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  • Out-of-patience investors selling off Amazon Oct 24, 2014 4:03 PM
    For years, Amazon’s strategy has been spending the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas. It launched a smartphone, the Fire, this summer and has been offering a set-top video-streaming device, a streaming video service and several tablets and e-book readers. The company has also been investing in services for its $99-a-year loyalty program, Prime. It has added a grocery delivery services and music streaming for Prime members as well as offering original TV shows such as the critically acclaimed “Transparent” starring Jeffrey Tambor.

  • Yahoo CEO said to plan discussion on taxes, deals on call Oct 20, 2014 11:55 AM
    Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is planning to address taxes and acquisitions during a must-win earnings call with investors tomorrow, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mayer will unveil Yahoo’s third-quarter results after the market closes tomorrow.

  • Apple CEO faces high holiday sales bar fueled by new devicesc Oct 18, 2014 6:33 AM
    Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is ready to tackle the holiday season with a full product array including new iPads. His challenge now is luring the hordes of buyers that analysts are projecting.

  • Innovations: Move over humans, the robocars are coming Oct 18, 2014 7:33 AM
    My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways. Tesla’s announcement of an autopilot feature in its next-generation Model S takes us much closer to this future.

  • Review: Macs, mobile unite with Yosemite system Oct 18, 2014 7:43 AM
    The Yosemite update to Apple’s OS X system adds several features to bring the Mac in line with last month’s iOS 8 update for mobile devices. There’s also new functionality to make Macs act more like iPhones. Here's a guide to what you can expect.

  • French bank starts Twitter money transfers Oct 18, 2014 6:13 AM
    In France, holding a Twitter Inc. account and a bank card will be enough for anyone to tweet money. Officials from Groupe BPCE, France’s second-largest bank by branches, and its online-payment unit S-Money are letting Twitter users “send money to other users easily, rapidly, securely and free of charge with a simple tweet.”

  • Samsung says it’s developed Wi-Fi that’s five times faster Oct 18, 2014 7:09 AM
    Samsung Electronics Co. said it has developed a Wi-Fi technology that can increase data transmission speeds by five times the maximum rate possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

  • Better camera gives Samsung a Note-worthy phone Oct 18, 2014 7:43 AM
    With Apple’s release of larger-screen iPhones last month, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy phones no longer have the distinction of being “the next big thing,” as Samsung’s ads like to tout. But there’s still plenty to like in Samsung’s phones, including the new Galaxy Note 4 phone out this week.

  • Thumbprint check-in heralds end to paper boarding passes Oct 18, 2014 7:41 AM
    Alaska Airlines is exploring using passengers’ fingerprints to replace travel documents, driver’s licenses and credit cards now needed to navigate from airport curbs to jetliner seats. If successful, it would be the first U.S. carrier to employ biometrics for boarding passes and in-flight purchases and could spur wider adoption across the industry.

  • Review: Aether Cone learns your music tastes over time Oct 18, 2014 7:31 AM
    The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it’s a lazy Sunday morning. It then plays what it thinks you’re in the mood for. I was skeptical because my music tastes vary depending on how I’m feeling at any particular moment. But I’ve come to enjoy its sometimes-surprising musical tours.

  • Why schools in England are teaching 5-year-olds to code Oct 18, 2014 9:25 PM
    The British government now wants the nation’s kids to not only consume technology but to build it -- instead of just playing computer games, they might create them one day. Like many developed nations, the U.K. is facing a tech-talent crunch, and the radical retooling of its educational system is a recognition that the problem is likely to persist for many years.

  • App reviews: Leaf Peepr, NBA Game Time Oct 18, 2014 6:56 AM
    The Leaf Peepr app offers a great guide if you want to catch the leaves changing color this fall. NBA's Game Time app lets users track their favorites teams and players.

  • Apple shows off new gadgets, but Pay is bigger bet Oct 16, 2014 5:02 PM
    Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant’s bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn’t know you needed — but now can’t live without.

  • University of Minnesota knocks down tweet claiming Ebola airborne Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    University of Minnesota officials are knocking down a tweet claiming its researchers say is Ebola is airborne. University spokeswoman Caroline Marin told the Star Tribune in Minneapolis that the university never made such a claim.

  • China’s Alipay offers mobile wallet for US sites Oct 15, 2014 9:18 AM
    China’s half billion online shoppers will soon have an easier way to shop in the U.S. Alipay, the payments unit recently spun off from Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, is launching a service for U.S. retailers called ePass. Alipay has already been working in beta mode with retailers such as luxury deal site Gilt.com, The Gap and H&M.

  • Qualcomm buying CSR in $2.5 billion deal Oct 15, 2014 10:18 AM
    Qualcomm is buying British chip maker CSR in a deal worth approximately $2.5 billion as it pushes aggressively into technology that connects devices over the Internet. CSR concentrates on the auto, consumer, and voice and music segments. It has 2,130 employees in 11 countries. The company’s fiscal 2013 revenue totaled $960.7 million.

  • HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts Oct 15, 2014 12:24 PM
    No cable? No problem. Viewers longing to watch “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective” and “Veep” will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV.

  • Transit app to debut in February for Metra, CTA and Pace riders Oct 15, 2014 1:28 PM
    In February, Metra expects to start testing a smartphone app that lets riders purchase tickets on trains and display them to conductors. The feature could also be used to add value to Ventra cards for CTA and Pace commuters.

  • KUKEC: $10,000 for a TV? LG says its OLED is worth it Oct 16, 2014 3:52 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features the new HYPERLINK "http://lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64643"Ultra HD OLED 4K 65-inch TV from LG Electronics USA Inc., which has operations in Lincolnshire. The company recently launched this new TV that costs about $10,000. It will be available for consumers for about $10,000 in early November. Another 77-inch version, costing roughly $25,000, will be available early next year.

  • HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own Oct 15, 2014 2:39 PM
    Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see “Game of Thrones”, “True Detective” and “Veep” will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

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