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How wireless carriers prepared for Super Bowl XLIX
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all saw a heavy increase in data use at Super Bowl XLIX. Read More

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Be the One Who Puts Security on the Agenda eBook
You want to maximize the potential offered by new technologies and establish an advantage over your competitors. But you know the latest IT developments can also bring new security challenges. This practical guide helps you align essential IT security with your core business objectives. Learn More

Why the SteelApp sale is a win-win for Brocade and Riverbed
The sale of SteelApp will help both companies focus on what they're good at. Read More

Consumers want better iPhones, not cheaper ones
What's interesting about Apple's iPhone sales for the quarter, aside from the incredible volume, is that the average selling price of the iPhone was way up from the same quarter a year-ago. Read More

Microsoft and others are paying Adblock Plus creator to stop blocking them
A few weeks back, it was rumored that web content giants Microsoft, Google, and Amazon might sue the maker of Adblock Plus, the Firefox/Chrome plugin that blocks ad content on web pages. Instead, they are bribing the company. Read More

Six years Later, Facebook at Work is still a non-starter
Way back in 2009, a few pioneering companies (notably an outfit called Serena Software) made headlines when it began using a brash, consumer-oriented social networking service called Facebook to replace its boring, stodgy corporate intranets. (Remember "intranets?" Nah, me neither.)The practice got a lot of attention at the time (including from me), but obviously never caught on. Instead, the whole concept of an intranet kind of faded away, replaced by a collection of chat programs, wikis, shared documents, project management services, and a host of other solutions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


IDC: Enterprise Social Software Forecast
In spite of everything that's changing with Enterprise Social Networks, some things are staying the same: IBM was ranked as the market leader for enterprise social software for the fifth year in a row. Learn More

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus: Big enough to crush iPad sales
I'm a big fan of phablets, and based on Apple's best-ever fourth quarter results, so are a whole lot of other people. While many observers have whined that the iPhone 6 Plus is comically large, too big to carry around and use comfortably, my biggest complaint about the device was that I didn't think it was quite big enough to replace a real tablet.Apparently, we were all wrong. The iPhone 6 Plus—along with its companion iPhone 6—sold like gangbusters in the last quarter of 2014, so much so that the device seems to have taken significant market share away from Apple's own iPad, which suffered yet another sales decline:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

