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  • 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…
  • RapidWeaver 6.0 adds five new themes, debuts Addons Manager, Markdown tool

    21 October 2014, 8:11 pm by: Nick Peers

    UK developer Realmac Software has unveiled RapidWeaver 6.0, a major new version of its acclaimed web design tool for Macs. Version 6, which now requires OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later to run, throws in a new Addons Manager, bundles five new themes and…
  • Step inside Dr. Jane Goodall's shoes via Google Street View

    21 October 2014, 8:06 pm by: Dilraj Singh

    Not everyone can be a 'Dr. Jane Goodall' and spend years in Tanzania studying chimpanzees, but now you can be a little closer to the experience thanks to Google Maps Street View. The Google Maps team worked with the Jane Goodall Institute and the Gombe…
  • Google Play Music All Access gets even better with Songza integration

    21 October 2014, 8:02 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    I love me some music, and I love me some Google Play Music All Access. For real though, I use the search-giant's music service for multiple hours every day. Whether it is on my desktop, smartphone or tablet, I consume many songs with the service. Sure, other…
  • Google takes Firebase under its wing in latest cloud acquisition

    21 October 2014, 7:01 pm by: Mark Wilson

    Firebase, a company helping developers to produce apps and services that store and sync data in realtime, is the latest Google acquisition. With a user base of 110,000 developers three-year-old Firebase announced that it is joining Google and plans to continue…
  • Download Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860 now!

    21 October 2014, 4:39 pm by: Mark Wilson

    Windows 10 Technical Preview has just been updated. We've been working with build 9841 for a little while, and now it's time for an upgrade. Today, Microsoft releases build 9860 to people signed up to the Windows Insider Program, and there are a number of key…
  • Is the iPad mini losing its appeal?

    21 October 2014, 1:16 pm by: Wayne Williams

    When Apple announced its new iPads last week it was, unsurprisingly, iPad Air 2 that got the most focus. It’s Apple’s flagship (and most expensive) tablet after all, and received the greatest improvements. The iPad mini 3 had little new to offer, and so…
  • Toshiba unveils the Satellite Radius 11 Convertible -- form and function at a low price

    21 October 2014, 12:58 pm by: Brian Fagioli

    Toshiba has been making laptops for what seems like forever, and for many consumers, the machines have been synonymous with quality and value. The company produces computers for both bargain hunters and enthusiasts alike. Today, the company announces a…
  • Log into Gmail with a USB drive -- Google adds support for Security Key

    21 October 2014, 11:48 am by: Mark Wilson

    Two factor authentication (or two step verification, if you prefer) is very a la mode at the moment. Actually, it has been pushed by companies for some time, but a number of high profile security problems recently has brought it back to public attention again.…
  • Microsoft's Satya Nadella: 'We've always had freemium. Sometimes our freemium was called piracy'

    21 October 2014, 11:32 am by: Alan Buckingham

    Microsoft is committed to the cloud. CEO Satya Nadella is starting to hit his stride and his vision is coming into focus. The new leader seems to see the future in OneDrive and he isn't shy about explaining his reasoning. In a lengthy interview with CNBC's…
  • Nokia's HERE beta availability extends beyond Samsung Galaxy smartphones

    21 October 2014, 11:10 am by: Mihaita Bamburic

    HERE's upcoming availability for Samsung Galaxy smartphones was announced in late-August, and, at first, it appeared to be an exclusive launch. But, shortly after, Nokia's arm revealed that the app would actually be made available for every compatible Android…
  • New platform speeds up development of multi-platform enterprise apps

    21 October 2014, 9:07 am by: Ian Barker

    Mobile apps are becoming increasingly important to business as more consumers want to shop and interact online and more employees want to take advantage of BYOD and working away from the office. Developing an app for multiple platforms, however, can prove…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook writes to employees after Q4 2014 earnings call

    21 October 2014, 8:40 am by: Mark Wilson

    Still in buoyant mood after the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and iPad Air 2 -- even the Mac mini -- Apple gave its Q4 2014 earnings call yesterday. CEO Tim Cook announced that the company generated $42.1 billion in revenue in the quarter and a net…
  • How to switch from iOS to Android, according to Google

    21 October 2014, 8:27 am by: Mihaita Bamburic

    With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 on the horizon, as well as some great Android devices already on the market, some of you may be thinking about ditching iOS for Android. It is unquestionably a big decision, so you may want to ensure that the…
  • Flagship Samsung Galaxy devices fit for classified US government use

    21 October 2014, 6:41 am by: Mihaita Bamburic

    Samsung today announces that flagship Galaxy smartphones and tablets are now approved by the US government for complete classified use within its agencies. The handsets have received the stamp of approval in no small part due to the security features made…

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