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  • “Field of Dreams”: Best baseball movie ever, or best baseball movie ever? Yes.

    Football? Nah, Costner’s best on the baseball fieldApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    It has been almost 30 years since Kevin Costner first appeared on film fans’ radars. But today brings the theatrical release of “Draft Day,” an Ivan Reitman comedy/feature-length NFL commercial that puts Costner back in the genre in which he seems to be most comfortable: the sports movie.

     
  • A Narrative Clip life-logging device is worn on a shirt collar Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Atlanta. The small, wearable camera takes a photo automatically every 30 seconds.

    Review: Narrative Clip logs your life in photosApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ever had one of those “Gosh, I wish I had a camera” moments when something novel happens in your life? The Narrative Clip is a small, wearable camera that makes an attempt to capture some of those fleeting moments automatically. The $279 square device clips on to your shirt collar or jacket pocket and takes a photo automatically every 30 seconds.

     
  • Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey, right) reunites with brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as HBO's “Game of Thrones” returns for its fourth season.

    See more of your favorite 'Game of Thrones' starsApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Game of Thrones" Season 4 begins Sunday on HBO, but hardcore fans want more. Sean will tell you how can meet some "GoT" actors later this month.

     
  • Wearable technologies including Google Glass, Oculus Rift headsets, smartwatches and smartbands mark a fresh challenge for the $93 billion video-game industry. While the public tends to focus on the consoles wars among Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co., insiders at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week are striving to develop titles for a new generation of disruptive products.

    Google Glass leads video-game makers to test wearable marketMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wearable technologies including Google Glass, Oculus Rift headsets, smartwatches and smartbands mark a fresh challenge for the $93 billion video-game industry. While the public tends to focus on the consoles wars among Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co., insiders at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week are striving to develop titles for a new generation of disruptive products.

     
  • In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo taken using Google Glass, vehicles are stopped at a traffic light in New York.

    Review: Uneasy first steps with Google GlassMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you’re holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own.

     
  • Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s elegant, operatic and criminally underseen series, “Hannibal.”

    The best TV show you’re (probably) not watchingMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    The idea of resurrecting a popular horror movie in the guise of a serialized prequel for television is not one that inspires confidence, but NBC’s “Hannibal,” starring Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibal, is an elegant, operatic triumph.

     
  • Samsung’s Milk Music service includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs. It’s designed to be extremely fast, easy to use and highly customizable.

    Samsung introduces free streaming radio serviceMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Samsung unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market. The South Korean gadget maker’s Milk Music service includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs. It’s designed to be extremely fast, easy to use and highly customizable.

     
  • Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and chief executive officer of 23andMe, speaks during a keynote session at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Sunday, March 9, 2014. The SXSW conferences and festivals converge original music, independent films, and emerging technologies while fostering creative and professional growth.

    Geeky women break up the Bromance at South by SouthwestMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    As startups, venture capitalists and enthusiasts have descended upon Austin for South by Southwest, female-focused events have grown in number and panel audiences are dotted by more women at what has traditionally been a male-dominated event. About 25 speaker sessions are about women in technology, five times more than last year.

     
  • Kimberly C. Ellis talks about Black Twitter at Freedom Corner in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Black Twitter is a small but growing corner of the social media giant where an unabashedly black spin on life gets served up 140 characters at a time. Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But don’t get it twisted. Black Twitter can turn activist quickly.

    Black Twitter growing into online forceMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But Black Twitter can also turn activist quickly. When it does, things happen — like the cancellation of a book deal for a juror in the George Zimmerman trial, or the demise of Zimmerman’s subsequent attempt to star at celebrity boxing.

     
  • Research firm Gartner says 94 percent of smartphones sales last year were either iPhones or Android devices. Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices made up another 5 percent combined.

    Review: Lots of innovations beyond iOS and AndroidMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    When it comes to smartphones, consumers have an array of choices from Apple to... well, Android. But what about the remaining 1 percent? They are the wannabes such as Firefox and Sailfish — and many of them are introducing innovative advancements in features and functions.

     
  • Mike Ramsay, CEO of Qplay, gives a demonstration of Qplay on a tablet device in San Francisco.

    TiVo founders try to reprogram Internet videoMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The founders of DVR pioneer TiVo are shifting their focus from broadcast TV to broadband Internet as they introduce a new device designed to make it easier for people to find and manage video. The sequel gets underway with the release of the Qplay, a box that sorts and streams video clips compiled from all over the Internet.

     
  • An employee displays a Nokia X smartphone for a photograph at the Nokia Oyj pavilion on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

    Gadget Watch: Fastlane in Nokia X shows promiseMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    By design, Nokia’s new Android smartphones will underwhelm users of high-end phones. The Nokia X line was created with emerging markets in mind, so the company emphasized keeping prices low, meaning the user interface is relatively simple. The home screen resembles the one on Nokia’s Windows-based Lumia phones, even though it’s Android underneath.

     
  • Andrew House, president and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., holds a box containing the PlayStation 4 (PS4) video game console at the launch of the PS4 console at the Sony showroom in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Sony Corp., its credit rating cut to junk by Moody’s Investors Service as Japan’s biggest television maker struggles to capture consumer demand for smartphones and tablet computers, released the PS4 console in Japan.

    Beleaguered Sony counting on new game machineMar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    PlayStation stands out among the long list of famous Sony brands as one that hasn’t faded or succumbed to a nimbler competitor. Months after hitting global markets, the latest version of the video-game console went on sale in Tokyo, a big shift from times when Sony was ascendant enough to launch flagship products in Japan first.

     
  • Waterlogue turns photos into sketches that are filled in while you watch, giving you the option to adjust color and brush stroke size, choose a filter (natural, luminous, and rainy are some of the options), tweak brightness, and decide whether you want a border.

    App turns photos into watercolorsMar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Too busy to pick up a paintbrush? Waterlogue, a photo app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, uses your snapshots as rough drafts for watercolor-inspired works of digital art.

     
  • Relative to its pay-television competitors, Netflix has certain advantages that supersede the quality of its programming. And its competitors are in important ways trapped in a business logic that prevents them from matching Netflix's strengths.

    Why Netflix is beating HBOMar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos famously described his company's challenge as “to become HBO before HBO becomes us.” And so far he's winning because the structural nature of technological change often favors new firms over old ones, and turns in-built structural advantages into weaknesses.

     
  • Samsung said its new Galaxy S5 smartphone will allow people to authenticate PayPal transactions with a fingerprint rather than a passcode.

    Incentives are coming for payments by phonesMar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form, offering more security than standard plastic cards with magnetic stripes. To make a purchase, simply tap the phone on a card reader or wave a bar code over a scanner. There’s convenience in not having to fish out your card. Yet most people still prefer plastic.

     
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  • President and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications Kunimasa Suzuki presents the Xperia Z2 tablet during the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

    Sony showcases phone with ultra-HD video recordingMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-canceling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording.

     
  • An attendee tests a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the Samsung Electronics Co. pavilion on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

    Samsung’s new smartwatches have fitness featuresMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    BARCELONA, Spain — Samsung unveiled two new computerized wristwatches, this time including health sensors and related fitness features to give people a reason to buy one. Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace.

     
  • A game called “Super Mario” was available to download on Baidu Inc.’s 91 Wireless online app store in China.

    Copycat ‘Mario’ lures users as Nintendo resists smartphonesMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nintendo Co. isn’t offering Super Mario games on smartphones. Other people are. A game called “Super Mario” was available to download on Baidu Inc.’s 91 Wireless online app store in China and Wednesday was available on Samsung Electronics Co.’s online China app store.

     
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