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  • The story-driven Superhero Workout app makes getting fit super-fun

    22 August 2014, 3:21 pm by: Wayne Williams

    There are hundreds of fitness apps available for iOS and Android and, I suspect, like fitness equipment, many people buy them with the best of intentions, but then never use them. I’m a prime example. Although I use running apps like Zombies, Run! and…
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but is it good or bad?

    22 August 2014, 2:31 pm by: Alan Buckingham

    The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken off on social media in the past week or so. The campaign is designed to fuel awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease -- a problem that has famously, and sadly, afflicted Stephen Hawking, though many others are just as…
  • Making sense of the cloud: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS explained

    22 August 2014, 1:12 pm by: Vivek Vahie

    Cloud computing is one of the most important technologies in the world right now, but it can be extremely confusing at times. What, for example, are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS? Read on as we take the jargon out of the cloud and explain things in a much more…
  • G.SKILL unveils Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 Memory Kits

    22 August 2014, 12:46 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    When it comes to building a computer, there are many routes to take. Of course, if you are wealthy, you can throw money at your build and achieve something wonderful. However, for many of us average folks, money can sometimes be tight. If you are on a budget,…
  • Rebel NSA and GCHQ agents are actually helping make Tor more secure

    22 August 2014, 11:20 am by: Mark Wilson

    For anyone looking to stay anonymous online, Tor seems like an obvious option. At the same time, it could lull users into a false sense of security -- after all, this is a network that was, at least in the past, funded by the military and US government -- and…
  • PortableApps.com Platform 12 adds app menu, instant search, automatic app closing

    22 August 2014, 11:13 am by: Mike Williams

    John Haller’s PortableApps.com has announced the release of PortableApps.com Platform 12, a major update for the all-in-one app manager. Right-clicking the Platform system tray icon now displays a cascading menu containing all your apps, links to system…
  • SSL vulnerabilities leave Android apps open to attack

    22 August 2014, 10:11 am by: Ian Barker

    If you're an Android user you may already have been tempted to don your tin hat and descend to your bunker following today's earlier story about app hacking. Prepare to settle in for a long seige then as new research reveals that many of the most popular…
  • Best Windows 8 apps this week

    22 August 2014, 9:52 am by: Martin Brinkmann

    Ninety-fifth in a series. Welcome to this week's episode of the best new apps and games for Microsoft's Windows 8.x operating system. This week has been rather uneventful. Microsoft did release an update for its OneNote application that adds options to print…
  • Sophos looking for beta testers for new Android security software, prizes offered

    22 August 2014, 9:44 am by: Alan Buckingham

    While the claims of Android malware may be a bit overblown, it does exist and has to be a consideration for customers. That fact has brought about an abundance of software designed to combat the perceived problem. Now Sophos is jumping into the market with an…
  • 5 tips to make your browsing safe and secure

    22 August 2014, 8:32 am by: Victoria Ivey

    The internet has become as ubiquitous as air. You’re connected at home via Wi-Fi, then you go out and stop by a cafe to grab a quick morning coffee and check your Facebook, then you come to the office, get all serious and send business mail to your…
  • Information security spending to grow 8 percent in 2014

    22 August 2014, 7:44 am by: Ian Barker

    Worldwide spending on information security is set to top $71.1 billion this year, up almost 8 percent over 2013, according to forecasts by Gartner. It's also forecast to grow by a similar percentage next year to reach $76.9 billion. Gartner says increased use…
  • Pebble scores the ESPN app, brings sports to your wrist

    22 August 2014, 7:28 am by: Alan Buckingham

    Yes, I know not everyone is a smartwatch fan. It is a device reserved for geeks, athletes and the curious souls who wish to know what it's about. Pebble was one of the first to market (Microsoft came early, but failed) and now it has one more app to get…
  • Apple launches OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta 2

    22 August 2014, 7:17 am by: Mihaita Bamburic

    In late-July, Apple launched the public beta testing program for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which it previewed at WWDC 2014. It was the first time the fruit logo company gave its non-developer Mac-toting users the ability to install a pre-release version of its…
  • Transform your photos with PhotoWand for Windows 8

    22 August 2014, 6:52 am by: Mike Williams

    PhotoWand is a free photo effects app for Windows 8. It’s not going to compete with the desktop equivalents any time soon, but there’s more than enough power here to make it genuinely useful. There are simple and practical tools to improve your photos, for…
  • Lenovo Yoga 2: A decent budget hybrid [Review]

    22 August 2014, 6:48 am by: James Morris

    The Lenovo Yoga 2 is not to be confused with the Yoga 2 Pro. Although the basic principle of a notebook with a screen that flips over to turn the device into tablet is the same, the specification is markedly different. Just for starters, this is an 11.6in…
  • Gmail app hacked with 92 percent success rate

    22 August 2014, 6:08 am by: Ian Barker

    Researchers from the University of California Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have identified a weakness in Android which allows personal data to be obtained from apps. Tested against seven popular apps the method was between 82 and 92 percent…
  • Get 6 months of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 for FREE [BetaNews exclusive offer]

    22 August 2014, 5:00 am by: Wayne Williams

    The new Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 keeps consumers safer than ever from online threats. It is designed for extreme ease of use and will actually maximize your computer’s performance. The full version usually retails for $59.95 but BetaNews readers can…
  • How security breaches have changed the cyber landscape

    22 August 2014, 4:59 am by: Ian Barker

    There's no doubt that security breaches are becoming more common. According to the US Government Accountability Office cyber incidents increased by 782 percent between 2006 and 2012. But how does this impact the world at large? Security management company SRC…
  • How to secure commercial online file sharing

    22 August 2014, 3:14 am by: Eva Rossmar

    Cloud-based file-sharing services benefit all types of businesses by providing easy, convenient access to information anytime, anywhere. With technology increasingly blurring the lines between work and personal lives -- often with the same platform being used…
  • Nearly 70 percent of homes will have an Internet of Things device by 2019

    22 August 2014, 3:09 am by: Darren Allan

    Acquity Group (part of Accenture Interactive) has just released the findings of its 2014 State of the Internet of Things Study, and the headline fact is that the firm estimates 69 percent of consumers will own an in-home IoT (Internet of Things) device come…

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