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  • Most USB thumb drives can be reprogrammed to silently infect computers

    31 July 2014, 4:55 pm

    Most USB devices have a fundamental security weakness that can be exploited to infect computers with malware in a way that cannot easily be prevented or detected, security researchers found.The problem is that the majority of USB thumb drives, and likely other…
  • Windows Server 2003 support expiration could push sales next year

    31 July 2014, 4:50 pm

    Server sales could spike with the expiration of extended support for Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 OS in July next year, a Dell executive said.The expiration of extended support for Windows Server 2003 is analogous to support expiration for Windows XP in…
  • Judge rules against Microsoft in email privacy case

    31 July 2014, 4:15 pm

    A U.S. district court judge has ruled against Microsoft in the company’s effort to oppose a U.S. government search warrant for emails stored in Ireland.On Thursday, Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York…
  • MongoDB snags key Oracle engineer

    31 July 2014, 4:00 pm

    Upstart NoSQL software vendor MongoDB has snagged a key engineer from the ranks of Oracle, the company’s largest competitor in the database software market.Roger Bamford, a 30-year Oracle veteran, has joined MongoDB as a distinguished architect, MongoDB…
  • FTC's in-app purchasing cases ignored consumer benefits, critics say

    31 July 2014, 3:50 pm

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission failed to adequately consider the consumer benefits of easy in-app purchases in its recent complaints accusing Apple and Amazon.com of allowing children to buy digital products without parental permission, according to some…
  • Clockwise Podcast: Comic-Con, Yelp, smart bulbs, and "app rot"

    31 July 2014, 3:46 pm

    Amazon and Apple make comic-book fans sad, Yelp lets reviewers add video clips, tablet and smartphone fans let "app rot" set in, and how many tech fans does it take to install a smart bulb? With guests Leah Yamshon and Blake Stimac.
  • Some SAP users remain unhappy with pricier Enterprise Support

    31 July 2014, 3:05 pm

    SAP is struggling to convince some customers that a pricier support service it introduced several years ago provides additional value compared to the standard support option.“SAP still has a great deal of persuading to do—even though the figures have…
  • Twitter reports a rise in government data requests

    31 July 2014, 2:50 pm

    The number of government requests worldwide seeking Twitter users’ data, or the removal of content, increased during the first half of 2014.There were 2,058 total requests to Twitter for user account information, typically connected to criminal…
  • Office for iPad updated with PDF exporting, flick gestures

    31 July 2014, 2:30 pm

    Microsoft updated its three Office for iPad apps—Word, PowerPoint, and Excel—with new features including PDF exporting, presentation views, and even a new flick gesture.The three apps have been officially upgraded to version 1.1 inside the Apple App Store.…
  • This wildly ambitious PC uses copper foam and custom engineering to pack big power in a small,…

    31 July 2014, 2:16 pm

    Your next ultra-powerful, ultra-tiny PC could look like a Brillo pad or copper-hued Chia pet, if a crowdfunding-slash-preorder campaign by Silent Power meets its goals—and then delivers on some ambitious engineering promises.That copper mesh may look…
  • Report: CIA improperly accessed Senate computers

    31 July 2014, 2:10 pm

    An internal CIA investigation has determined its employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee while it was working on a report about the agency’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, according to a report by…
  • French carrier Iliad offers to buy T-Mobile U.S.

    31 July 2014, 1:50 pm

    French mobile operator Iliad has offered to buy T-Mobile US, the fourth-largest U.S. cellular carrier, in a bid that could complicate an offer reportedly in the works at Sprint.…
  • University researchers develop special smartphone display for the far-sighted

    31 July 2014, 1:42 pm

    Fumbling around for your near-vision glasses to read the tablet screen? University researchers may have come up with a way to alleviate that problem.Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Berkeley, have developed…
  • Samsung to investors: Don’t worry, we’re releasing even more phones

    31 July 2014, 1:31 pm

    During an earnings call that drew the ire of investors, a Samsung executive promised two new flagship devices and even more mid-range phones.
  • BlackBerry Messenger beta freely available for Windows Phone

    31 July 2014, 1:30 pm

    BlackBerry released its BlackBerry Messenger app in open beta for Windows Phone on Thursday, taking it out of the private beta stage.Users can now download the BBM Beta app from the Windows Phone store. It’s not a universal app, however, so it will…
  • PHP gets a formal specification, at last

