Friday, August 30, 2013

Will software-defined networking kill network engineers' beloved CLI?

Second-gen Nexus 7 still plagued by multitouch issues after software update

If issues persist, early adopters may have to live with faulty hardware.

Microsoft: Talks with US gov't on surveillance transparency break down

HTC tricks out some phones with Fetch and Mini+ accessories

The Fetch will help you find a phone you left behind; the Mini+ will let you talk with your phone without holding it to your ear. But the gadgets don't work with all HTC phones.

TV binge-watching at its best

Nothing better to do during the long holiday weekend? Try binge-watching some great streaming TV.'s Benioff lays out future strategies

Report: The NSA pays millions for US telecom access

Leaked US spying budget reveals investments in 'groundbreaking' cryptanalysis

Microsoft's Surface slates get permanent price drops, cheaper Touch Covers

Flash Professional CC review: Solid improvements but no flashy new features

Review: Helium Music Manager 9 jazzes up music management mobile app developers gain security tools

Dorm room entertainment: Build a killer system with just two devices

5 budget all-in-one PCs for college students: We name the best values

Origin Genesis Z87 review: Boutique PC bliss in a (slightly) more affordable package

5 Android mail apps for the Gmail-weary

Maybe a new app will help you wrangle those massive piles of email.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review: Rugged and ready for adventure

If Indiana Jones used a smartphone, this would probably be it.

10 awesome PC games that are completely free

Australian who boasted of hacking to plead not guilty to charges stemming from raid

Can China's Xiaomi make it globally?

Samsung starts mass production of DDR4 memories

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Australian Sex Party gets no love from Google's AdWords

US to release annual figures on spying orders and people affected

Review: Hate Plus tries to wrap up a story that already ended

Hate Plus, the add-on-cum-sequel to 2012’s Analogue: A Hate Story is wonderfully written, but doesn’t invite nearly the level of emotional investment as its predecessor.

Imagination to battle ARM with MIPS server chips

Verizon Wireless buyout drive is all about the dollar signs

vBulletin users warned of potential exploit

Diggers on the move: Indie darling Terraria goes mobile

The indie hit Terraria makes the move to mobile.

NIST subjects draft cybersecurity framework to more public scrutiny

Windows 8.1 won't rescue PC market this year, IDC says

Critic: NTIA's mobile privacy push has failed

Xiaomi the money! Who is this mobile company that's poaching Tech's top shelf talent?

Under legal pressure, Facebook clarifies how it uses your data

Facebook’s data policy changes put your face front and center

The social network clarifies its data use policies in the wake of a class-action lawsuit settlement.

Facebook’s data policy changes put your face front and center

Microsoft who? Sinofsky adds another scene to his second act, signs up with Box

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch review: A 15.6-inch budget laptop that's strong on performance and can survive some rugged handling

How to see what your Facebook profile looks like to others

Wondering if your private pictures and posts are public? It's easy to find out!

Dell Latitude 3330 review: A budget laptop with great battery life but lousy performance

Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-A5253 review: This 15.6-inch budget laptop does well on benchmarks but has some physical drawbacks

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z-e000 review: A budget 11.6-inch touchscreen laptop that runs at a snail's pace

Ballmer departure could disrupt Microsoft's fragile transition plans

GameStick Android game console set for September 30 retail launch

The $80 Android-based game console is on sale through several online retailers, including Amazon and GameStop.

Vodafone confirms talks on selling its Verizon Wireless stake

Vodafone confirmed the talks Thursday in response to media reports that the companies were discussing a possible deal worth more than $100 billion.

Confidential Data Is Leaving on Workers' Mobile Devices

Vodafone confirms talks on selling its Verizon Wireless stake

Lil Bub meets Grumpy Cat: The Internet can end now

There's just nothing left to say or do. It can all only be downhill from here.

