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  • 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.

     
  • Love a man in uniform? Online dating scammers hope so Feb 28, 2015 7:32 AM
    Despite being happily married for 13 years, Ray Chandler is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Single women can find him on the dating site DateMeMateMe.com, where he confesses to being “Very new to this dating thing and am looking to see where this takes me.” He is on Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook. Literally hundreds of dating profiles and social media accounts are illustrated with photographs of the same handsome salt-and-pepper-haired military man.

     
  • Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care Feb 28, 2015 7:31 AM
    That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes or medication before you land in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how you’re healing from surgery or whether you’re following a treatment regimen.

     
  • App reviews: Handle, for e-organization; Blendoku puzzle game Feb 28, 2015 7:32 AM
    Handle links three productivity apps into one -- the e-mail inbox, calendar and to-do list -- to help you get a grip on your life. Fans of simplicity should like Blendoku, a puzzle game that challenges players to set a group of colored tiles into the right sequence, according to the color wheel.

     
  • Tinder tested by Millennials who won’t pay for dating apps Feb 28, 2015 7:41 AM
    Paul Eggler has three free dating apps on his smartphone and hasn’t found a partner yet. Even so, the 28-year-old, who is pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at Washington University in St. Louis, isn’t willing to pay for more features or a premium matchmaking service that might give him a better chance.“Why spend 20 bucks a month when the free ones are pretty good?” Eggler said.

     
  • Bridal web site features suburban vendors Feb 27, 2015 8:30 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features GetWedForLess.com, which recently started to expand and offers about 80 companies and vendors in the Chicago and suburban market. The subscription site offers brides a chance to learn about vendors as they plan their weddings.

     
  • IBM outlines plan to revamp business for investors Feb 26, 2015 10:31 AM
    IBM’s CEO says the company’s plan to revamp its business to shift away from hardware and focus on business analytics, cloud computing, mobile services and security is on track. In a media briefing ahead of an investor conference in New York on Thursday, Virginia Rometty said the company plans that the new tech markets should make up 40 percent of IBM’s business, or $40 billion, in the next 4 years. That’s up from 13 percent five years ago and 27 percent by the end of this year. Once the dominant PC-maker known as “Big Blue,” IBM is confronting a sales slump as it struggles to adapt to big changes in the way businesses buy software and other commercial technology. It issued another disappointing earnings report in January, as both revenue and profit fell in the December quarter. But Rometty said the sales decline has been largely engineered by the company as it restructures its hardware business and sells off less profitable units. Hardware now makes up less than 10 percent of the company, she said. Looking forward, IBM plans to spend $4 billion to invest in the new areas of focus like data analytics and cloud computing, excluding acquisitions. It also plans to focus on partnering with other businesses. It pointed to its recent partnership with Apple, once its staunch rival, to develop new mobile software. And last week IBM said it would partner with Japan’s SoftBank Telecom Corp. to develop apps and services with its Watson artificial intelligence unit. But so far, analysts remain skeptical of the turnaround plan. “The falloff in the traditional businesses is dwarfing IBM’s ability to capture new revenue opportunities as the market shifts,” Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi Jr. wrote after the company’s earnings report in January. IBM shares rose 53 cents to $163.34 on premarket trading 30 minutes before the market opening.

     
  • Toyota rolls out first mass-market cars to run on hydrogen fuel cells Feb 25, 2015 7:18 PM
    At 300 miles, the four-seat Mirai offers the longest range of any electric vehicle on the market. A full tank of hydrogen, Toyota adds, has enough energy to power the average American home for a week.

     
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