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  • Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming Jul 13, 2014 6:14 AM
    When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month’s international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years.

     
  • How professors are using Facebook to teach Jul 12, 2014 6:12 AM
    Technology is an established part of the lives of students. But university lecturers are becoming increasingly frustrated at how they must compete with tablets and laptops for students’ attention in the lecture hall. In the U.S., Dartmouth computer science professor Dan Rockmore has recently stoked debate in a “New Yorker” article arguing that laptops should be banned in the classroom.

     
  • Publisher of Facebook study airs concern about methodology Jul 12, 2014 7:22 AM
    Facebook’s news-feed study isn’t just controversial among Internet users and academics, it turns out. Now, even the journal that published Facebook’s research says it has reservations about having done so.

     
  • App reviews: Typic Kids, Merlin Bird ID Jul 12, 2014 8:33 AM
    Typic Kids is a photo editing program aimed squarely at children, which lets users pick filters to lay over photos, custom frames, text and digital stickers to customize pictures from a smartphone camera roll.

     
  • Ad agencies target wearable tech devices Jul 12, 2014 8:14 AM
    Even before wearable technology gains widespread popularity, advertising companies are devising ways to deliver marketing messages directly to people who don watches, glasses and headgear that double as computers.

     
  • Buzz Aldrin launches lunar landing social media campaign Jul 12, 2014 6:45 AM
    Buzz Aldrin's big focus right now is the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing. His company has launched a social media campaign, featuring a YouTube video in which celebrities and scientists relay their memories of July 20, 1969. “I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things. The whole world celebrated our moon landing, but we missed the whole thing because we were out of town,” he says.

     
  • Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty Jul 12, 2014 8:16 AM
    Two startups are trying to do for e-books what Netflix does for movies. Oyster and Scribd let you read as many books as you want for a monthly price — $10 for Oyster and $9 for Scribd. I was skeptical at first, but they surprised me.

     
  • Is this the year to buy a smartwatch? Jul 12, 2014 8:22 AM
    The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live both went on sale last week, providing the first test for Google’s just-for-wearables version of its mobile operating system, called Android Wear. If a Google-run life sounds great to you -- let’s be honest, a lot of us are already there -- there are still a few more things to consider before you buy. Unless you’re really, really into the whole smartwatch thing, you may want to hold off for now, reviewers say.

     
  • Mobile apps offer last-minute travel deals Jul 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    While new technology and mobile applications have made old-fashion road trips easier, the thrill of spontaneity and surprise still remains. If travelers are flexible, apps can offer ease with last-minute deals, especially good for day trips and overnight stays. Need a hotel room immediately? There’s an app for that.

     
  • Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch Jul 12, 2014 4:48 PM
    Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversion from film to digital, which typically costs more than $70,000. Theater owners say conversions escalated quickly in 2013 and will help keep the drive-ins in business for now, promising news for an industry that peaked in the 1950s and ‘60s, then with more than 4,000 drive-in theaters nationwide.

     
  • Google fades into background in fight to save open Internet Jul 12, 2014 8:08 AM
    Google, once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows. Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven’t visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show.

     
  • Google struggles with hiding it under EU’s right to be forgotten Jul 12, 2014 8:30 AM
    “Google it” is synonymous with seeking information. Now Google Inc. is struggling with a new rule: “Hide it.” The world’s biggest search-engine company is grappling with how to apply a European Union court decision that said citizens have a so-called right to be forgotten when Internet searches throw up results that are “inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive.”

     
  • Galaxy Tab S review: The tablet may be too late Jul 12, 2014 8:27 AM
    Samsung is taking another big swing at the tablet market with the launch of the Galaxy Tab S, just as many consumers are questioning whether they need a tablet at all. The popularity of the big-screened phones, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, have slowed tablet sales growth to a snail’s pace.

     
  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones Jul 11, 2014 4:42 PM
    In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. About 86 percent of Amazon’s deliveries are 5 pounds or less, the company said.

     
  • Chicago upgrading to 4G in subways Jul 11, 2014 1:01 PM
    Chicago plans to upgrade wireless service to 4G in its subways and other underground transit facilities. Much of Chicago's commuter train network is elevated above street level, but more than 11 miles of the system is underground. The existing wireless service in those tunnels dates back to 2005, before the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, and cannot support modern wireless data needs.

     
  • Weaver, ‘Alien’ cast reprising roles in new game Jul 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sigourney Weaver and the cast of “Alien” are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo. The actress who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” film franchise is reprising her role in “Alien: Isolation,” an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film. Weaver, who recorded new dialogue for the game, says she picked up right where she left off as tough-as-nails Ripley in filmmaker Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece.

     
  • Online, mobile ER registration streamline process Jul 11, 2014 7:10 AM
    Lake Forest Hospital's emergency room has launched an online check-in system for patients with nonlife-threatening illnesses. Beginning July 1, patients were able to complete online forms to start the check-in process and let ER staff know when to expect them. The online check-in started at its related Northwestern Grayslake Emergency Center last summer, said spokeswoman Kelly Klopp.

     
  • Germany’s WCup victory sets Twitter sports record Jul 9, 2014 11:27 AM
    It won’t be what Brazil’s fans will remember, but the first World Cup semifinal is the most tweeted-about sports event in Twitter history.

     
  • British Airways has your mind-reading mood blanket Jul 6, 2014 6:14 AM
    If British Airways could wire up its passengers to in-flight lie detectors, would it? Before this weekend, the idea might have sounded preposterous. But that was before the airline rolled out a video promoting what it calls its “Happiness Blanket.”

     
  • World Cup hits online streaming record, buzz soars Jul 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Moments after Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez sunk his teeth into an opposing Italian player during Tuesday’s World Cup match-up, brands were using the incident to market burgers on Twitter. More than 300 million tweets have been sent about the World Cup so far, and Google has logged over 1.1 billion searches related to the world’s most popular sporting event.

     
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