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Ally Marotti

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7 May 2019 | 10:30 AM

5G is here. Is it a technological leap forward – or a health concern?

5G, the fifth generation of wireless, promises lightning-fast download speeds and could lay the foundation for high-tech advancements like self-driving cars.

Welch talking with Scott Johnson as her daughter, Saoirse, 2, hangs off a railing outside Johnson's home in the West Beverly neighbourhood in Chicago. Welch was knocking door-to-door to ask residents to sign a petition that would delay construction of cellular towers and installation of related equipment using 5G technology near homes and schools in the 19th Ward because of possible adverse health risks to residents. — Chicago Tribune/TNS
19 Feb 2019 | 11:30 AM

Google will expand finance team to Chicago, adding ‘hundreds’ of jobs

Google plans to create "hundreds" of new jobs in Chicago this year, expanding the office it already calls its Midwest headquarters.

Google announced that it will be hiring hundreds of new employees for its finance team. — Chicago Tribune/TNS
13 Feb 2019 | 10:30 AM

Smart devices like Nest getting hacked in digital home invasions

Arjun and Jessica Sud routinely use a baby monitor to keep tabs on their seven-month-old's bedroom. Last month, they heard something chilling through the monitor: A deep male voice was speaking to their child.

Arjun Sud sits with his wife, Jessica, and seven-month-old son, Oliver, at their home in Lake Barrington. — Photos: Chicago Tribune/TNS
3 Dec 2018 | 10:00 AM

Groupon at 10: How email deals created a tech giant and why it’s shrinking

Groupon launched a decade ago this fall with a two-for-one pizza deal at Motel Bar in Chicago, a humble beginning that preceded a whirlwind rise and an even faster fall.

2 Nov 2018 | 11:30 AM

US scientists push to make Chicago a leader in quantum computing and the fight against hacking

Researchers from the University of Illinois are joining Chicago-area scientists in creating a network that could pave the way for communication that can't be hacked.

A laboratory run by University of Chicago professor David Awschalom at the school's William Eckhardt Research Centre is testing technology in the hopes of developing a communications network that uses quantum physics. — Chicago Tribune/TNS
31 Oct 2018 | 9:00 AM

Venmo and Zelle try to stop you from sending money to the wrong person

When Michael O'Neil tried to pay the company that inspected the condo he bought last summer, he had no idea there was a company on the East Coast with a nearly identical name and an email address that differed by just four letters – until he sent US$360 (RM1,505) to the wrong business.

Rohman (pic) sent money to the wrong person using Venmo. Now she's more careful. "If I know that it's not for certain them, I just wait and ask them," she said. "I don't want to be giving out money to people I don't know." — Chicago Tribune/TNS
24 Oct 2018 | 11:00 AM

Uber is testing an on-demand staffing business in Chicago

Uber Technologies is developing an on-demand staffing business called Uber Works, and the tech giant has been testing the service in Chicago.

Uber Technologies, known for its ride-hailing service, is testing an on-demand staffing business called Uber Works in Chicago. Uber has been testing the service, which would provide events and corporate functions with temporary workers, for the past few months. — Dreamstime/TNS
1 Oct 2018 | 10:30 AM

Amazon was back in Chicago last month, as its search for HQ2 narrows

Amazon was back in Chicago last month to take another look at a South Loop site along the river, as the e-commerce giant narrows its search for a planned second headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs.

Members of Amazon's HQ2 site selection team visited Related Midwest’s 62-acre planned development, called The 78, in Chicago last month, according to sources. — Chicago Tribune/TNS
24 Sep 2018 | 10:30 AM

Mapping tech company Here Technologies names Chicago its HQ for the Americas

Here Technologies, which collects and analyses traffic data, has designated Chicago as its headquarters for the Americas, in part because of access to the area's data scientists and other technology workers.

Chris Deboo editing traffic information in Denmark at HERE Technologies on West Randolph Street in Chicago, Illinois. The company, which collects and analyses traffic data, is expanding into new offices. — Chicago Tribune/TNS
17 Aug 2018 | 7:30 AM

Airbnb hosts scramble after Chicago rejects 2,400 registrations for short-term rentals

Airbnb hosts throughout Chicago are concerned and confused after receiving notices from the city last week informing them they could face potential fines if they don't remove their units from the home-sharing platform within seven days.

Airbnb hosts throughout Chicago are concerned and confused after receiving notices from the city last week informing them they could face potential fines if they don't remove their units from the home-sharing platform within seven days. — Dreamstime/TNS