planning for cyber disruptions and Apple’s billion-dollar bet on Chinese ride sharing.

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Should you prepare for a spike in oil prices?

The next month or two figure to be an extremely bumpy period for the oil market. Predicting what the price of crude will do any given day will be even harder than usual. The only thing you can count on is plenty of volatility. Traders are digesting worries about real or potential shutdowns of oil production on four continents, even as the global economy shows signs of slowing, which could dent oil demand. But when the dust clears, we suspect the price of a barrel of oil this summer won’t be radically different from today’s level.

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Are U.S. chip makers at risk from China’s disruptive chip-making plan?

In this issue: China’s plan to build its own chip industry. What’s next for mobile laser technology? Big bets on smart cities. Drone consultants. The birth of quantum cloud computing. How to make your older car smarter and safer.

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Expert predicts the price of oil: Going up, or down?

Two weeks ago, we sat down to talk energy with Jason Schenker, president and chief economist of Prestige Economics in Austin, Texas. He specializes in commodity markets and is known for the accuracy of his price forecasts, so when he talks about what’s ahead for oil and natural gas, it pays to take note. Here are highlights of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity.

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Which state’s coal industry could benefit from rising gas prices?

Oil exporters’ hopes for a freeze in crude production melted in the Doha sun this past weekend. And for the coal industry, a glimmer of hope amid recent news of sliding demand and bankrupt mining giants.

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Microdrones: potential big business — or safety and security risk?

Microdrones. Drone safety concerns. What’s ahead for Apple. Encrypted consumer apps. Help with comparing Internet service. Domino’s pizza-ordering app. Gains in researching artificial intelligence.

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Should you follow Clooney’s example and take a chance on Tesla?

Can Tesla finally go mainstream with its recently unveiled Model 3 electric car? The company’s pricier offerings get rave reviews for their handling and high-tech design, but a sustainable business model depends on selling larger volumes and exploiting economies of scale.

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What does bulging natural gas supply mean for your business?

Natural gas prices are back in the doldrums after a brief rally this winter. Output is high and demand is tapering off as spring weather arrives across the U.S. And there’s a genuine risk that prices could fall even further, depending on the weather this summer. What does it all mean for energy producers and investors?

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