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  • Microsoft to continue using Nokia brand on entry-level phones

    24 October 2014, 1:30 am

    Microsoft will continue to sell low-end phones with the Nokia brand and has licensed the brand for these type of devices.The company is meanwhile preparing to roll out its new Microsoft Lumia brand, Tuula Rytilä, senior vice president of marketing for phones…
  • Adobe begins encrypting user data collected from Digital Editions app

    23 October 2014, 10:35 pm

    Adobe Systems said Thursday it is now encrypting data it collects about certain ebooks after facing criticism earlier this month for not protecting the data.The Digital Reader blog reported on Oct. 6 that Adobe’s Digital Editions 4 software, used for…
  • Three can't-miss deals on Intel 'Haswell' PCs

    23 October 2014, 6:24 pm

    You know the drill. When the model year nears its end, new cars gets cheaper. The same is true of winter clothing when spring approaches, and it’s equally true of computers when a new generation is on the horizon.…
  • Amazon builds sales, but losses pile up

    23 October 2014, 6:20 pm

    Amazon.com continued to increase its sales last quarter but losses also mounted, to the growing consternation of investors.Amazon’s overall sales were up 20 percent in the third quarter, amounting to $20.58 billion for the three months ended Sept. 30, the…
  • Apple Pay's next move could be phone-to-phone payments

    23 October 2014, 5:30 pm

    The launch this week of Apple Pay is giving many people their first taste of NFC payment technology, which allows them to buy things in a store by bringing an iPhone 6 close to a compatible terminal.But the NFC standard also allows payments to be made directly…
  • Oracle says state wanted to take 'unacceptable risk' with health care website transition

    23 October 2014, 5:20 pm

    The blame game between Oracle and the state of Oregon is going into overtime, even before their dueling lawsuits over the disastrous Cover Oregon health insurance exchange website make it into court.Cover Oregon went live on Oct. 1 last year, and like the…
  • Microsoft Q1 sales jump, but Nokia drags down earnings

    23 October 2014, 5:05 pm

    Microsoft revenue leaped 25 percent in the first quarter but profit dropped, dragged down by expenses tied to its ongoing wave of layoffs and to the integration of Nokia’s phone business.…
  • Surface tablets nearly hit $1 billion as Microsoft revenues jump 25 percent

    23 October 2014, 5:02 pm

    Microsoft reported a 25 percent increase in revenue from the same period a year ago as some of its key businesses, including Office 365 and the Xbox, delivered sharp gains.…
  • Canonical celebrates cloud freedoms with new Ubuntu

    23 October 2014, 4:45 pm

    Canonical continues to aggressively equip its flagship Ubuntu Linux server software with more tools to help users build and run clouds.The open-source OS now comes with the latest edition of the Docker virtualization container technology and, for the first…
  • Facebook and Yahoo prevent use of recycled email addresses to hijack accounts

    23 October 2014, 4:35 pm

    Facebook and Yahoo have developed a mechanism to prevent the owners of recycled email addresses from hijacking accounts that were registered on other sites using those addresses in the past.…
  • Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs because the Steve Jobs bio-pics must never end

    23 October 2014, 3:19 pm

    But, hey, at least Christian Bale is a very good actor.
  • Stealthy startup Soft Machines launches virtual CPU cores that trounce traditional processors

    23 October 2014, 3:02 pm

    A well-funded chip startup, Soft Machines, is taking the popular but abstract concept of virtual machines and applying it to the chip level.…
  • Facebook hopes to get people talking -- using whatever name -- with Rooms app

    23 October 2014, 3:00 pm

    Facebook is going old-school, with a stand-alone app for discussion boards aimed at letting users talk about shared interests without having to use their real names.The company released Rooms on Thursday, its answer to the craze around posting and sharing…
  • Halloween-themed Humble Bundle offers cheap, spooky games

    23 October 2014, 1:48 pm

    There are plenty of cool Halloween-themed Android games, but a new offer from the Humble Bundle can get you even more spooky gaming on the cheap.This week’s gaming discount starts with Oscura: Second Shadow, zombie apocalypse game Rebuild, and Containment:…
  • Android Wear continues to evolve with support for local music storage and GPS

