| Jan 3, 2014
| 3:33 PM
Twitter Inc. has launched a full Web version of its popular Vine video-sharing social network, expanding the service beyond its smartphone app.
Vine users can now view and "like" videos, leave comments and "re-vine" others via the new website. Users,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:12 AM
It's back to basics for BlackBerry, as the Canadian phone maker has said customers should expect most of its future devices to come with keyboards built into the hardware.
John Chen, the company's new chief executive, told Bloomberg that he is a big fan...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 2:37 PM
John Chen is not pleased with T-Mobile.
BlackBerry's new chief executive took to the company's blog to slam the wireless carrier, which last week targeted BlackBerry users in an email offer that encouraged them to switch to the iPhone 5s.
Chen said he...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 5:00 AM
After the long slog of the Rush Week performance shows, the results show on which "American Idol" assembled its top 13 was a brisk, breezy affair.
We began the night with 10 men and 10 women. Five men and five women would form the top 10 based on the...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 8:43 AM
The "American Idol" top 13 took the stage live on Wednesday night to perform songs suited to the theme "This is me." They were instructed to select a song that "truly defines them as an artist and as a person," Ryan Seacrest told us.
Some of the...
| Feb 27, 2014
Letters to the editor from Palos Park, Homewood and Orland Park.
"Drop it and drive." Chances are, at some point, you've uttered a phrase like that after witnessing someone on the road talking, texting or surfing the Web on a...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 5:45 AM
A sincere student of greats such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, singer and multitalented musician ZZ Ward has a name that seems ripped from a yellowing poster for some Chicago nightclub summit of old fedora-ed blues guys.
| Mar 6, 2014
| 12:32 PM
A year ago, Candice Glover would have dreaded having to perform during “American Idol’s” results show, a night where dreams of victory are shattered for the contestant with the fewest votes.
But the days of singing for anyone's vote...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Pharrell Williams looked wiped out.
Late on a recent evening, the singer-rapper-producer was shuttling between two studios at a Melrose Avenue recording complex. In one he was working on music for this spring's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which he's...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Now that the Olympic flame has been extinguished and the Royal Family has gone back to doing whatever it is the Royal Family does, Chicagoans such as myself can only ask, "What if?"
What if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had strutted across the stage at...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Think the awards-season jockeying ended with the Oscars? Think again.
Competition among the networks for kudocasts is heating up because live events with celebrities are highly conducive to second-screen activity (aka snarky live tweeting).