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Double click for fitness

One in four dieters are using online weight loss websites as a diet plan, the highest percentage in six years, according to a recent survey of 16,000 online dieters by Tampa, Fla.-based Marketdata Enterprises Inc. Those using a brick-and-mortar weight loss center fell 6.8 percentage points during the same six-year period. In general, more dieters […]

Independent developers see opportunity in Mac App Store

Apple Inc.’s app store for Mac computer applications, unveiled last week, could spur new apps from local independent software developers. The new Mac store opens with more than 1,000 apps in 21 categories, including games, business productivity and education, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Mac App Store builds on Apple’s popular mobile app store, which includes […]

Weight-loss websites shaping up to compete

By Hallie Busta Don Paullin saw a problem. His brother was struggling with obesity, but diets and commercialized products provided only temporary help. So after reading the diet literature his brother had received, Paullin had an idea. “It finally occurred to me that the rebound phenomenon occurred because people didn’t change from within,” Paullin said. […]

SIM panel celebrates spirit of innovation

By Sara Al-Farhan   Imagine ordering a drink without having to ask a bartender, or knowing exactly when the next bus arrives on a cold day at the bus stop. The Society for Information Management held a panel discussion Wednesday to celebrate four innovators who transformed these ideas into reality. Chicago Innovation Award winners John […]

What’s a QR code? How to use new 2-D barcodes to link print with the Internet

  By Mark Goodman, Guest columnist What is this 2-D Barcode? How are businesses using it to link print content with their Internet strategies? Have you ever seen a barcode like the one shown below? In the parlance of the Internet, they are QR codes. These two dimensional representatives of data were invented by a […]