• Apple Replaces ‘Single of the Week’ with ‘Free on iTunes’

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    Consumers upset over the cancellation of Apple’s free single of the week got some consolation. The Cupertino-based giant launched a new section in its digital storefront titled “Free on iTunes.” Although the company hasn’t officially promoted this as its “Single of the Week” replacement, it’s still a move in the right direction for cash-strapped consumers. Available in the U.S. for the time being, the “Free on iTunes” section currently houses 16 MP3s and 24 full-length TV episodes. Musical titles include “Eyes” by Rogue Wave, “Feel the Volume” by Jauz, and “Tired Oak” by Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas.

  • How to: Change iPad wallpaper

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    Changing the wallpaper on your iPad or iPad Air is fairly simple. However, if you love the default home- or lock-screen image that came on your iPad, make sure it is in your iPad’s wallpaper library before you swap it out. The default image that came with our iPad Air is not in the iOS 8 library and we lost it after changing our home screen image. 1. Go to settings and, depending on your iPad’s operating system, select “Wallpaper” or “Wallpaper and Brightness.” 2. Select “Choose a New Wallpaper” or “Wallpaper” (depending on your iOS). In newer systems, there are two libraries. The “bubbles” in the Dynamic wallpapers are animated and gently move, while Stills are static images. Older operating systems h

  • App exercises your brain

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    NAME: Elevate by Elevate Labs WHAT: A personalized brain trainer. HOW MUCH: Free daily training, $5 a month for full app access ($45 a year) COMPATIBLE WITH: iOS 7.1 or later, Android 4.0 or later WHAT’S GOOD: Get smarter and have fun playing Elevate, named by Apple as its Best iPhone App of 2014 (it also can be played on iPad and iPod Touch). Elevate assesses your current skills and provides “games” to strengthen and improve your brain in the areas you’ve selected, including focus, speaking, listening, reading, writing, processing speed, memory, math and pronunciation. The program adjusts over time to maximize results. Each time you play, you’ll be presented with three of the app’s 28 challenges.

  • Game Informer Top 10: Wii U games for January

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    The editors of Game Informer rank the Top 10 Wii U games for January: 1. “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,” Nintendo 2. “Bayonetta 2,” Nintendo 3. “Skylanders Trap Team,” Activision 4. “Hyrule Warriors,” Nintendo 5. “Mario Kart 8,” Nintendo 6. “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker,” Nintendo 7. “Watch Dogs,” Ubisoft 8. “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,” Nintendo 9. “SteamWorld Dig,” Image & From 10. “The LEGO Movie Videogame,” Warner Bros. Game Informer Top 10 is compiled weekly by the editors of Game Informer magazine, the largest computer and video game magazine worldwide. For up to the minute gaming news and information, visit www.game

  • Gadgets: A powerful tiny heater helps get through cold spell

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    Honeywell’s tiny Heat Bud HCE100 personal heater is the perfect gadget for most of the country this time of year. First, it’s built with a great safety feature: if it’s not on a flat surface or gets knocked over, it turns off. The ceramic heater doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles; just turn it on to high or low settings to warm yourself. At just 5-by-4-by-7.8-inches, you’ll be amazed at how this little guy can sit under a desk and using only 250 watts of energy at the high setting warm you all over. It’s built with ceramic technology, which I had to look up for its significance. What I found from thermospace.

  • Great compact cameras for advanced photographers

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    Are you ready to step up to a more sophisticated model, or are you thinking about stepping down to something smaller than a dSLR? These are for you. ——— Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Product Review: http://www.cnet.com/products/panasonic-lumix-d advanced mc-lx100/?part=newspapers CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent) The good: The Panasonic LX100 delivers really good photo and video quality, a great set of features, and class-leading performance. The bad: It’s got a fixed LCD and the lens really needs a hood to minimize flare. The cost: $861.43 to $897.

  • Educators check out new tech firsthand

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    ORLANDO, Fla.—Alan Farms says the need for students to engage with technology at New Beginnings High School in Winter Haven, where he leads academic programs, means educators need to keep up. “The YouTube generation learns differently than we did,” Farms said at an education-tech conference recently. “We are trying to come to terms with that.” Farms joined more than 9,000 educators, administrators and other school officials at the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando. Amid relatively low-tech services such as book binding and flash cards, the event featured some of the latest technology products, such as 3-D printers and a sensor-embedded basketball that helps teach math.

  • Digital Savant: Inaugural PAX South captures shifts in game culture

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    AUSTIN, Texas — When it was announced last April that the popular gaming convention PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) was expanding to Texas, it seemed only natural. Until seconds later, when gamers learned that it would land in San Antonio, not Austin or Dallas, cities that have plenty of video game studios to support such an event. It turns out that there were good reasons to hold the event, a large three-day convention called PAX South, down River Walk way, and the event appeared to be a big success. Droves of gamers filled nearby parking lots and took over the streets near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from Friday to Sunday, many in cosplay mode, dressed as gaming icons, superheroes or Japanese animation characters.

  • Cablevision plans launch of Freewheel Wi-Fi-only smartphone service

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    Cablevision Systems Corp., responding to consumers’ increased use of Wi-Fi networks, will begin selling a Wi-Fi-only service for smartphones in February with global coverage on a Motorola phone, executives said recently. The service, called Freewheel, will cost $9.95 per month for customers of Cablevision’s Optimum Online; others would pay $29.95 per month. There will be no usage limits for data, talk or text. Cablevision officials said consumers wouldn’t have to sign an annual contract for Freewheel, which initially will only be available on a compatible Motorola Moto G phone sold by Cablevision. The phone will cost $99.95 at freewheel.com, they said.

