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  • What else is on TV on Super Sunday? Jan 30, 2015 6:00 AM
    Super Sunday is here, but not all of us want to watch Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks take on deflated ball-handler Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. There's puppies, kittens, comedians, time-travelers, zombies and starship captains waiting for you this weekend.

     
  • 'Resident Evil': Still suffering beautifully after all these years Jan 26, 2015 2:26 PM
    “Resident Evil” is a high-definition remaster of a 2002 remake of the original 1996 PlayStation game about a secret police group who end up marooned in a hillside mansion overrun with zombies. The 2002 remake was a high point in video game history. Thirteen years later, its layers of delicately intertwined systems are as powerful as ever. Yet the persistence of its power is evidence of a lost future, a style of design, emotional manipulation, and technological trickery that's been mostly abandoned.

     
  • ‘Zelda,’ ‘Batman’ among anticipated games due in 2015 Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    Link, Master Chief, Batman and Nathan Drake will be back in action. The leading men are among the protagonists starring in totally new video game installments in 2015, joined by newcomers like a team of intergalactic monster hunters and their prey (“Evolve”), a band of high-tech criminals and their tails (“Battlefield Hardline”), and a battalion of explorers and their procedurally generated universe (“No Man’s Sky”).

     
  • Review: Reading e-books on different devices tough Jan 24, 2015 7:31 AM
    While Amazon hasn't, other companies have embraced a format called EPub. In theory, that means books bought for one non-Kindle device can be read on another. But trying to move my EPub books around gets frustrating. Here are som examples.

     
  • YouTube to produce Super Bowl halftime show with online stars Jan 24, 2015 6:31 AM
    YouTube will offer a halftime show during the Super Bowl featuring some of its biggest online stars, part of a broader initiative to promote advertisements on the Google-owned video site. Harley Morenstein, the ringleader of food stunt group EpicMealTime, will host the program featuring musical performances and stunts.

     
  • App Reviews: SimCity BuildIt and Scannable Jan 24, 2015 6:55 AM
    Urban planners-in-training, your app is here. Based on the classic SimCity franchise, BuildIt gives players the chance to craft their own metropolis. And Scannable turns your smartphone into a scanner.

     
  • Get caught up before ‘X-Files’ comes back to Earth Jan 23, 2015 6:01 AM
    Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman confirmed last weekend that the network is hoping to bring “The X-Files” back to TV in some form. The prospect of a new “X-Files” season is exciting. If you want to revisit “The X-Files,” you can watch all 202 episodes with a Netflix or Hulu Plus subscription.

     
  • Aurora school unveils plans for $1.9 million innovation center Jan 22, 2015 4:06 PM
    Faculty, staff, students and community members celebrated the unveiling of the official name, logo and renderings of a new innovation center at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora Wednesday. The $1.9 million innovation and inquiry hub is being funded, in part, with money donated by IMSA alumnus and YouTube co-founder Steven Chen. “This is IMSA’s new front door to the community,” said IMSA Chief Innovation Officer Britta McKenna.

     
  • Amazon’s Golden Globes wins put TV strategy in the spotlight Jan 17, 2015 6:55 AM
    The Amazon.com Inc. original series “Transparent” picked up two Golden Globe Awards, beating rivals such as HBO and highlighting the progress the online retailer has made as a player in Hollywood. The awards will likely encourage the Seattle-based e-commerce company and other online entertainment networks to continue investing in original programming.

     
  • Hollywood films draw more video game interest Jan 17, 2015 6:22 AM
    Kabam Inc., a closely held publisher of free-to-play mobile games, acquired two Los Angeles-based developers, advancing the company’s plans to make more titles based on Hollywood films.

     
  • ‘Boyhood,’ other top films already available at home Jan 16, 2015 6:01 AM
    Sunday’s Golden Globes winners and Thursday’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations gave us plenty of moviegoing ideas: “Selma,” “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and other awards-season favorites are still exclusive to your local moviehouse. But many of 2014’s most acclaimed films and underseen films are already available to home viewers, beginning with the Globes’ big winner, “Boyhood.”

     
  • ‘Man Seeking Woman’ in search of the right comedic tone Jan 12, 2015 5:30 AM
    The new FXX half-hour comedy “Man Seeking Woman,” premiering at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, has an impressive pedigree. So why isn't it funny?

     
  • Would you spend $40,000 on speakers? What if they are amazing? Jan 11, 2015 7:22 AM
    The Rubicon is the world’s first AD/DA preamp to house its own atomic clock. Yes, it retails for $40,0000, and no, you probably don’t need a dose of rubidium-87 for your lossless music files to sound decent. But this doesn’t sound decent, it sounds incredible.

     
  • TV channels delivered by Internet, new TV sets Jan 10, 2015 7:31 AM
    One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching sports has been the Holy Grail. Until now — Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.

     
  • Switch to Netflix means new world for Tina Fey’s comedy Jan 9, 2015 5:45 AM
    Now that the sitcom she’s writing has moved from NBC to Netflix, Tina Fey has big plans: “Season two is going to be mostly shower sex.” Jokes aside, the journey of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a unique one for television and its future will be watched closely. The series, starring Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski, will see its first 13 episodes drop on Netflix on March 6.

     
  • ‘The Old City: Leviathan’ an experiment in literary gaming Jan 7, 2015 6:01 AM
    For the developers at PostMod Softworks, “The Old City: Leviathan” was conceived as something of an experiment. At stake is whether players might welcome a game oriented more toward books than other visual media. The game’s primary influence, aside from the “Book of Jonah,” is none other than Dostoyevsky’s “Notes From Underground.”

     
  • App reviews: How to Cook Everything Essentials, The Walk Jan 3, 2015 6:59 AM
    If cooking more is your goal in the new year, you can consult an expert with “How to Cook Everything Essentials.” Getting in shape can be a chore, but “The Walk” is here to try to make it downright thrilling.

     
  • Review: IPhone user tries to go back to BlackBerry Jan 3, 2015 7:17 AM
    I’m a loyal iPhone user,but I went back to my BlackBerry ways to test the company’s latest model, the Classic. It’s made for those heavy corporate users who love the physical keyboard, strong security features, the beloved navigation row and long battery.

     
  • Connected cars overtake video games at Vegas electronics show Jan 3, 2015 1:27 PM
    Cars are among the main attractions at the International CES that opens Jan. 6 featuring vehicles with touchscreen dashboards and others controlled by smartwatches. The amount of exhibit space at CES dedicated to car technologies has almost doubled over the last five years.

     
  • TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant Jan 7, 2015 9:52 PM
    Traditional TV is far from dead, but these days viewers care less about watching shows live and even prefer saving certain series to watch all at once in an evening or weekend of binge-watching. Broadcast networks and hundreds of cable channels share viewer attention with thousands of online services, including amateurs creating their own series on YouTube.

     
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