Tuesday, December 31, 2013

US judge dismisses challenge to border laptop searches

2013 in Review: PCWorld's top stories

Report: NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones

Google follows Apple in pursuit of in-car entertainment systems

The technology giants are set to go head-to-head in the auto industry.

Google Play Music All Access becomes a ticket to Google Glass for some

The security industry found its dream enemy in 2013 -- and new technical challenges too

2013 in Review: The year in gaming

'Should I Remove It?' helps you choose which programs to purge

LG heads to Las Vegas with a 980 gram laptop

Taxi! Five free apps for hailing a legit cab

High-tech 2013: The 10 biggest news events of the year

Monday, December 30, 2013

Facebook tops US social networking charts, but users diversifying

Archos to show sub-$100 smartwatches at CES

Android in-car initiative with Audi, Nvidia tipped for CES

The competition between Google and Apple hits the road: Google will reportedly team with Audi to offer Android-powered in-car information and entertainment.

My hard drive is making scary sounds

Samsung lays groundwork for smartphones with more RAM

How to set up a document scanning system

IObit Uninstaller 3 review: Free utility competes with a built-in Windows feature, almost wins

Gone viral: The memes and videos that defined 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Report: NSA intercepts computer deliveries to plant spyware

Spanish police arrest eight in $45 million global ATM fraud

Portrait of the Microsoft Ballmer's successor inherits

Tablet users report hassles with balky browsers

Would Microsoft be better off without Xbox?

Beware of counterfeit versions of top Android, iOS apps

Appliance maker prepares to grow the Internet of Things

Train your Gmail to jog your memory in the new year

Surface Pro 2 users wait for Microsoft's firmware fix

Cybercrooks turn to other exploits after Blackhole bust

Saturday, December 28, 2013

There's no Here there: Nokia pulls map app off iOS

Nokia says iOS 7 has harmed the user experience of its mapping app, but the company has show little appetite for keeping Here Maps up to date since its iOS debut more than a year ago.

Is 2014 the Year of the Smartwatch?

2013 in Video: Apple's year in review

Police make murder arrest after cellphone theft goes wrong

Apple, Samsung forecast to still rule tablets in 2014

Hackers are reportedly trying to use stolen Target cards

2013 in Review: Our nine best videos of the year

Boost your IQ: Boot up a game

Security industry takes a hit after latest NSA disclosures

Beware snoopy apps that ask more than they need to know

Mobile gadgets security called biggest challenge for business

Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 in Video: The year's biggest tech stories

The Internet Archive rekindles early video game consoles with emulation

No need to dig through that dusty closet and find your Atari 2600. Play Pacman, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and more, all from the comfort of your browser.

Target confirms customer PINs were taken in breach, but says data is safe

Judge rules NSA's phone data collection program is legal, tosses ACLU suit

Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut

Attackers could match phone numbers to Snapchat accounts, researchers say

Speed up your web browsing with Vimium's keyboard shortcuts

French authorities requested 6,145 phone and data taps in 2012

Netgear Nighthawk review: One of the best 802.11ac routers you can buy

8 must-have mobile games for your new smartphone

With these games on your phone, you can easily ignore your obnoxious in-laws!

Revealed! The best and worst 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers of 2013

Dell Precision T3610 review: A workstation with exceptional fit and finish

25 excellent apps to install on your new Windows tablet

Trendnet TEW-812DRU V2 router review: Barely the basics

Linksys EA6900 802.11ac Wi-Fi router review: Too expensive for what’s delivered

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP 802.11ac Wi-Fi router review: Respectable feature set, mediocre performance

D-Link DIR-868L 802.11ac Wi-Fi router review: Fast and surprisingly inexpensive

Asus RT-AC68U review: The best router on the market, priced accordingly

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Alibaba poised to offer telecom services in China

Amazon offers gift cards, shipping refunds for late deliveries

CTIA website shows mobile app data usage

2013 in Video: Microsoft's year in review

The first 3D printed organ, a liver, is expected in 2014

Online holiday shopping up, but not as much as expected, comScore says

The HP Chromebook 11 returns to store shelves

Who blinks first? EU's threat to charge Google over antitrust issues is mostly bluff