    23 October 2014, 1:34 pm

    Google is rolling out an Android Wear update that adds features for local music storage and on-board GPS tracking—two nifty tricks that will let you leave your smartphone at home when it’s time for that epic jog. The new features are welcome, but you’ll…
  • Amazon Web Services opens German location to ease privacy concerns

    23 October 2014, 1:25 pm

    In a move to help extinguish European and especially German privacy concerns, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a location in Frankfurt.In Europe, Amazon has up to now offered its cloud services from Ireland only. Meanwhile, there were many German…
  • What Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said in Mandarin that so impressed the Chinese

    23 October 2014, 1:20 pm

    Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg stunned many Chinese on Thursday, not with a new Facebook feature, but because he spoke and answered questions in Mandarin for almost half an hour.…
  • AT&T bundles $1 Amazon Fire phone with $49 Fire HDX tablet

    23 October 2014, 1:18 pm

    Amazon’s Fire phone can’t get any cheaper than free, so AT&T is doing the next best thing and bundling it with a cheap Amazon tablet.Starting tomorrow, AT&T customers can get an Amazon Fire HDX tablet for $49—a $130 discount—with the purchase of a Fire…
  • Akamai sees record-setting spikes in size and volume of DDoS attacks

    23 October 2014, 1:10 pm

    The size and volume of distributed denial-of-service attacks has exploded in the past year, with a 389 percent increase in average attack bandwidth between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014, according to an Internet security report from…
  • New rumors of Microsoft wearable include FCC filing, mystery watch on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    23 October 2014, 12:26 pm

    The details keep rolling in on Microsoft’s upcoming fitness band, which will likely be announced within a few weeks.A new filing with the Federal Communications Commission describes a “mobile wireless device” that comes in small, medium and large sizes,…
  • BrandPost: Making the most of meetings

    23 October 2014, 12:17 pm

    You won’t find a single facet of corporate America that’s more resoundingly despised than meetings. Progressive companies have taken note, and they’re taking steps to make meetings less reviled, better attended and more productive. Want to make better…
  • BrandPost: Do employers need to chase IT certifications?

    23 October 2014, 12:12 pm

    Innovations in business technology are driving demand for IT professionals with certifications that prove an area of expertise. Certifications cover specific knowledge around a technology unlike computer science degrees, often criticized as too general and…
  • Google Now gets solar eclipse tips and crime alerts

    23 October 2014, 12:02 pm

    Google Now's march into every corner of your life continues, as it's now dealing out cards for local crime alerts and solar eclipses. The crime notifications are a little geographically challenged at the moment, as our editor-in-chief found one in his…
  • Vintage Apple-1 computer sells for a record $905,000

    23 October 2014, 11:33 am

    This article originally appeared on Computerworld.com.…
  • German publishers capitulate and let Google post news snippets -- for now

    23 October 2014, 11:05 am

    German publishers said they are bowing to Google’s market power, and will allow the search engine powerhouse to show news snippets in search results free of charge, at least for the time being.The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the…
  • Chromebook shipments skyrocket as Microsoft unleashes counterattack

    23 October 2014, 11:03 am

    Google-centric Chromebooks are turning out to be a big deal and they’re only getting bigger. Shipments of laptops running Chrome OS increased 67 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, according to market research firm ABI…
  • Nvidia brings one of the the GTX 980's best new features to older graphics cards

    23 October 2014, 10:50 am

    Nvidia is bringing “Dynamic Super Resolution” to older graphics cards, letting users enjoy 4K-like visual smoothness on 1080p displays.…
  • Do the research before you upgrade your RAM

    23 October 2014, 10:29 am

    Hoping to speed up his PC, Elijah Kinch Spector (yes, we’re related) asked about adding more RAM.The amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) in your PC may or may not be the machine’s major bottleneck. But it will likely speed things up, and it’s easier to…
  • Abandoned subdomains pose security risk for businesses

    23 October 2014, 10:10 am

    Many companies set up subdomains for use with external services, but then forget to disable them when they stop using those services, creating a loophole for attackers to exploit.Because many service providers don’t properly validate the ownership of…
  • More Beats than Spotify: Microsoft to kill free Xbox Music streaming

    23 October 2014, 10:01 am

    The free, ad-supported music streaming party is over, at least for Microsoft. The company recently announced that effective December 1, Xbox Music’s free tier will be retired. Anyone who wants to use Xbox Music after that date will have to pony up for Xbox…

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