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  • Sony Xperia Z2 review: A powerful smartphone wrapped in Sony style

    1 September 2014, 1:00 pm

    The Sony Xperia Z2 has a lot of power under the hood and a great design, but since it's only available in its unsubsidized form, you'll need to ask yourself how much you're willing to spend.
  • Reconnaissance code on industrial software site points to watering hole attack

    1 September 2014, 12:50 pm

    Attackers have rigged the website of an industrial software firm with a sophisticated reconnaissance tool, possibly in preparation for attacks against companies from several industries.The incident was detected last week by researchers from security firm…
  • Europol launches international cybercrime task force

    1 September 2014, 10:55 am

    Europol launched a cybercrime task force Monday to fight online crime in the EU and other countries.The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) will be piloted for six months and hosted at Europol’s European CyberCrime Center (EC3), the organization said…
  • What to do when your laptop's touchpad stops working

    1 September 2014, 10:37 am

    The built-in touchpad in Raji Yusuff Oluwagbenga's laptop no longer works, making Windows nearly impossible to use. Here's how to (hopefully) fix the problem.Have you ever tried to use a Windows PC without a mouse, touchpad, or other pointing device? It's all…
  • Show spotlight will be on smartwatches with better looks and connectivity

    1 September 2014, 10:35 am

    Smartwatches will be in the spotlight at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all keen to demonstrate their new products are what consumers want.Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics announced their upcoming smartwatches, the Gear…
  • China gives Microsoft 20 days to answer questions in anti-monopoly probe

    1 September 2014, 10:35 am

    Chinese authorities have issued a 20-day deadline for Microsoft to explain “compatibility problems” with its Windows and Office software, after previously warning the company not to obstruct an anti-monopoly investigation.China’s State Administration for…
  • European 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, report says

    1 September 2014, 9:45 am

    Europe’s 700MHz band should be freed for mobile broadband by 2020, a report to the European Commission recommends.The extra spectrum is needed to meet increasing demand for video on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.The 700MHz Ultra High…
  • Get productive with the best Android tablets for students

    1 September 2014, 7:00 am

    Find the right Android tablet for you to manage the chaos of another school year.
  • WallyHome review: Sniffs out water leaks all over your home

    1 September 2014, 6:30 am

    Low-power sensors, useful notifications, and peace of mind for homeowners: not a bad package.
  • The 11 best PC co-op games to play with your friends

    1 September 2014, 6:00 am

    It's dangerous to go alone!…
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell preview: This game has an armchair that fires rockets

    31 August 2014, 8:16 am

    A thing I think happened: One day the People In Charge Of Ideas were sitting around at Volition racking their brains trying to come up with a new Saints Row game. "What can we possibly do to top the last game?" said one developer. "We literally gave players…
  • Facebook says not to believe the rumors, wants you to trust its Messenger app

    30 August 2014, 3:00 pm

    You’ve probably read the rumors by now: Facebook’s Messenger app records your movements! Spies on your conversations! Kills baby unicorns! Facebook wants you to know that it’s doing nothing of the sort.In a statement from Peter Martinazzi, a member of…
  • IBM Watson cooks up some new dishes

    29 August 2014, 5:10 pm

    When not busy helping to find new treatments for cancer, IBM Watson is helping to cook up a few new dishes as well.To show off Watson’s powers, IBM is training its cognitive computing system to suggest new combinations of ingredients that could help cooks to…
  • Nike gets into smartwatch software with Samsung Gear S app

    29 August 2014, 3:49 pm

    The Nike+ Running app will let users track their routes and get “cheers” from Facebook friends while leaving their phones at home
  • Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

    29 August 2014, 3:00 pm

    Apple will appeal a judge’s order this week that denied its request for a sales ban on Samsung products that were found to infringe its patents.A jury in California decided in May that Samsung infringed three of Apple’s patents and awarded the iPhone maker…
  • Facebook testing mobile searches for old posts

    29 August 2014, 3:00 pm

    Facebook is testing a way to let users of its mobile app search for posts shared with them in the past.…
  • Having problems updating Windows 7? Try changing DNS settings

