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  • Shopping apps offer cash back at the grocery store Nov 9, 2014 7:31 AM
    Preparing for your Thanksgiving meal? Be aware that a new breed of shopping apps makes it easier to save money at the grocery store: Take a picture of the receipt and wait for the cash to roll in. SavingStar, Snap, Checkout 51, and others, let users earn money back if they buy certain products.

  • Boomers turn to online tools for health care needs Nov 9, 2014 7:00 AM
    Recognizing the needs and potential of such a huge market, companies are developing a variety of health-related technologies geared toward the needs of people in their 50s and 60s. Some of the technologies are aimed at the baby boomers themselves and others at helping people like Rubin care for aging parents.

  • At Dublin web summit, tech world braces for startup hangover Nov 8, 2014 7:38 AM
    Disappointing earnings from tech giants including Google and Facebook, a drought of successful initial public offerings, and warnings from prominent investors that startups are overvalued portend a risky period for the industry, venture capitalists say. They fret that too much money is chasing young businesses with uncertain prospects, raising the specter of a bust as valuations and growth projections fall back to Earth.

  • Freezing eggs, or freezing moms out of high-tech? Nov 8, 2014 7:44 AM
    Last month Apple and Facebook announced they will pay up to $20,000 for female employees to stop the ticking of their biological clocks and freeze their eggs so they can keep on keeping on at work in those critical years when peak fertility clashes with peak career building.

  • Why baby boomers will rule the future of technology Nov 8, 2014 7:44 AM
    There are hordes of young founders in Silicon Valley, some of whom drop out of school to start their companies. Venture capitalists collectively invest billions in them. The vast majority of these startups fail, however, because there is no substitute for experience and knowledge.

  • Emojis may expand skin color options Nov 8, 2014 7:35 AM
    A proposal to expand the skin color options for emojis may get the thumbs-up from those calling for more diversity in the icons. Emojis are cartoonlike pictograms — such as smiley faces or hearts — that have become popular in texts and online chats to express emotion.

  • Google challenges Amazon with new price cuts for cloud tools Nov 8, 2014 7:43 AM
    Google Inc. unveiled price cuts for its cloud-based computing services, as the company seeks to attract business customers from Amazon.com Inc. and other rivals. Amazon, Google and Microsoft Corp. have been lowering prices for Web-based services this year as they compete for customers in a market that was worth more than $45 billion last year, according to researcher IDC.

  • Fox eyes digital options to counter ‘fraying’ cable tv bundle Nov 8, 2014 7:42 AM
    21st Century Fox Inc., Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment company, is considering new Web-based initiatives to attract younger viewers and consumers who don’t subscribe to traditional pay TV services. Emerging digital platforms are “the most exciting and important opportunity for future growth,” Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said today on an earnings conference call.

  • How Apple Watch is killing wearable tech as a gift this Christmas Nov 8, 2014 7:33 AM
    This time last year, we all thought that 2014 would be the year of the wearable. But for the most part, the wearable trend still seems to be on the runway. Even as we head into the biggest shopping season of the year, it’s unlikely to take off, analysts say.

  • Technology helps grandparents stay plugged in to grandkids Nov 8, 2014 7:00 AM
    Like a lot of grandmothers, Sheri Williams doesn't get to visit her grandchildren as often as she'd like. In part, that's because she has a full-time job and nine grandchildren spread across several time zones. The youngest one lives in Arlington, Virginia; the oldest lives in Hawaii. “I can't just drive down the street,” she says.

  • Digital world is being rocked by baby boomers Nov 8, 2014 7:36 AM
    They were born before the Internet and grew up with rotary phones, but now baby boomers are the nation’s most voracious purchasers of WiFi service and tech gadgets. The 76 million Americans who were born between 1946 and 1964 are hardly the youthful face of Silicon Valley, but those in their 50s and 60s are in many ways shaping tech innovation.

  • Taylor Swift vs. Spotify: Why her bold move won’t work for other artists Nov 8, 2014 7:00 AM
    Looks like Taylor Swift has another disgruntled ex. On Monday morning, Spotify sent out a string of heartbroken, pleading tweets, mourning that the pop star asked that her entire song library be removed from the popular music streaming site.

  • Review: Adapting to new Google email is a chore Nov 8, 2014 7:32 AM
    My first reactions to Google’s new email app, Inbox, boiled down to one part frustration, one part irritation. It’s meant to make your life easier, but it’s more complicated to use than Google’s Gmail app.

  • Tablet Review: Amazon’s Fire vs Google’s Nexus 9 Nov 8, 2014 7:31 AM
    New tablet computers from Amazon and Google both run on Google’s Android operating system, but that doesn’t mean they work the same. In the new Fire HDX 8.9, Amazon continues a practice of modifying Android extensively to drive you to Amazon services. Google Inc.’s new Nexus 9 offers as pure of an Android experience as you can get — which means driving you to Google services. Two tablets. Good for different reasons. Customers will need to decide: What do they want a tablet to do?

  • YardSailr offers pickers a chance to locate their rusty gold Nov 6, 2014 5:27 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features a Naperville man and his business partner who have launched YardSailr.com and an app so consumers can more easily find nearby yard sales or items of interest.

  • Tinder seeks to replace CEO Rad amid harassment allegations Nov 5, 2014 6:01 AM
    IAC/InterActiveCorp is looking to replace Sean Rad as chief executive officer of Tinder, two years after he co-founded the dating startup that lets users swipe through pictures on a smartphone app to find a match.

  • Overweight women are more likely to earn less than overweight men Nov 2, 2014 8:09 AM
    The more overweight a woman, the more likely she is to work a low-paying job, according to a new study by the Vanderbilt Law School. And that contrasts with overweight men, for whom the correlation isn’t nearly as strong.

  • Branson vows to find out cause of spacecraft crash Nov 1, 2014 4:24 PM
    The pilot killed in the test flight was identified Saturday as Michael Tyner Alsbury, 39, of nearby Tehachapi, who worked for Scaled Composites, the company developing the spaceship for Virgin Galactic. Alsbury was one of the pilots who flew SpaceShipTwo’s first powered flight in April 2013 and was one of three Scaled pilots honored that year by the Society of Experimental Pilots for a technical presentation based on their experience in the craft’s flight test program.

  • App reviews: Spaceteam mobile game; a Reddit-like reader Nov 1, 2014 7:44 AM
    Spaceteam is an unusual mobile game, because it requires you to play with other people — people who are actually in the same room with you.

  • Review: Use Sun Seeker to see the light Nov 1, 2014 7:36 AM
    It’s not often that an app teaches you a new vocabulary word. But that’s what happened when Sun Seeker provided me with the solar azimuth. The what? Turns out, it’s an astronomical term for the direction of the sun, the calculation of which is far beyond my meager, mostly word-based talents. But apparently knowing the azimuth is handy for architects and engineers. They should definitely consider this app.

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