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Why Edward Snowden thinks you should use an ad blocker
By Andrea Peterson
Nov 21, 2015 5:05 AM
It's no secret that ad blocking software is on the rise. And Edward Snowden thinks that's a good thing given all government's digital surveillance capabilities.
Is tracking homeless online harassment or vigilance?
Nov 21, 2015 7:16 AM
Advocates for the homeless see the social media chronicling as more harassment than help. Organizers say they are only illustrating a pressing social problem to urge the city to solve it.
Millennials and the false allure of online psychotherapy
By Juli Fraga
Nov 21, 2015 7:01 AM
Many millennials rely on apps for therapy instead of face-to-face meetings. While fast, convenient, and inexpensive, the technology can end up eroding a person's own self-confidence in problem solving, causing anxiety to spike when they face the unknown, one psychologist says.
Are coding boot camps worth the money?
Nov 21, 2015 6:33 AM
Coding 'boot camps' have sprouted up across the country. Their aim is to help recent college graduates learn valuable skills for the job force. But the hefty price tag and a lack of accrediation has many asking if these boot camps are worth the trouble.
How a months-old story of a terrorist attack in Kenya trended because of Paris
By Jessica Contrera
Nov 21, 2015 5:27 AM
Tragedies around the world like the Kenyan attack months ago have recently been spotlighted after the ISIS attacks on Paris.
Futuristic Apple store may expand Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Nov 19, 2015 5:48 PM
A glitzy project with the potential to shift retail farther south may be coming to Chicago's Magnificent Mile. The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday got a look at a futuristic and translucent Apple Store overlooking the Chicago River that would be accessed by a glass box entrance on Pioneer Court.
The FCC says it can't force Google and Facebook to stop tracking their users
By Brian Fung and Andrea Peterson
Nov 15, 2015 7:37 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it will not seek to impose a requirement on Google, Facebook and other Internet companies that would make it harder for them to track consumers' online activities. The announcement is a blow to privacy advocates who had petitioned the agency for stronger Internet privacy rules. But it's a win for many Silicon Valley companies whose business models rely on monetizing Internet users' personal data.
Dist. 214 event aims to teach young girls about STEM careers
By Anna Marie Kukec
Nov 15, 2015 7:45 AM
High School District 214's Wildstang Robotics Team host the second annual Miss Maker Fair on Saturday at Rolling Meadows High School to encourge next-generation of women scientists.
Why Apple wants you bring the Apple Watch to work
By Olga Kharif
Nov 14, 2015 9:32 AM
The Apple Watch, introduced earlier this year, has yet to become a mainstream hit. Corporate clients could be key to fueling its growth, just as they've been for Apple's iPhone and iPad. The tech giant, which doesn't break out watch sales, probably sold 4.5 million of the devices last quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. That's tiny compared with the 48 million iPhones shipped in the period.
Why Google, Apple can't keep malware out of app stores
By Andrea Peterson
Nov 14, 2015 7:36 AM
When mobile malware shows up, it often originates from third-party app stores or direct downloads. That's because Apple and Google both have systems in place to review apps before they make it into their marketplaces.
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