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  • App reviews: Packpoint, Poptile Aug 9, 2014 7:36 AM
    Packpoint lets users set the length of their trip, the destination and the type of trip — leisure or business.

  • How to pack like a pro, if you have patience Aug 9, 2014 7:32 AM
    Packing Pro is a popular Apple devices app that can help families and frequent travelers avoid overpacking or facepalm-inducing slip-ups, such as arriving at the mountaintop cabin with wine but no opener. In addition to offering several ways to enter or select items to pack, a new feature in the five-year-old app allows you to set alerts for tasks to complete before, during and after your trip.

  • Amazon makes deals with brands in ‘pay to play’ strategy Aug 9, 2014 7:35 AM is giving special privileges to companies that sell their wares directly through its online store, according to a new study. Companies such as Burberry and Levi Strauss & Co. that partner with Amazon have scored unusual deals that let them control how their merchandise is sold through the world’s largest online retailer, according to a study by market researcher L2 to be released this week.

  • 7 ways to create better, stronger passwords Aug 9, 2014 7:34 AM
    This week’s news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. If there’s reason to believe any of your passwords might have been compromised, change them immediately. One of the best things you can do is to make sure your passwords are strong. Here are seven ways to fortify them.

  • Review: Amazon phone better for info than shopping Aug 9, 2014 7:31 AM
    The idea behind Firefly is a smart one: Use it to keep track of what you see and hear around you, and then buy the things that interest you on Amazon. But it’s mostly a novelty as a shopping tool. Even with Amazon’s huge database, Firefly often couldn’t make a match.

  • How to secure your phone without passcodes Aug 9, 2014 7:34 AM
    Passcodes are outdated. They’re a pain to use, and they aren’t secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don’t bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.

  • OpenStax looks at revamping the one-size-fits-all textbooks Aug 9, 2014 7:33 AM
    OpenStax will spend two years developing the personalized, interactive books and then test them on Houston-area students. The idea is to make learning easier, so students can go on to more successful careers and lives.

  • Symantec first quarter sales top estimates on security tools Aug 9, 2014 7:41 AM
    Symantec Corp. is getting a boost as demand picks up for anti-hacking tools, with revenue and profit topping estimates in the latest quarter.

  • Sprint names new CEO after dropping T-Mobile bid Aug 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Sprint’s new owner is replacing its longtime CEO after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US. Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Miami-based cellphone distributor Brightstar, will replace Dan Hesse on Monday, Sprint Corp. said Wednesday.

  • United’s app now includes passport scanning for quicker check-in Aug 7, 2014 4:23 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features United Airlines updated app which now allows customers to scan their passports on their smartphones in order to check in at least 24 hours before their scheduled departure.

  • Pandora cuts first direct deal with artists Aug 6, 2014 11:01 AM
    Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations. That means Merlin-represented artists like Arcade Fire, Bad Religion and Lenny Kravitz could get more rotations as their representatives will be able to lobby Pandora to place their songs earlier in playlists where they fit.

  • 21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner Aug 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Rupert Murdoch cited a decline in the New York company’s stock price since the takeover bid was announced as one of the reasons for the change of heart. Fox’s shares have dropped 11 percent. They rose $2.50, or 8 percent, to $33.80 in after-hours trading Tuesday.

  • Hong Kong court: Tycoon can sue Google over autocomplete Aug 6, 2014 8:26 AM
    A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant’s objections to tycoon Albert Yeung’s defamation lawsuit.

  • Samsung, Apple agree to drop lawsuits outside U.S. Aug 6, 2014 9:04 AM
    Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world’s two largest smartphone makers. However, Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday that it and Apple will continue to pursue existing cases in U.S. courts. The two companies did not strike any cross-licensing deal.

  • Russia hackers loot 1.2 billion passwords, firm says Aug 5, 2014 9:37 PM
    A gang of hackers in Russia has amassed 1.2 billion sets of looted user names and passwords, according to a U.S. security company that said it’s the largest known cache of stolen personal information.

  • Despite profit, Motorola Solutions plans more layoffs, smaller campus Aug 5, 2014 4:43 PM
    While Motorola Solutions Tuesday posted a second-quarter profit that tripled, it plans more cost-cutting measures that are expected to include layoffs and the sale of more land at its Schaumburg campus. The company aims to increase its cost-cutting goal from $200 million to $300 million by late 2015, CEO Greg Brown told Wall Street analysts.

  • Wal-Mart’s website to personalize shopping Aug 4, 2014 7:44 AM
    Wal-Mart, in its latest bid to compete with nemesis, is rebuilding its website to further personalize the online shopping experience of each customer. Wal-Mart is rolling out a feature that will enable its website to show shoppers more products that they may like, based on their previous purchases.

  • Zillow topping Realogy shows Web surge in housing Aug 3, 2014 7:22 AM
    Zillow’s purchase of Trulia makes the online company such a force in U.S. real estate that its market value now surpasses that of Realogy, owner of renowned brokerage brands from Coldwell Banker to Century 21.

  • Suburban libraries now offering Netflix-style streaming service Aug 3, 2014 4:13 PM
    Think of it as the library version of Netflix: More and more suburban public libraries are providing a service called Hoopla Digital, which allows library patrons to stream or download movies and television shows for free using their library cards. Librarians say getting into the streaming game is just the latest example of how libraries must stay current with emergent technologies.

  • Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased Aug 2, 2014 7:33 AM
    Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users. More than half of the requests came from the United States.

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