- Published on Friday, 23 January 2015 09:51
Microsoft's wide-ranging announcements today about Windows 10 covered things as mundane as new customizations for the Windows 10 Start screen and as mind-blowing as a new computing holographic platform. It showed off a new browser code-named Spartan, promised a unified development platform for all Windows devices, displayed the Cortana digital assistant running on a PC, pointed to the future of Xbox and wowed the audience with its holographic computing platform.Microsoft executives even got a chance to publicly root for the Seahawks and to subtly dis Patriot coach Bill Belichick in a news story they showed running on a Windows app.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:34
Windows 7 will reach the midpoint of its support lifetime this week when it shifts from what Microsoft calls "mainstream" to "extended" support.
The world's most popular personal computer operating system exits mainstream support on Tuesday, Jan. 13. After that, although Microsoft will continue to issue security updates to all users for another five years, it will not add new features to Windows 7, and any non-security fixes - such as reliability and stability updates - will be issued only to organizations that have signed support contracts.
- Published on Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:26
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus continued on a sales tear in November, prompting a surge in iOS's smartphone user share in all but one of the countries monitored by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, the research firm said today.
The boost to Apple's share came primarily at the expense of Google and its Android operating system.
- Published on Monday, 05 January 2015 16:26
The end of email has been foretold many times, but despite these predictions of doom, U.S. workers can't seem to get rid of it.
About six in 10 Internet-using workers in the U.S. list email as "very important" to doing their jobs, topping the list of most important work tools, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
- Published on Monday, 29 December 2014 12:12
That is the estimated cost it will take to convert the current U.S. credit card system to EMV chip-and-pin - roughly $27 per U.S. citizen.
What does that have to do with passwords? Killing the password won't come without its own hefty price tag for corporate and cloud service providers - back-end/front-end technology replacements/transitions, integration, maintenance, end-user training and support costs.
- Published on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 17:04
A senior U.S. lawmaker wants Sony Pictures Entertainment to provide details about its recent data breach and its cybersecurity practices, saying the information will help Congress decide whether new laws are needed.
Sony's "knowledge, information and experience will be helpful" as Congress decides whether to pass new cybersecurity laws and take steps to protect consumer and government financial information, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), wrote in a letter Tuesday to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton.
- Published on Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:57
Australian businesses and government agencies will now be able to report online security incidents via the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).
The ACSC was opened last month in Canberra, and brings together online security capabilities from across the federal government into a single location.
The reporting service is part of the ACSC's role to act as a hub for collaboration and information sharing with the private sector, state and territory governments, academia, and international partners.
- Published on Friday, 05 December 2014 09:31
Microsoft officials said last month that the company isn't planning to deliver any Windows 10 Technical Preview versions until the new year .
But that doesn't mean nothing's happening on the Windows 10 front until then.
Just yesterday, Microsoft made available a few fixes and updates to the November Windows 10 Technical Preview build (9879), including one meant to fix Explorer-specific crashes.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:58
The world's online population has edged over more than 3 billion people, according to the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU), with internet usage globally growing at 6.6 percent in 2014.
ITU, an arm of the United Nations charged with allocating radio spectrum, developing technical standards, and improving the world's access to information and information technology, released its flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report on November 24.
- Published on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:29
Car service app Uber found itself in trouble again when top executive Emil Michael was caught at a dinner party suggesting that the company hire opposition researchers to dig up dirt on the (predominantly female) journalists who have been asking uncomfortable questions about the crazy successful car service startup caught up in scandal after scandal.