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  • Deily.org founders see their site as a kind of Wikipedia for faith Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    Deily.org is a a huge site populated sacred texts, unedited sermons, religious music and civil discussion about them. The items are put there mostly by participants, who would pay nothing, ideally making the site like a Wikipedia for religion.

     
  • Online grocers mushrooming, but bagging profits is difficult Jan 25, 2015 7:32 AM
    The online grocery-delivery business seems to get more crowded -- and more competitive -- by the minute. Tech giants Google and Amazon.com are offering it in some major cities, and so are upstarts such as Instacart, Postmates and FreshDirect. But a closer look at the report reveals the major challenges these companies will face as they try to make these fledgling businesses viable.

     
  • Kaspersky exec: Criminals get smarter along with tech Jan 24, 2015 7:42 AM
    Online attacks against such prominent targets as Sony, Target and Home Depot have brought cybersecurity and digital privacy to the forefront of the national consciousness. But as the technologies we use grow more sophisticated, so will criminals’ attempts to defeat them, according to Chris Doggett, North American managing director of Kaspersky Lab.

     
  • Why fake-news industry isn’t afraid of Facebook changes Jan 24, 2015 7:43 AM
    Facebook dealt a blow to the fake-news industry that could, in all likelihood, wipe it out: Starting this week, the site will cut down on the number of fake news stories that circulate in its News Feed -- and add a warning on hoax stories indicating that they’re fake.

     
  • Review: Reading e-books on different devices tough Jan 24, 2015 7:31 AM
    While Amazon hasn't, other companies have embraced a format called EPub. In theory, that means books bought for one non-Kindle device can be read on another. But trying to move my EPub books around gets frustrating. Here are som examples.

     
  • YouTube to produce Super Bowl halftime show with online stars Jan 24, 2015 6:31 AM
    YouTube will offer a halftime show during the Super Bowl featuring some of its biggest online stars, part of a broader initiative to promote advertisements on the Google-owned video site. Harley Morenstein, the ringleader of food stunt group EpicMealTime, will host the program featuring musical performances and stunts.

     
  • Air Force plans to cut costs, buy tech, fix bureaucracy Jan 24, 2015 6:45 AM
    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James outlined a three-pronged program aimed at cutting costs, including creating an IT business analytics office to inform its buying decisions about software infrastructure, set up a $2 million competition for new-technology innovation and organize industry events where government officials can fast-track contracts to companies that “wow” them.

     
  • Apple may be designing an iPad stylus Jan 24, 2015 7:18 AM
    I have a confession to make: I don’t hate the stylus. So new speculation that Apple may be considering introducing a stylus as an accessory to its rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro has me very interested.

     
  • Twitter and Tumblr execs ditch smartphones to combat addiction Jan 24, 2015 7:00 AM
    From Arianna Huffington to strategists at Twitter Inc. and Tumblr, technocrats are taking a break from their smartphones to show they can survive without digital media -- for a few hours at least. Hyper-connected executives said they were plagued by the same sense of data overload, and dependency fears, as many of their customers.

     
  • App Reviews: SimCity BuildIt and Scannable Jan 24, 2015 6:55 AM
    Urban planners-in-training, your app is here. Based on the classic SimCity franchise, BuildIt gives players the chance to craft their own metropolis. And Scannable turns your smartphone into a scanner.

     
  • Questions about AKHAN, looking to move to Gurnee, surface in complaint Jan 24, 2015 7:32 AM
    Questions about the viability of a project touted by AKHAN Semiconductor — a high-tech company being lured to Gurnee with millions of dollars in state and local incentives — have surfaced in a complaint filed with a federal agency by a former Argonne National Laboratory executive.

     
  • Facebook tries to cut down on hoaxes Jan 24, 2015 7:43 AM
    Facebook said it has updated its service to reduce the number of hoaxes that appear in users’ news feeds. These posts — which include scams or deliberately false or misleading news stories — can annoy users.

     
  • Twitter said to pay $30 million for India startup ZipDial Jan 24, 2015 6:12 AM
    Twitter said it will acquire ZipDial Mobile Solutions, an Indian marketing company, to improve its ability to reach mobile phones in emerging markets.

     
  • Facebook added 4.5 Million jobs to global economy Jan 24, 2015 7:43 AM
    Facebook Inc. has helped to create 4.5 million jobs and add $227 billion to the world economy, according to a Deloitte study commissioned by the social- networking service.

     
  • Rauner says he’ll have own plan for making community colleges affordable Jan 23, 2015 6:40 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner called Harper College a model for what Illinois’ community colleges need more of: partnerships with employers and training for technical jobs. Rauner mixed his business principles with his education philosophies in a keynote at the unveiling of Harper’s new Career and Technical Education Center after a $38 million renovation. "We should think strategically cradle to career,” Rauner said.

     
  • Microsoft shows off Windows 10 and ‘HoloLens’ Jan 22, 2015 8:03 AM
    Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens. The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact with three-dimensional images, at an event where it also revealed new features coming to the company’s flagship operating software.

     
  • Reports: Google planning to sell wireless phone service Jan 22, 2015 8:19 AM
    Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday. If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk losing customers to a powerful rival.

     
  • Lincolnshire company makes digital menu boards for McDonald’s Jan 22, 2015 5:07 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features a new high-definition, 47-inch monitor that is becoming the new digital menu behind the counters of about 14,000 McDonald's restaurants nationwide. The digital menu will offer a brighter, more crisp image of the food choices, use less energy to operate, and even offer you a video.

     
  • Yahoo CEO poised to make fateful decision on Alibaba stake Jan 20, 2015 8:17 AM
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is facing her biggest business decision since she left Google two-and-a-half years ago to lead its struggling rival: how to manage Yahoo’s most valuable asset, a 15 percent stake in Chinese Internet star Alibaba Group worth nearly $37 billion. “This is a defining moment for her,” says Eric Jackson, managing partner of hedge fund Ironfire Capital, a long-time Yahoo shareholder. “Marissa has a chance to really boost the stock if she plays her cards right.”

     
  • Review: Apple’s HomeKit could help smarten up your home Jan 17, 2015 7:31 AM
    Apple didn’t attend last week’s gadget show, but its presence was felt. Many companies have designed “smart” home products that integrate with Apple’s HomeKit, an emerging technology for controlling lights and appliances through a mobile app. There are other efforts to unify smart-home devices, but many of them rely on individual partnerships. That approach is slower than simply having everyone use a common set of tools — in this case, HomeKit.

     
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