    31 July 2014, 1:05 pm

    Despite becoming one of the most widely used programming languages on the Web, PHP didn’t have a formal specification—until now.The developers who oversee the language, including engineers from Facebook, are assembling a document that details how PHP…
  • PSA: Amazon Appstore giving 30 premium Android apps away for free

    31 July 2014, 11:57 am

    The two-day sale makes many excellent games, reference tools, and other paid apps available for free.
  • How to move Outlook Data to a new PC

    31 July 2014, 10:16 am

    Bruce Hillyer is moving to a new PC. He asked about bringing his email, contacts, and appointments from Outlook on his old PC to Outlook on his new one.If you use Windows' Easy Transfer tool, the actual file moving should be no big deal, although I wouldn't…
  • AMD's Kaveri processors coming to smaller, cheaper desktops

    31 July 2014, 9:53 am

    Advanced Micro Devices wants to help gamers build cheaper, smaller desktops through new processors the company started shipping on ThursdayAMD’s A10, A8 and A6 chips—code-named Kaveri—are targeted at small-form factor and even larger desktops starting at…
  • Hacker group targets video game companies to steal source code

    31 July 2014, 9:46 am

    A group of attackers with links to the Chinese hacking underground has been targeting companies from the entertainment and video game industries for years with the goal of stealing source code.The stolen intellectual property is used to “crack” games so…
  • Facebook's Internet.org app gives Zambia mobile users free, basic Internet access

    31 July 2014, 9:36 am

    Facebook introduced an app on Thursday that will give mobile phone subscribers in Zambia access to a set of free basic mobile data services—and Facebook.The app is part of Facebook’s Internet.org project that aims to bring Internet access to the two thirds…
  • SAP ties up with Apigee for API management

    31 July 2014, 9:35 am

    SAP will resell software from Apigee in a move to help customers and partners build mobile applications, products and services that securely tap data from SAP systems.The deal will result in a product called SAP API Management, a rebadged version of Apigee’s…
  • Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

    31 July 2014, 9:21 am

    Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.…
  • Oracle buys TOA Technologies in strike against Salesforce.com

    31 July 2014, 9:15 am

    Oracle is fleshing out its family of cloud applications and taking a competitive step against the likes of Salesforce.com with the acquisition of TOA Technologies, maker of software for companies centered around field services. Terms were not disclosed.TOA’s…
  • Terse FCC letter suggests Verizon's plan to throttle unlimited data is a cash grab

    31 July 2014, 9:12 am

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sharply questioned Verizon Wireless over its plan announced last week to throttle mobile data speeds for customers with unlimited plans.In a letter to Verizon Wireless President and CEO Dan Mead on Wednesday, Wheeler challenged…
  • Intel's Raspberry Pi-like MinnowBoard Max behind schedule, selling at a premium

    31 July 2014, 8:56 am

    It’s been a rough start for Intel’s MinnowBoard Max open-source computer, which has been delayed and is now pricier.The Max is like the Raspberry Pi, an open-source computer that has taken hobbyists by storm. The Max is a circuit board, with no case, that…
  • IBM buys access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas

    31 July 2014, 8:40 am

    IBM has added to its security software portfolio with the purchase of Italian access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas for an undisclosed sum, the companies said Thursday.The company, already an IBM partner, provides tools to ensure that users…
  • EC stepping up antitrust inquiry into Google, Android

    31 July 2014, 8:05 am

    The European Commission is stepping up its inquiry into Google’s alleged anti-competitive behavior in the market for mobile software, making a formal investigation into the company’s Android business more likely, according to a report.In recent weeks, the…
  • Runtastic Orbit review: The activity tracker that only a Runtastic fanatic could love

    31 July 2014, 8:00 am

    It's not pretty or even cheap, but this serviceable activity-tracking wristband offers special data-syncing with the Runtastic Pro mobile app.
  • Xbox One's high price in China draws complaints, but likely buyers too

    31 July 2014, 7:45 am

    Microsoft’s Xbox One is poised to be the first foreign game console to debut in China, but as the local pricing was announced on Wednesday—$200 more than in the U.S.—would-be customers made their displeasure known online.The Chinese-edition Xbox One will…

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