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  • ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Doctor Who’ dominate the DVR this weekend Aug 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    The 12-day marathon airing of every “Simpsons” episode ever is already under way by the time you read this, but don’t worry — there are still plenty of great episodes worth some space on your DVR. (Hundreds, even.) And don't forget about “Doctor Who,” which returns to BBC America at 7 p.m. Saturday with a new Doctor, Peter Capaldi (“In the Loop”), and, reportedly, a new attitude.

     
  • Amazon takes on Disney’s superheroes in pricing fight Aug 17, 2014 7:12 AM
    Amazon.com Inc. is taking on Walt Disney Co. and its superheroes in its quest to gain more control over pricing online. Amazon blocked pre-orders of Disney’s summer hit movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and other titles in disk form, repeating a tactic used in recent disputes with book publisher Hachette and film studio Warner Bros.

     
  • Android lets you multitask on mobile devices Aug 16, 2014 7:35 AM
    Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. That’s starting to change with Android devices, though. Here's a look at what you can do on what devices.

     
  • Three key questions to ask when your phone contract ends Aug 16, 2014 7:39 AM
    Your current cell phone contract is about to end and your carrier is offering you all kinds of discounts to extend your contract. Before you sign up for another two years, there are three key questions you should consider.

     
  • Orwell rep accuses Amazon of doublespeak Aug 14, 2014 1:41 PM
    Amazon cited a 1936 Orwell essay in which he wrote of paperbacks that if “publishers had any sense, they would combine against them and suppress them.” But in fact, Orwell had been praising some new releases from Penguin, which had recently launched its now-famous line of paperbacks.“The Penguin Books are splendid value for sixpence, so splendid that if the other publishers had any sense they would combine against them and suppress them,” Orwell actually wrote.

     
  • Daughter of Robin Williams faced online abuse Aug 13, 2014 11:45 AM
    Robin Williams’ daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages sent to her following her father’s death. Zelda Williams, 25, wrote that she was deleting her Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram applications from her mobile devices and stepping away “for a good long time, maybe forever.”

     
  • Apps for kids: Virtual pets teach life lessons Aug 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    Are your kids begging for a pet, but you don't think they are ready? Try getting them a virtual pet in the meantime. Here are three iPad apps that will teach your children about the responsibilities of pet care.

     
  • Robin Williams: Mourning a manic genius Aug 18, 2014 8:39 PM
    Daily Herald copy editor Sean Stangland has seen a lot in his time at the paper. But Monday's news about Robin Williams hit him as hard as anything he's experienced in his 13 years on the desk. Here's a look at the emotions he felt while putting together the news on the brilliant comedian's death.

     
  • Couple's video follows as joy turns to dread — and back Aug 10, 2014 6:38 AM
    The happy time-lapse video chronicling her pregnancy and the birth of their son was nearing the finish line for Arlington Heights native Rob Marshall and his wife, Erin, when a life-threatening heart defect changed everything.

     
  • 21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner Aug 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Rupert Murdoch cited a decline in the New York company’s stock price since the takeover bid was announced as one of the reasons for the change of heart. Fox’s shares have dropped 11 percent. They rose $2.50, or 8 percent, to $33.80 in after-hours trading Tuesday.

     
  • Review: 3Doodler is fun but quirky ‘3-D pen’ Aug 2, 2014 7:30 AM
    3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. It’s a cool technology, but it’s not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3-D printer.

     
  • App review: Food Network in the Kitchen, Ninja Up Aug 2, 2014 7:33 AM
    App review: The Food Network’s recipe finder taps into the knowledge of the channel’s resident chefs and Ninja Up lets you test your reflexes and channel your inner acrobat.

     
  • Comic-book movies aren’t all capes and aliens Aug 3, 2014 9:51 PM
    The Marvel Studios juggernaut is taking a bit of a risk with Friday’s release of "Guardians of the Galaxy,” an astronomically budgeted adaptation of a comic book most of us had never heard of. Not all offbeat, lesser-known comics and graphic novels make for great or successful movies. Most of us would like to forget duds like “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Jonah Hex” or “Barb Wire.” But sometimes risks pay off.

     
  • ‘Crazy Eyes’ actress Uzo Aduba is crazy about fans Jul 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Orange is the New Black” actress Uzo Aduba is flooded with marriage proposals these days. “People on the street, people on Twitter ask, ‘Can I be your prison wife?’ I’m like you know, ‘Name the day and the time,’” Aduba joked. Aduba plays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix Inc. original series about a women’s prison. She’s nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series along with her “Orange” co-stars Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne.

     
  • Home Depot, Lowe’s bring the Internet of Things to DIYers Jul 26, 2014 7:29 AM
    Large chains such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones. It’s an attempt to tap into the Internet of Things — technologists’ term for a network of connected sensors, devices and objects.

     
  • App Reviews: Jetpack Joyride, Mindly Jul 26, 2014 7:27 AM
    You don’t need a lot of time to understand Jetpack Joyride. That doesn’t mean that you won’t spend a lot of time playing it. Mindly offers a simple tool that lets users lay out their thoughts in a more visual way, using a three-tiered map of circles.

     
  • You don't have to go to San Diego for the fun of Comic Con Aug 3, 2014 9:52 PM
    Fans of superheroes, horror flicks, time-traveling doctors and Jedi Knights will once again converge in California this weekend as the annual Comic Con International returns to the San Diego Convention Center, but you don't have to hop on a plane to join in the fun.

     
  • Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens Jul 24, 2014 9:25 AM
    Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after waiting in line. The lineups began as soon as the San Diego Convention Center opened its doors. Fans with four-day passes to the sold-out pop-culture spectacular gained early admission to the showroom floor Wednesday night, where they were the first to see a 10-foot-tall Transformer, a Lego Spider-Man and a life-sized, road-ready Hot Wheels car inspired by Darth Vader.

     
  • App reviews: RoadTrippers, Watercolors Jul 19, 2014 7:39 AM
    Planning a summer road trip? If you’re looking to fill in some spots between points A and B, try out RoadTrippers. For a more creative app, Watercolors is a fun and fluid puzzle game that calls back to your finger painting days but also requires a bit of logic.

     
  • Tumblr convention in Schaumburg implodes Jul 17, 2014 9:18 AM
    A social media convention at the Schaumburg Convention Center last weekend — aimed at Tumblr bloggers and their followers — went horribly wrong when organizers were forced to raise $17,000 on the spot to prevent the event's immediate cancellation. The debacle has since sparked a life of its own on Tumblr and elsewhere — particularly through ridicule of the organizers' apology that included “an extra hour with the ball pit.”

     
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