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  • Source: Facebook at Work to debut in next few months Nov 29, 2014 7:33 AM
    Facebook Inc. is testing a version of its social network that will let people communicate and collaborate at work, a person familiar with the matter said, taking on tools from Microsoft Corp. and Salesforce.com Inc. Facebook at Work lets people communicate with their co-workers using the social network’s traditional tools, such as messaging and news feed, without mixing the professional posts with personal ones.

     
  • Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider Nov 29, 2014 7:32 AM
    Because you spend so much time with your phone, there’s a case for having the best. But those come with a price tag starting at about $650 (unless you agree to a two-year contract, in which case you end up paying higher service fees for voice, text and data). So consider how you use your phone and what features will remain most important to you over the next year or two. Before you break the bank, here are three solid phones that cover the basics.

     
  • HP earnings show continued struggle Nov 29, 2014 7:35 AM
    Hewlett-Packard Co.’s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead. The company reported this week that its sales fell 2 percent in the most recent three-month period, marking its 12th revenue decline in the last 13 quarters. Profit was down 6 percent from a year ago.

     
  • Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users Nov 29, 2014 7:44 AM
    Advertisers can post promotions and discounts in users’ Twitter feeds, whether or not the users follow those merchants on the short-messaging service. To redeem an offer, customers enter their credit or debit card information. They then use the same card to redeem the promotion in a store.

     
  • Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money Nov 29, 2014 7:31 AM
    Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps. Some apps give you coupons you can hand to the cashier to scan, while others let you flip through advertising deals and promotions. Others let you scan bar codes at the store and check if there are cheaper options online. Here are four apps that are easy to use and nicely designed.

     
  • Gift Guide: Help your selfie with some add-on gear Nov 27, 2014 6:11 AM
    Not all selfies are created equal. Some are blurry, are poorly framed or miss the action entirely because you might be scrubbing your thumb fishing for a virtual shutter button as the moment passes you by. For better selfies, consider some of these gadgets for yourself or your loved ones.

     
  • Holiday cards: to share or not to share Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    For many people, the rules for posting personal news on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything. But that rule doesn’t always extend to holiday cards.

     
  • Thanksgiving Day is becoming the better day for shopping deals Nov 27, 2014 5:55 AM
    Brace yourself for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. While experts say Thanksgiving weekend still lives up to the hype of serving up the largest breadth of the season’s bargains from TVs to clothing, others say Thanksgiving Day is becoming the better day for deals.

     
  • Gift guide: New holiday books for kids Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Tell all your gift-buying elves to wrap up a book. Here is a look at this year's selection.

     
  • Kids test new toys for the holiday season Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Which toys do kids like? That's a question toymakers ask every year when coming up with new products. We think the best way to find the answer is to ask kids themselves. So we sent more than 100 of this year's top new toys to 10 Washington-area schools. Pens in hand, thinking caps — er, toy-testing caps — on, those kids tried them out and wrote down what they thought.

     
  • Sharing music: a personal gift made easy by tech Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Sharing music is a great way to connect with friends, and technology has made it easier than ever. Music lovers can create and share playlists in a variety of ways using today's tech.

     
  • Why millennials prefer electronic gift cards Nov 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    With the holiday glut fast-approaching, you may want to think about avoiding plastic — gift cards that is. Just as giving actual bricks-and-mortar gifts gave way to gift cards, those cards are now giving way to their virtual versions.

     
  • Great tech gifts for less than $100 Nov 27, 2014 6:13 AM
    If you're looking for great technology gifts that are less than $100, you've got options this year. Some potential buys include the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the RAVPower RP-PB19 external battery/portable charger and the ThinkGeek: The Bag of Holding messenger bag.

     
  • Gift Guide: Lots of tablet choices, oh my! Nov 27, 2014 6:13 AM
    People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has. Although it’s possible for Android owners to have Apple’s iPads, for instance, there are advantages to sticking within the same system. You often can buy apps just once and share them across both devices, and you don’t need to learn two different systems.

     
  • Finding that perfect hostess gift Nov 27, 2014 7:00 AM
    No one wants to show up to a party empty-handed. But when it comes to host or hostess gifts, creativity often gives way to dressing up a bottle of wine. Not this holiday season! We have gift ideas in a range of prices that will help your hosts keep the parties going all year long.

     
  • Gift Guide: Dragons, aliens, heroes for the gamer Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Here are the hottest video games this holiday season to feed your gamer's machine. Be sure to find out which console your loved one owns, or there’s bound to be disappointment.

     
  • Picture-perfect Thanksgiving reunions ... and tips for travel trials Nov 25, 2014 7:24 PM
    Joyful and relieved Thanksgiving travelers greeted family at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday. “To have our daughter come in for Thanksgiving from Brooklyn ... it’s one of the top things to have in your life,” one said. But Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the year. Here are some survival tips if your flight is messed up.

     
  • Netflix streaming to reach Australia, New Zealand in March Nov 23, 2014 6:45 AM
    Netflix Inc., building on an expansion this year in Europe, will bring the world’s largest subscription-streaming service to Australia and New Zealand in March.

     
  • T-Mobile dangling free 7-Inch tablet in pre-Black Friday deal Nov 23, 2014 7:54 AM
    T-Mobile US Inc., the fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier, is offering a free 7-inch Android tablet to existing customers as part of an early Black Friday sales promotion.

     
  • How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road Nov 23, 2014 7:32 AM
    A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic.

     
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