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  • PC industry still struggling, but sales decline leveling off Jan 17, 2015 7:42 AM
    Despite some glimmers of recovery, the personal computer industry is still struggling with declining sales, according to two market reports issued Monday that show global PC shipments fell in 2014 for the third year in a row.

     
  • After gadgets and gizmos go home, CES exhibits get recycled Jan 17, 2015 7:42 AM
    As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Convention-goer badges become room keys and vinyl banners get a new life as ice-skating rink covers, for example.

     
  • Facebook launches Amber Alerts to help find missing children Jan 17, 2015 7:14 AM
    Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.

     
  • Hollywood films draw more video game interest Jan 17, 2015 6:22 AM
    Kabam Inc., a closely held publisher of free-to-play mobile games, acquired two Los Angeles-based developers, advancing the company’s plans to make more titles based on Hollywood films.

     
  • Netflix won’t say how many people watch their series Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The ratings “arms race” on traditional television has a negative effect on creativity, an executive says.

     
  • Netflix drops hints on where streaming service may expand Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Netflix Inc., the world’s largest subscription streaming service, is dropping hints about where it may expand next. In a research note, Citibank analyst Mark May pointed out a LinkedIn job posting seeking people fluent in Arabic, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Vietnamese.

     
  • Drones are leading consumer revolution, CEO says Jan 17, 2015 6:22 AM
    3D Robotics Inc. Chief Executive Officer Chris Anderson says Amazon.com Inc. delivery drones could be dropping off packages at our doors a decade from now.

     
  • App check: Relaxation is just a few breaths away Jan 17, 2015 7:00 AM
    Breathe2Relax, an app that teaches you how to do deep breathing, comes from, of all places, the Department of Defense -- which explains the militaristic (but sometimes creepy-looking) avatar in its demonstration video.

     
  • Verizon CEO foresees big profits in mobile pay TV Jan 17, 2015 7:33 AM
    Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam has long wanted to become a force in mobile television. Now he’s poised to make that happen so McAdam is exploring deals with AOL and other companies that are leaders in so-called programmatic advertising.

     
  • App Reviews: Trivia Crack, Super Jan 17, 2015 7:41 AM
    Are you a trivia buff? Do you live to prove your knowledge of the little things? Then it may be time for you to try Trivia Crack. OK, so maybe you feel a little overloaded with social apps. But even if you feel like you can’t write another update, consider Super. This one is pure light, goofy fun.

     
  • Wintrust ATMs get new software, works with your smartphone Jan 15, 2015 1:37 PM
    Rosemont-based Wintrust is adding new software to its fleet of 190 ATMs so that they can communicate with your smartphone. About 29 ATMs so far have the new software that will allow your smartphone to do the so-called cardless cash transaction.

     
  • Booking a trip to the ER on your smartphone? It’s a breeze Jan 15, 2015 9:49 AM
    No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients with non-life-threatening conditions to schedule everything from doctor’s office visits to emergency room trips on their laptops and smartphones — much like OpenTable users do with restaurant reservations.

     
  • Would you spend $40,000 on speakers? What if they are amazing? Jan 11, 2015 7:22 AM
    The Rubicon is the world’s first AD/DA preamp to house its own atomic clock. Yes, it retails for $40,0000, and no, you probably don’t need a dose of rubidium-87 for your lossless music files to sound decent. But this doesn’t sound decent, it sounds incredible.

     
  • Mobile credit card readers, and what they cost Jan 11, 2015 7:32 AM
    Need to accept credit cards for your small business? You have more reader options than ever. Online retailers Amazon and Etsy are the latest companies to offer the devices, which plug in to smartphones and tablets and let business owners accept credit cards anywhere. They join established players such as Square and Inuit GoPayment.

     
  • Drone revolution draws near, but big obstacles remain Jan 11, 2015 7:33 AM
    Except for a few locations, U.S. airspace is closed to commercial drones. Regulators say the danger is too great, and they want to go slow easing unmanned aircraft into the already crowded skies. Advocates of the young drone industry complain that the long wait is keeping them grounded. Big-money investors are generally staying away, waiting for clear government guidelines.

     
  • Fashion designers spruce up smartwatches Jan 11, 2015 7:32 AM
    martwatches don’t have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night. With Apple Inc. preparing to release a watch line that includes an 18-karat gold edition, rivals know they need to think beyond devices that look like miniature computers.

     
  • Drones must learn to navigate populated areas Jan 11, 2015 7:41 AM
    Technology has advanced to the point where hobbyists can fly the unmanned aircraft with their iPhones. But nobody has yet developed a successful system for the devices to sense and avoid other objects like trees, streetlights, buildings and even other drones.

     
  • Source: GM plans 200-mile electric car in 2017 Jan 10, 2015 3:01 PM
    GM conceived the $35,000 Volt as a mass-market car that could handle most trips on electric power, but had the generator to end worries that people would run out of juice. A concept version of the first-generation Volt was unveiled eight years ago at a time when GM didn’t know for certain that the battery system would work.

     
  • Drone market resembles Silicon Valley’s early days Jan 10, 2015 2:28 PM
    Mike Abbott, a general partner at Kleiner Perkins, says the real power of drones is the large amount of data they can collect. Even so, he hedges his enthusiasm.“I’d like to think it will be life altering,” Abbott says. “But time will tell.”

     
  • 20 ways to put drones to good use Jan 10, 2015 2:26 PM
    The first uses are likely to be in remote, sparsely populated areas. Some of the proposed commercial applications for drones include: Showing off homes and the surrounding neighborhoods for real estate agents looking to set their listings apart; Photographing weddings; Providing football teams with unique video angles of their practices to see what is and isn’t working; Mapping coastal erosion, forest land, archaeological sites or to conduct geological surveys.

     
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