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Sunday, April 20, 2014 9:07 PM
  • The time has come to part ways with the Windows XP operating platform, the stalwart of business IT systems for more than a decade. As of April 8, Microsoft ended its support for that version of its ubiquitous Windows operating platform. 
  • Don't write an obituary for newspapers yet. The Arlington Heights based Daily Herald, for example, is finding new revenue streams by helping local businesses make themselves stand out in the digital world. 
  • The U.S. Curling Team may have come up short in the race for medals at last month’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but Volo-based tech company Atom AMPD earned gold for making sure the team’s websites and wireless operations were safe and secure while they were there. 
  • There’s no argument that education is the foundation for a successful life. But what is the foundation of a successful education system? It’s today’s online world, many would argue it’s a sound IT networking infrastructure the supports the ability to teach the children. 
  • When you mention innovation incubators, the talk usually revolves around downtown Chicago-based groups such as 1871 and Lightbank. But an initiative being launched and supported by DuPage County plans to put the suburbs in that discussion as well. 
  • A bit over a decade ago, the online travel website Orbitz came into being, and its impact has forever changed the way we plan our
    vacations. Today, one of the members of that Orbitz group has set his sights on doing the same thing to corporate travel. 
  • What can Miley Cyrus and Paula Deen teach you about your business? How they handled themselves in the past year made a significant impact on their professional brand — both good and bad. And knowing what worked — and what didn’t — for them can help you promote your brand in 2014. 
  • Your employees are relying more and more on their mobile devices today to do business. Are they confident you’re supplying them with all the tools necessary to successfully do that? 
  • When you walk into a Walgreens store, you’ve probably got a list of things on your mind — filling a prescription, picking up some health and beauty supplies, maybe finding a great sale on candy or seasonal items. How well the store is saving energy probably isn’t on that list. 
  • Kickstarter has become as big a part of the movies as a large tub of buttered popcorn. 
  • You’re excited because your small business stands out front and center on Google’s Map’s Street View. Now, how can you get customers to walk through those virtual doors — and eventually through your real doors? 
  • Chalk one up for the U.S.A. Despite traditionally having higher labor and assembly costs than our Asian counterparts, American manufacturing got a boost from the Colorado-based research firm IHS, which published the results of a teardown analysis of Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility’s new Moto X smartphone. 
  • In the world of real estate, it’s all about ‘location, location, location.’ But in the world of cross-border e-commerce, location can be greatly overrated. 
  • As a child of ‘60s television, I grew up fascinated by the world of George Jetson, who’s life seemed so easy thanks to a slew of robots that did all the hard work.
    That fantasy world of “The Jetsons” is a reality at Elk Grove Village-based Wynright Corp., where robotic technology is being introduced to an area in warehouse and distribution center operations still known for requiring manual labor — loading and unloading trucks. 
  • As one of a few dozen Chicago area residents who was chosen by Google to be an explorer of the company’s highly-anticipated, augmented-reality device known as Glass, Mount Prospect resident Mike Santoro notes the unusual look of the device — worn on your head like a pair of eyeglasses — does get you noticed. 
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