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  • J.R. Hutson with daughter Alexis at the Village Tavern & Grill in Schaumburg.

    NoWait apps offer suburban restaurant guests a pager-free experienceApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guests at the Village Tavern & Grill in Schaumburg, and other suburban restaurants, are notified on their smartphone with a prerecorded phone call or text when it's their turn to be seated. The new system, called NoWait, also allows guests to roam as far as they want and not worry about being in range for the notification. Guests also can respond to say they are on their way. “We changed to NoWait because of the freedom it gives our guests,” said Village Tavern owner J.R. Hutson.

     
  • FILE — In This March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems, the company announced Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

    Google not immune to challenges of mobile transitionApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Google Inc. isn’t immune to setbacks caused by the global shift to mobile computing. Costs are rising and Google said yesterday that revenue was $12.2 billion in the first quarter, another stumble as the company missed a projection by analysts for $12.3 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Google’s audience is migrating to smartphones, where the company gets less ad money for marketing spots than on desktops and tablets.

     
  • Zebra Technologies in Lincolnshire.

    Motorola Solutions shrinks, while Zebra growsApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Inc. continues to chip away at its legendary status by selling its Enterprise unit to Lincolnshire’s Zebra Technologies for about $3.45 billion. While Zebra continues to pick up steam, building its radio-frequency identification and specialty Internet-related products, Motorola shrinks both in workforce and focus.

     
  • Amazon’s Peter Larsen introduces Amazon Fire TV during a news conference in New York.

    Review: Fire TV device great, but not fully readyApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Amazon’s new Fire TV streaming device shows a lot of potential in bringing together the best features from competing devices and adding voice search on top of that.

     
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David “Big Papi” Ortiz takes a selfie with President Barack Obama, holding a Boston Red Sox jersey presented to him, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, where the president honored the 2013 World Series baseball champion Boston Red Sox.

    Samsung hooks unsuspecting Obama as phone ad starApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The latest pitchman in Samsung’s marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama. Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with the president at a White House event using a Samsung phone and tweeted it to his followers.

     
  • BlackBerry Ltd.’s John Chen is giving himself two years to overhaul the smartphone maker and offset declining handset demand with sales of software that connects computers with all manner of machines, from cars to heart monitors.

    BlackBerry sets goal to cut device dependenceApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    BlackBerry Ltd.’s John Chen is giving himself two years to overhaul the smartphone maker and offset declining handset demand with sales of software that connects computers with all manner of machines, from cars to heart monitors.

     
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, the world’s largest car-parts maker and a producer of dishwashers and medical-device components, is plotting inroads into the world of Google Inc. with possible acquisitions.

    Bosch plots Google domain invasion with connected appliancesApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Robert Bosch GmbH, the world’s largest car-parts maker and a producer of dishwashers and medical-device components, is plotting inroads into the world of Google Inc. with possible acquisitions.

     
  • Data hones Google’s gender equalityApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Four years ago, Google was confronted with a troubling stat: Its male engineers were getting promoted at far higher rates than female employees. What happened next was quintessential Google: The world’s biggest Internet data monger insists on putting hard statistics at the center of internal operations, too.

     
  • The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.

    Nest disables feature on smoke alarmsApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.

     
  • A sign on a building is shown at Google Inc.’s new campus in Kirkland, Wash. during a media open house.

    Google pays Italy biggest EU fine for Street View breachesApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Google paid a 1 million-euro ($1.37 million) fine in Italy after the local regulator found its Street View cars drove incognito across the country, violating the privacy of citizens caught on camera without their knowledge.

     
  • Microsoft will end support for its still popular Windows XP. With an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the data of major financial institutions to the identities of everyday people in danger if they don’t find a way to upgrade soon.

    A guide to upgrading, using XP computerApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Even though Microsoft retired its 12-year-old Windows XP operating system, there are still millions of XP computers out there. Here’s what to do if you own one of them.

     
  • In this combination of images made from the Google group’s “Project Glass” video launched earlier this week on YouTube, the viewer looks through an early prototype of Google’s futuristic Internet-connected glasses.

    Review: Ups and downs with Google Glass appsApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while I was making carrot and ginger soup. I’ve been using Google’s Web-connected eyewear over the past few months. Spending a day trying to get some chores done with it was frustrating at times, though it gave me a glimpse of what might be possible down the line.

     
  • This photo made available by the Technology Academy Finland, TAF, shows Professor Stuart Parkin in Stanford, United States, in March 2014. “Big data” pioneer Parkin is the winner of this year’s Millennium Technology Prize.

    Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storageApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin. Parkin won the 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize.

     
  • Google Inc. wants you to reserve a hotel room from your smartphone, and it’s spending money on the technology to make it happen by licensing hotel-booking software from Room 77 Inc., a startup backed by Expedia Inc.

    Google licenses Room 77 software in mobile travel-booking pushApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Google Inc. wants you to reserve a hotel room from your smartphone, and it’s spending money on the technology to make it happen by licensing hotel-booking software from Room 77 Inc., a startup backed by Expedia Inc.

     
  •  In the Queens borough of New York a moon colony in the “Futurama 2” ride is put together by General Motors. The millions of visitors who attended the New York World’s Fair that opened in 1964 were introduced to a range of technological innovations and predictions.

    Visions of 1964 World’s Fair: Some became real, some did notApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say in a lot of ways this fair was key to familiarizing people with and really normalizing the concept of working with computers,” said Ryan Ritchey, a Philadelphia filmmaker who’s making a documentary about the fair.

     
  • Authors Guild asks court to rule against GoogleApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Guild asked the court to hold Google liable and to return the case to the lower court for remedies. Its lawsuit sought $750 for each of the more than 20 million copyright books that Google has already copied.

     
  • Ohio geologists link small quakes to frackingApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The oil and gas drilling boom targets widely different rock formations around the nation, so the Ohio findings may not have much relevance to other areas other than perhaps influencing public perception of fracking’s safety. The types of quakes connected to the industry are generally small and not easily felt, but the idea of human activity causing the earth to shake often doesn’t sit well.

     
  • A technician works on a computer Monday while testing servers at the Facebook Inc. hardware labs in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Heartbleed could harm a variety of systems Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    “I think this is very concerning for many people,” says Darren Hayes, professor of security and computer forensics at Pace University. “It’s going to keep security professionals very busy over the coming weeks and months. Customers need to make sure they’re getting the answers they need.”

     
  • Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will install GPS technology onto its fleet of school buses in time for the start of the next school year. The technology will allow parents to track their children’s buses from home.

    GPS plan will allow Palatine district’s parents to track buses onlineApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Buses carrying Palatine Township Elementary District 15 students will be outfitted with GPS software that allows parents to track routes in real-time. "This is going to be hard, quick, accurate data for us to use," Superintendent Scott Thompson said. Officials are still considering whether to require students to scan ID cards each time they board a bus.

     
  • From left, Steve Harris, vice president of Data Center Development, Forsythe Data Centers; Bill Brennan, president and CEO of Forsythe Technology; and Al Weiss, president of Forsythe Data Centers, prepare to break ground Wednesday for the new 221,000-square-foot Forsythe Data Center in Elk Grove Village.

    Forsythe building $130 million data center in Elk GroveApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Skokie-based Forsythe Technology is spending about $130 million to build a 221,000-square-foot data center at Touhy Avenue and Busse Road in Elk Grove Village. Forsythe broke ground Wednesday and plans to have the building ready for occupancy early next year.

     
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