August 14, 2018

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With an insatiable demand for data centers, some are worried Illinois can’t keep up 07-30-18
Entering the data center that occupies the former Chicago Sun-Times’ printing facility is like walking through the set of a James Bond film.
Virtual reality can help people overcome fear of heights, study shows 07-23-18
Researchers have found virtual reality exercises can help alleviate a fear of heights, showing the technology can be used as an accessible, affordable tool in mental health treatment.
Twitter accounts are about to lose a bunch of followers  07-16-18
Twitter accounts with legions of fishy followers are about to take a hit. As part of its efforts to fight disinformation, the company announced Wednesday that locked accounts will soon stop being counted as followers.
Helpware: Kardia Mobile takes an EKG on the fly 07-16-18
My family thinks I’m a bit of a hypochondriac, but at my age I want to head off potential problems before they turn into ones that require expensive medical attention.
Tech Q&A: Precautions to take if you use Windows XP 07-09-18
Q:09an I continue to use Windows XP safely if I install the for-pay version of Malwarebytes, which is now considered to be antivirus software?
Tech Q&A: How to avoid browser hijacking 06-25-18
Q: I read that I could get better protection against hackers by switching to an independent internet connection service, such as Google Public DNS, Cloudflare or Quad9. What do you think?
Net neutrality rules are dead, but fight lives on 06-18-18
The repeal of net neutrality rules became official Monday despite their popularity with the majority of Americans, opposition from the U.S. Senate and numerous court challenges already underway against the FCC’s controversial decision to end the Obama-era regulations.
Robert Barba: 6 apps that help you save money 06-11-18
Some people are really good at saving, while others might just need a little help. Over the past few years, a number of apps have popped up that help people save money.
Technology is disrupting the way we work, but it’s not all doom and gloom 06-04-18
DALLAS — Business leaders and experts from around the country gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas this week to talk about nothing less weighty than the rapid, relentless and widespread disruption of the economy enabled by fast-moving technological advances.
Google’s location tracking: FTC probe urged, Australia inquiry begins 05-28-18
Location, location, location. Is Google tracking Android users’ whereabouts without their permission?
Parents urged to think twice about buying Amazon Echo Dot for kids 05-14-18
Alexa, hold your horses. Amazon Dot Echo Kids Edition started shipping this week, but children’s advocates and others are asking parents to hold off on buying the $79 version of the company’s market-leading smart home speaker.
Microsoft and Amazon show Cortana and Alexa can talk to each other, at least on stage at Build conference 05-14-18
SEATTLE — Microsoft and Amazon’s integration of their digital personal assistants is getting closer, the companies demonstrated at a Microsoft technology conference Monday, though they still don’t have a date for public availability.
Facebook is getting into the dating game, and its rivals are already paying 05-07-18
Single? Facebook wants to help you change your relationship status. The social network is introducing a dating feature that will allow users to build profiles to meet potential suitors.
The flip phone is the new protest statement 04-30-18
NEW YORK — Exactly one year ago, Roman Cochet swapped his $500 iPhone 7 for a $30 LG flip phone.
Google launches Chat to compete with Apple’s iMessage 04-23-18
Google is launching a new text messaging system for its Android platform to challenge Apple’s iMessage in smartphone text messaging supremacy.
Campaign against online video-game bullies flops 04-16-18
CHICAGO — It seemed like a killer idea: combat sexist harassment in online video games by unleashing hit squads of talented female players to slay the bullies.
Apple finally fixes iPhone’s forced slowdowns 04-09-18
The days of Apple slowing down iPhones to prevent battery shutdowns are coming to an end.
7 travel gadgets you should pack in your carry-on 04-02-18
Traveling brings challenges both maddening and mundane: fees for overweight suitcases, tight fits in overhead bins, lost luggage and ever-shifting security policies.
How listening to random sound can unlock a trapped mind 03-25-18
LOS ANGELES – David Tobin took to the stage at a recent technology conference in downtown Los Angeles, asked the 500 attendees to close their eyes, and turned up the sound so they could sample his wares: a textured, layered soundscape that he calls an "audiojack."
New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone 03-19-18
Nancy Delano, 80, of Denver has no plans to slow down anytime soon. She still drives to movies, plays and dinners out with friends.
On Twitter, false information travels farther and faster than the truth. Really. 03-12-18
Call it the curse of the Internet age: Lies spread farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth.
Spectacles at first did not succeed, but Snap will try, try again, report says 03-05-18
Snap Inc. is reportedly giving Spectacles, its camera-equipped sunglasses, at least two more tries.
The Venice maker of the video messaging app Snapchat is working on two new versions of the glasses to improve upon its poorly selling original version, according to the video news outlet Cheddar.
Get ready for the era of hypersonic flight — at five times the speed of sound 02-26-18
The sleek aircraft, really more rocket than plane, dropped from the wing of a B-52 before shooting through the sky above Point Mugu Sea Range off the California coast, leaving a long, white contrail in its wake.
Electricity-generating tinted windows reveal a sustainable future 02-19-18
BERKELEY, Calif. — When it comes to a sustainable future, scientists aren’t seeing clearly. Researchers have developed a new type of tinted "smart window" that generates electricity when darkened.
Helpware: Want to save money on your taxes? Hire an accountant 02-19-18
TurboTax is the most expensive $100 software I’ve ever used. Last year, I prepared my straightforward personal and business taxes with TurboTax, and then I gave the same income and expense data to an accountant
Gadgets for seniors: Ambitious techies roll out robots, smart gear for their elders 02-12-18
For older adults who grew up before the personal computer, iPhones and Amazon Echo became technological mainstays in everyday life, a growing number of startups are working on smart devices with features designed to keep aging minds and bodies healthy.
Facebook urged to pull plug on Messenger Kids 02-05-18
Saying young children are "simply not ready" for social media, health experts and children’s advocates are urging Facebook to discontinue Messenger Kids, its new messaging app.
Why the imported washing machine you want is getting more expensive 01-29-18
CHICAGO — At $1,899, one of the priciest washing machines for sale at Abt Electronics in Glenview, Ill., is Samsung’s two-washers-in-one-machine Steel FlexWash.
Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test 01-22-18
First, it was chess. Then it was Go. Now it’s basic reading comprehension.
The robots are coming. Two artificial intelligence programs created by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and Microsoft beat humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.
Tableau goes Hyper to keep up with customers’ data needs 01-15-18
SEATTLE — Tableau Software is revamping a core part of its technology to analyze data faster, a move intended to keep up with its customers’ increasing big-data needs.





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