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  • Intel Corp. signage stands outside the company’s office in Santa Clara, California, U.S.

    Intel buys fitness tracker maker BasisMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chipmaker Intel has bought Basis Science, the startup behind the popular fitness tracker by the same name, for an undisclosed sum.

     
  • The planning app Klutch is designed to take the back and forth out of scheduling by making it immediate, easy and fluid so you can spend more time hanging out and less time planning to hang out.

    App review: KlutchMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM

     
  • Created four years ago by a person or group using the name Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin is a virtual currency that can be used to buy and sell a broad range of items — from cupcakes to electronics to illegal narcotics.

    Buffett skwered for doubting bitcoinMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is mocking Warren Buffett for the stock market sage’s criticisms of bitcoin, a virtual currency. Buffett, who has built a $64 billion fortune through his control of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has dismissed bitcoin as a fad in recent interviews.

     
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  • The A-CHESS app, developed for recovering alcoholics, includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns. The app is being commercially developed and is not yet available.

    Study: Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay soberMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of others that serve as electronic shoulder angels, featuring a variety of options for trying to prevent alcoholics and drug addicts from relapsing.

     
  • At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.

    Whispers, secrets and lies? Anonymity apps riseMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty. Among the latest is Secret, created by two former Google engineers who were looking for a way to let people deliver genuine feedback to co-workers.

     
  • HTC is updating its flagship HTC One smartphone by giving it a larger screen, better software and a camera that’s easier to use.

    Review: Updated HTC One phone worth consideringMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The HTC One might be the best smartphone you never heard of. The phone won critical acclaim last year, yet it barely made a dent in the marketplace. It’s overshadowed by Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones. Good thing HTC Corp. doesn’t understand defeat.

     
  • The Windows Phone 8 is not the same as Windows 8, the operating system for tablets, laptops and desktops.

    Review: Windows Phone innovations show promiseMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the market for smartphones, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It’s dwarfed by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software’s innovations, which rivals would be wise to consider.

     
  •  Iconeme Ltd., founded in November by partners Jonathan Berlin and Adrian Coe, will unveil the technologically enhanced dummies, which can transmit information about the clothes on display direct to mobile devices.

    Shop windows go digital as dummies get smarter to boost salesMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Three years after fashion retailers started outfitting mannequins with cameras to monitor shoppers, a London-based startup has devised models that can talk to customers — via their smartphones. Iconeme Ltd., founded in November by partners Jonathan Berlin and Adrian Coe, will unveil the technologically enhanced dummies, which can transmit information about the clothes on display direct to mobile devices.

     
  • Public access television host Jerry Markbreit of Skokie, left, runs some dialogue with guest Mike Lieber, center, of Wilmette, before taping the program “Talking Sports” at the Comcast studio facility in Skokie.

    In YouTube era, public access TV still on the air in suburbsMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    You Tube. Facebook. Instagram. Three reasons out of many why you might expect public access television to have gone the way of the 8-track. But public access is still going strong, even with Comcast consolidating its production facilities in Mount Prospect. “You can just do your own thing,” Jerry Markbreit said. “We can talk about whatever interests us in the world of sports. We can say what we want, how we want. It’s great.”

     
  • Surgical residents along surgical residents among with experienced surgeons train on a mannequin at the Surgical Simulation and Training Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The operating room of the future is being tested in an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication and better use of technology.

    Los Angeles doctors practice speeding up trauma careMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Before the car-wreck victim reached the emergency room, doctors, residents and nurses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center knew what to expect by glancing at their smartphones. This was not just another day in the hospital. It was a laboratory billed as the “OR of the future,” an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication, better use of technology and teamwork.

     
  •  A floor hand signals Monday to the driller to pull the pipe from the mouse hole on Orion Drilling Co.’s Perseus drilling rig near Encinal in Webb County, Texas. The debate over methane emissions comes as oil and gas drilling has expanded across the country amid improvements in drilling techniques.

    White House plan targets methane emissionsMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The White House plan, which could lead to several new regulations on energy production and waste management, comes amid concerns about increased methane emissions resulting from an ongoing boom in drilling for oil and natural gas.

     
  • Intellipath was rolled out to several courses starting in 2012 by Schaumburg-based Career Education. This April, the company starts rolling out the technology with its MBA online students at American InterContinental University in Schaumburg.

    MBA students to start using intuitive technology for online coursesMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Career Education's American InterContinental University that plans to expand its Intellipath technology to its MBA online learning program.

     
  • Microsoft unveils Office for iPadMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.’s hugely popular tablet computer. The app will be available for download on Thursday in the App Store at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

     
  • Google Inc. and Viacom Inc. settled Viacom’s lawsuit claiming YouTube violated copyrights by letting users post video clips from shows without authorization after a federal judge twice threw out the allegations.

    Google, Viacom resolve YouTube copyright lawsuitMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Google Inc. and Viacom Inc. settled Viacom’s lawsuit claiming YouTube violated copyrights by letting users post video clips from shows without authorization after a federal judge twice threw out the allegations.

     
  • Burger King Worldwide Inc., the second-biggest U.S. burger chain by store count, is introducing an application that will allow customers to pay for Whoppers with their smartphones as it races rivals to woo younger diners.

    Burger King to add mobile-phone payment at U.S. locationsMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Burger King Worldwide Inc., the second-biggest U.S. burger chain by store count, is introducing an application that will allow customers to pay for Whoppers with their smartphones as it races rivals to woo younger diners.

     
  • Members of the Turkish Youth Union hold cartoons Friday depicting Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against a ban on Twitter, in Ankara, Turkey.

    Turkey: Twitter allows ‘character assassination’Mar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    The government’s effort to shut down the service backfired on Friday, with many finding ways to continue to tweet and mock the government for what they said was a futile attempt at censorship. Even President Abdullah Gul worked around the ban, tweeting that shutting down social media networks cannot “be approved.” Turkey’s move to block Twitter sparked a wave of international criticism.

     
  • U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves to a group of American schoolchildren Saturday who are visiting China during their spring break before they watch a Peking opera performance at the Summer Palace in Beijing.

    Reports: NSA targeted Chinese tech giant HuaweiMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Among the people whose emails the NSA was able to read were Huawei president Ren Zhengfei, Der Spiegel said.The operation, which Der Spiegel claims was coordinated with the CIA, FBI and White House officials, also netted source codes for Huawei products. One aim was to exploit the fact that Huawei equipment is widely used to route voice and data traffic around the world, according to the report.

     
  • The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 further blurs the distinction between a laptop and a tablet computer. Its on-screen keyboard has capabilities that are more common with laptops, and its screen is larger than what many laptops have.

    Review: Laptop features costly in Samsung tabletMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet blurs the distinction between a laptop and a tablet computer. Its on-screen keyboard has capabilities that are more common with laptops, and its screen is larger than what many laptops have. People can run several apps side by side, and multiple users can share the device with separate profiles.

     
  • The Quick Tax Reference app puts a ton of tax information at your fingertips.

    App reviews: Skitch, Quick Tax ReferenceMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Plenty of people use the note-taking service Evernote, but the company has another great productivity app, Skitch. Skitch is best for more visual thinkers and lets you annotate pictures you take with elements such as drawings, arrows and text.

     
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