Transfer files between Android and Windows devices

Edward Snowden's Christmas message: a child born today will have no conception of privacy

11 must-have apps for your new Windows Phone

Why 2013 was the year of the personal data breach

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Google asks US court to rule that Android has not infringed Rockstar patents

Taiwan antitrust agency fines Apple for iPhone pricing

Your new PC needs these 22 free programs

11 must-have apps for your new Android phone

Because killer apps like these are the gift that keeps giving all year long.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Report: SoftBank, DT close to deal on Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Gateway NE 72206u review: An affordable, but not so swift, big-screen laptop

Save your power cables with a little help from twist-ties

Researchers discover vulnerability in Samsung's Knox BYOD software

Mobile data use nearly doubled in the past year

You're using way more data now than you used to. What's that mean for data caps?

State fining Deloitte $15,000 per day over glitchy computer system

Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 review: A competent burning suite, mildly upgraded

The first CyanogenMod phone, the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition, is shipping now

The CyanogenMod Edition Oppo N1 costs a cool $600, but it's unlocked and comes preloaded with everybody's favorite custom Android ROM.

How to track Santa's Christmas Eve journey online, on Android, and on Facebook or Twitter

Web server malware for Nginx, Apache advertised on underground market

The best Ultrabooks, hybrids, tablets, and desktop PCs of 2013

Mac Pro (Late 2013) review: Apple's new Mac Pro really is for pros

Apple's new Mac Pro is finally here, but is it for you? That all depends on the apps you use and what expansion options you need.

Belgian card payment network crashes two days after record usage

Create a digital Yule log on your HDTV

Monday, December 23, 2013

Security researcher cancels talk at RSA conference in protest

Venture capitalist proposes California 2.0, a plan for six new states

Chromebooks charge into business market, capture 20% of commercial notebooks

Guide to 2014 Smartphone Screen Tech: 2K Screens, Curved Screens, Dual Displays

Acer names semiconductor veteran as new CEO

Sony to sell Gracenote to Tribune for $170 million

Sony to sell Gracenote to Tribune for $170M

Tribune will combine the music database company with its own video information unit

Customers sue Target over data breach, but the problem is with American credit cards

SaaS predictions for 2014

Facebook for Windows Phone gains secondary Live Tiles

Senators call on FTC to investigate Target breach

Move your libraries to a second drive or partition

Snapchat's Replay gives snaps a second viewing

An iOS update to America's favorite disappearing message app added a few new features.

T-Mobile's budget subsidiary is offering free Facebook access--without a data plan

GoSmart users will be able to access Facebook and Facebook messenger without any monthly data plan.

PC Plus Android: Microsoft to face computer makers' rebellion at CES

Piracy problems plague first iOS 7 jailbreak

The first iOS 7 jailbreak is here, but it arrived with some app piracy issues for Chinese users and no support for the Cydia app store.

Bundling of Chinese app store in new iOS 7 untethered jailbreak sparks controversy

Microsoft gifts Windows Phone users with 20GB of free SkyDrive storage

How to get Google to help feed the hungry -- for free

The year's 13 greatest tech comebacks and epic wins

HP Spectre 13 review: an exceedingly well-executed return to the basics

Dell XPS 15 review: A practically perfect laptop

Dell Inspiron 14R-5437 review: It's no barn burner, but it runs a good long while

Tech's biggest flops, fails, and faux pas of 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Apple and China Mobile sign deal to sell iPhones

Apple and China Mobile sign deal to sell iPhones from January

U.S. government moves to block further litigation in NSA surveillance cases

Beyond fingerprints: FBI enlists biometrics to solve crimes

Palm prints, iris images, and mug shots are joining fingerprints in the FBI's database, which now relies on many biometric elements in investigations.

Report on NSA 'secret' payments to RSA fuels encryption controversy

Typos online aren't just a hassle,they're a hazard

Smart devices get smarter, but are still short on security

While many smart devices are coming with more cool features, improved security isn't one of them.

