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  • Skype 5.0 for Android update makes it easier to contact your friends

    23 July 2014, 2:47 pm

    The app now hooks into your contacts list to find out who is using Skype and how to get in touch with them.
  • EA delays Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition

    23 July 2014, 2:42 pm

    Somebody at EA must've hit the panic button. The game maker just announced that highly anticipated titles Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition will both miss their expected release dates.Hardline, developed by Dead Space creator Visceral Games, is…
  • U.K. government embraces OpenDocument Format over proprietary file solutions

    23 July 2014, 2:25 pm

    The U.K. government has adopted ODF as its standard for the exchange of word processor and spreadsheet files between departments and with citizens and suppliers, meaning that companies and citizens will not be required to buy a particular application or…
  • Clockwise Podcast: Backdoors, public betas, social networks, and 3D

    23 July 2014, 2:19 pm

    Apple denies it's made a backdoor for spies, one of our panelists brings a 3D TV into his house, the Yosemite public beta arrives, and people seem to dislike their social networks. With guests Philip Michaels and Dan Frakes.
  • Kindle Fire Phone: Our first 5 days with Amazon's smartphone

    23 July 2014, 1:46 pm

    The more I use Amazon's Fire phone, the crazier it seems that Amazon is launching its first smartphone in 2014.The smartphone market is now saturated with iPhones and Android handsets, and they've become so sophisticated that smaller competitors have little…
  • Google Play Store gets a Material Design-inspired makeover

    23 July 2014, 12:52 pm

    Content pages get a cleaner look, with larger visuals.
  • Low-cost Android tablets to get 4K video with Allwinner 64-bit chip

    23 July 2014, 12:50 pm

    Low-cost Android tablets with 64-bit processors and 4K video decoding capabilities could be around the corner, thanks to Allwinner’s plan to ship its first 64-bit ARM processor by year end.Allwinner on Wednesday said the 64-bit ARM processor will have the…
  • 5 major revelations hidden in Microsoft's earnings report

    23 July 2014, 12:06 pm

    Financial results and earnings calls are typically as boring as boring can be. Estimates, projections, GAAP versus non-GAAP results, yaaaaaaaawn.…
  • Microsoft announces the low-cost Nokia Lumia 530

    23 July 2014, 11:15 am

    After it was first tipped in early March by Evleaks, Microsoft-owned Nokia announced the Lumia 530 on Wednesday. The budget-grade 3G smartphone is a follow-up to the Lumia 520 and 525 and the first Lumia launch since Microsoft finalized its Nokia acquisition…
  • Dutch spy agencies can receive NSA data, court rules

    23 July 2014, 11:10 am

    Dutch intelligence services can receive bulk data that might have been obtained by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) through mass data interception programs, even though collecting data that way is illegal for the Dutch services, the Hague District Court…
  • Oracle ships nearly 60 mobile apps for JD Edwards

    23 July 2014, 10:40 am

    Oracle is responding to an ever more mobile customer base with the rollout of 57 mobile applications for its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne business software suite.“JD Edwards is one of the fastest-growing parts of Oracle’s business,” said analyst Ray Wang,…
  • BlackBerry offers BES10 as a hosted service through partners

    23 July 2014, 10:35 am

    Businesses wanting the security of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 without the complexity of managing it onsite can now buy it as a hosted service from six BlackBerry partners.The BES10 service can manage and secure iOS and Android devices, as well as those…
  • Japan Airlines hopes smartwatches for gate staff will fly

    23 July 2014, 10:00 am

    It can be tough getting the attention of airport gate staff. Soon they might have an additional distraction: smartwatches.Japan Airlines (JAL) on Wednesday demonstrated how some of its staff at Haneda airport in Tokyo are using Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 to…
  • File-encrypting Android ransomware 'Simplocker' targets English-speaking users

    23 July 2014, 10:00 am

    A ransomware threat that encrypts files stored on the SD memory cards of Android devices has been updated to target English-speaking users with FBI-themed alerts.The malware app is called Simplocker and was first identified by security researchers from…
  • Dropbox for Business grows more security, admin muscles

    23 July 2014, 9:59 am

    Dropbox will continue beefing up the business version of its cloud storage and file sharing service, adding security features to shared links, full-text search capabilities and new tools for enterprise developers.For Dropbox content shared via links, it will…
  • New Google Maps ads blend in with their surroundings

