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    An interview with Cathleen Knobbe, director of sales and marketing at The Drake Oak Brook Hotel.Q: Tell us about The Drake Oak Brook.A: The hotel was opened in 1961 as the suburban counterpart to the iconic Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue. The hotel was purchased by Jim and Tely Nagle in 2014 and reopened in 2015. Their goal was to bring back elegance and sophistication back to the hotel. The Drake Oak Brook Hotel has been accepted into the Autograph Collection of hotels by Marriott and will be going through some additional renovations in the near future. We will be the first nonmetropolitan locationQ: What’s unique about the venue? A: There are so many wonderful things to experience at The Drake Oak Brook from our live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday Brunch, High Tea and our very special holiday brunches.Q: How do you cater to corporate meetings and events? A: We have very flexible meeting space to host a corporate event for 5 up to 300. A great feature and cost savings for our clients is that we include WI-FI complimentary with all our meeting space. Our menus are very broad and are completely customizable. Our culinary team creates amazing dishes for all types of dietary requirements.Q: What are people in your industry talking about? What’s trending?A: Clients are trending to location that have unique space, activities, and farm to fork foods. Here at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel we have our Flower Room with the amazing Veranda for both corporate and social functions.Q: Tell us a little about yourself. What is your past experience in the industry?A: I have been in the industry for more than 20 years and in the Oak Brook market for 5 years. I have had the pleasure of working in many different types of hotel and markets and by far The Drake Oak Brook is like no other with all that we have to offer from guest rooms, meeting space, Live entertainment, Sunday Brunches and holiday events.Q: Tell us one interesting fact about the venue that most people may not know?A: The Drake Oak Brook Hotel is in the process of joining the Autograph Collection by Marriott and will be the first suburban hotel in its collection. For guest seeking a glamorous escape from the everyday, The Drake Oak Brook is a world apart — lovingly renovated historic icon on ten tranquil acres of land just a short drive from Chicago, offering a richly textured blend of grand hotel experiences and amenities, distinctive social and recreation options, and legendary style of service that makes everyone feels like a privileged insider.Q: What does the future look like for The Drake Oak Brook?A: We are positioning ourselves to bring fresh energy and Instagrammable moments into indoor and outdoor spaces. Increasing the romance, aura of seclusion, and grand-estate-inspired vibe of the outdoor spaces. In addition to being “the place” for special occasions of all kinds, the hotel should be known for elevated everyday experiences — a place where even an overnight business trip or a casual drink at the bar promises something beyond the ordinary.

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    A twenty-five bitcoin. When bitcoin debuted in 2009, it was hailed as a technology that would revolutionize the world of finance by making micro-payments practicable. But now many companies hoping to do commerce via bitcoin are finding the fees prohibitive.

    Rising fees have bitcoin users rethinking practicality

    For many companies hoping to do commerce via bitcoin, the fees are prohibitive.

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    Google’s new Pixel 2 smartphones come in a 5-inch standard size and a 6-inch XL version, shown here. The main difference between the two phones is the size, plus, of course, the price: the Pixel 2 starts at $649, while the XL will run you at least $849.

    Review: Hands-on with Google’s new Pixel 2 phone

    Google is accelerating its push into making its own devices. The firm on Wednesday introduced two new smartphones, a new laptop called the Pixelbook, a stylus and new wireless earbuds called Pixel Buds. It also debuted “Mini” and “Max” versions of its Google Home hub. But the stars of the show, really, were the new Pixel 2 smartphones.

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    In this image from video, Jake Nelson, AAA’s director for traffic safety advocacy and research drives one of the test vehicles used in the study in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety tested the distraction factor in 30 different new car models, concluding that 23 of them had technology on board that demanded the driver pay a high or very high level of attention to it while the car was moving.

    Study: New cars are more distracting than ever

    New-model cars are loaded with more driver distractions than ever before, including navigation systems that take an average of 40 seconds to program, according to a study of more than two dozen 2017 vehicles. “It’s a staggering increase in the technology and complexity of the vehicle in the last two to three years,” said David Strayer, lead scientist in the study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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    Firmware discrepancies discovered by a recent analysis appear to affect different models of Mac computers to varying degrees. As many as 16 models of Mac have never received any firmware updates, the report showed. Certain iMacs from late 2015 were the worst offenders, with 43 percent of those systems running an outdated version of firmware.

    Study: Thousands of Macs, PCs may be vulnerable to attack

    An analysis of more than 70,000 Mac computers being used in businesses and organizations has revealed a firmware vulnerability that could be exploited by a determined, well-resourced attacker. Thousands of computers, if not more, are potentially in danger. And Windows-based machines are even more likely to be at risk.

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    Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman demonstrates an HMD Odyssey virtual reality headset during a media conference, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in San Francisco. The $500 headset requires a connection to a PC running on a Windows 10 update being released Oct. 17.

    Review: 10 minutes with Samsung HMD Odyssey VR headset and Windows 10

    Microsoft recently showed off a slew of new high-end virtual reality headsets for Windows 10 PCs from a number of partners to show off the breadth of its ecosystem, including a new $500 set from Samsung. This may be the beginning of the beginning of VR for the average person.

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    Since 2011, Facebook has asked the Federal Election Commission for blanket exemptions from political advertising disclosure rules — transparency that could have helped it avoid the current crisis over Russian ad spending ahead of the 2016 U.S. election.

    How Facebook fought to avoid political ad disclosure rules

    Facebook is pledging greater transparency about who’s behind election-related ads online. For years, the company fought to avoid it.

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    The IKEA Place app uses your phone’s camera to scan the floor ahead of you and measure your space, then lets you drag, drop and rotate furniture to your heart’s content.

    Apps: Ikea Place, Visit a City

    App reviews: Furniture giant IKEA is taking advantage of Apple’s new capabilities for augmented reality with IKEA Place, an app that lets you place IKEA furniture on pretty much any surface at which you can point a camera. Ever wanted to just pick a place on the map and go? Visit a City’s designed to make that dream as close to reality as possible.

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    Aristotle, a smart home hub aimed specifically at kids, made by Mattel’s Nabi brand. Mattel said Wednesday that it will not move forward with plans to sell the device, which was designed for a child’s room starting from infancy.

    Mattel cancels plans for a kid-focused AI device after privacy complaints

    Mattel has decided not to move forward with plans to sell a kid-focused smart hub. Children’s health and privacy advocates this week petitioned the toy giant not to release the device, which they argued gave the firm an unprecedented look into the personal lives of children.

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