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  • Pew: Split views on robots’ employment benefits Aug 10, 2014 7:36 AM
    A new survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center found that, when asked about the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs, nearly 1,900 experts and other respondents were divided over what to expect 11 years from now.

  • Free app guides nursing women on safe fish to eat Aug 9, 2014 7:31 AM
    A new iPhone app can help women who are pregnant or nursing safely eat seafood. Purdue University says professor of food toxicology Charles Santerre created the free app called Fish4Health. It’s available at iTunes and Purdue Extension’s The Education Store.

  • Navdy HUD is ‘Google Glass on your windshield’ Aug 9, 2014 7:35 AM
    Navdy, a San Francisco-based company, aims to let drivers access information on their smartphones while keeping their eyes on the road. The Navdy HUD (Head-Up Display), announced by the company Tuesday, is an aftermarket console that combines a projection display with voice and gesture controls. The system will sit between your steering wheel and the windshield, and projects a transparent image that appears to float six feet in front of the windshield.

  • Four low-tech tips for your high tech habit Aug 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Supporting a tech habit is expensive, but you can always save some dough on the accessories. Here are three cheap, easy tech accessories you can make with things that are likely already in your house. • Binder clips are kind of the heroes of the DIY tech accessory world, but there’s a brilliant method to turn two of them into a really simple stand for your smartphone. First, take two clips. Then, bend the end of one wing into a “J” to act as the stop for your stand. Finally, position the second binder clip so that it fits around the bottom of the clip with the bent wing. You should end up with a contraption that has one long flat edge. The bent wing should be in front, and another should lie at just the right angle to prop up your smartphone. (I first saw this from a friend, but he credited his genius to, where there is also a helpful video.) • A big rubber band can act as a holding case for your tablet or e-reader. You’ll need a pretty sturdy rubber band, such as the kind they use in gardening. Just loop the rubber band diagonally across the back of the tablet, and you can slide your hand underneath to keep a good grip on your gadget. • Have an old membership or credit card hanging around? Cut off the bits with the personal information, cut two notches at 45-degree angles into each end and — voila! — you have your own earbud holder. • A reader recommended taking a picture of a ruler to set as your lockscreen picture, so you have a quick measuring tool on hand at all times. Yes, you may have to futz a bit with the photo to make sure that it matches up against your real ruler. But, all in all, it’s a pretty ingenious recommendation. — — — Cruising around for a good tip, I recently stumbled across a gem from the Emily Post Institute: “Email Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts.” It may surprise you to hear that I still get a lot of questions on email etiquette, when dealing with personal and professional business, and I found this to be a particularly good list to live by.

  • App reviews: Packpoint, Poptile Aug 9, 2014 7:36 AM
    Packpoint lets users set the length of their trip, the destination and the type of trip — leisure or business.

  • How to pack like a pro, if you have patience Aug 9, 2014 7:32 AM
    Packing Pro is a popular Apple devices app that can help families and frequent travelers avoid overpacking or facepalm-inducing slip-ups, such as arriving at the mountaintop cabin with wine but no opener. In addition to offering several ways to enter or select items to pack, a new feature in the five-year-old app allows you to set alerts for tasks to complete before, during and after your trip.

  • Amazon makes deals with brands in ‘pay to play’ strategy Aug 9, 2014 7:35 AM is giving special privileges to companies that sell their wares directly through its online store, according to a new study. Companies such as Burberry and Levi Strauss & Co. that partner with Amazon have scored unusual deals that let them control how their merchandise is sold through the world’s largest online retailer, according to a study by market researcher L2 to be released this week.

  • 7 ways to create better, stronger passwords Aug 9, 2014 7:34 AM
    This week’s news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. If there’s reason to believe any of your passwords might have been compromised, change them immediately. One of the best things you can do is to make sure your passwords are strong. Here are seven ways to fortify them.

  • Review: Amazon phone better for info than shopping Aug 9, 2014 7:31 AM
    The idea behind Firefly is a smart one: Use it to keep track of what you see and hear around you, and then buy the things that interest you on Amazon. But it’s mostly a novelty as a shopping tool. Even with Amazon’s huge database, Firefly often couldn’t make a match.

  • How to secure your phone without passcodes Aug 9, 2014 7:34 AM
    Passcodes are outdated. They’re a pain to use, and they aren’t secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don’t bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.

  • OpenStax looks at revamping the one-size-fits-all textbooks Aug 9, 2014 7:33 AM
    OpenStax will spend two years developing the personalized, interactive books and then test them on Houston-area students. The idea is to make learning easier, so students can go on to more successful careers and lives.

  • Symantec first quarter sales top estimates on security tools Aug 9, 2014 7:41 AM
    Symantec Corp. is getting a boost as demand picks up for anti-hacking tools, with revenue and profit topping estimates in the latest quarter.

  • Sprint names new CEO after dropping T-Mobile bid Aug 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Sprint’s new owner is replacing its longtime CEO after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US. Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Miami-based cellphone distributor Brightstar, will replace Dan Hesse on Monday, Sprint Corp. said Wednesday.

  • United’s app now includes passport scanning for quicker check-in Aug 7, 2014 4:23 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features United Airlines updated app which now allows customers to scan their passports on their smartphones in order to check in at least 24 hours before their scheduled departure.

  • Pandora cuts first direct deal with artists Aug 6, 2014 11:01 AM
    Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations. That means Merlin-represented artists like Arcade Fire, Bad Religion and Lenny Kravitz could get more rotations as their representatives will be able to lobby Pandora to place their songs earlier in playlists where they fit.

  • 21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner Aug 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Rupert Murdoch cited a decline in the New York company’s stock price since the takeover bid was announced as one of the reasons for the change of heart. Fox’s shares have dropped 11 percent. They rose $2.50, or 8 percent, to $33.80 in after-hours trading Tuesday.

  • Hong Kong court: Tycoon can sue Google over autocomplete Aug 6, 2014 8:26 AM
    A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant’s objections to tycoon Albert Yeung’s defamation lawsuit.

  • Samsung, Apple agree to drop lawsuits outside U.S. Aug 6, 2014 9:04 AM
    Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world’s two largest smartphone makers. However, Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday that it and Apple will continue to pursue existing cases in U.S. courts. The two companies did not strike any cross-licensing deal.

  • Russia hackers loot 1.2 billion passwords, firm says Aug 5, 2014 9:37 PM
    A gang of hackers in Russia has amassed 1.2 billion sets of looted user names and passwords, according to a U.S. security company that said it’s the largest known cache of stolen personal information.

  • Despite profit, Motorola Solutions plans more layoffs, smaller campus Aug 5, 2014 4:43 PM
    While Motorola Solutions Tuesday posted a second-quarter profit that tripled, it plans more cost-cutting measures that are expected to include layoffs and the sale of more land at its Schaumburg campus. The company aims to increase its cost-cutting goal from $200 million to $300 million by late 2015, CEO Greg Brown told Wall Street analysts.

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