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Chicago Cubs win World Series championship with 8-7 victory over Cleveland Indians

Finally.<p>The most epic drought in sports history is over, and the Cubs are world champions.<p>After 108 years of waiting, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series with a wild 8-7, 10-inning Game 7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. The triumph completed their climb back from a …

Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code

Adam LaGreca Contributor<p>Adam LaGreca is the head of communications at Datadog.<p>Google recently launched Project Bloks — a “platform” that will enable developers, educators and designers to work together in order to build “physical programming experiences” for children.<p>This actually has the potential …

Amazon Prime Snags 'Doctor Who'

<i>Doctor Who</i> is headed back to Amazon, with the e-commerce giant announcing a multiyear pact with BBC Worldwide North America that makes Amazon Prime …

Samsung Aims to Put Fast Cellular Connection Into Existing Cars

While Google and Apple focused on connecting with new cars, Samsung is looking to offer something for those that want to add wireless to existing vehicles.<p>While Apple and Google are putting CarPlay and Android Auto in new automobiles, Samsung is making older cars the first focus of its connected …

Hands on: Elephone Vowney

Previous Next<p>1 of 29<p><i>The Elephone Vowney is a non-name, no-frills Chinese phone with a killer spec sheet and an appealing price.</i><p>Names like Xiaomi, …

Mobile Technology

The Sony Xperia Z4v is everything the Z4/Z3+ should have been

Verizon has found itself the receipient of the <i>only</i> QHD Xperia in the world with the newly announced Z4v. It also supports wireless charging and has a larger battery than the standard Z4/Z3+. How did this happen?<p>Once upon a time, Sony could do no wrong. It had a venerable army of top-notch tech …

Mobile

9 of the best smartphones from 2015

With 2016 knocking on the door, there’s just about enough time to look at some of the best smartphones of the year. While we saw lots of new devices across the premium and mid-range categories, only the most notable make it into our year end roundup.<p>So, in no particular order, these are some of the …

How School Systems Create *That* Parent for Children in Special Education

Demanding. Annoying. Angry. Unrealistic. Unreasonable. Every teacher, principal, and school district administrator knows *that* parent. In special education, there are much greater numbers of *that* parent, and I'm sure school systems feel irritated and challenged by the threats of law suits and …

Emanuel now open to Justice Department review of Chicago police

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday reversed his opposition to a possible U.S. Justice Department review of the Chicago Police Department's practices, the type of investigation that has led to federal court oversight and sweeping reforms in other troubled, big-city police departments throughout the …

John Fox's bizarre exit from Denver makes Sunday's Bears game must

As Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas progressed through his film study this week, familiarizing himself with his next opponent, he couldn't help but notice something very recognizable. Indeed, those were John Fox's fingerprints all over the rapidly improving Bears.<p>"These guys are going hard," …

ISIS' online presence reportedly includes a 24-hour 'help desk'

The terrorist group known as ISIS has ramped up its online outreach efforts in a big way over the past year, including establishing a 24-hour help desk that teaches members how to use encryption and other secure communications tactics, <i>NBC News</i> reports. News of the help desk comes from Dr. Aaron …

Terrorism

3 Powerful Translation Apps for Teachers

November 15, 2015<br>Upon the request of some of our readers here, we curated the list below comprising some of the best language translation apps out …

Apps

Teacher's Viral Resignation Letter Has Strong Messages About Education Today

"I will not subject my child to this disordered system."<p>A Florida teacher's viral resignation offers a strong message about the state of education today.<p>On October 23, special education teacher Wendy Bradshaw posted the resignation letter<p>she gave to the Polk County School district in Florida on …

iPad Helps Boy with Muscle Atrophy Disease Stay in the High School Band

USA Today has a great report up on Ethan Och, a High School student with a muscle atrophy disease that was making it impossible for him to keep up as a drummer in his High School band.<p>With the help of a wonderful music teacher and the iPad, he’s managed to stay in the band and thrive.<p>I’ve always …

iPad Apps

This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

As regular Audiophiliac readers know, I love writing about cost-no-object, high-end audio, but I also have a soft spot for dirt cheap, but decent sounding gear.<p>When I recently reviewed the new small bookshelf speaker from Dayton Audio, the B452 , I couldn't help but be knocked out by their sound. …

This Unique Mobile Keyboard Folds Smaller than an iPhone 4

Typing on cellphones and tablets sucks. Virtual keyboards can be effective, but they take up half of your screen’s real estate. On the other hand, portable keyboards then tend to be either too small (limited by your tablet’s screen size), or too clunky to carry.<p>A company called WayTools wants to …

Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you’ll see all year.<p>Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom–which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a …

Komoot Launches In The U.S. So You Can Enjoy A Guided Trip Through The Great Outdoors

For about four years now, Europeans trekking in the wilderness have had access to an app that ensured they would always be able to find their way in the woods as long as they had a mobile phone… and had downloaded Komoot.<p>Now those of us in the U.S. can get the same benefits; the company has just …

Nokia HERE Maps for Samsung Galaxy Phones: Offline Access

Samsung unveiled its new new smartwatch yesterday, the Tizen-powered Gear S that’s capable of making calls and going online <i>without</i> relying on a smartphone. Other features, as noted at the time, include turn-by-turn navigation provided by Nokia’s HERE mapping platform.<p>Today, Nokia revealed further …

Protect your privacy online with 70% off the VPN Unlimited Premium Plan

Whether you’re working, shopping or socializing online, your Web activity should always be private, secure and safe from hackers and identity thieves. With VPN Unlimited, you can count on total security online, across your devices, and with no compromise on speed or bandwidth.<p>VPN Unlimited lets you …

How wearable cameras can help those with Alzheimer's

Some people hang out with their friends on yachts or play pool with pretty girls. Others like to go on treetop zip-wire adventures and holiday on wooded Thai islands. These examples of images on the websites of Autographer and Narrative Clip, two leading wearable cameras, reveal the kind of things …

He laughs, learns, and has impeccable manners. Oh, and he's a robot

At first glance, Jibo looks a bit like Wall-E’s robot girlfriend. Both Jibo, a real robot, and Wall-E’s girlfriend, the fictional Pixar character, …

5 Gangster Movies You Have to See

<i>Editor's Note: Marc Krulewitch's Jules Landau mysteries take place in Chicago, where he was born and where his family has lived for generations. He</i> …

MacTrast Deals: The Icon Bluetooth Speaker

- Aug 1, 2014<p>Thursday’s MacTrast Deal is especially for those music lovers out there – You know who you are.<p>Get The Icon Bluetooth Speaker: …

The Emotional Involvement Behind Social Media Interactions

<i>Dr. Liraz Margalit is the Customer Experience Psychologist at ClickTale.</i><p>Arriving home after a long day at the office spent almost entirely in front of the computer, you take off your shoes, make yourself a drink and, ironically, sit in front of your computer again. It’s incredible how many of us …

The Clever Way a Web Guru Is Protesting Net Neutrality

Lesson one in <i>How to Drive Your Technology Enemies Crazy</i>: downgrade their Internet to turtle-like, dial-up speeds.<p>A Portland, Oregon-based software developer came up with the protest against the Federal Communication Commission’s proposed net neutrality rules.<p>“Various companies and organizations …

Opinion

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