Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Pew report: Young people choose smartphones for Internet access ]]> Lead story image

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 78 percent of young people, ages 12 to 17, now have cellphones. Nearly half of those are smartphones, a share that’s increasing steadily — and that’s having a big effect on how, and where, many young people are accessing the Web. The survey, released Wednesday, finds that one in four young people say they are “cell-mostly” Internet users, a percentage that increases to about half when the phone is a smartphone. ]]> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:13:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever ]]> Lead story image

BEAVERTON, Ore. — A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son’s account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories — as she did. “Everybody’s going to face this kind of a situation at some point in their lives,” says Karen Williams, whose 22-year-old son died in a 2005 motorcycle accident. The Oregon Legislature responded and took up the cause recently with a proposal that would have made it easier for loved ones to access the “digital assets” of the deceased, only to be … ]]> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:58:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ Highland Park native, Reddit founder Aaron Swartz hangs self in NY in face of charges ]]> Lead story image

When he was just 14, Aaron Swartz helped create RSS, allowing people to get automatic updates online from blogs, news headlines, audio and video. The Highland Park native became an activist for free content online and went on to co-found the hugely popular social news website Reddit. On Saturday, family, friends and admirers were mourning his death after Swartz committed suicide in the face of charges that he stole millions of journal articles from an electronic archive in an effort to make them available to the public for free. His funeral will be held Tuesday at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park. ]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:55:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ CES’ wackiest gadgets: a ‘smart’ potty, eye-sensing TV ]]> Lead story image

From the iPotty for toddlers to the 1,600-pound mechanical spider and the host of glitch-ridden “smart” TVs, the International CES show is a forum for gadget makers to take big — and bizarre — chances. ]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:07:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ At CES, an electronic fork that nags you on eating ]]> Lead story image

If you’ve always wanted a fork that spies on your eating habits, you’re in luck: A company has developed a utensil that records when you lift it to the mouth. ]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:07:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ Smart TVs get smarter, by just a little bit ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — In the not-so-distant future, couch potatoes will be waving, pointing, swiping and tapping to make their TVs react, kind of like what Tom Cruise did in the 2002 movie “Minority Report.” That’s the vision of TV manufacturers as they show off “smart TVs.” ]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:40:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Library of Congress has amassed 170 billion tweets ]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress says it’s amassed about 170 billion tweets since it began collecting an archive of all Twitter messages in 2010. ]]> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:26:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Top 2012 internet searches include Whitney Houston, PSY, Sandy ]]> Lead story image

The world’s attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, Web surfers searched in huge numbers to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver. ]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:35:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Apple announces iPad mini for $329; shares fall ]]> Lead story image

Apple introduced a smaller iPad, saying it will start at $329. It also updated its full-sized tablet and unveiled new Mac computers, including a 13-inch version of a MacBook Pro with sharper, “Retina” display. ]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:11:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Barnes & Noble launches new Nook HD ]]>

Barnes & Noble is rolling out two new versions of its Nook tablet with sleek new hardware and a sharper high-definition screen. The bookseller’s move heightens the already intense tablet wars heading into the holiday season. ]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:22:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Your best chances for getting an iPhone 5 this weekend ]]> Lead story image

IHNATKO: You can always buy an iPhone 5 through Apple’s online store. They’re currently reporting a shipping delay of 3 to 4 weeks. You should that time to congratulate yourself on your mastery of the whole “deferred gratification” thing. You are clearly an elevated being, unafraid to spend three weeks staring at your own soul without the distraction of material goods. Your reward is an elevated awareness. ]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:00:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ If you can’t get an iPhone 5 yet, you might get the cool new EarPods ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: Not every current iPhone owner will be able to get the iPhone 5, because they’re still under contract and don’t yet quality for an upgrade. Not everyone will be able to afford one, either. And not everybody will even necessarily want one. Everyone will probably want and can afford the redesigned earbuds that come with the iPhone 5, however. ]]> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ iPhone 5 delivery time pushed back after strong pre-sales ]]> Lead story image

Delivery times climbed quickly as Apple Inc. started taking orders for the iPhone 5 on Friday, suggesting strong demand. ]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:04:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ iPhone 5’s superior design is Apple’s breakthrough ]]> Lead story image

IHNATKO: So Apple’s big iPhone and iPod announcements Wednesday were important on two fronts. First, Apple needed to continue to move those two lines forward technologically, functionally, and aesthetically. But they also had to keep the excitement for Apple design going. ]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:43:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Microsoft unveils ‘Surface’ tablet ]]> Lead story image

Microsoft has unveiled Surface, a tablet computer to compete with Apple’s iPad. The 9.3 millimeter thick tablet comes with a kickstand to hold it upright and keyboard that is part of the device’s cover. It weighs under 1.5 pounds. ]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:50:20 -0600