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  • Microsoft is killing Xbox Music free streaming

    22 October 2014, 6:33 pm by: Mark Wilson

    Microsoft is pushing music fans towards Music Pass by cutting off one supply of free streaming music. On December 1st, the free streaming feature of Xbox Music will be no more, leaving Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and web users looking for new ways to satisfy their…
  • Kinect apps come to the Windows Store, Kinect SDK 2.0 and adaptor kit launch

    22 October 2014, 4:51 pm by: Mark Wilson

    Kinect has moved on. Once a peripheral that encouraged gamers to dance manically in front of their consoles, it has now evolved into something rather more sophisticated. As part of Kinect's on-going development Microsoft today released Kinect SDK 2.0 following…
  • Google launches Inbox, the smart inbox that 'works for you'

    22 October 2014, 1:45 pm by: Mark Wilson

    Hands up if your inbox is out of control? From that quick show of hands, it's clear that the idea of inbox zero has not caught on globally. We all have more email to deal with than ever before, even if most of it is junk. Google has a new solution to email…
  • 10 music releases that brought down entire websites

    22 October 2014, 12:42 pm by: Steve Rawlinson

    The Internet and digital downloads have moved us past the times when the shelves of record stores were often cleared of every last copy of the latest hit single. But that doesn't mean that the mad onslaught of devoted fans can't still cause havoc as they…
  • EaseUS To Do Backup can now mount system images

    22 October 2014, 12:07 pm by: Nick Peers

    EaseUS software has released EaseUS Todo Backup Free 7.5 and EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation 7.5, a major new release of its comprehensive Windows backup tool. The program, which allows users to take both file- and image-based backups from a single tool, gains…
  • IBM and Microsoft team up to offer greater hybrid cloud choice

    22 October 2014, 10:30 am by: Ian Barker

    One of the problems that enterprises often see in implementing cloud computing is that they risk getting tied into a single supplier for software and platform. This is leading to more interest in 'hybrid cloud' solutions which allow the mixing and matching of…
  • Nokia Lumia 735: Budget smartphone for the selfie generation [Review]

    22 October 2014, 9:07 am by: Sandra Vogel

    Nokia is coming to the end of the road as a name in phone making, and the brand will likely get subsumed into owner Microsoft in the not too distant future. With Nokia phones already well and truly part of the Windows Phone stable, you won't be surprised to…
  • Samsung teases Android 5.0 Lollipop for Galaxy Note 4, but don't get your hopes up

    22 October 2014, 7:31 am by: Mihaita Bamburic

    With Android 5.0 Lollipop yet to be released, some manufacturers have already revealed their upgrade plans for the latest version of the mobile operating system, effectively setting a high bar for the rest of the pack. You can thank HTC, Motorola and Sony for…
  • EHEAR E2: A wearable Bluetooth video camera that won't break the bank [Review]

    22 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Wayne Williams

    You never know when you’ll see or hear something interesting when out and about. If you want to record what's going on around you, the easiest solution is to whip out your smartphone, but that’s not always practical -- if you’re driving for example, or…
  • Using Google Analytics to gauge return on investment

    22 October 2014, 6:19 am by: Ian Barker

    Google Analytics has become something of an industry standard for gathering web metrics. But a new report from form building company Formstack says that businesses may be concentrating on measuring the wrong things. It suggests that users tend to focus on…
  • Bitdefender unveils portable Adware Removal Tool

    22 October 2014, 5:52 am by: Mike Williams

    Bitdefender has announced the availability of Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for PC, the first public beta of its portable program to detect and remove unwanted software. The Removal Tool arrives as a single 41.8MB executable file. There are no supporting…
  • Staples is the latest US store to suffer a credit card data breach

    22 October 2014, 5:45 am by: Barclay Ballard

    The office supply store Staples has announced that it is investigating a possible breach of payment card data, making it the latest US store to be targeted. The retailer has notified the relevant authorities, but has not disclosed details of the data breach…
  • Making direct interconnection of networks a Snap

    22 October 2014, 4:55 am by: Ian Barker

    As businesses increasingly turn to the cloud to store their data the weak link in the chain remains the use of the public internet to transfer information. To overcome these concerns enterprises are looking for secure and scalable ways to directly connect data…
  • Proximity Unlock hitting Android L and ChromeOS Preview builds

    22 October 2014, 3:53 am by: Dilraj Singh

    Google has long been unhappy with traditional passwords. And rightly so, they are a headache. If they are easy to remember, they can become easy to guess. There are problems with reuse, attackers are getting them through compromised third party applications,…
  • Xiaomi price drop suggests new flagship devices are on their way

    22 October 2014, 3:14 am by: Barclay Ballard

    Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi looks set to implement a price reduction drive across a number of its devices, increasing speculation that new flagship models will be released in the not-too-distant future. According to a report by GizChina, citing…
  • Avast 2015 gains Home Network Security check, HTTPS scanning, hardware-based virtualization

    22 October 2014, 3:03 am by: Mike Williams

    Avast Software has announced the release of its 2015 product lineup, including Avast Free and Pro Antivirus 2015, Avast Internet Security 2015, and Avast Premier 2015. All editions now include a Home Network Security option which scans your local network…
  • Ginni comes to her senses, but too late for IBM?

    22 October 2014, 2:57 am by: Robert X. Cringely

    This week, of all weeks, with IBM seemingly melting-down, you’d think I’d be writing about it and I have been, just not here. You can read two columns on IBM I published over at, here and here. They are first day and second day analyses of…
  • Vatican Library’s digital archives now available online

    21 October 2014, 10:16 pm by: Barclay Ballard

    The Vatican Apostolic Library has announced that more than 4,000 ancient manuscripts will now be available online as part of a digital archive. Global IT service provider NTT DATA has developed the service, which displays high definition digital reproductions…
  • Here's what's new in Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860

    21 October 2014, 9:43 pm by: Mark Wilson

    Development of Windows has been criticized in the past for being slow. With the Technical Preview of Windows 10, it's just not possible to level the same complaint at Microsoft. It's only a couple of weeks since we got our grubby little hands on the embryonic…
  • Why the iPhone 6's Apple Pay is all about owning your identity

    21 October 2014, 9:27 pm by: Paul Cooper

    Apple's 'Apple Pay' function, tying Touch ID with mobile payments, was perhaps the most important announcement to come from the 9/9 event, and one that signifies the company's first legitimate claim to consumer identity. This pits Apple not just against…

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