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  • Palatine welcomes electronics maker Jul 22, 2014 7:48 PM
    More than one hundred customers, business associates and well-wishers gathered at the new world headquarters for electronics manufacturer Aimtron Tuesday morning, as company executives and local politicians celebrated the company’s move to Palatine.

  • Kids studying abroad are now never out of touch Jul 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp. Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?

  • Doctors, nurses relying more on tablets in hospitals Jul 20, 2014 7:32 AM
    Hospital employees are increasingly using mobile devices -- tablets, smartphones, and occasionally wearable computers such as Google Glass -- to access electronic medical records, both at the patient’s bedside or in the operating room.

  • Study: Bosses use social media at work more than employees Jul 20, 2014 9:44 AM
    Anyone who’s ever tried to hide their Facebook use at work should take heart in this news: Your boss may be looking at social media during office hours more than you are. A new study found that top-level managers were more likely to disapprove of looking at social media sites during office hours, despite spending significantly more time on such sites at work than those who sit lower on the pecking order.

  • How trust may be the ultimate bitcoin killer Jul 19, 2014 7:38 AM
    None of Bitcoin’s recent troubles -- technological glitches and the collapse of the biggest cryptocurrency exchange, MtGox, the departure of key figures from the Bitcoin Foundation -- have struck me as terminal. Now, though, I’m starting to think Bitcoin needs trust to survive -- a potentially fatal flaw for the virtual currency.

  • India mobile-phone companies, supermarkets may soon start banks Jul 19, 2014 7:42 AM
    India proposed allowing mobile telephone companies and supermarket chains to set up payment banks to provide financial products to the tens of millions of people in the nation who lack direct access to them.

  • TV show puts cellphone lanes on DC sidewalk Jul 19, 2014 7:32 AM
    Pedestrians walking along sidewalk in the nation’s capital Thursday found themselves with a choice. “No cellphones,” said lettering on one side of the sidewalk. “Cellphones,” the other lane said. “Walk at your own risk.”

  • Bitcoin ‘mining pool’ promises to stay small Jul 19, 2014 7:32 AM
    The largest group of bitcoin miners, which maintains and processes transactions in the digital currency, is promising to avoid majority control of the currency as a temporary measure to maintain the payment system’s credibility.

  • Should online accounts die when you die? Jul 19, 2014 7:33 AM
    Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters? A leading group of lawyers says that families should immediately get access to everything online unless otherwise specified in a will.

  • UN: All nations hide rise in digital snooping Jul 19, 2014 7:31 AM
    Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said this week.

  • Google opens lobbying digs on Congress’s doorstep Jul 19, 2014 7:35 AM
    It’s a given, by now, that Google is a leader in free food, on-site massages and foosball for its employees. It’s also no secret that the tech giant has become one of America’s top lobbying spenders. In its public unveiling of the new Washington office, Google showed how it may propose to stay ahead of the pack on both fronts.

  • Facebook tests ‘buy button’ to let people shop on site Jul 19, 2014 7:30 AM
    Facebook is testing a “Buy” button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world’s biggest online social network. The company said the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook.

  • Google CEO: Work less, enjoy life more Jul 19, 2014 7:31 AM
    After a holiday weekend, many people probably were asking why we can’t work just four days every week. Google chief executive Larry Page thinks maybe we can. Page said he thinks that people’s basic needs are small, yet their need to have something productive to do is significant. One of today’s big social problems is finding a way to reconcile the two.

  • Shunned by adults, smartwatches take aim at kids Jul 19, 2014 7:31 AM
    With smartwatches drawing lukewarm interest from most consumers, some technology companies are trying a fresh approach: market them to kids. LG Electronics, VTech Holdings and Filip Technologies have all developed high-tech watches for children, undaunted by the slow progress the industry has made in pitching the devices to adults.

  • Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips Jul 19, 2014 7:41 AM
    Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Here's a list of products and services worth bringing along.

  • 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.

  • Microsoft names Sikich to 2014 ‘Inner Circle’ Jul 18, 2014 10:29 AM
    Microsoft named Sikich LLP to the 2014 Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle, an exclusive group that comprises the top 1 percent of the 5,000 Microsoft Business Systems Dynamics partners from around the world. The Inner Circle designation — which Sikich has received numerous times — recognizes just 60 business

  • IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed Jul 18, 2014 4:59 PM
    The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.

  • 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.”

  • ‘South Park’ catalog finds a new home on Hulu Jul 14, 2014 12:12 PM
    Hulu is now the exclusive streaming home for the full run of Comedy Central’s bad-boy animated series, “South Park” — all 244-and-counting episodes. New episodes will continue to also appear on Comedy Central’s website as well as the website of South Park Studios.

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