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  • ‘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.

     
  • '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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • ‘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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
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