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  • Google invites Glass wearers to brave LA's beaches

    18 April 2014, 8:15 pm

    Users of Google Glass will get to meet and compare their techie headgear this weekend at a spot where appearance is everything.On Saturday in Los Angeles, the Internet company is holding a 3.6-mile run from its offices in Venice to the Santa Monica Pier and…
  • Was Steve Jobs a jerk? Hiring case questions his character

    18 April 2014, 7:17 pm

    Tech workers suing over an alleged no-poaching agreement among Silicon Valley firms are fighting an attempt by defendants to ban evidence that might portray Steve Jobs as a bad guy.…
  • Plastic computers taking shape, but won't replace silicon

    18 April 2014, 7:10 pm

    Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough published this week brings such a possibility closer to reality.Researchers are looking at the possibility of making low-power, flexible and inexpensive computers out of plastic materials.…
  • Telerik frees HTML5 collection of components

    18 April 2014, 5:20 pm

    Borrowing a page from the recently revised Microsoft playbook, development tools maker Telerik has released as open source the bulk of its Kendo software library of components for building Web and mobile applicationsThe Kendo UI Core is a collection of user…
  • Space X rocket en route to ISS with space laser cargo

    18 April 2014, 4:55 pm

    A Space X Falcon rocket lifted off Friday afternoon for the International Space Station (ISS) from the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida.The mission is the third commercial resupply flight for Space X to the ISS and part of NASA’s push to use private…
  • AMD steers clear of low-cost tablet market

    18 April 2014, 4:50 pm

    Advanced Micro Devices doesn’t want its chips in low-priced tablets, and is eager to avoid a battle with Intel or ARM, whose chips have driven tablet prices down to under $100.Growth in the tablet market is driven by low-end devices and Android, but AMD’s…
  • Experts: Avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata

    18 April 2014, 4:25 pm

    Although Exadata is Oracle’s most popular and mature “engineered system,” some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of…
  • FCC vote on incentive auction plan could further open broadband competition

    18 April 2014, 3:35 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will reserve a significant amount of spectrum in its upcoming auctions of the television band for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi, agency officials said Friday.The FCC will vote on a plan to conduct a complicated…
  • 13 tips and tricks to master your HTC One (M8)

    18 April 2014, 3:00 pm

    Go from newbie to expert in 10 minutes with this collection of tips.
  • HTC plans to own the selfie market and kill your DSLR

    18 April 2014, 2:09 pm

    HTC talks the future of its Ultrapixel camera and more.
  • Missing Pieces: Wrapping up the week's must-know gaming news

    18 April 2014, 2:00 pm

    Paid all your taxes? Maybe got a sweet, sweet refund check? Why not celebrate by reading about video games?This week we've got March NPD sales figures (hint: it's not looking great for Microsoft), Firaxis is making a new Alpha Centauri Civilization game set in…
  • Twitter app downloads could put users at risk

    18 April 2014, 1:55 pm

    Twitter announced that it is putting its MoPub acquisition to use by enabling Twitter marketers to promote and distribute mobile apps. There is a potential opportunity there, though, for attackers to exploit the system if users become conditioned to download…
  • Satellite communication systems rife with security flaws, vulnerable to remote hacks

    18 April 2014, 1:30 pm

    Security researchers have found that many satellite communication systems have vulnerabilities and design flaws that can let remote attackers intercept, manipulate, block and in some cases take full control of critical communications.Between October and…
  • How to start receiving personalized alerts on Bing

    18 April 2014, 12:33 pm

    Microsoft recently rolled out a new feature for Bing designed to make the search engine more personal by delivering useful updates to the Bing homepage based on your interests. You can get updates for news, weather, and traffic so you'll know what to expect on…
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS plays better with high-res displays, forms Ubuntu's tablet backbone

    18 April 2014, 11:31 am

    Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' has arrived, a mere week after the death of Windows XP, complete with improved high-DPI display and tablet capabilities. Publicly available downloads of the latest version of Ubuntu started on Wednesday and is Canonical's latest…
  • Ads pushing app downloads are coming to Twitter

    18 April 2014, 10:45 am

    Twitter’s new mobile advertising suite lets companies pitch their mobile apps in promoted tweets or place ads inside other apps.The suite combines Twitter Cards, a feature that automatically adds Google Play and App Store links to tweets, and Promoted…
  • How to prevent Windows 8.1's desktop taskbar from showing in Metro apps

