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  • How the PGA uses analytics, beacons and social to enhance fan experience

    During a professional golf tournament, fans know it's not possible to see every golfer, every swing and every putt in real time. For the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., this week the PGA beefed up the fan experience on PGA.com and within its mobile app, so fans can see more of the action, whether they're on the course or watching from home.

    Written by Lauren Brousell14 Aug. 15 01:05
  • Why It's Time to Start Using a Password Manager

    It's holiday shopping season, and it's time for me to nag you about security. You'll likely be shopping online a lot in the coming weeks, and many of the sites you visit will require passwords. None of us have solid-state memory inside of our heads (yet), so it's easy to be sloppy with passwords. Don't. Seriously. People get hacked all the time, and it's a major pain in the butt.

    Written by Bill Snyder04 Dec. 14 03:42
  • How You Can Stand Up to AT&T and Help Save the Internet

    It's one thing to disagree with President Obama's stand on net neutrality. It's quite another to resort to bullying, but that's exactly what AT&T is doing. Earlier this week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told investors he plans to delay his company's ambitious fiber optic cable investments in 100 cities.

    Written by Bill Snyder14 Nov. 14 06:49
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  • NFL teams test virtual reality at 2015 training camp

    Among all the talk of rookies, holdouts, fresh starts and, of course, the never-ending Deflategate conversation, there's buzz around a new topic at NFL training camps this year: virtual reality (VR). Several teams in the NFL are testing VR during summer practices in hopes of giving players new perspectives, in-depth data during film studies and a leg up on the competition.

    Written by Lauren Brousell06 Aug. 15 23:32
  • Electric cars: Their past, present and future

    Spotting a fancy new Tesla on the road might seem novel, but electric cars are nothing new. And, of course, hybrids like the Prius dot the highways. But the emergence of electric cars dates back further than you think. The first ones go back as far as 1880, and they were common into the early 20th century.

    Written by Sarah K. White01 Aug. 15 00:17
  • Gigabit Internet access grows out of its niche

    Google Fiber launched in Kansas City in 2011. It offered gigabit speed at $70 per month and ignited the development of an ultrafast Internet access category that has since spread throughout the U.S. According to Michael Render, principal analyst at market researcher RVA LLC, 83 Internet access providers have joined Google to offer gigabit Internet access service (all priced in the $50-$150 per month range).

    Written by Steven Max Patterson25 July 15 02:00
  • Yahoo ramps up tech to compete with daily fantasy sports pioneers

    Yahoo, a trailblazer in the world of online fantasy sports, recently released a daily fantasy service, and the company plans to use its experience to compete with pioneers such as DraftKings and FanDuel in the daily fantasy market. It was a natural move for the fantasy sports mainstay, which launched its first offering in the late 90s, but it required technology innovation.

    Written by Lauren Brousell24 July 15 00:08
  • Consumers browsing -- but not buying -- via mobile and social media

    Consumers increasingly rely on smartphones and social media to discover and research products of interest, but relatively few people go on to make mobile purchases, according to new research from Synchrony Financial. Specifically, 45 percent of respondents performed shopping-related tasks via mobile, up 4 percent since last year, but only 18 percent of browsers went on to purchase a product using a mobile device. Mobile discount offers are also popular, with 66 percent of respondents regularly using them, but that number is down from 71 percent last year, Synchrony says.

    Written by Lauren Brousell23 July 15 23:39