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Helpware: A Worthy $200 Laptop

January 22, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Harold Glicken Tribune News Service (TNS) There’s nothing flashy about the $200 HP Stream notebook, save its choices of colors — horizon blue and orchid magenta. It’s slow and underpowered due to its Celeron processor and woeful 2 gigs of RAM. Still, it has many of the features its more...

Google To Enter Wireless Business

Google To Enter Wireless Business

January 22, 2015


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By Matt O’Brien San Jose Mercury News (TNS) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is taking a leap into the wireless business, according to reports that say the Internet giant plans to partner with Sprint and T-Mobile to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers. “It’s not surprising. Google...

2,000 Magazines In One App For $9.99 A Month Through New Magzter Plan

2,000 Magazines In One App For $9.99 A Month Through New Magzter Plan

January 20, 2015


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By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) The latest all-you-can-consume bundle for content comes from Magzter. The app to read magazines online announced Monday that subscribers who pay $9.99 a month can read more than 2,000 magazines, including old issues. The titles include ESPN The Magazine, Maxim...

Substance Tops Style At CES’ Global Technology Marketplace

Substance Tops Style At CES’ Global Technology Marketplace

January 12, 2015


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By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times (TNS) LAS VEGAS — Sandy Liang mans a little booth at the Westgate Hotel convention hall in Las Vegas. Dressed sharply in a navy suit, he sits around trying to look busy. He plays with his smartphone. He twiddles a pen. He flicks through the leaflets he hands out all...

Virtual Reality Isn’t Just For Video Games

Virtual Reality Isn’t Just For Video Games

January 12, 2015


Filed under Technology, Video Games

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times LAS VEGAS _When people think of virtual reality, they think games. Put on a helmet where VR systems are being demonstrated, and chances are you'll be immersed in a video game. Here you are in a spaceship cockpit. Now you're driving a race car. Oh, look, you're dodging...

Sound Advice: Earphones Good For Running

Sound Advice: Earphones Good For Running

January 11, 2015


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By Don Lindich Tribune News Service (TNS) Q: I need some headphones or earphones to use while I run, preferably something that stays in my ear and sounds good. Bluetooth would be nice, but not 100 percent necessary. —Robert S., Willoughby, Ohio A: I recently tested two models recently that take...

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection

January 11, 2015


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By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times (TNS) Aereo Inc., the online video streaming service backed by businessman and Television Hall of Fame member Barry Diller, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday night, five months after an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling. The service had allowed subscribers to wat...

High-Tech Feeders Free Dairy Farmers

High-Tech Feeders Free Dairy Farmers

November 21, 2014


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By Tom Meersman Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) FREEPORT, Minn. — The calves at Rohe Dairy don’t bawl when they’re hungry. They live together in small groups in a tall, well-ventilated barn here, about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis, and they eat whenever they please from an automated ca...

A Battle Between The Newest Movie-Editing Programs

A Battle Between The Newest Movie-Editing Programs

November 5, 2014


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By Harold Glicken McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) Well, that was fast. A week ago I was singing the praises of Pinnacle Studio 18, the latest version of one of the premiere budget movie-editing programs. Now, like someone who upgrades his car every fall, when the new models debut, I’m going...

Yik Yak, The New Social Media

Yik Yak, The New Social Media

Jackson Miller, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

October 16, 2014


Filed under Campus, Technology

Yik Yak has come to Norfolk and to the phones of some Northeast Community College students.  The year old, anonymous Twitter-like social media smart phone app has steadily gained in popularity and caused some controversy across the country. The difference between Yik Yak and Twitter is that Yik Yak...

October 15, 2014


Filed under Technology

Troy Wolverton: With breaches on the rise, time to protect your data By Troy Wolverton San Jose Mercury News (MCT) One of the things that has become crystal clear in recent months is that consumers’ personal information is at great risk of being stolen. Security breaches at Target, JPMorgan Chase a...

Law enforcement grapples with iPhone’s enhanced encryption

Law enforcement grapples with iPhone’s enhanced encryption

October 1, 2014


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By Julia Love and Robert Salonga San Jose Mercury News (MCT) Apple is no stranger to disruption, having upended the music business with iTunes and the mobile industry with the iPhone. But now, some law enforcement officials are warning that the company is threatening to disrupt their efforts to figh...

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