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  • Cisco adds threat focus to its firewall platform

    16 September 2014, 8:50 am by: Ian Barker

    The firewall is usually the first line of defense for any network, but most offerings are focused on access policy and application control which makes it hard for them to respond to zero-day and more advanced attacks. Now networking company Cisco is launching…
  • Cheap handsets in India and China fuel huge global surge in smartphone shipments

    16 September 2014, 6:53 am by: Mark Wilson

    New figures show that global smartphone shipments for 2014 are set to be 19 percent higher than the previous year. Juniper Research reports that handset shipments are forecast to jump from 985 million in 2013 to 1.2 billion this year. Smartphone popularity…
  • Opera Beta 25 arrives, finally adds full bookmark support, debuts Linux build

    16 September 2014, 6:05 am by: Nick Peers

    Opera has released Opera Beta 25, which sees the Opera Next channel renamed as part of what could be a landmark release for the alternative web browser when it hits final release next month. The headline new feature is the overdue implementation of bookmarks…
  • Hack your health using fitness technology

    16 September 2014, 5:44 am by: Wayne Williams

    I’m a big fan of fitness apps and wearable gadgets -- anything that can help make working out more interesting and fun is a big plus in my book, which is why I love apps like Zombies, Run! and Superhero Workout. I’m not alone either -- one in four…
  • Riak Enterprise 2.0 enhances NoSQL database usability

    16 September 2014, 5:01 am by: Ian Barker

    For organizations that deal with large quantities of data, the NoSQL database is a popular choice. However, it can present problems for traditional database programmers. For this reason developers are always on the look out for ways to build applications more…
  • Google transforms old oil fields in to a $145m solar project

    16 September 2014, 4:49 am by: Barclay Ballard

    Google has announced it is investing $145 million into its latest renewable energy project. The search engine giant is helping to finance the 82 megawatt solar power plan, which will be the company's 17th renewable energy project, alongside SunEdison. The…
  • Meet Samsung's NX1, a 28 megapixel compact system camera

    16 September 2014, 3:16 am by: Darren Allan

    Samsung has launched a new high-end snapper, a fast compact system camera to rival DSLRs for professional usage. The Samsung NX1 boasts a 28 megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor, supports 4K video recording, and has a new NX Auto Focus System III with 205 Phase…
  • Andy runs Android on your Mac, Windows 7 and 8 desktop

    15 September 2014, 11:33 pm by: Mike Williams

    Almost three years on from its first release, BlueStacks is probably still the easiest way to run Android apps on your Windows desktop. But it also has issues: performance can be a problem, and you don’t get full control over your virtual device. Andy is…
  • VESA announces DisplayPort 1.3 standard -- enables 5K resolution

    15 September 2014, 8:33 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    My first-ever monitor was a 13-inch Packard Bell CRT; it came bundled with the desktop. At the time, it was rather impressive, but by today's standards, it is trash. However, I had that monitor for close to 10 years before upgrading to a flat-screen LCD. When…
  • PVU, ILMT, LPAR, IPAA and IPLA -- IBM's licensing jargon decoded

    15 September 2014, 7:57 pm by: Ruben Claes

    Software licensing jargon used by the different software vendors makes up some of the most complex and potentially confusing terminology to have emerged from the technology industry. As one of the biggest vendors of all, IBM creates more than its fair share of…
  • Spotify arrives on Amazon Fire TV, requires Premium subscription

    15 September 2014, 7:31 pm by: Alan Buckingham

    Amazon continues to grow the ecosystem for its set-top box, the Fire TV. While its portfolio of offerings hasn't yet reached Roku level, the platform is much newer and still getting its legs under it. Today it expands a bit more with the addition of Spotify.…
  • RichEdit is a surprising WordPad replacement

    15 September 2014, 6:23 pm by: Mike Williams

    If you need a free editor for Windows then checking out a few Notepad replacements is a good place to start: EverEdit, TotalEdit Professional, FXiTE are just a few we’ve covered in the past. But if plain text editing isn’t enough then you might be…
  • Hate U2? Apple offers a tool to remove the free Songs of Innocence album from your iTunes library

    15 September 2014, 2:28 pm by: Wayne Williams

    At the end of its iPhone 6/6 Plus/Apple Watch launch last week, the tech giant kindly gave everyone a gift -- a free U2 album. Songs of Innocence is the first album from the Irish band in five years, and Apple made it instantly available to all 500 million…
  • Apple proves that moats are for dummies

    15 September 2014, 1:55 pm by: Robert X. Cringely

    As we all know, Apple last week announced two new iPhones, a payment service (ApplePay), and a line of Apple Watches that require iPhones to work. There’s not much I can say about these products that you can’t read somewhere else. They are bigger and…
  • Linux Mint 17.1 gets yet another female codename -- is it sexist or endearing?

    15 September 2014, 1:48 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    For some reason, people tend to name inanimate objects after women. Whether it's something like a gun, car or guitar, some kind of feminine moniker may be attached. Sure, it is arguably sexist, but I would argue it isn't, since a negative connotation is not…
  • Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5 introduces 64-bit support, optional ribbon user interface

    15 September 2014, 12:44 pm by: Nick Peers

    Berlin-based developer has released Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5.0, a major new version of its commercial CAD software for home and garden design projects. Version 5.0 adds 64-bit support for improved performance, plus debuts a new, simplified ribbon-based…
  • Auslogics unveils Driver Updater

    15 September 2014, 12:39 pm by: Mike Williams

    Australian utilities developer Auslogics has released Driver Updater, a commercial tool which can update all your PC drivers with a click. If you’ve tried anything similar, the program’s core abilities won’t surprise you. Launch a scan and any outdated…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus set sales record, but, hey, Apple can sell 4 million of anything

    15 September 2014, 12:33 pm by: Joe Wilcox

    Are you one of the 4 million? That's the number of iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders during the first 24 hours, according to Apple. We don't have comparative number for iPhone 5s and 5c, as Apple gave a three-day figure of 9 million last year. But in…
  • Comcast could cut off customers who use the Tor browser

    15 September 2014, 11:42 am by: Mark Wilson

    Last week there were net neutrality protests from a number of big names in the online world. This week there is controversy courtesy of Comcast -- described by DeepDotWeb as "the most hated company in America" -- as the firm apparently declares war on Tor. The…
  • IT professionals not confident they can prevent cyber attacks

    15 September 2014, 11:35 am by: Ian Barker

    Despite the number of high profile attacks in recent months, many organizations are still lacking confidence in their ability to prevent a cyber attack or data breach. These are the findings of a new survey from risk consultancy firm Protiviti which also shows…

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