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  • Review: Why Apple Watch looks to be another winner Sep 14, 2014 7:37 AM
    As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. The home screen has all your apps, arranged in rows like a honeycomb. You use the dial to zoom in and choose one. App developers will be able to decide what types of notifications appear on the watch and let you take actions such as replying to messages.

     
  • Everything we know Apple’s bet on mobile payments Sep 14, 2014 7:32 AM
    More ambitious than the iPhone 6, more risky than the smartwatch, Apple’s entrance into the mobile payments business promises to change the face of retail forever -- if the company’s bet pays off. Here’s everything we know so far about Apple Pay and Apple’s leap into a whole new category of business.

     
  • Apple’s smartwatch: Timely idea or clocked out? Sep 13, 2014 7:35 AM
    Apple is a habitual party crasher, but can the company’s history of arriving late and making a big splash in various gadget categories continue with the Apple Watch? Experts say Apple is likely to stimulate interest in smartwatches, but they contend that the company must overcome a few hitches before its device can succeed.

     
  • Do you need a second layer of security online? Sep 13, 2014 7:33 AM
    Recent hacks exposing nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities are prompting calls for people to fortify their online accounts with a second layer of security. You need to turn the feature on. And it means occasionally getting off your couch to retrieve your phone when you’re using a new Web browser, tablet or other gadget. Here's how.

     
  • Falling in love with a talking raccoon Sep 12, 2014 6:15 AM
    “I love that movie!” We say stuff like that all the time. But how often do we really mean it — how often do we actually form an emotional attachment to a movie, a TV show, a novel or a video game? It has happened to me in the past month with "Guardians of the Galaxy."

     
  • Minecraft now a publishing sensation Sep 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    Like millions of parents, Aaron Sacharow welcomes those moments when his son — 7-year-old Tyler — takes a break from video games and picks up a book instead. He’ll even settle for the book being a guide to Minecraft, a game that’s sold more than 50 million copies since it was originally released in 2011. “I don’t want to say it tricks them into reading,” says Sacharow.

     
  • Netflix, again, can’t win any major Emmy awards Sep 6, 2014 7:43 AM
    For the second year in a row, Netflix racked up nominations and buzz before the Emmy Awards but then went home nearly empty-handed. While the online streaming behemoth got all the chatter leading up to the ceremony, thanks to the political thriller “House of Cards” and the first year of “Orange is the New Black” eligibility, Netflix was completely shut out of the big awards.

     
  • Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations Sep 6, 2014 7:38 AM
    Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to their Facebook accounts automatically disclosed everything they were watching with a potentially wide-reaching range of people. The company believes the open-ended approach discouraged most Netflix subscribers from connecting their accounts with their Facebook profiles. The automatic disclosures will end Tuesday as Netflix Inc. embraces a new system that empowers subscribers to select which friends will receive their video recommendations.

     
  • How to protect your data in the cloud Sep 6, 2014 7:33 AM
    The theft of nude photographs from celebrities’ online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet. If celebrities’ photos aren’t safe, then whose are? Here are some key questions and answers about files that are stored remotely.

     
  • ‘Boardwalk,’ reality show begin fall TV season Sep 4, 2014 12:42 PM
    The fall TV season unofficially begins this weekend with two Sunday-night premieres. Fox kicks things off at 7 p.m. with "Utopia,” a new reality show that looks like “Survivor” by way of Sid Meier’s “Civilization” video games. HBO’s fifth and final season of the gangster epic “Boardwalk Empire” premieres at 8 p.m. and opens seven years after Season 4, setting its final eight episodes in the thick of the Great Depression.

     
  • Amazon seeks to reach viewers with ‘Hand of God’ Sep 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    The gutsy drama, "Hand of God," with Ron Perlman playing a judge who believes God is guiding him after an attack on his family, is among the latest batch of potential series that Amazon started streaming online Aug. 28. The Internet retail giant took a cue from Netflix last year and started producing its own shows. Which shows become full series will depend on audience response.

     
  • 'Orange Is the New Black' is the second-most pirated TV show in the world Aug 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix's hit series about a women's prison, was the second-most-pirated TV show in the world. Online viewers are rampantly sharing files of the stolen videos, bypassing payments to cable firms and broadcast networks that rely on viewers to watch ads.

     
  • ‘Madden NFL 15’ scores on new consoles Aug 30, 2014 6:15 AM
    “Madden NFL 15” is here to remind you why football is still so popular. It tosses you right into a high-stakes playoff showdown, with quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers fighting for a late score against cornerback Richard Sherman and the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense. It’s a breathless showcase for “Madden” on the new-generation consoles, and it almost makes you forget about the league’s horrible summer.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘Draft Day,’ ‘They Came Together’ Aug 30, 2014 6:15 AM
    “Draft Day” isn’t a sports movie so much as a procedural about backroom dealings, double-crosses and high-stakes trades. It’s about the games before the games. See for yourself when it comes out on DVD Tuesday, Sept. 2.

     
  • Amazon cloud welcomes Twitch gamers Aug 30, 2014 7:42 AM
    To a non-millennial, someone who plays video games all day is a couch potato, and someone who watches the players is beyond understanding. Yet Twitch, the game-play video-streaming service, had to find a buyer because it needs more hardware to meet overwhelming demand.

     
  • Superheroes for sale: Product placement gets bigger and bolder Aug 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Sean Stangland recently caught up with Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.” While he didn’t enjoy the movie as a whole, he did like one aspect: no product placement. It's become the norm, from movies to TV to video games. But should we, as consumers, just blindly accept it?

     
  • ‘Modern Family,’ Bryan Cranston aim at Emmy record Aug 25, 2014 1:19 PM
    Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV’s top awards and new records year after year. The 66th prime-time Emmys, airing at 7 p.m. Monday on NBC with host Seth Meyers, are full of such possibilities, including a fifth best comedy series trophy for “Modern Family” that would tie it with all-time sitcom champ “Frasier.” Also, Netflix’s freshman comedy series nominee “Orange is the New Black” and sophomore drama series contender “House of Cards” could score breakthroughs as the first online shows to capture top Emmy Awards.

     
  • Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online Aug 23, 2014 7:40 AM
    Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

     
  • Should you keep your gadgets in same tech family? Aug 23, 2014 7:30 AM
    It's smart to consider the devices you already own when you buy a new gadget since as these devices become more powerful when combined. Here’s a closer look at how the Apple TV and the Fire TV work with other gadgets from Apple and Amazon.

     
  • Madden ratings guru has the players’ attention Aug 23, 2014 7:22 AM
    Donny Moore can be the most reviled man in NFL locker rooms. He’s not a coach, a referee or a drug tester. Still, NFL players — and millions of fans — can’t wait to see what he has to say. Moore is the “ratings czar” for “Madden NFL,” the man responsible for making sure the popular video game’s virtual avatars accurately reflect their real-life counterparts.

     
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