    23 July 2014, 9:43 am

    Google just introduced more ads to the recently revamped Google Maps, plopping discrete paid placements for local businesses next to organic listings in the service's search results. …
  • Google has to face U.S. privacy suit over new user data policy

    23 July 2014, 9:24 am

    A California court has allowed a privacy class action suit against Google to continue, though only in part.After evaluating each claim of each sub-class in the suit, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has allowed two claims of the “Android Application…
  • Google rival slams EU Commission over antitrust settlement proposals

    23 July 2014, 9:15 am

    One of the complainants in an antitrust case against Google has slammed the European Commission for apparently adopting wholesale Google’s proposal to settle the case, while giving complainants no fair chance to express their views on the settlement.…
  • TrewGrip wants to change how you type on your mobile device

    23 July 2014, 8:35 am

    We first spotted this flipped-around mobile keyboard at CES. Now we've gotten a chance to try out a prototype before the finished version arrives this fall.
  • Mobile gadgets outnumber people in these 7 countries

    23 July 2014, 8:33 am

    Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to snap up smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. had wireless broadband penetration…
  • Mt. Gox trustee leaves door open to revival of Bitcoin exchange

    23 July 2014, 8:00 am

    The trustee overseeing the carcass of Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest trading platform for Bitcoin, told investors Wednesday that the company could be revived.Speaking to a meeting of people whose bitcoins evaporated in the fall of Mt. Gox, Nobuaki…
  • Dreamweaver CC 2014 review: Web design and development tool gets even more visual

    23 July 2014, 8:00 am

    With the latest version of Dreamweaver, Adobe adds even more visual aids—so many that it might be possible to produce Web content without even looking at the application’s code view. But it’s not FrontPage 98 or PageMill 2.0, by a long shot—Dreamweaver…
  • 11 simple tips and tricks to get more from your LG G3

    23 July 2014, 7:00 am

    These tips will quickly have you using LG's new flagship phone like a pro.
  • SQL injection flaw in Wall Street Journal database led to breach

    23 July 2014, 6:45 am

    A vulnerability in a web-based graphics system led to a breach of The Wall Street Journal’s network by a hacker, the newspaper acknowledged late Tuesday.The system was taken offline, and the intrusion did not affect customers or customers’ data, according…
  • Add sizzle to your PowerPoint presentation with shapes and special effects

    23 July 2014, 6:00 am

    Unless you’re presenting a cure for insomnia, you want your PowerPoint slides to engage your audience without distracting them from the presenter (you). Too much text invites people to read rather than listen—if they don’t just tune out…
  • Facebook’s vision for Oculus Rift realized: YouVisit takes VR beyond gaming

    23 July 2014, 6:00 am

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg boldly claimed that Oculus Rift “has the potential to be the most social platform ever” after acquiring the virtual reality company back in March. But Rift is still under development, and so far developers have been focused on…
  • Apple hit with class action lawsuit for alleged labor rule violations

    23 July 2014, 12:45 am

    Apple faces in a state court in California a class action suit that its employees were not provided timely meal breaks, rest breaks and final paychecks, according to the lawyer for the employees.The Superior Court of California for the County of San Diego…
  • Seafaring robot shrugs off monster Typhoon Rammasun

    22 July 2014, 11:05 pm

    It was a storm that would terrify the bravest of mariners, but a California robot swam through it without blinking.The Wave Glider robot has weathered a direct onslaught by Typhoon Rammasun, battling 9-meter waves and gusts up to 216 kilometers per hour while…
  • Zero-day flaws in Tails aren't for sale, vulnerability broker says

    22 July 2014, 10:40 pm

    A company that specializes in selling information on software vulnerabilities has reignited a debate over the handling of such information, especially when it pertains to privacy-focused tools.Exodus Intelligence, based in Austin, Texas, tweeted on Monday it…
  • As hardware kills Microsoft profits, CEO Nadella seeks comfort in software

    22 July 2014, 7:18 pm

    Microsoft’s quarterly financials are out, and they paint a startlingly clear picture of why new CEO Satya Nadella is in such a hurry to scuttle away from the “devices and services” mantra rolled out by former honcho Steve Ballmer just last year:…

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