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  • Apple seen emerging as serious competitor by auto executives Mar 8, 2015 7:34 AM
    Automotive executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple and Google will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two. “If these two companies intend to solely produce electric vehicles, it could go fast,” Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn said at the Geneva International Motor Show.

     
  • Google selling wireless plans to get more people online Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. And it’s shaking up the telecom world to do it. The company said Monday at the wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, that it will soon sell data plans for smartphones and tablets in the U.S. The announcement confirmed leaks and media reports in late January that Google planned to enter the telecom market.

     
  • Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect world Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen — from selling smartphone data plans, to using solar-powered drone aircraft as floating cell towers to partnering with telecom providers in the developing world to get people hooked on apps.

     
  • BlackBerry offers new phones but turns focus to software Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software. CEO John Chen said at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on Tuesday that since he took over a year and a half ago BlackBerry has undergone a “philosophical” shift away from merely making handsets.

     
  • Internet invades everything at gadget fair in Barcelona Mar 7, 2015 7:32 AM
    The pervasive creep of the Internet from computers and phones to all kinds of objects is the theme of this year’s edition of the Mobile World Congress wireless show. For those who couldn’t join the tens of thousands in Barcelona for the four-day event, here is a look at some of the quirkiest innovations on display.

     
  • App reviews: YouTube Kids, Alto’s Adventure Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Google has a new app for careful parents who want their children to use a version of YouTube made for young minds. The videos are in four categories — Shows, Music, Leaning and Explore — and have been pulled from the site’s more professional video producers such as Sesame Street, Khan Academy and the Vlogbrothers.

     
  • Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use Mar 7, 2015 7:31 AM
    There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung’s runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model this year. But if they get any bigger will they be too hard to use? That’s the worry of some smartphone makers, and the reason why many of the new models this year didn’t grow.

     
  • The week ordinary users beat the Internet Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    In the space of three breakneck days, the Internet saw three reforms that users had rallied for forever, but that seemed — until last week — like remote, unlikely dreams.

     
  • Summers: Robots are hurting workers, and education won’t fix problem Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    America needs more jobs and workers need more power, former treasury secretary Larry Summers said at National Press Club. Betting on more education and skills training to fix things would be an “evasion.”

     
  • Six of the camera industry’s too-late attempts to compete with iPhone Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    At some point, America’s vaunted camera makers — think Kodak and Polaroid — simply became too big to innovate and started to play catch up with all the big digital photography innovators. With that in mind, here are some of the too-late-to-market innovations that the camera industry has mustered of late — you can view them as inspired attempts to catch up and pass the iPhone 6 or as the last gasp of a dying industry.

     
  • 3 reasons Apple’s watch will — or won’t — change the game Mar 6, 2015 9:30 AM
    No one can argue that Apple has changed the way people live their lives. The company’s iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. Is the Apple Watch going to be able to do the same? Here are three reasons the Apple Watch will finally move the needle in the smartwatch industry — and three reasons it might not.

     
  • UnitedHealthcare debuts new app features so you can stay mobile Mar 5, 2015 1:12 PM
    UnitedHealthcare’s mobile app Health4Me has introduced some new features, including a secure electronic bill-payment service using your smartphone. It also offers a way to comparison shop on the cost of certain medical procedures

     
  • Online sticker renewals coming to Des Plaines Mar 5, 2015 8:03 PM
    Des Plaines residents hoping to renew their city vehicle or pet licenses may not have to put a check in the mail or travel down to city hall anymore. For those connected to the Internet, license renewals may only be a few clicks away.

     
  • Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails Mar 4, 2015 11:16 AM
    The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.

     
  • Seniors get tech lessons from District 93 students Mar 2, 2015 10:04 AM
    With the help of several laptops, Carol Stream Elementary District 93 is working to bridge the technological divide between students and senior citizens. Through the district’s new partnership with Carol Stream’s Windsor Park retirement community, young students are teaching older residents how to better use technology.

     
  • Inside Tumblr's teen suicide epidemic Mar 1, 2015 12:19 PM
    In the past two months, at least three transgender teenagers have committed or attempted suicide after scheduling suicide notes on the blog platform Tumblr. Public health experts fear that the spread of the notes -- and their attendant memes, photo collages, and highly idealized portraits -- could actually present a very warped, romanticized narrative on suicide to the exact group of kids who need to hear the opposite.

     
  • Reddit’s new privacy policy bans sharing nude images without consent Mar 1, 2015 7:00 AM
    Reddit, the site that just last fall hosted a trove of stolen nude images of celebrities in its forums, banned “involuntary pornography” from its site on Tuesday in an update to its privacy policy, which goes into effect in early March.

     
  • Samsung unveils metal S6 phones, mobile wallet Mar 1, 2015 5:16 PM
    Samsung Electronics Co. rebooted its premium Galaxy smartphone line with the S6 and S6 Edge, featuring a three-sided screen, as the South Korean company tries to reverse profit declines and market-share losses to Apple Inc. The devices unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday include payment software that makes them compatible with about 90 percent of card readers.

     
  • How restaurants get you to spend more money Mar 1, 2015 7:00 AM
    You may think you’re immune to transparent sales pitches like, “Do you want fries with that?” But the tactics restaurants use to nudge you into spending a little extra may be subtler than you realize. Here’s a look at a few ways companies get you to spend (and eat) more than you intended.

     
  • Life-saving train design is rarely used Feb 28, 2015 7:43 AM
    Engineers have figured how to blunt the deadly force of a train smashing into a truck on the tracks. Yet few U.S. rail systems have adopted the technology, which is believed to have played a significant role in the remarkably low number of serious injuries from Tuesday’s commuter rail crash in California.

     
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