    18 April 2014, 10:40 am

    The tiny tweaks in the update pushed to Windows 8.1 users last week transformed Microsoft’s Modern UI-tinged future into a truly PC-friendly operating system for the very first time, but as welcome as the changes were, they didn’t sit well with everyone.…
  • Investors try last-minute Mt. Gox revival as liquidation looms

    18 April 2014, 9:24 am

    The clock may be running out on Mt. Gox, but a consortium of investors still wants to relaunch the failed Bitcoin exchange.A website called SaveGox.com has emerged calling for a halt of the liquidation of Japan-based Mt. Gox, which the Tokyo District Court is…
  • Chrome OS may kill the password with Easy Unlock smartphone option

    18 April 2014, 9:16 am

    Google may be opening a new front on the war against the password with a smartphone-enabled unlock option for Chrome OS PCs. Dubbed Easy Unlock, the new test feature would "instantly unlock your Chromebook when you and your phone are nearby, no password…
  • Why, and how, to encrypt your Android device

    18 April 2014, 7:00 am

    We know the days of digital privacy are long gone. You can start to claw a smattering of it back by encrypting your Android phone or tablet.
  • Tie me down: The ultimate guide to proper PC cable management

    18 April 2014, 6:30 am

    There's no doubt about it: Taking the time to tidy up your cables is something every system builder and upgrader should do.Aside from the small additional effort it takes, there are no downsides whatsoever—but benefits abound. Even if you're not into the…
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 8 review: Fancier CPU and display take a toll on battery life

    18 April 2014, 6:00 am

    Sure, you can now use Microsoft Office on an iPad, but you can run Office and just about every other productivity app on a Windows 8 tablet. And while many of those devices have all the same specs, Lenovo is banking on its ThinkPad 8's faster CPU,…
  • Japan gets first bitcoin ATM, two more on order

    18 April 2014, 5:50 am

    Formula One racing and cryptocurrency have nearly nothing in common—except Suzuka. The home of the Japanese Grand Prix will soon debut Japan’s first bitcoin ATM.Local importer Raimu has brought a Robocoin ATM into the country from Las Vegas-based Robocoin…
  • Google lawsuit against Rockstar to stay in California

    18 April 2014, 3:05 am

    A Google complaint against Apple-backed patent consortium Rockstar will stay in a California court rather than be moved to Texas where Rockstar already has patent lawsuits against Google’s Android partners, the California court ordered Thursday.Backed by…
  • Unbounded Robotics launches robot platform for education, research

    18 April 2014, 2:05 am

    If you fear the rise of robots, the latest humanoid-style machine has an “emergency stop to prevent robot apocalypse.”That tongue-in-cheek feature belongs to UBR-1, which has been launched by California startup Unbounded Robotics.The robot is aimed at a…
  • China's Alibaba to offer mobile phone services in June

    18 April 2014, 12:15 am

    Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao sites already sell everything from clothes and furniture to car tires and medicines. But soon they’ll also be offering 3G data and voice call plans as well, the Chinese e-commerce giant said Thursday.User registration for mobile…
  • Michaels says breach at its stores affected nearly 3M payment cards

    17 April 2014, 11:15 pm

    About 2.6 million payment cards at Michaels Stores and another 400,000 at subsidiary Aaron Brothers may have been affected in a card skimming attack that compromised its point-of-sale systems, the retailer said Thursday.Michaels said it had found evidence…
  • Exclusive: Google's Project Loon tests move to LTE band in Nevada

    17 April 2014, 7:35 pm

    Google has expanded its Project Loon tests to the Nevada desert and, for the first time, into licensed radio spectrum.Google declined to comment on the secret trials, but a local official confirmed they are related to Project Loon, and government filings point…
  • IT security is national security—but you're not alone

    17 April 2014, 7:00 pm

    National security may be at stake as private businesses try to manage a growing number of cyberthreats, but IT professionals shouldn’t have to bear that burden alone.That was one of the messages from a conference earlier this week where threat experts from…
  • Amazon's Fire TV voice search to improve this summer

    17 April 2014, 6:46 pm

    The company is integrating more services into the unified voice search, starting with Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime.

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