Next up: Humans, systems team in cognitive computing

Less phishing, but better targeting in 2013, report says

How to check for hackers

For the high-tech tinkerer, we pick 10 incredibly useful tools

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Shopping for last-minute tech gifts? Here's our one stop guide

Google cheers contestants at Robotics Challenge

Now the owner of Boston Dynamics, Google rolls in to watch events at the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Beware ransomware, mobile malware in 2014, McAfee says

Gmail's revised image-handling criticized as risky, intrusive

Tablets face a turning point

U.S., China lead in e-waste, forecast to grow 33% by 2017

Windows 8.1 Preview will die soon, Microsoft warns

Target breach likely involved inside knowledge, experts say

ZeroAccess takedown leads hackers to abandon bot

Friday, December 20, 2013

Could Bitcoin's frothy venture funding dry up?

Alcatel sells federal technology unit for US$200 million

Wall Street Beat: Economic growth, software news and BlackBerry deal boost tech stocks

Crime pays very well: Cryptolocker grosses up to $30 million in ransom

NSA defends foreign surveillance after new reports of targets

The 12 streaming movies of Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, because they were all sacked out watching these festive films.

In 2014, more retailers might know how you shop

DOJ releases Megaupload discussions about mass infringement

An app to check your cholesterol is the latest way smartphones are evolving into medical devices

How to turn any Web page into an impromptu Music app playlist in Windows 8.1

T-Mobile teases CES plans, might pay you to switch

T-Mobile could start paying early-termination fees for people who switch from other carriers.

T-Mobile hints at big CES announcement

Google: Government takedown requests rose during first half of 2013

IBM adds a fancy scheduler to its OpenStack stack

BitTorrent develops secure, decentralized chat program using public-key crypto

Moving a city to Linux needs political backing, says Munich project leader

Glass Glut: Atheer, Meta join the smart glasses fray

Debate over NSA surveillance shifts with judge's ruling, task force report

Ergotron WorkFit-A review: Have a seat or stand at attention with your Mac

Designed for Apple iMacs or Apple displays, this kit lets you sit or stand at your desk, but it comes with a case of the jiggles.

Tabs return to Yahoo Mail

Huawei sends 400Gbps over next-generation optical network

Oracle buying marketing software vendor Responsys for $1.5 billion

BlackBerry CEO: We'd love to try iOS, Android

Foxconn will develop some Blackberry phones

Younity brings Snapchat-like capabilities to the rest of your files

EU to reject Google's latest efforts to avoid an antitrust fine

5 apps that ease your commute

Sony VAIO Tap 11 Ultrabook review: Sleek and sexy, but far too slippery

12 stellar PC upgrades for the holidays, all less than $300

These overhyped tech gifts shouldn't excite you

Some of our best friends are tech bloggers, but they are an excitable bunch that can make some bad gift recommendations.

Google fined by Spanish data protection authority over privacy policy

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Huawei, ZTE, Nokia cleared in patent dispute with InterDigital

Verizon to report on law-enforcement data requests

Listen up: RSA keys snatched by recording CPU sounds with a phone

ARM server chip pioneer Calxeda shuts down

AMD plans loyalty giveaway program for Raptr game optimization app

Building products company halts SAP project, citing strategy shift

IDC: Hobbyist programmers on the rise

Governments want more Google content removed, with Turkey and Russia getting extra greedy

WhatsApp Pushes Past 400 Million Monthly Users

Upcoming BMW X1 will have apps for music, social media and vehicle status

The new Online Entertainment system will integrate with major streaming music providers. BMW's own ConnectedDrive app can read Facebook and Twitter updates as well as provide car status. You'll be able to use either your phone or the car's own connectivity to download the data.

Intel eyes cloud servers with Broadwell server system-on-chip

Researchers: Older Mac webcams can spy without activating warning light

BitTorrent Chat promises messaging free from prying eyes -- including the NSA's

Proposed California law would mandate smartphone kill switch

Order your Mac Pro today, get it in February 2014

You won't be able to get your hands on Apple's high-end workstation for several weeks.

IBM gets fast file transfers with Aspera acquisition

The “Awww” factor: Turning old photos into new calendars

Embedded SIM spec ushers in new era for machine communications

Older Mac webcams can spy without activating warning light, researchers find

Steam Machine prototype teardown reveals a tinkerer's delight

How to share Internet service with your neighbors, and why you shouldn't

Second season of Netflix's House of Cards will stream in 4K... sometimes

You're going to need a new TV to see Kevin Spacey scheme in glorious pixel-packed 4K resolution.

