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  • News: Facebook commits to changes following critical Irish audit

    Facebook plans to change how it retains data and revamp some privacy controls following the release Wednesday of a critical audit from Ireland's data protection authority.

  • News: Facebook Wants to Make You a Famous Corporate Shill with "Sponsored Story" Ads

    Starting next year, Facebook will give everyone who has ever "liked" or posted about a product their fifteen minutes of fame with Sponsored Stories, an advertising concept introduced in early 2011 that makes you--yes you--the star of your very own Facebook ad.

  • Opinion: Giving the gift of the painfully obvious

    Earlier this week I offered suggestions about how you might lend a technical hand to your loved ones during the holidays. I covered the basics—backup, screen sharing, Facetime, cruft clean up, software updates, and iOS organization. But I left out one important thing—the small, cool features of the Mac OS that are so obvious that the technically inclined almost always forget to mention them. I’ll start with my list. If you’re nice you’ll add to it in our comments.

  • News: Amazon pushes Kindle Fire touch update

    Amazon on Wednesday issued a software update for its Kindle Fire tablet that it said addresses some of the most vocal complaints about the device, including sluggish response to touch and a lack of parental controls.

  • News: A Rivalry Emerges As Apache Asserts OpenOffice Plans

    There's been much uncertainty surrounding OpenOffice.org ever since Oracle decided back in June to donate the open source office productivity project to the Apache Software Foundation.

  • Opinion: New Computer? Get Help From Your 'GeekBuddy'

    Did Santa (or Hanu-claus) bring you a new PC? Wow, you must have been good this year!

  • News: Chinese hack on U.S. Chamber went undetected for 6 months

    Chinese hackers lurked in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce network for six months without being detected, enjoying unrestricted access although it is unknown what information they exploited, according to a published report.

  • News: Verizon confirms software update coming to Galaxy Nexus

    A software update is coming to adjust the wireless signal strength indicator on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, Verizon Wireless confirmed Wednesday, less than a week after the new Android 4.0 device began shipping.

  • News: iPad 3 rumor rollup for the week ending Dec. 20

    This week, the iOSphere's fill-in-the-blanks rumoring explains how an explosion at a manufacturing plant that is not yet actually building anything can delay not only the Apple iPad 3 but the iPad 2.

  • News: Microsoft lowering its profile at CES after 2012

    Microsoft will have a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show for the last time in 2012, although it will continue to participate in the giant trade show, a company executive said in a blog post Wednesday.

  • News: Kickstarter Project Gives Your iPhone Solar Power

    Let's face it: Not everyone is happy with the battery life on their iPhone. New York’s Douglas Tam thinks he may be able to help not just keep your iPhone alive, but to keep it green: The Monster Watts Hybrid Solar Battery Case not only keeps your iPhone safe in a durable case, but it also charges its battery (which is used to charge your phone) using solar power.

  • Opinion: Dragon Age III May Draw Inspiration from Skyrim

    So Dragon Age II, do we need to talk about this? What a mess of a slick-looking mostly action-adventure game and an enormous letdown from a company that's been stuck in a developmental rut since Knights of the Old Republic, turning out clones of the latter designed, one assumes, to appeal to a niche, hardcore, D&D-obsessed audience.

  • News: Timeline: RIM's very bad year

    The story, "Timeline: RIM's very bad year," posted to the wire Dec. 16, incorrectly stated the percentage amount by which RIM's net income dropped in the third quarter from the year earlier period. The correct amount is 71 percent. The penultimate paragraph has been changed on the wire to correct the figure and now reads:

  • Opinion: Save Money: Cheaper 3-in-1 USB Cable, Easier Rebates

    Last week I told you about the Magic Cable Trio, a 3-in-1 USB charge/sync cable with connectors for micro USB, mini USB, and Apple devices (like the iPhone and iPad).

  • News: Sophos Updates Mobile Device Management Platform

    Latest version of Sophos Mobile Control includes reporting dashboard for compliance enforcement

  • News: Amazon adds magazines, PDF support to Kindle iOS app

    iOS device owners who can’t get excited about Amazon’s recent software update for the Kindle Fire may be far more interested to learn about the company’s latest updates to the Kindle e-reading app.

  • News: Mozilla launches Firefox 9, speeds up JavaScript

    Mozilla on Tuesday shipped Firefox 9, claiming that the new browser processes JavaScript up to 36% faster than its predecessor.

  • News: LibreOffice backers want community to join 'bug hunt'

    The organization behind LibreOffice is hoping community members will help it uncover problems with an upcoming release of the open-source office suite via an international "bug hunt" next week.

  • News: iPad polishing 'responsible for Pegatron blast'

    Dust created by polishing iPad cases was probably responsible for causing an explosion at a Pegatron plant in Shanghai that injured 61 workers, it has been claimed.

  • News: Facebook commits to changes following critical Irish audit

    Facebook plans to change how it retains data and revamp some privacy controls following the release Wednesday of a critical audit from Ireland's data protection authority.


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