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  • The trick to making a great 'mobile first' app

    28 July 2014, 6:59 am by: Ajay Chowdhury

    There are now more than one million apps in the Apple app store but a study by Deloitte's showed that 80 percent of apps get less than 1,000 downloads each. If we assume (very, very conservatively) that those apps cost an average of $10,000 to develop -- that…
  • Cortana embarrasses Siri in new Windows Phone ad

    28 July 2014, 6:22 am by: Mihaita Bamburic

    Even though Cortana shares some major design traits with Google Now, there is no denying that the new Windows Phone 8.1 personal assistant actually feels more like a Siri rival. That is due to their uncanny wittiness and human-like personality, two things that…
  • Xbox One now available for pre-order in China

    28 July 2014, 2:56 am by: Wayne Williams

    On Friday, China Telecom, the country's third biggest telecommunications company, said it would start selling the Xbox One in China from September, although no pricing details were revealed. Today JD.com Inc, China's second largest e-commerce company (by…
  • BlackBerry: Apple and IBM partnership is like 'two elephants dancing'

    28 July 2014, 2:19 am by: Jamie Hinks

    BlackBerry isn’t losing any sleep over the recent enterprise tie-up between IBM and Apple as their CEO John Chen compared it to a couple of large mammals taking to the dance floor. Chen, talking to the Financial Times, likened the partnership to when "two…
  • How network convergence can improve the mobile experience

    28 July 2014, 2:13 am by: Don Thomas Jacob

    Network convergence has been defined as the integration of voice, video and data in a single network. This convergence allowed enterprises to deliver more, and even better services, at a much lower cost to customers. While network convergence has evolved over…
  • Wilson's Weekend Whine: slow connections are dividing the web -- and making me mad

    27 July 2014, 6:37 pm by: Mark Wilson

    The inspiration for this weekend's whine, along with the reason for its slight delay are one and the same thing. An appallingly slow (often non-existent) internet connection. Well, actually it's a combination of things, a slow internet connection being just…
  • Microsoft's Kinect technology powers university library

    27 July 2014, 5:25 am by: Alan Buckingham

    Microsoft has made Kinect a big part of its latest gaming console, Xbox One, though customers can now buy the box without that technology tied to it. However, the device can be used for more than just gaming and entertainment. Liberty University is now using…
  • 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…

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