FTC: Medical lab lost patient info on peer-to-peer network

Touchscreens won't kill the keyboard -- entirely, Microsoft researcher says

Acer Aspire E1-572-680 review: This budget 15.6-inch laptop is an outstanding value

IBM's Power8 opens up to component makers

Mobile phones, meet uncrackable quantum cryptography

Researchers claim to have developed a way to bring photon-bending quantum cryptography to mobile phones, creating a nearly uncrackable connection

French prosecutor starts preliminary inquiry into Prism privacy violations

Amazon Web Services improves GovCloud management

Google patents 'scroogling,' but it's not all about ads

Skype: Camera technology is holding back 3D video chats

Office 2003's burial will resurrect hacker activity

Convert text to image, and image to text

Review: IDriveSync secures cloud storage

Unity adds 2D game development and works with Facebook

Pay what you want for the Humble Comedy Bundle's DRM-free laughs

Hollywood may fear the transition to digital, but comedians aren't scared to follow online gold, and with the Humble Comedy Bundle, charities are the benefactor. Pay what you

Cisco fixes critical remote command execution vulnerability in Secure Access Control Server

You gonna eat that? The sharing economy's worst offenders

Your parking space, half-eaten burrito, and luxury yacht could be huge moneymakers if you’d give them a chance.

Five must-have gadgets for your new college dorm room

8 essential mobile apps for college students

Five free Dropbox tools you're not using (but should be)

US court finds file-hosting service Hotfile infringed copyright, says MPAA

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Former Google executive to help Xiaomi to expand outside China

Report: Android product head Hugo Barra to leave Google

Barra heads for greener pastures at Chinese handset manufacturer, Xiaomi, but what will that mean for Android?

Twitter acquires Trendrr to get a better handle on tweets about TV

Acronis True Image 2014 review: Still powerful and feature-rich, now easier to use

Gimme Shelter: Herd cubs in this premier badger simulator

Might and Delight’s Shelter is a sublime badger-herding experience.

Usage for Tor doubles in wake of secure email shutdowns, arrival of the PirateBrowser

IBM starts restricting hardware patches to paying customers

Nintendo cuts Wii U price, debuts 2DS handheld

Twitter tweaks its site and mobile apps to make conversations easier

Twitter is updating its site and mobile apps to make it easier for users to carry out conversations on the site and share them with others outside of Twitter.

Twitter revamps timeline with new conversation view

Following conversations on Twitter just got easier with a new iOS, Android, and desktop update.

Razer Tartarus Review: Half a keyboard for the exact same price

Twitter tweaks its site and mobile apps to make conversations easier

Massive Delta IV rocket launches classified satellite

Srsly? Bitcoin, selfie added to Oxford dictionary

What do bitcoin, emoji, and selfies have in common? They're all now official words, at least according to the Oxford dictionary.

Srsly? Bitcoin, selfie added to Oxford dictionary

Who will be Microsoft's new CEO? Place your bets -- literally

Review: iPod Copy Master can't master music management

Struggling Nintendo announces 2DS handheld, cuts Wii U price

The new handheld system is $40 cheaper than the Nintendo 3DS, and it plays all the same games, albeit without a 3D screen.

Dropbox reverse engineering an omen for software industry

VMware's virtualization quest could help shake up storage, too

Infor fleshes out its Inforce integration

Discovery-oriented Foursquare app arrives on Windows 8

3DGo streams 3D movies you might actually want to watch

Why buy a 3D Blu-ray player to watch movies on your TV when you can just stream them instead?

Hack of New York Times holds a lesson for all businesses

FAQs about hacks: Everything you need to know about the Syrian Electronic Army

New 3D printing DRM copies Netflix's moves to blockade physical pirates

Now that 3D printing's becoming more popular, the rush to curtail copyright infringement begins.

Learn how to cancel your online accounts

Pirate Bay co-founder's appeal of fraud conviction relies on 'remote control' argument

Patriots deploy free stadium-wide Wi-Fi to compete with the comforts of home

Review: ZipItFree compresses files tightly, doesn't make you tighten your belt

Spear phishing led to DNS attack against the New York Times, others

Privacy campaigners want review of Irish Facebook, Prism decisions

Even LG doesn’t seem that excited about their new tablet

The new LG G Pad 8.3 doesn't seem to bring anything radically different to the mini Android tablet table.