Target says 40 million cards likely skimmed in security breach

You won't believe how much you'll pay for a maxed-out Mac Pro

Target says 40 million cards likely skimmed in security breach

6 audio/video players to ease the sorrow of losing Winamp

Jolla stocks new online store with Sailfish smartphones for Europe

From donkeys to dongles: Google's biggest hits and misses of 2013

Acer focuses on cloud services to revive business

Essential tools for building, repairing, and upgrading PCs (and other electronic devices)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Target customers' card data said to be at risk after store thefts

Washington Post reports servers attacked, suspects Chinese hackers

Toyota to bring fuel-cell concept car to CES

Frustrated users complain about SkyDrive problems after Windows 8.1 update

Intel signs tech partnership for 49ers' Silicon Valley stadium

The team will work to include Intel-based gear at Levi's Stadium and Intel will show off products there

Oracle's Q2 profits down 1 percent, revenue up 2 percent to $9.3 billion

Microsoft pulls Surface update; fix delayed until 'after the holidays'

Italian Supreme Court upholds acquittals in Googe video bullying case

Facial recognition coming to Google Glass, sort of

NSA task force to recommend major changes in surveillance

XCOM: Enemy Within review: And you thought it couldn't get harder

Tech talks to Obama: Lighten up with the NSA

5 tools for creating a personal brand site

Tizen OS camp to show newest' devices at Mobile World Congress

Clockwise Podcast: 2014 anticipation, 2013 favorites, and a blue Power Mac

As the year ends, our podcast panel looks forward to the tech of 2014 and imagines our 2003 selves reacting to 2013 tech. Plus Apple's new Mac Pro, Facebook's video ads, and where we'll be celebrating New Year's Eve.

Xbox Video, Xbox Music finally arrive on Windows Phone

Delta preemptively silences all in-flight phone yapping

And here's Google's inevitable Christmas-themed Easter egg: Karaoke carols on demand

This year's offering will turn your (non Windows Phone) smartphone into a seasonal karaoke machine!

New DDoS malware targets Linux and Windows systems

New app from Opera helps Android phones use less data

The company is looking for beta testers in the US

Google Glass 'wink' update blurs the line between tic and functionality

Glass gets a slew of new goodies in the latest update.

Swedish man sentenced to pay more than $650,000 for sharing movie online

Bitcoin: the virtual currency built on math, hope and hype

One power cord to rule them all: Standards group pushes for universal laptop charger

Modern-style Viber app lands on Windows 8 and Windows RT

New app from Opera aims to help Android smartphones consume less data

Patience, grasshopper: Microsoft's new CEO will be named in early 2014

Amazon to host cloud services in Beijing from next year

Lucidpress review: Free beta makes typesetting simple, accessible, and fun

FileMaker 13 review: Venerable database gets a style and accessibility update

SteamOS beta impressions: Well, Valve did warn you to wait

Facebook Misery Index: Quantifying exactly how bad Facebook makes you feel

China's largest bitcoin exchange forced to stop accepting deposits

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Most iPhone users have activation lock enabled, survey finds

LG embraces Chrome OS, announces all-in-one desktop

Chinese chip makers ride wave of low-cost tablets

eBay's PayPal acquires StackMob for mobile technology

Mindspeed acquisition fuels Intel's hopes for bigger network role

HP's Whitman gets one heck of a pay raise

Biologically inspired: How neural networks are finally maturing

Fortinet sues Sophos over alleged employee poaching

Bringing brains to computers

Cornell researchers print 3D speaker

Wrike tunes its social project management tool for large teams

Sprint and DISH Network Cut the Broadband Cord

Facebook's news feed gets more commercial with video ads

Google and HP's Chromebook 11 charger recalled due to overheating

Former Microsoft exec to head HealthCare.gov effort

CouchDB creator joins Salesforce.com to work on 'ridiculously cool' infrastructure project

Overheating HP Chromebook 11 chargers recalled due to fire and burn risks

Amazon wants to analyze real-time data with Kinesis

Mass surveillance prompts IETF work on SSL deployment guidelines

Easily find far-flung customization options with Windows' secret GodMode

Snowden speech to EU parliament could torpedo US trade talks