    29 August 2014, 2:15 pm

    Microsoft may have republished its botched August update, but some Windows 7 users are reportedly still having problems with Windows Update. Fortunately, they've also found a simple solution.On Wednesday, Microsoft reinstated its August update, which had…
  • Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor preview: Killer of orcs, controller of minds

    29 August 2014, 2:07 pm

    "You can either kill him or mind-control him," says the handler watching over my shoulder as I play Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor. I'm staring down at Kaka the Legend, an orc war chief, as he begs for his life.This is the same Kaka the Legend who…
  • Appeals court denies Oracle request to restore $1.3 billion judgment against SAP

    29 August 2014, 2:00 pm

    Oracle has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to restore US$1.3 billion judgment in its copyright-infringement lawsuit against SAP, but will have the options of taking a lesser amount of money or pursuing a new trial.The jury initially awarded the $1.3…
  • How to clear absolutely everything off your desktop in Windows 8.1

    29 August 2014, 1:22 pm

    I'd bet that if you polled 10 PC users on the best way to use the desktop on Windows you'd get 11 different answers. How to use the desktop is one of the most personal choices each PC user makes. We've already covered ways desktop hoarders can better manage…
  • Look but don't touch: Apple wearable won't ship until 2015, report says

    29 August 2014, 12:57 pm

    A September announcement seems likely, but a 2014 launch doesn't
  • IDC: Tablets sales growth to slow this year

    29 August 2014, 12:53 pm

    Tablet shipments worldwide will continue to grow this year, but not as quickly as previously expected, according to a forecast released Friday.After four years of double- and triple-digit growth, worldwide tablet shipments this year will grow by just 6.5…
  • Nokia's Here Maps is coming to Samsung Galaxy phones

    29 August 2014, 12:48 pm

    The Here beta is part of a licensing deal to tie people into Samsung's Tizen-powered Gear S watch.
  • Boston's Bolt launches hardware companies

    29 August 2014, 12:30 pm

    Tucked away in downtown Boston, Ben Einstein looks for the next multimillion-dollar idea. As the co-founder of Bolt, Einstein—who wouldn’t confirm or deny his relationship to Albert—is in charge of choosing hardware startups and launching them to…
  • Intel turns its attention to desktop performance, unveils 8-core Haswell-E processor

    29 August 2014, 12:00 pm

    Intel took the wraps off its most powerful consumer CPU at the PAX video-game conference in Seattle, WA, today. Intel’s Core i7 High-end Desktop Processor Family, code-named Haswell-E, consists of three unlocked processors that support hyperthreading, DDR4…
  • Alienware's Area-51 gaming desktop reborn as a powerful Haswell-E-packing triangle

    29 August 2014, 12:00 pm

    The first thing you notice about Alienware's new Area-51 refresh is that it's a freakin' triangle. Yeah, you heard me right—Alienware is bringing its Area-51 desktop line back from the dead, and the thing is shaped like a triangle. Pythagoras would be proud.…
  • Pixlr's free photo editor goes native on Windows and OS X

    29 August 2014, 11:59 am

    Windows and Mac users in need of a free photo editor can now download a desktop version of Pixlr.The popular web app is now available as standalone software, no longer requiring an Internet connection to use. But be aware that the free version isn't quite the…
  • Hands-on: Chrome beta gets guest mode and a new profile switcher

    29 August 2014, 10:45 am

    Google is changing how people switch between different user profiles and also moving guest mode from a hidden feature to a regular part of the browser, at least in beta.The latest beta build of Chrome moves user profiles from the upper left-hand corner of the…
  • CryptoWall ransomware held over 600K computers hostage, encrypted 5 billion files

    29 August 2014, 9:32 am

    A file-encrypting ransomware program called CryptoWall infected over 600,000 computer systems in the past six months and held 5 billion files hostage, earning its creators more than $1 million, researchers found.The Counter Threat Unit (CTU) at Dell…
  • Controversial ads slip into Firefox nightly test builds

    29 August 2014, 9:20 am

    Mozilla's advertising experiment for the new tab page in Firefox is popping up in the nightly test builds of the browser. Called Directory Tiles, the new program mixes website suggestions from sponsors and sites based on your browsing history in the new tab…

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