Google slashes Nexus 4 price to $199 off-contract

The best deal in smartphones just got even cheaper ahead of the rumored launch of a low-cost iPhone.

Google slashes Nexus 4 price to $199 unsubsidized, is a Nexus 5 inbound?

The best deal in smartphones just got even cheaper ahead of the rumored launch of a low-cost iPhone.

Google cuts Nexus 4 price by up to a third in some key markets

Take note: Smart classroom tools for tech-savvy students

Samsung Galaxy Mega review: 'It doesn't fit in my pants'

It's like trying to put a cutting board in your pocket.

Gamification: Using play to motivate employees and engage customers

Canonical looking to tap Dell to promote Chinese version of Ubuntu OS

Bitcoin offers privacy -- as long as you don't cash out or spend it

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Oracle software will run faster with new SPARC M6 chip

Server revenue continued slide in Q2 on weak demand, says IDC

DNS hack in Australia hits marquee US sites

MIT develops 110-core processor for more power-efficient computing

Hands-on: Parallels Access runs your Mac apps on your iPad

Parallels is best known for letting you run Windows on your Mac. Now, with Parallels Access, it's entering the more crowded niche letting you run your Mac's apps remotely from your iPad. Here's our first look.

Nissan plans to offer affordable self-driving cars by 2020

Nissan said it’s already building an autonomous-drive proving ground in Japan.

New York Times website hacked

Disney Infinity Review: Finally, a game with all the wit, charm, and crass commercialization of a Disney movie

Disney's attempt at duplicating Skylanders' fusion of physical toys and video games has some issues, but it's incredibly fun.

Intel to ship new Atom server processors next week

The cloud just keeps growing--Microsoft bumps SkyDrive Pro to 25GB

US man pleads guilty to hacking Department of Energy, other sites

Yahoo aims for consistency with site redesign

VMware brings Suse Linux to newly launched cloud service

Cybercrime service automates creation of fake scanned IDs, other identity verification documents

COBOL-based system for $160 billion pension fund is a political football

Facebook does Prism damage control with first government request report

The U.S., of course, led the list of countries fighting for access to Facebook’s user account data.

Apple now is the company most targeted by patent trolls

All but two of the top 30 companies targeted by "patent trolls" seeking licensing fees are in the technology sector, with Apple leading the way.

NASA mission to capture near-Earth asteroid for study

4K TVs just got a lot cheaper

As screen sizes have come down, so has the entry-level pricing for Ultra HD TVs.

Lapsing of Moore's Law opens up opportunity in chip design

Amazon Teams with Android Developers to Bring One-Click Shopping to Consumers

Facebook got 25,000 government requests about users

Sony teases Sept. 4 unveiling of waterproof Xperia Z1 with a super-duper camera

The new phone is rumored to have a 20-megapixel camera and pro-level lenses.

Gentlemen, start your solid-state engines: Intel takes overclocking to SSDs

Facebook kills physical gifts, opening a door for merchants

PC, tablet makers get Windows 8.1, developers cry foul

Definition of ‘broadband’ is too broad

Amazon lets developers make money by selling physical goods from Android apps

Review: Tweeki 2 brings the best of Twitter to Pokki

Review: Hamster Free Zip Archiver 2.0 compresses files in a snap

Not even long passwords will save you from a hack attack

Miley Cyrus’ VMA twerking just barely less Twitter important than the presidential election

Last year's presidential election just barely generated more excitement than a dirty dancing Hannah Montana.

PC, tablet makers get Windows 8.1

Larry Ellison to talk in-memory database, Oracle PaaS at OpenWorld

Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear smartwatch a lock for Sept. 4, Samsung exec says

Samsung, it seems, doesn't believe in cultivating an air of mystery for its product launches. The Galaxy Note III and long-hinted-at Galaxy Gear smartwatch will both be unveiled just ahead of the IFA Berlin trade show.

