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  • Study: Social media users shy away from opinions Aug 30, 2014 6:55 AM
    People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media as a vehicle for debate by suggesting that sites like Facebook and Twitter might actually encourage self-censorship.

  • App reviews: Foursquare reboot; Fly video editor Aug 30, 2014 7:43 AM
    You may know Foursquare as a check-in service — a network where you let friends and the public know your whereabouts. But the company has gone through a reboot, taking its expertise in processing location data and applying it to a new Yelp-like service that relies on “tips” from previous customers to judge local businesses.

  • Amazon cloud welcomes Twitch gamers Aug 30, 2014 7:42 AM
    To a non-millennial, someone who plays video games all day is a couch potato, and someone who watches the players is beyond understanding. Yet Twitch, the game-play video-streaming service, had to find a buyer because it needs more hardware to meet overwhelming demand.

  • ‘Secret’ loophole debunks anonymity on social media Aug 30, 2014 6:55 AM
    Secret is just one of the many popular anonymity and privacy apps for mobiles devices that allow people to communicate in a safer, more secure environment. But for many of these companies, the technical controls don’t match the marketing.

  • Review: The case against binge-watching TV Aug 30, 2014 7:33 AM
    It’s no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching — going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. But there are as many reasons to hate it as there are to love it.

  • Illinois agency issues long-awaited fracking rules Aug 29, 2014 7:04 PM
    The new rules would require companies awarded drilling permits to submit lists, some of them redacted, of the chemicals used in fracking. The redacted list would be made available to the public by department and be submitted to the public health department. The industry says releasing the full list would expose trade secrets.

  • LiftMaster now offers gate operator via your smartphone Aug 28, 2014 5:13 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Elmhurst-based LiftMaster and its new technology for a wireless device that can open and close the gate on your property. It works with your smartphone or tablet.

  • Hanover Park homeowners get discount on solar panels Aug 27, 2014 4:03 PM
    Hanover Park homeowners can cash in on a double-digit discount on the cost to install solar panels on their rooftops. The village has joined Solar Chicago -- a first for Illinois -- that works to make the renewable energy source more mainstream.

  • Amazon gambles consumers won’t budge amid supplier spats Aug 24, 2014 6:55 AM
    Jeff Bezos is betting consumers are so hooked on’s easy shopping and fast delivery that they won’t revolt even as negotiations with suppliers make it harder to find some items on the site.

  • Facebook to track users across devices to study shopping habits Aug 24, 2014 6:42 AM
    Facebook Inc. will let advertisers know where a promotion was first viewed and when it led to a purchase by tracking users between their electronic devices, a tool that may reignite privacy concerns.

  • Two Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits Aug 23, 2014 5:37 PM
    The European Space Agency and launch company Arianespace say the satellites ended up in off-target orbits after being launched Friday from Kourou, French Guiana, aboard a Soyuz rocket.

  • Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online Aug 23, 2014 7:40 AM
    Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

  • Why some parents are keeping kids off Facebook Aug 23, 2014 7:22 AM
    At a time when just about everyone and their mother — father, grandmother and aunt — is intent on publicizing the newest generation’s early years on social media sites, an increasing number of parents are bucking the trend by consciously keeping their children’s photos, names and entire identities off the Internet.

  • Should you keep your gadgets in same tech family? Aug 23, 2014 7:30 AM
    It's smart to consider the devices you already own when you buy a new gadget since as these devices become more powerful when combined. Here’s a closer look at how the Apple TV and the Fire TV work with other gadgets from Apple and Amazon.

  • Report: Tesla building I-80 supercharger station Aug 23, 2014 5:33 PM
    Assistant Truckee town manager Alex Terrazas confirmed Tesla had pulled required permits and paid appropriate fees for the station.Tesla will pay the Truckee Donner Public Utility District to supply electricity to the station as part of a development agreement, said Steven Poncelet, conservation manager for the district.

  • Google buying photo-analysis startup Jetpac to expand tech tools Aug 23, 2014 6:59 AM
    Google Inc. is buying Jetpac Inc., a software developer for analyzing digital pictures, as it seeks to organize the world’s information and deliver it alongside advertisements on desktops and mobile phones.

  • Apple-Google rivalry moves to companies Aug 23, 2014 7:39 AM
    Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Inc. rose up by riding consumer demand for their products. Now the companies are trying to keep their growth streaks going by tapping another type of customer: businesses.

  • Google’s pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets Aug 23, 2014 7:22 AM
    Google’s IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further with driverless cars, smart appliances and robots.

  • Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website Aug 22, 2014 3:55 PM
    Oracle was the largest technology contractor working on Oregon’s health insurance enrollment website, known as Cover Oregon. The public website was never launched, forcing the state to hire hundreds of workers to process paper applications by hand. The website’s failure became a political problem to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is running for re-election.

  • Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules Aug 22, 2014 3:46 PM
    “People who have been using these technologies for years in different ways are concerned that they are suddenly prohibited from doing so without having their voices heard, and without regard to the detrimental impact on the commercial drone industry,” New York attorney Brenden Schulman said.

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