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  • Updated: September 19, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Social network started by Mpls. man aims for elite status with $9k fee

By Katie Humphrey, Special to the Star Tribune September 26, 2014, 02:13 PM

It could be a story from “The Onion”: Join an online country club for the elite, memberships starting at $9,000. Except it’s true.


What exactly is 'the cloud'? Answer's not over your head

By Katie Humphrey, Special to the Star Tribune September 25, 2014, 09:57 AM

The cloud is a pretty vague concept for a lot of people, even if they won’t admit it. Consider it part of the ever-changing technology universe we use daily but don’t really understand. Let’s clear that up.


Study: Apple's new iPhones score big in durability

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, Special to the Star Tribune September 21, 2014, 06:41 PM

Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says.


As new iPhone arrives, buyers have more pricing options

By John Ewoldt, Special to the Star Tribune September 19, 2014, 11:54 AM

The new iPhone 6 also introduces many consumers to more contract-free options.


Upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait?

By Special to the Star Tribune September 19, 2014, 11:23 AM

Apple's iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads is worth getting — but not necessarily right away.


Brand new iPhone dropped on live TV

By Shari L. Gross, Special to the Star Tribune September 19, 2014, 11:18 AM

During a live television report, a man opened the iPhone he had just purchased and fumbled it.

Samsung Note 4 orders begin Friday, same day new iPhones go on sale

September 19, 2014, 11:13 AM

Samsung says U.S. wireless carriers will start taking orders for its large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on the same day larger iPhones go on sale.


Review: Ambitious 'Destiny' lacks imagination

By LOU KESTEN September 18, 2014, 08:40 AM

The new mega-selling video game "Destiny" is an ambitious project from the makers of “Halo,” but your goal is always the same: Go kill everybody. It's an unimaginative setback from "Halo," which at least provided compelling motivation for all the mayhem.


For video gamers, waiting can be the hardest part

By DERRIK J. LANG September 11, 2014, 02:43 PM

There's a growing list of major video games initially set to be released in 2014 that have been delayed until 2015. It's a frustrating trend that's prompting many players to bemoan the least fun game of all: The Waiting Game.



What would it take for you to buy a smartwatch?

By #AlwaysOn September 09, 2014, 09:23 PM

Apple Watch is the newest and most glitzy entry into the smartwatch world. But when we already have handheld computers that do an awful lot, does Apple Watch add enough to make you want to drop $349?


Sound advice: Panasonic's latest small camera worth its price

By DON LINDICH August 22, 2014, 02:20 PM

I am looking for a small camera for travel and want the best image quality available. What is your top recommendation, regardless of price?


Picking the right apps for your life

By Katie Humphrey August 07, 2014, 07:51 AM

Is there a science to picking the perfect apps to fit your life? Find out what these savvy smartphone users have to say.


Video games: Solve a killing in 'Murdered: Soul Suspect'

July 31, 2014, 10:23 PM

As “Murdered: Soul Suspect” ($60 for PS3 /4, Xbox 360 /One, PC; rated Mature) begins, detective Ronan O’Connor is thrown out of a window and shot to death in the street.


Sound Advice: 'Enthusiast compact camera' fills void when SLR is too big

By DON LINDICH July 25, 2014, 02:23 PM

An enthusiast compact is a step above a point-and-shoot and a stepping stone to an interchangeable lens camera.


Short Circuits: Lost 'Dune' on video; streamlined antenna, top 10 Xbox 360 games

July 14, 2014, 02:06 PM

VideoThe ‘Dune’ that never wasWith “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” filmmaker Frank Pavich makes an impassioned and relatively convincing case that the film...


Sound Advice: Affordable sound system improves quality of TV audio

By DON LINDICH July 07, 2014, 03:19 PM

Q: I’m interested in your take on the ZVOX SoundBase 320, which you mentioned a few weeks ago.A: The ZVOX...


Short Circuits: 'Bad Words' on video; share audio; brain game; top 10 games

July 07, 2014, 03:09 PM

In “Bad Words,” out Tuesday on home video, lovable everyman Jason Bateman plays a despicable misanthrope. Plus apps, gadgets and video games.


Share daily highs, lows and surprises with app by St. Paul mom

By Katie Humphrey June 25, 2014, 02:36 PM

Parents love to hear about their kids’ lives. Kids, especially teens, don’t always love to share. St. Paul mom Stephanie Ross found a way around those frustrating exchanges with an app based on a dinnertime game.


Short Circuits: 'Enemy' on video; contacts app; top 10 PlayStation games

June 23, 2014, 02:28 PM

In a dual role in “Enemy,” Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a glum professor disinterested by his ordinary life who discovers a man who appears to be his double.


Sound Advice: $40 device can record TV shows to an external hard drive

By DON LINDICH June 20, 2014, 02:16 PM

I was intrigued when I received reader e-mails recommending the Mediasonic HomeWorx HW-150PVR. Its low price (under $40 online) and capabilities make it a godsend to home-recording enthusiasts.


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