New smartphone OSes take baby steps forward

Microsoft releases final version of Windows 8.1 to PC makers

Review: Killer is Dead is a sexist, garbled mess

Killer is Dead, the latest title from Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture, is a fairly boring game with a heaping dose of misogyny ladled on top.

Review: Spelunky is a superb game that shines on PlayStation Vita

Spelunky is a self-improvement seminar wrapped up in the guise of a sublime platformer.

Citrix integrates Netscaler with VMware's network virtualization platform

Samsung claims Ericsson is demanding billions more for its patent licenses

Remembering the Newton MessagePad, 20 years later

Apple made its first tablet PC, featuring handwriting recognition, in 1993. Benj Edwards takes a look at why the Newton failed.

Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition's review: A little less performance for a lot less cash

How small businesses can mine big data

Dell remains committed to Windows 8 for business tablets

Google, Apple remove some restrictions on technology to Iran

Australian startup's software tracks how companies execute strategy

Monday, August 26, 2013

ARM acquires Sensinode, a vendor of software for 'Internet of Things'

Dell adds consumer touches to Latitude notebook line

Judge approves $20 million Facebook fund to settle advertising suit

With Ballmer retiring, tech world awaits white smoke from Redmond

Google Glass for bespectacled coming in a 'few months'

Clockwise 7: Not woman-pants friendly

Cord cutting, giant smartphones, self-checkout at the grocery store, and the podcast glut. With guests Christopher Breen and Florence Ion.

How to take screenshots on an Android phone

Here's how to use your Mac or PC to save a picture of your Android phone screen.

US, others criticize new Vietnamese Internet law

HP, Juniper to help VMware take on networks with NSX

Feedly walks fine line between free and paid RSS services

Google Glass to gain local apps, but not cellular connection

IBM's Watson could get even smarter with Power8 chip

IBM's new Power8 doubles performance of Watson chip

Facebook's communal photo albums make it easier to share snapshots—or ignore them

The social network on Monday began a limited roll-out of shared photo albums, which let friends upload snapshots to a collection.

US regulators explore rules for Bitcoin

70 percent of US residents have broadband access, study finds

VMware sets sites on network virtualization

Xbox One's massive, custom CPU can pick you out of a lineup

Three handy (but often-overlooked) Google Chrome features

Siri-ously?! Siri makes fun of Google Glass

Apple's wise cracking digital assistant has a few choice words about Google Glass.

Xbox One will have a high-performance custom chip

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One gaming console will contain a custom chip the company designed in conjunction with Advanced Micro Devices with the aim of delivering maximum graphics performance, presenters said Monday at Microsoft's Hot Chips conference.

Xbox One will have a high-performance custom chip

AdBlock launches crowdfunding campaign to create ads about blocking ads

Xbox 360 update starts cashing out on Microsoft Points

Steve Ballmer's replacement must be a 'product person' if Microsoft is to thrive

Microsoft, Motorola trial to resume Monday

VMware adds networking, storage to its virtual data center stack

Upcoming release focuses on Chatter, service

Apple throttles iWork for iCloud access for new users

Users who didn't take advantage of access to iWork for iCloud last week may have to wait a bit longer. Due to the high level of demand, Apple is currently not allowing any more users.

Yahoo’s e-mail genie grants wishes for new, less terrible usernames

Yahoo on Monday began doling out new usernames in an ongoing effort to clear the decks of old accounts.

Leaked Droid 5 images may yet give hope to long-suffering QWERTY fans

Some people just like real keyboards, but they've had limited choices when it came to top-shelf smartphones. A series of leaked images of the new Droid 5 may give them hope.

Google blocks Chromecast app that streams local media files

The developer of the AllCast Android app claims that Google is intentionally nerfing the streaming abilities of its media dongle in order to placate Hollywood.

Dell reshapes Latitude laptops, prices start at $599

The Moto X's innards aren't as interesting as its customizable exterior, teardown shows

In the case of Motorola's unique Moto X, it's what's outside that counts.

