- Published on Friday, 13 February 2015 10:43
Beware superstitious friends: It's Friday the 13th again! Here are some fun facts about the day you might not know:
Fear of the day is likely rooted in Christianity.
Jesus was crucified on a Friday and ever since the day has been associated with "general ill omen," Michael Bailey, a history professor at Iowa State University who specializes in the origins of superstitions, told USA TODAY Network. Weddings in the Middle Ages, for instance, were not held on Fridays and it was not a day someone would start a journey, Bailey said.
- Published on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:54
Apple Inc. will establish a command center for its global operations in Mesa, Ariz., promising a $2 billion investment over the next 30 years, state officials announced Monday.
The facility will be housed in the location recently occupied by GT Advanced Technologies, the maker of highly durable sapphire glass that filed for bankruptcy in the fall after Apple used rival Corning glass for its new iPhone 6 devices.
- Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:31
Oh my gosh! The world’s first holographic computing platform! Is this or is this not the best thing ever?
Crowd around, yells the Microsoft barker, and marvel at HoloLens. See worlds leap up in your mind’s eye and settle onto your kitchen counter. Never mind that dorky headset. This is just too cool for words!
- 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.