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  • 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.
  • Facebook and Yahoo prevent use of recycled email addresses to hijack accounts

    23 October 2014, 3:15 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.Last year, Yahoo announced a policy that involves deleting inactive…
  • 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…
  • Why Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn's humble changes are the calm before the storm

    23 October 2014, 10:00 am

    Ubuntu 14.10—or “Utopic Unicorn”—is now out. It’s a standard release of Ubuntu, not a long term support release like 14.04 “Trusty Tahir,” and at first glance Utopic isn’t the most exciting update. It doesn’t even have new wallpaper! But peer…
  • Sony Xperia Z3v review: Verizon gets the exclusive on this Xperia Z2 do-over

    23 October 2014, 10:00 am

    You know how you sometimes look back to the past and wish you could have done something in your life differently? Sony sort of pulled the same schtick with its new flagship, the Xperia Z3v. The Xperia Z2 was supposed to be its big flagship phone of the year,…
  • Papers, Please creator's new game invokes Mac Plus era

    23 October 2014, 9:00 am

    It's safe to say I loved Papers, Please. I recommend the game incessantly whenever I come across someone who hasn't played through the pseudo-Eastern Bloc immigration agent simulator. It even won PCWorld's 2013 Game of the Year award.…
  • BrandPost: VoIP Basics Part 3: Voice and Data Working Together

    23 October 2014, 9:00 am

    In my last post, we talked about packet vs. analog communication. In this post, I outline how VoIP technology enables voice and data to work together and the requirements IT should consider when incorporating VoIP.Voice packets by their nature tend to be very…
  • Apple ending SSL 3.0 push notifications in wake of severe POODLE vulnerability

    23 October 2014, 8:03 am

    Apple will stop support next week for an encryption protocol found to contain a severe vulnerability, the company said on Wednesday.…
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth review: Absolutely stellar

    23 October 2014, 8:00 am

    I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.Here I am, turn 210. A mere two centuries ago I landed on this planet with naught but a handful of colonists, a rudimentary understanding of the Habitation technology, and the means to stake out a better future for…
  • Wi-Fi predicts how long the security line will be at Austin airport

    23 October 2014, 7:57 am

    The Internet can ease travel concerns in many ways, including flight-delay information, maps of road congestion, and ride-sharing apps. But a Wi-Fi network at the Austin, Texas, airport can now answer one of the great unknowns: How long will I have to wait in…
  • Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?

    23 October 2014, 7:46 am

    To identity Twitter solely as a micro-blogging service could be to do it a disservice. The company wants to be much more to developers building mobile apps, and at its Flight conference on Wednesday it welcomed them in.Twitter unveiled Fabric on Wednesday, a…
  • HP gives Moonshot server its first Xeon chip

    23 October 2014, 7:45 am

    If Hewlett-Packard’s Moonshot server doesn’t pan out, it won’t be for lack of trying.Its engineers have been hard at work this year adding various different CPU options for Moonshot, which uses a novel design to reduce energy and space requirements and…

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