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  • Amazon reaches multiyear e-book pact with Macmillan publishers Dec 19, 2014 7:18 AM
    Amazon.com and Macmillan have reached a deal covering the sale of print and e-books, the latest agreement between the online retailer and a publishing house following controversies over the share of e-book profits.

     
  • Constable: No Kardashians, but holiday cards hit spot Dec 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    How can an old-fashioned holiday card sent through the mail compete with butt-shaking elves on ecards and viral holiday videos that can propel a family to a reality TV series? Well, holiday cards are hanging in there, and even are on the rise among some younger people.

     
  • Journey to Middle-earth has been an emotional one Dec 17, 2014 6:40 AM
    Fifteen years after filming began in New Zealand on the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, director Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga concludes this weekend with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The journey from “The Fellowship of the Ring” to today has been very long, but very rewarding — even if the latter half of it ultimately feels unnecessary.

     
  • ‘Inherent Vice’ director Anderson among the modern greats Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose latest film, “Inherent Vice,” opens Friday in select theaters, has crafted a distinct, singular vision, Daily Herald columnist Sean Stangland says. Here’s how he’d rank Anderson's six previous films.

     
  • Are you still infected with ‘Frozen’ fever? Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than a year after its release, the world is still infected with “Frozen” fever. The theatrical release made $1.27 billion, the all-time champ among animated films. DVD and Blu-ray sales in North America have brought in another $280.8 million in a year when the No. 2 elease, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” made less than half that figure. And then there’s the merchandise, which includes ... duct tape?!

     
  • Ed Sheeran is Spotify’s most streamed act of 2014 Dec 3, 2014 7:32 AM
    Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is the year’s most streamed artist on Spotify, while Eminem tops the list in the United States. Spotify announced its top streaming artists, albums and songs of 2014 on Wednesday. Pharrell’s ubiquitous “Happy” was the most streamed song of the year globally.

     
  • Police warn of social media party invitations Dec 1, 2014 5:53 AM
    Indianapolis police are warning that it’s risky to send party invitations on social media where anyone can see those invitations. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says such invitations on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can lead to gatecrashing, underage drinking, people using drugs, physical assaults and civil liability for homeowner if anyone gets injured because of illegal activity. The department says all parties should have a sober and responsible adult present at all times monitoring all activities. Police also recommend that parents monitor their children’s social media activity. Police say that if uninvited guests arrive and begin to cause problems, those hosting the party should notify police as soon as possible.

     
  • Streaming services are ruining the easy gift Nov 29, 2014 7:34 AM
    For lazy gift-givers, the latest evolution in digital content delivery is the most ominous yet. Like the Grinch disrupting Christmas for the denizens of Whoville, streaming media threatens to spoil the era of the easy present. It’s one thing to drop $16 on a hardcover of the new Michael Lewis book for someone who has a Kindle. It’s quite another to buy it for someone who has Kindle Unlimited- and has thus, in a real sense, already paid for on-demand access to the very text you’re gifting him.

     
  • Gift Guide: Dragons, aliens, heroes for the gamer Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Here are the hottest video games this holiday season to feed your gamer's machine. Be sure to find out which console your loved one owns, or there’s bound to be disappointment.

     
  • ‘Smash Bros.’ makes brutality adorable Nov 27, 2014 6:30 AM
    Every few years, Nintendo rounds up its most popular characters, like Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikachu, and has them beat the daylights out of each other. Only Nintendo could make bare-knuckle brawling cute. “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” (Nintendo, $59.99) continues that bizarre balancing act between adorable and brutal. Like most fighting games, it’s a snooze to play alone but a delight to play with friends.

     
  • Hyping the hype: ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Jurassic World’ trailers premiere Nov 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    The world loves movies, but sometimes it seems to love movie trailers even more. This weekend brings film fans their first looks at new "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park" films as Hollywood studios are starting to market the release of their trailers with the same breathless excitement as the films themselves.

     
  • Netflix streaming to reach Australia, New Zealand in March Nov 23, 2014 6:45 AM
    Netflix Inc., building on an expansion this year in Europe, will bring the world’s largest subscription-streaming service to Australia and New Zealand in March.

     
  • How YouTube is threatening Spotify Nov 22, 2014 6:22 AM
    After months of lead-up, Google-owned YouTube announced this week that it will offer a paid music subscription service. This sounds like a good deal, and Spotify should be worried.

     
  • Review: Apple’s iOS 8 provides a smarter type Nov 22, 2014 6:04 AM
    Apple’s new keyboard is so much smarter than its predecessor that most longtime iPhone and iPad users probably will be quite happy just to use it. But there are some other options out there to explore.

     
  • Facebook again tries to simplify privacy policy Nov 22, 2014 6:33 AM
    One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy — and make it much shorter — to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users.

     
  • People feel loss of control of personal info, Pew reports Nov 22, 2014 6:33 AM
    Do you feel safe sharing any information online? If you said no, you're not alone. Some 81 percent of people surveyed don’t feel secure using social networking sites and two-thirds of them think the government should do more to regulate those advertisers.

     
  • For video games, a trek to more exotic locales Nov 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    At the beginning of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” the player is dumped from the sky in a drop pod in Seoul, South Korea. The interactive medium has long built digital playgrounds based on real-world locales. However, recent technological leaps, as well as an endless string of games set in ubiquitous locations like New York and Los Angeles, have motivated developers of some of the year’s biggest games to boldly go where they haven’t before.

     
  • What to watch now that you’ve seen ‘Interstellar’ Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Interstellar” joins a legacy of thoughtful sci-fi epics that began in 1968 when Stanley Kubrick changed the movie landscape forever. Here are some of Sean Stangland's favorites.

     
  • Social media ineptness helped fund ‘Still Waters’ Nov 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    Sometimes not knowing what you’re doing with social media pays off. It did — literally — for the filmmakers behind “Behind Still Waters,” an indie movie that was funded through one of the more successful Kickstarter campaigns. First-time director Chris Lowell says he and co-writer Mohit Narang were so “inept” when it came to social media they needed help just setting up Facebook accounts and figuring out how to Tweet.

     
  • ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ takes a tumble Nov 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    One of my favorite activities in the “Assassin’s Creed” games is diving off the top of a tall building into a conveniently placed haystack. I’ve done it hundreds of times over the franchise’s seven-year run, but until now I’ve never gotten stuck in the hay.

     
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