  • Typo 2 brings back fond thumb-typing memories

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    Remember the old days? Way before smartphones, there were two-way pagers from BlackBerry. They had small LCD screens about an inch tall that could display a few lines of text. It was like a little instant message machine in your pocket. I can also remember the first phone I’d consider to be a smartphone. It was a Treo, powered by the Palm operating system. Those two gadgets had one thing in common — a full QWERTY keyboard. These were the days before large touchscreens and onscreen keyboards, so we typed with actual buttons — AND WE LIKED IT! There have been a few attempts at physical keyboards for smartphones, but I haven’t found one worth using until now.

  • Typo 2 brings back fond thumb-typing memories

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Remember the old days? Way before smartphones, there were two-way pagers from BlackBerry. They had small LCD screens about an inch tall that could display a few lines of text. It was like a little instant message machine in your pocket. I can also remember the first phone I’d consider to be a smartphone. It was a Treo, powered by the Palm operating system. Those two gadgets had one thing in common — a full QWERTY keyboard. These were the days before large touchscreens and onscreen keyboards, so we typed with actual buttons — AND WE LIKED IT! There have been a few attempts at physical keyboards for smartphones, but I haven’t found one worth using until now.

  • Microsoft HoloLens, the foundation of a new computing interface

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    With HoloLens, the holographic computing platform that stole the show at the unveiling of Windows 10, Microsoft showed once and for all how valuable it is for the company to weave together its consumer and business product development. HoloLens looks like a next-generation gaming device, along the lines of the virtual-reality headsets that Sony and Oculus are developing. The system was developed by the Xbox group, under the guidance of the same person who led the Kinect motion sensor. But HoloLens turned out to be much more than a game accessory. Microsoft recast it as the bleeding edge of the Windows 10 platform and the foundation of a new computing interface, beyond the voice and touch commands that now complement or

  • Why your bad password soon might not matter anymore

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    CHICAGO—Biometric markers could surpass passwords within 12 months. That would mean a shift from notoriously weak letter-and-number combinations to stronger, less hackable protection measures like fingerprint authentication. So said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of risk products and business intelligence at Visa, who was in town to join a panel on keeping customer trust. Services such as Apple Pay — which requires users to scan their fingerprint to enable transactions — are already preparing the public for that transition, which could blossom in the next 12 to 24 months, Nelsen said after the event. “It’s moving beyond the password as a way to authenticate yourself and really adopting more of those biomet

  • Budget details: More fines for texting drivers, park fees up

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Getting caught texting while driving could carry a steeper fine. Entrance fees at Minnesota state parks would rise slightly to pay for upkeep. Meat, poultry, canning and other food-production plants would be more likely to come under inspection thanks to beefed-up budgets. Small but notable changes like these are sprinkled throughout Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed two-year budget. Those recommendations won't get as much attention from lawmakers as his centerpiece plans for increased school aid and for expanded child-care tax credits, but history suggests they're more likely to get legislative signoff.

  • Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 to fix bugs

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    LOS ANGELES — Apple has rolled out its latest iOS update, aimed at fixing bugs and improving performance. The update, iOS 8.1.3, was made available Tuesday. It fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID passwords for Messages and FaceTime, addresses a problem that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results, fixes a bug that prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPads and adds new configuration options for educational standardized testing. For users without a lot of free space on their mobile devices, iOS 8.1.3 reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update, although Apple didn’t specify by how much.

  • Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced Wednesday before a U.S. district judge in Albuquerque following a case that began in 2010. Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the socialist South American country. Pedro Mascheroni, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, had faced up to 5 1/2 years in prison and 10 years of supe

  • Apple stock pushes toward record after massive holiday sales

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    CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple stock hopped Wednesday morning after the tech giant announced record profits and revenues in the holiday-shopping quarter, nearing the company’s all-time high as analysts predicted more growth to come. Apple shares moved as high as $118.12 in the morning session Wednesday on Wall Street, less than 2 percent shy of the $119.75 intraday record price set in November, when excitement about initial sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus spurred investors. Those initial sales of Apple’s newest smartphones led to a blockbuster quarter, with Apple announcing Tuesday afternoon that it sold a record 74.5 million iPhones in three months, leading to profits of $18 billion — $3.06 a share — and total sales o

  • Ex-library contractors get prison for contract bribe scheme

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    DETROIT (AP) — Two ex-contractors for the Detroit Public Library have been sentenced to more than two years in prison for their role in a $1.4 million kickback scheme. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh on Tuesday sentenced 44-year-old James Henley of Detroit to 27 months in prison and 32-year-old Ricardo Hearn of Royal Oak to 28 months in prison. The pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Prosecutors say the library paid $4 million to two companies for information technology services. They say Henley and Hearn paid $1.4 million in kickbacks to Timothy Cromer, the library's then-technology chief. The West Bloomfield man was the library system's chief administrative and technology officer in 2006-13 and in charge of oversee

  • After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday. But after selling a record 74.5 million iPhones in three months that ended in December, what can Apple do next? While several analysts have raised their estimates for Apple, some still worry the company depends too much on the iPhone, which contributes two-thirds of its sizable revenue — leaving Apple vulnerable if another gadget comes along to replace the iPhone in popularity. Cook and Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri, however, say they're optimistic about

  • As Kansas turns 154, five events that shaped our state

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    At the end of the Civil War, Kansas was the state that beckoned. People migrated to Kansas to start their lives over on the untamed prairie and in new towns and cities. On Thursday, Kansas will celebrate the 154th anniversary of its statehood. On Jan. 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union opposing slavery. It was known as the state where fiery abolitionist John Brown first gained national attention during the turbulent seven-year territorial period. Kansas, in 1865, was a Republican state, which in the mid-19th century, meant it was considered liberal and progressive. That also was the year the Civil War ended. Some estimates indicate more than 100,000 Union Civil War veterans claimed Kansas as their home state




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