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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • Verizon CEO foresees big profits in mobile pay TV Jan 17, 2015 7:33 AM
    Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam has long wanted to become a force in mobile television. Now he’s poised to make that happen so McAdam is exploring deals with AOL and other companies that are leaders in so-called programmatic advertising.

     
  • App Reviews: Trivia Crack, Super Jan 17, 2015 7:41 AM
    Are you a trivia buff? Do you live to prove your knowledge of the little things? Then it may be time for you to try Trivia Crack. OK, so maybe you feel a little overloaded with social apps. But even if you feel like you can’t write another update, consider Super. This one is pure light, goofy fun.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Amazon’s Golden Globes wins put TV strategy in the spotlight Jan 17, 2015 6:55 AM
    The Amazon.com Inc. original series “Transparent” picked up two Golden Globe Awards, beating rivals such as HBO and highlighting the progress the online retailer has made as a player in Hollywood. The awards will likely encourage the Seattle-based e-commerce company and other online entertainment networks to continue investing in original programming.

     
  • PC industry still struggling, but sales decline leveling off Jan 17, 2015 7:42 AM
    Despite some glimmers of recovery, the personal computer industry is still struggling with declining sales, according to two market reports issued Monday that show global PC shipments fell in 2014 for the third year in a row.

     
  • After gadgets and gizmos go home, CES exhibits get recycled Jan 17, 2015 7:42 AM
    As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Convention-goer badges become room keys and vinyl banners get a new life as ice-skating rink covers, for example.

     
  • Facebook launches Amber Alerts to help find missing children Jan 17, 2015 7:14 AM
    Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.

     
  • Hollywood films draw more video game interest Jan 17, 2015 6:22 AM
    Kabam Inc., a closely held publisher of free-to-play mobile games, acquired two Los Angeles-based developers, advancing the company’s plans to make more titles based on Hollywood films.

     
  • Netflix won’t say how many people watch their series Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The ratings “arms race” on traditional television has a negative effect on creativity, an executive says.

     
  • Netflix drops hints on where streaming service may expand Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Netflix Inc., the world’s largest subscription streaming service, is dropping hints about where it may expand next. In a research note, Citibank analyst Mark May pointed out a LinkedIn job posting seeking people fluent in Arabic, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Vietnamese.

     
  • Drones are leading consumer revolution, CEO says Jan 17, 2015 6:22 AM
    3D Robotics Inc. Chief Executive Officer Chris Anderson says Amazon.com Inc. delivery drones could be dropping off packages at our doors a decade from now.

     
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