Windows Store ad firm sees evidence of new Surface slates, Nokia tablet in its server logs

The best Windows 8 Start menu programs

Report: Windows 8.1 is ready to ship

Surface RT usage skyrockets after steep price cuts

Review: MultiPLX RSS reader offers powerful features and a few too many bugs

Review: HP overreaches and underdelivers with the SlateBook x2

Report: NSA broke into UN video teleconferencing system

Linus Torvalds celebrates 22 years of Linux with nostalgic message

China suffers major DDoS attack on .cn domain

The evolution of classroom tech, from wax tablets to the iPad

10 open-source alternatives for small business software

TiVo Roamio review: A pretty good DVR with a silly name

Beep-boop! There's a new TiVo in town, and its name is Roamio. And it's pretty good.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

SSDs still maturing, new memory tech still 10 years away

Intel bringing vision, 3D to laptop and tablet cameras

HyTrust enforces two-person approval for VMware security

Intel expands custom processor business

HSA targets native parallel execution in Java virtual machines by 2015

HP introduces SAP HANA based cloud service

Packet loss problem in Amazon's cloud wobbles Airbnb, Vine

Facebook Gifts returns to marketing only virtual goodies

Social network use offers clues for security, Gartner says

Android's swipe-to-shut myth and how to really close apps

You may think you're closing Android apps by swiping them away, but here's what that actually does and how Android's task switcher works.

US Postal Service explores entering the cloud business

Bitcoin is legal, let it evolve into its role, researchers urge

The much buzzed-about digital currency has aroused concern for its use in illicit activity, but George Mason University researchers urge a cautious regulatory approach.

Mobile users rely on simple security methods, report says

With IT not requiring safer pass codes and device usability a factor, finding of 80 percent of users choosing convenience not surprising

Chrome, Firefox edge IE in browser reliability test

Zuckerberg's Internet sharing push draws doubts, praise

Apple and the enterprise: A complicated relationship

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wall power outlets are so 2012

Windows 8 users prefer third-party antivirus to bundled tool

Browsers block ads, threaten free sites, researchers say

Reports of Nook's death have been greatly exaggerated

Middle Eastern 'Molerats' hackers step up attacks

How Amazon (and you) might use its private Wi-Fi network

Review: ECBC Zeus could use some improvements

This messenger is a solid bag with plenty of pockets, but it disappoints in a few areas.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tech firms' responses to latest NSA disclosures cloud the truth, experts say

Samsung’s ridiculous ad for the 840 EVO SSD will live forever in Web infamy

Will iWork for iCloud work for you?

Moto X to be available at all major carriers "in days"

Motorola's Moto X devices will become widely available within days.

Qualcomm to sell Omnitracs fleet management unit

Announcing the PCWorld Back to School giveaway

Steve Ballmer's wackiest, craziest, downright funniest moments at Microsoft

Review: The Bureau is a mediocre action game that sullies XCOM's good name

Stay clear of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, it’s nothing but a cash-in on its turn-based predecessor’s name.

Toshiba takes step toward 3D flash memory chips

Review: DropTunes plays music directly from your Dropbox folder

Study: 1-in-10 UK 5-year-olds have mobile phones

Study finds that kids who can't read a clock yet have mobile phones now.

Microsoft's next CEO: Let's handicap the candidates

Sayonara, Steve: How a new Microsoft CEO can breathe new life into Windows

Saving YouTube videos for offline viewing

The comeback kid: How Yahoo, a site your friends never visit, dominates the Internet

comScore's July traffic numbers show Yahoo catapulted to the top of the Internet. But how?

Perceived missteps may have hit a tipping point for Ballmer

Steve Ballmer's retirement letter to Microsoft employees

Is Windows 8 a Trojan horse for the NSA? The German Government thinks so

Mozilla considers rejecting long-lived digital certificates following similar decision by Google

iWork for iCloud beta now available to the public

Apple has made the Web versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote publicly available to all at, though the apps remain in beta.

Chromebooks get “immersive mode” and smarter launcher

Microsoft details 3D printing in Windows 8.1