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  • How to protect your data in the cloud Sep 6, 2014 7:33 AM
    The theft of nude photographs from celebrities’ online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet. If celebrities’ photos aren’t safe, then whose are? Here are some key questions and answers about files that are stored remotely.

     
  • Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations Sep 6, 2014 7:38 AM
    Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to their Facebook accounts automatically disclosed everything they were watching with a potentially wide-reaching range of people. The company believes the open-ended approach discouraged most Netflix subscribers from connecting their accounts with their Facebook profiles. The automatic disclosures will end Tuesday as Netflix Inc. embraces a new system that empowers subscribers to select which friends will receive their video recommendations.

     
  • Amazon seeks to reach viewers with ‘Hand of God’ Sep 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    The gutsy drama, "Hand of God," with Ron Perlman playing a judge who believes God is guiding him after an attack on his family, is among the latest batch of potential series that Amazon started streaming online Aug. 28. The Internet retail giant took a cue from Netflix last year and started producing its own shows. Which shows become full series will depend on audience response.

     
  • 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.

     
  • '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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • ‘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.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • ‘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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • What’s the hash? Why hashtags for TV shows matter Jun 24, 2014 12:14 PM
    During fresh episodes of “Pretty Little Liars,” the marketing and publicity teams at ABC Family huddle in a conference room to tweet live with fans. So do cast members and the show’s producers from where and when they can — and the dialogue often pays off. Nielsen’s Twitter tracking division said “PLL” is the top-tweeted show and ranked No. 1 for the week of June 16-22.

     
  • Chelsea Handler heading to Netflix with talk show Jun 19, 2014 2:47 PM
    Netflix is expanding its empire of original content with a talk show to be hosted by Chelsea Handler. The online TV network said Thursday that the outspoken comedian’s new show will begin in early 2016. It will update the format of her current E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” but retain the comedic focus on entertainment and cultural issues, Netflix said.

     
  • DreamWorks mixing faves, newbies in YouTube debut Jun 16, 2014 1:02 PM
    When AwesomenessTV launched as a YouTube channel two years ago, it was a bet by veteran TV and movie producer Brian Robbins on the ability of teen and tween audiences to find videos they love to watch online. On Monday, Robbins kicks off DreamWorks TV, another YouTube channel that represents one of the first attempts by Hollywood to mesh the polished look of movies with the chaos of content on the Internet.

     
  • Truly great TV: Tragedy and 'Thrones' Aug 3, 2014 9:56 PM
    The best film Sean has seen this year didn't play in 3,000 theaters, employ big-name movie stars and droves of visual effects artists, or air on a premium cable channel. It's a documentary “Hillsborough” that first aired on ESPN, and it's now available for streaming to Netflix subscribers. It chronicles the April 15, 1989, soccer stadium disaster in Sheffield, England, in which 96 people were crushed to death in an overcrowded, standing-room-only spectators' pen.

     
  • St. Charles man must pay victim in child porn case Jun 12, 2014 4:26 PM
    A St. Charles man will have to pay $5,000 in restitution to a person depicted in child pornography he downloaded, a Kane County judge ruled Wednesday.

     
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