Mobile, Laptop & Other Gadgets

Kevin Baker shot in possible cell phone robbery in Chicago Lawn – ABC7Chicago.com

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014

January 16, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A Chicago college student was shot in what may have been a cell phone robbery in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Kevin Baker is a freshman at Harold Washington College. He was shot in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood near 62nd and Campbell. He was rushed to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, where he is in critical condition Thursday night. Baker’s relatives say he’s a role…

Digital Health Update: The Google Contact Lens – Forbes

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014

Today, Google Google told the world about their experimental contact lens. The story in the official Google blog and can be read here.  It’s another part of the expansion of Google into health and wellness. We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. We’re…

Apple patent filing reveals digital wallet system – CNET

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014

(Credit: CNET) Apple has cautiously been dipping its toes into the mobile payments pool. But a freshly-published patent filing describes an entire backend system designed to secure electronic payments made through your phone. Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed “Method to send payment data through various air interfaces without compromising user data” envisions how electronic transactions would securely travel using your existing mobile phone’s…

Valve removes touchscreen from Steam Controller, replaces it with regular buttons – ExtremeTech

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014

Valve’s Steam Machine and its paired Steam Controller are still in early beta, so we should expect both small and drastic changes to various aspects of both devices. When the Steam Controller was revealed, it was announced that a small touchscreen would be placed in the center of the pad, making it somewhat like a miniature version of the Wii U tablet. Now, Valve has decided to nix the idea…

Digital startup funding jumps in Chicago last year – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014

Digital startups are raising more money than ever in Chicago, according to a Built in Chicago 2013 report. More than $1 billion in funding was raised last year, a 169 percent increase over 2012, according to the group — a community of local entrepreneurs and professionals in the digital space. That result has only been topped by 2011, when Groupon raised nearly $1 billion on its own, the report…

MyRatePlan.com announces annual ranking of best prepaid cell phone plans – The Denver Channel

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Cell phone industry experts from MyRatePlan.com, the leading cell phone plan comparison site on the web, has released its annual ranking of the best prepaid cell phone plans. To create their ranking, the analysts from MyRatePlan took into account a number of criteria including monthly cost, amount of minutes, data, and messages, service coverage, customer ratings, and expert opinions.   Consumers are switching by the thousands…