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  • Civil War battle sites: There’s an app for that Jul 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour. “We developed the Battle of Atlanta mobile application in order to provide a 21st-century version of the historical markers that mark sites of the Battle of Atlanta,” said Dr. Daniel Pollock, a physician, Civil War scholar and co-developer of the program.

     
  • DuPage County manufacturing incubator nearing launch Jul 29, 2014 9:41 AM
    An innovation center that aims to provide entrepreneurs with space and manufacturing technology to launch their ideas is soon to have a home in DuPage County. Rev3 Innovation Center expects to choose a site in the next few weeks, said Nic Zito, business services director for Choose DuPage. “We’re 99 percent done with securing our space."

     
  • Motorola sells Libertyville campus; tech park planned Jul 29, 2014 4:53 AM
    The former Motorola Mobility campus in Libertyville has been sold for $9.5 million to a commercial real estate firm at a fraction of its market value of $37.1 million. Rockville, Md.-based Beco Management Inc. said Monday it plans to invest another $50 million in renovations to create a multiuse technology park modeled after the firm’s similar project in Charlotte, N.C.

     
  • Microsoft’s latest earnings totally explain its mega-layoffs Jul 26, 2014 6:55 AM
    Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella may not have addressed the massive round of layoffs the tech giant is planning to finish by the end of the year in the company’s Tuesday earnings call. But he didn’t have to — the explanation for his decision to slash Microsoft’s mobile hardware division was right there in the numbers. Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella may not have addressed the massive round of layoffs the tech giant is planning to finish by the end of the year in the company’s earnings call. But he didn’t have to — the explanation for his decision to slash Microsoft’s mobile hardware division was right there in the numbers.

     
  • Samsung family struggles to keep grip on conglomerate Jul 26, 2014 7:34 AM
    Lee Kun Hee, 72, took over Samsung from his father 27 years ago and outmaneuvered Sony and Nokia to surpass Apple in the mobile-phone business. His son, 46-year-old Lee Jae Yong, will struggle to keep the same influence due to inheritance taxes that could exceed $5 billion and waning support in Korea for conglomerates controlled through crossholdings.

     
  • Home Depot, Lowe’s bring the Internet of Things to DIYers Jul 26, 2014 7:29 AM
    Large chains such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones. It’s an attempt to tap into the Internet of Things — technologists’ term for a network of connected sensors, devices and objects.

     
  • 5 tips to protect yourself from identity theft Jul 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    People aren’t likely to stop using their credit and debit cards any time soon, and as data breaches become increasingly common, consumers don’t often know what to do when a company they’ve done business with experiences a breach. Here are five ways you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft—even if your data has been compromised.

     
  • Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist Jul 26, 2014 7:43 AM
    Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July. “I just feel like everyone on social networks has been taken advantage of for long enough,” says Michael Nusbaum, a Morristown, New Jersey surgeon who created Bonzo Me.

     
  • App Reviews: Jetpack Joyride, Mindly Jul 26, 2014 7:27 AM
    You don’t need a lot of time to understand Jetpack Joyride. That doesn’t mean that you won’t spend a lot of time playing it. Mindly offers a simple tool that lets users lay out their thoughts in a more visual way, using a three-tiered map of circles.

     
  • Microsoft makes design central to its future Jul 26, 2014 7:22 AM
    Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food — or “food concepts,” he says, for people on the go. “In a way, we’ve designed Surface with very similar principles,” Groene said on a recent tour of the Surface lab on Microsoft’s sprawling campus in Redmond, Washington. “Surface is trying to dissolve into your day.”

     
  • Verizon launches rewards program with tracking Jul 26, 2014 7:11 AM
    Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There’s a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

     
  • Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar Jul 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    Many of the Amazon Fire phone’s features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices. But in a number of cases, Amazon’s technology is more comprehensive and reliable, showing that innovation is often about rethinking old ideas.

     
  • FinalRoadMap.com offers more than final bucket list Jul 24, 2014 5:05 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Darien-based FinalRoadMap.com, which offers consumers a digital vault filled with documents that can indicate what they want as final wishes. It goes beyond what typical wills or other legal documents provide by offering your final wishes for even the most smallest thing.

     
  • Palatine welcomes electronics maker Jul 22, 2014 7:48 PM
    More than one hundred customers, business associates and well-wishers gathered at the new world headquarters for electronics manufacturer Aimtron Tuesday morning, as company executives and local politicians celebrated the company’s move to Palatine.

     
  • Kids studying abroad are now never out of touch Jul 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp. Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?

     
  • Doctors, nurses relying more on tablets in hospitals Jul 20, 2014 7:32 AM
    Hospital employees are increasingly using mobile devices -- tablets, smartphones, and occasionally wearable computers such as Google Glass -- to access electronic medical records, both at the patient’s bedside or in the operating room.

     
  • Study: Bosses use social media at work more than employees Jul 20, 2014 9:44 AM
    Anyone who’s ever tried to hide their Facebook use at work should take heart in this news: Your boss may be looking at social media during office hours more than you are. A new study found that top-level managers were more likely to disapprove of looking at social media sites during office hours, despite spending significantly more time on such sites at work than those who sit lower on the pecking order.

     
  • How trust may be the ultimate bitcoin killer Jul 19, 2014 7:38 AM
    None of Bitcoin’s recent troubles -- technological glitches and the collapse of the biggest cryptocurrency exchange, MtGox, the departure of key figures from the Bitcoin Foundation -- have struck me as terminal. Now, though, I’m starting to think Bitcoin needs trust to survive -- a potentially fatal flaw for the virtual currency.

     
  • India mobile-phone companies, supermarkets may soon start banks Jul 19, 2014 7:42 AM
    India proposed allowing mobile telephone companies and supermarket chains to set up payment banks to provide financial products to the tens of millions of people in the nation who lack direct access to them.

     
  • TV show puts cellphone lanes on DC sidewalk Jul 19, 2014 7:32 AM
    Pedestrians walking along sidewalk in the nation’s capital Thursday found themselves with a choice. “No cellphones,” said lettering on one side of the sidewalk. “Cellphones,” the other lane said. “Walk at your own risk.”

     
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