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  • The best thing about San Diego Comic-Con

    26 July 2014, 12:36 pm by: Joe Wilcox

    The world's most lively pop-culture event reaches the half-way mark today. Four glorious days of geekdom concludes tomorrow at 5 pm PDT, but there's lots to come before the end. Saturday is typically Comic-Con's busiest and brightest day. With the masquerade…
  • Seven teenage tech entrepreneurs who made millions before they turned 21

    26 July 2014, 7:36 am by: Wayne Williams

    If you’re a tech entrepreneur, or want to be, the good news is there’s still plenty of money to be made if you have a great idea, and can attract the right audience and/or investors. According to the Kauffman Foundation, the average age of first-time tech…
  • Information retrieval requests put a major strain on IT departments

    25 July 2014, 4:52 pm by: Darren Allan

    Time consuming data retrieval requests are putting a big strain on IT teams, at least according to a new piece of research. Iron Mountain (a storage and data management outfit) conducted the study, and spoke to a number of senior IT bods across Europe…
  • Top 10 cyber security tips

    25 July 2014, 12:56 pm by: Bill Carey

    High profile hacking incidents continue to make headlines around the world. The Target data breach that compromised 40 million customer accounts is still reverberating around the retail universe, and earlier this month a hacker organization targeted CNET, the…
  • Spotify to appear on Vizio Smart TVs

    25 July 2014, 12:45 pm by: Alan Buckingham

    Smart TVs and Blu-ray players have become all the rage these days, with customers using them to replace the need for a set-top box, though in most cases apps can be limited. So when a new one debuts on a platform it can be a big deal to customers who invest…
  • Amazon's Fire phone gets more premium apps -- MapQuest and WeatherBug

    25 July 2014, 12:44 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    Can you feel the electricity in the air? Today is Amazon Fire phone release day! Yes, the mythical smartphone, which was rumored for years, finally becomes available to consumers today. Next door to the pizzeria where I got my meatball parm hero for lunch…
  • Chromebooks going back to school in new ad

    25 July 2014, 10:19 am by: Alan Buckingham

    Google is making an ever increasing amount of inroads with the education sector. Chromebooks have been finding new homes in many schools over the past year, with institutions either purchasing the devices for students or requiring them to attend with one.…
  • Best Windows 8 apps this week

    25 July 2014, 9:47 am by: Martin Brinkmann

    Ninety-first in a series. Windows Store saw some great releases this week, including a fantastic looking shooter from Gameloft, a cute racing game in the style of Micro Machines, and an excellent action RPG optimized for touch-input. In other news, the…
  • The Fed suckered IBM into a failing cloud strategy?

    25 July 2014, 9:38 am by: Robert X. Cringely

    Economist David Stockman, who is probably best known for being President Reagan’s budget director back in the era of voodoo economics, has been particularly outspoken about IBM as a poster child for bad policy on the part of the US Federal Reserve. How this…
  • Firefox 32 Beta and Firefox Aurora reveal minor features, tweaks and improvements

    25 July 2014, 9:30 am by: Nick Peers

    Fresh from its release of Firefox 31.0 FINAL, Mozilla has unveiled Firefox 32.0 Beta 1 and Firefox Aurora 33.0a2 for desktop computers. While there are no jaw-dropping new features in either Beta or Aurora (alpha) builds, both contain a number of minor…
  • Take control of your Windows startup programs with Autorun Organizer

    25 July 2014, 9:26 am by: Mike Williams

    Your PC’s taking an age to boot? It could be launching too many programs when Windows starts. There are plenty of freeware "startup manager" tools which claim they can help, but Autorun Organizer is better than most. The program checks a good range of…
  • The technology I'm using this summer [Wayne]

    25 July 2014, 7:12 am by: Wayne Williams

    My colleague Alan Buckingham has already detailed the different hardware he switches to when the weather warms up. He makes his changes to escape his hot office environment, but I have a rather different reason for swapping devices in the summer. I work in a…
  • Fake Googlebots used to drive DDoS and other attacks

    25 July 2014, 6:19 am by: Ian Barker

    Googlebots are essential to the smooth running of the search engine, ceaselessly probing websites to ensure that Google stays up to date with the latest developments and site changes. But for every 25 genuine Googlebots that visit your site you'll also be…
  • Mobile phone etiquette around the world

    25 July 2014, 4:46 am by: Wayne Williams

    People in other countries handle everyday situations in different ways, and that can make life difficult for the traveler. What might be seen as a polite action or way of behaving in one country could well be insulting in another, and it's not just customs or…
  • CCleaner widens cleaning to include TeamViewer and OneDrive, adds repair option

    25 July 2014, 3:01 am by: Nick Peers

    It’s that time of the month when Piriform issues its regular CCleaner update for Windows PCs, and undeterred by the recent CCleaner for Mac 1.08 release, the company has shipped CCleaner 4.16 and CCleaner Portable 4.16 right on schedule. The new release adds…
  • Data is like currency and should be treated as such

    25 July 2014, 2:58 am by: Julie Lockner

    Cyber security woes continue to burden the minds of organizations of all sizes. This has been further exemplified by the announcement from C5 Capital to launch the first cyber security-focused venture capital fund in Europe, as concerns about leaks and digital…
  • Mobile ad success helps Facebook deliver stunning Q2 results

    25 July 2014, 2:51 am by: Alysia Judge

    Facebook has smashed all estimates in its earnings and revenue report this week, largely thanks to its robust mobile ad business. The results slapped down any niggling doubts among critics about the social network's ability to transform itself from a simple…
  • Smart shoes can deliver directions straight to your feet

    25 July 2014, 2:38 am by: Darren Allan

    Forget smartwatches, or other wearables like Google Glass, as an Indian startup by the name of Ducere Technologies is targeting an entirely different area of the body for "smart" functionality -- the foot. Yes, the Lechal is a smart shoe or "interactive haptic…
  • Happy SysAdmin Day -- we're giving away $700 worth of software to celebrate

    25 July 2014, 1:00 am by: Mihaita Bamburic

    The last Friday in July may not mean much to the average person, but it holds a special place in techies' hearts. It's System Administrator Appreciation Day. And we're celebrating it today, for the fifteenth time, with a giveaway! As we cannot offer you any…
  • Microsoft embraces Amazon -- brings OneNote to Kindle Fire and Fire phone

    24 July 2014, 8:10 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    Note-taking and task-tracking can be a real hassle. Not only do you need a device, but the software too. Sure, there are many apps to choose from, such as Evernote and Google Keep, but I prefer Microsoft's OneNote. Don't get me wrong, the other options are…

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