Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Google adds note function Keep, and it’s a keeper ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: Android made a transformative leap forward last year with the release of version 4. But there was still one thing missing from Google’s menagerie of free mobile apps: a note taker. It was a baffling omission. One of the primary roles of a mobile device is to help you to capture and organize ideas and information as you make your way throughout space and time. Now, there’s Google Keep. ]]> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 06:11:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Samsung Galaxy S4: ‘Like the S3, only more so’ ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: It’s not wrong to refer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 — the sequel to the world’s first certified Cool Android Phone — as the “Galaxy S3 S.” It sure seems like an Apple-style odd-numbered-year update: “it’s the same phone as last year, except we upgraded the components.” ]]> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:14:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ Google Reader is useful, reliable service that suffered from shameful neglect ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: Nice try, Google. You thought that by releasing a whole bunch of little news items about the company while the whole world was focused on the Papal enclave, you could slip something past us. Well, the “Pope-a-dope” strategy didn’t work: we noticed, and how. ]]> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:13:09 -0600 <![CDATA[ Eton’s FRX3 will get you through weather crisis ]]> Lead story image

I’ve been testing and accumulating various kinds of storm preparedness-related tech items ever since 2011’s Hurricane Irene made that into an annual theme. After last fall’s storm and subsequent blackout, I acquired an interesting gadget from Eton Corp: the FRX3 multifunction radio. ]]> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:07:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ Why Google Glass is fascinating; Chromebook Pixel just puzzling ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: “The tech industry’s most fascinating company” is a title that changes hands frequently over the course of a year. This week, I’m handing it to Google. ]]> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 06:05:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Apple hacked, and Java is the weak spot ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: Just as the Pinto is inextricably linked to getting covered with gasoline and burning to death in a minor collision, so does the public link the Java browser plugin with systems getting hacked. High-profile systems. Apple was just the latest victim to make the national news. In a statement Tuesday, the company reported that a “small number of systems” used Apple were infected with malware that exploits a previously unknown hole in Java security. These Macs were infected after their owners visited a website for software developers. ]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:31:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Apple iWatch could be useful or completely impractical ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: Will Apple make a watch? If it does, what could it do well, and would anyone want to wear it? ]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:59:20 -0600 <![CDATA[ ANDY IHNATKO: Microsoft Surface Pro review: Great tablet PC, but needs apps ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO FIRST LOOK: It’s not a toaster-refrigerator, but a keg-refrigerator: Surface Pro is a natural fusion of two good ideas. ]]> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:31:25 -0600 <![CDATA[ IHNATKO: Should you upgrade to Windows 8? ]]> Lead story image

Are you still waffling about whether or not you should upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8? Well, don’t rush. You have the rest of the day before Windows 8’s early promotional pricing expires and the upgrade becomes two and a half to five times more expensive. ]]> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:12:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ihnatko: BlackBerry unveils BB10, and I like what I see so far ]]> Lead story image

Research In Motion was saddled with two monumental problems: the name of the company, which was practically meaningless, and an OS still associated with old-fashioned 2005-era push-button devices that people only used because their corporate employers forced them to. Today, in a worldwide launch event, the company addressed both issues. ]]> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:35:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Microsoft releases Office 2013. Good, but don’t get too excited ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: Microsoft released Office 2013 today. Go ahead and sign up for a free 30-day preview of the suite. But don’t expect a huge, transformative revelation. ]]> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:32:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Aereo a new, simpler, more complete source of streaming TV ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: streams TV through the Internet, and it does it simply and straightforwardly ... the way we’d want. Pay a low subscription fee for access to the service and you can watch live, broadcast television through a web browser on your computer or mobile device. It’s like having a digital antenna on your iPad. The service is only available in New York City right now, but it’s expanding into Chicago soon. ]]> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:04:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Facebook Graph Search could come in handy, to some people, maybe ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: I really could have used Facebook’s new Graph Search feature, which they announced at a special media event on Tuesday. I could have hit Facebook and searched for a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan that was liked by many of my local friends or even friends of my friends within the previous six months. ]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 06:41:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ CES 2013: Pebble watch looks like one stone that’s on a roll ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: The central strength of the Pebble watch is the concept of the smartwatch as a blank canvas. It’s not really designed to replace any of the functions of the iOS or Android phone in your pocket. ]]> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:30:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ CES old news: Mobile-is-where-it’s-at message marks opening of densely crowded show ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: I’m ... still not entirely sure what I saw on Monday night. CES 2013 kicked off with a keynote that (pre-keynote) was described by thousands of commentators as “Not presented by Microsoft’s CEO.” Which seemed completely on the nose. ]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:08:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ Attempts to legislate online, video privacy very sticky ]]> Lead story image

Congress has recently amended the quarter-century-old Video Privacy Protection Act. In immediate and practical terms, it means that a video service like Netflix can now share your personal viewing history with an outside service (like Facebook) after getting your permission. ]]> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 20:44:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ What Apple could do to make 2013 a really great year ]]> Lead story image

ANDY IHNATKO: Apple’s done well with iBooks, movies, and computers that sell for half the cost of a conventional notebook. What other turnabouts does Apple have in store for 2013 and beyond? Here’s what I’m hoping for. ]]> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 06:21:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Celebrate 2013 with a new font for $20.13 ]]> Lead story image

IHNATKO: Comicraft, the producer of some of the finest display fonts available anywhere, celebrates New Year by putting all of their fonts on sale, for $20.13. Get it? 2013. ]]> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:51:01 -0600