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  • Bitcoin ‘mining pool’ promises to stay small Jul 19, 2014 7:32 AM
    The largest group of bitcoin miners, which maintains and processes transactions in the digital currency, is promising to avoid majority control of the currency as a temporary measure to maintain the payment system’s credibility.

     
  • Should online accounts die when you die? Jul 19, 2014 7:33 AM
    Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters? A leading group of lawyers says that families should immediately get access to everything online unless otherwise specified in a will.

     
  • UN: All nations hide rise in digital snooping Jul 19, 2014 7:31 AM
    Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said this week.

     
  • Google opens lobbying digs on Congress’s doorstep Jul 19, 2014 7:35 AM
    It’s a given, by now, that Google is a leader in free food, on-site massages and foosball for its employees. It’s also no secret that the tech giant has become one of America’s top lobbying spenders. In its public unveiling of the new Washington office, Google showed how it may propose to stay ahead of the pack on both fronts.

     
  • Facebook tests ‘buy button’ to let people shop on site Jul 19, 2014 7:30 AM
    Facebook is testing a “Buy” button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world’s biggest online social network. The company said the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook.

     
  • Google CEO: Work less, enjoy life more Jul 19, 2014 7:31 AM
    After a holiday weekend, many people probably were asking why we can’t work just four days every week. Google chief executive Larry Page thinks maybe we can. Page said he thinks that people’s basic needs are small, yet their need to have something productive to do is significant. One of today’s big social problems is finding a way to reconcile the two.

     
  • Shunned by adults, smartwatches take aim at kids Jul 19, 2014 7:31 AM
    With smartwatches drawing lukewarm interest from most consumers, some technology companies are trying a fresh approach: market them to kids. LG Electronics, VTech Holdings and Filip Technologies have all developed high-tech watches for children, undaunted by the slow progress the industry has made in pitching the devices to adults.

     
  • Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips Jul 19, 2014 7:41 AM
    Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Here's a list of products and services worth bringing along.

     
  • App reviews: RoadTrippers, Watercolors Jul 19, 2014 7:39 AM
    Planning a summer road trip? If you’re looking to fill in some spots between points A and B, try out RoadTrippers. For a more creative app, Watercolors is a fun and fluid puzzle game that calls back to your finger painting days but also requires a bit of logic.

     
  • Microsoft names Sikich to 2014 ‘Inner Circle’ Jul 18, 2014 10:29 AM
    Microsoft named Sikich LLP to the 2014 Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle, an exclusive group that comprises the top 1 percent of the 5,000 Microsoft Business Systems Dynamics partners from around the world. The Inner Circle designation — which Sikich has received numerous times — recognizes just 60 business

     
  • IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed Jul 18, 2014 4:59 PM
    The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.

     
  • Tumblr convention in Schaumburg implodes Jul 17, 2014 9:18 AM
    A social media convention at the Schaumburg Convention Center last weekend — aimed at Tumblr bloggers and their followers — went horribly wrong when organizers were forced to raise $17,000 on the spot to prevent the event's immediate cancellation. The debacle has since sparked a life of its own on Tumblr and elsewhere — particularly through ridicule of the organizers' apology that included “an extra hour with the ball pit.”

     
  • Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause Jul 14, 2014 10:05 AM
    Got an unexplained rash? You might want to check out your iPad. That’s according to a case report released Monday in Pediatrics. It’s about an 11-year-old boy who developed a body rash that turned out to be a nickel allergy caused by his iPad.

     
  • ‘South Park’ catalog finds a new home on Hulu Jul 14, 2014 12:12 PM
    Hulu is now the exclusive streaming home for the full run of Comedy Central’s bad-boy animated series, “South Park” — all 244-and-counting episodes. New episodes will continue to also appear on Comedy Central’s website as well as the website of South Park Studios.

     
  • Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming Jul 13, 2014 6:14 AM
    When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month’s international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years.

     
  • Ordinary users outnumber foreigners in NSA intercepts Jul 13, 2014 6:07 AM
    Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

     
  • Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty Jul 12, 2014 8:16 AM
    Two startups are trying to do for e-books what Netflix does for movies. Oyster and Scribd let you read as many books as you want for a monthly price — $10 for Oyster and $9 for Scribd. I was skeptical at first, but they surprised me.

     
  • Is this the year to buy a smartwatch? Jul 12, 2014 8:22 AM
    The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live both went on sale last week, providing the first test for Google’s just-for-wearables version of its mobile operating system, called Android Wear. If a Google-run life sounds great to you -- let’s be honest, a lot of us are already there -- there are still a few more things to consider before you buy. Unless you’re really, really into the whole smartwatch thing, you may want to hold off for now, reviewers say.

     
  • Mobile apps offer last-minute travel deals Jul 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    While new technology and mobile applications have made old-fashion road trips easier, the thrill of spontaneity and surprise still remains. If travelers are flexible, apps can offer ease with last-minute deals, especially good for day trips and overnight stays. Need a hotel room immediately? There’s an app for that.

     
  • Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch Jul 12, 2014 4:48 PM
    Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversion from film to digital, which typically costs more than $70,000. Theater owners say conversions escalated quickly in 2013 and will help keep the drive-ins in business for now, promising news for an industry that peaked in the 1950s and ‘60s, then with more than 4,000 drive-in theaters nationwide.

     
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