How Vivaldi compares with, and improves upon, other web browsers
We have four main browsers, three on the PC (IE, Mozilla, Chrome), and one also-ran (Safari) that's mostly a Mac product, and all four have varying levels of bugs and security issues. So does the world need another browser?Vivaldi Technologies says yes. Its founder, Jon von Tetzchner, is the CEO of Opera Software, the lightweight browser developed by a company in Norway of the same name. Von Tezchner told Tom's Hardware Guide that Vivaldi aims to pick up where Opera Software left off when it abandoned the Presto engine for Google's open-source Blink and Chromium software.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple and Tesla engaged in battle over talent
While the idea that engineers and other skilled employees would leaveApple for a car company may, on its face, sound somewhat absurd, the dynamics change when you throw Tesla into the mix. Though technically a car company, Tesla represents a new breed of car company, more Silicon Valley than it is Detroit.That said, a recent report from Bloomberg relays that Apple is struggling to convince some employees to stay and not take on new positions at Tesla, the revolutionary car company led by Elon Musk. The company has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than from any other company, even carmakers. The former Apple staffers work in many areas of the 6,000-employee automaker, including engineering and law. “From a design philosophy, [Apple] is relatively closely aligned,” says Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and chief executive officer.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Daniel Kottke talks doing LSD with Steve Jobs
Though Steve Jobs espoused a healthy lifestyle for most of his adult life, the Apple co-founder, like many college-aged kids in the 70s, was no stranger to the drug culture that was pervasive across many college campuses at the time. Needless to say, this type of environment was likely magnified at Reed College which Jobs attended for a few years.Famously, Jobs once said that taking LSD was one of the "two or three most important things" he ever did in his life. Going into further detail, Jobs explained that the experience of tripping on LSD expanded his mind and allowed him to see the world from an entirely different perspective.As part of a Department of Defense background check on Jobs in the 1980s, the Apple co-founder explained his relationship with LSD, which took place from 1972-1974, thusly:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Outlook for iOS, Android flagged for inherent security flaws
Just days after Microsoft released an iOS/Android version of Outlook, an IBM developer has warned users to stay clear of it due to a trio of security lapses and design flaws.Outlook for iOS and Android is actually an acquisition, not a new, ground-up app. Microsoft acquired a company called Acompli, maker of a mobile business app,just two months ago and quickly rebranded the app as Outlook for Android and iOS.However, Microsoft probably should have put the app through its QA process, because some security issues have been called to light by IBM developer René Winkelmeyer. He is advising businesses to stop using the app immediately. What's notable here is that Winkelmeyer isn't calling out bugs, he's calling out functions and design decisions that he believes constitute security weaknesses.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Steve Jobs gave Barack Obama a sneak peak at an iPhone prototype
In January of 2007, Steve Jobs wowed the world, and forever changed the landscape of mobile technology, when he got up on stage and unveiled the original iPhone. While the revolutionary impact of some products sometimes takes years to manifest, the iPhone was a gamechanger right from the start.While Steve Jobs had a well-known penchant for keeping upcoming products out of the public eye, the iPhone was so great that the Apple CEO couldn't help but show off a prototype of the device to President Barack Obama.The interesting tidbit comes courtesy of Seth Weintraub over at 9to5Mac who was able to get a small excerpt from an upcoming book written by David Axelrod, by Obama's chief campaign advisor.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Dyre banking trojan tweaked to spread Upatre malware via Microsoft Outlook
Be warned, Drye and Upatre are under constant development including new and improved evasion and propagation techniques.Dyre, the Zeus-like banking Trojan, made news in June when it bypassed SSL and targeted some of the largest global banks. By September, Dyre not only targeted financial accounts but also stole credentials and sensitive corporate data. By October, US-CERT warned about a phishing campaign linked with Dyre banking malware. By December, Dyre shifted tactics again to use I2P anonymization network for communication. At the end of January, a Dyre variant was hijacking Microsoft Outlook, targeting a larger number of banks and no longer using Cutwail spambot to distribute Dyre.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Tesla Model S "insane mode" is, well, insane
Back in October, Tesla unveiled an all wheel driver version of its popular Model S. With dual motors in tow, the new Tesla P85D version of the Model S can accelerate from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds.During the big product unveiling, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who you might also know as the CEO of SpaceX, explained that the car operates in three distinct modes: "normal, sport, and insane."Now you might be wondering -- just what exactly does "insane" mode feel like?Well wonder no more.The folks over at Drag Times recently put together a video which captures the reactions of unwitting passengers taking a ride in a high-end Tesla accelerating to 70 MPH in a flash.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

How design and experience drive enterprise technology adoption
Legendary Swiss technology designer and entrepreneur Yves Behar has a mantra – "good design really accelerates the adoption of new ideas." You might think that applies only to consumer tech, but enterprise technology is also increasingly affected by design. Not everyone in the world of business technology wants to recognize it, but if the rise of the smartphone, apps, and the consumerization of IT has taught us anything, it should be that technology doesn't exist in a vacuum, that design and usability—not just functionality—now play a huge role in determining which enterprise products and technologies achieve success. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Leaked images of Microsoft's Work Assistant integrated with Cortana for Windows Phone
Will Microsoft's Work Assistant with Cortana integration be a less annoying, more sophisticated digital assistant for Office, or will it be a reboot version like a Microsoft Bob 2.0 or Clippy 3.0?In 2013, Bill Gates claimed that Microsoft Bob would “re-emerge” with “more sophistication.” In 2010, Time magazine listed Bob in its 50 worst inventions, calling Microsoft Bob “a whole operating system designed around Clippy.” 10 days ago, after Gates expressed ‘concern’ about super-intelligent AI, he mentioned Microsoft’s “Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Windows 10: Inside Microsoft's latest Technical Preview

The latest version, Build 9926, does not include some of the things that Microsoft showed off on Jan. 21, but there are many important features in this build.


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