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  • Opinion: Technology washed away...

    I back up my data using a hard-disk-drive array with built-in redundancy. HDDs eventually fail, so redundancy is a must if you want to save your data. One of the HDDs in the array failed, so I stopped by a local retailer to pick up a one-terabyte HDD (imagine saying that even five years ago).

  • Opinion: Microsoft's Ballmer Knocks Android, Commends iPhone

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had some nasty things to say about Google's Android operating system. But the iPhone? Not so much.

  • News: New Mac Trojan horse disables Apple's automatic malware updates

    F-Secure has reported on a new, scarier-than-usual Mac Trojan horse. The good news is that you can only get infected if you double-click on a rogue file masquerading as a Flash installer. The bad news is that if you do fall victim to the Trojan, it disables your Mac's automatic malware definition updates.

  • Opinion: Man Solves 5 Rubick's Cubes in 44 Seconds; Robots May Be Quicker

    Puzzle super-solvers at this year's World Rubik's Cube Championship set out to prove that us humans aren't obsolete just yet, but one deciphering robot has other ideas. Poland's Michal Pleskowicz has just been crowned the current human champ when it comes to solving the six-sided puzzle in crazy record times, an activity known as 'Speedcubing'.

  • Opinion: Apple's Siri vs. Android's Voice Actions: Feature Showdown

    Apple's new voice input-based digital assistant, Siri for the iPhone 4S pits the iPhone against Android's Voice Actions, a popular feature for Android phones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher. Both Siri and Voice Actions promise to make your life easier by letting you speak--rather than type--your messages, web searches, notes, and navigation.

  • News: ARM unveils hyper-efficient Cortex-A7 chip for smartphones

    ARM Holdings has introduced the Cortex-A7, an upcoming microprocessor design that will be used in sub-US$100 smart phones, as well as in high-end smart phones as a companion chip to the more powerful Cortex-A15.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Smartphone and Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS: 6 Questions

    The road to Google's announcement of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone has been long, but we're finally here. At a press event in Hong Kong Tuesday evening PDT, Google and Samsung had lots to share on the latest Nexus smartphone and the newest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • News: Hands-On: Lytro Light-Field Camera Offers Flip Simplicity, Futuristic Features

    Earlier this year, camera start-up Lytro provided an enticing sneak peek of what their first product could do. Using a light-field sensor--the likes of which had previously only been seen in science labs and supercomputer-connected arrays of hundreds of cameras--the camera could record data about light travelling in every direction through 3D space. In practical terms, that means that the camera's photos can be refocused after they're shot.

  • News: Android smartphone smackdown: Droid Razr vs. Galaxy Nexus

    Motorola and Samsung yesterday debuted two devices that mark the next generation of Android phones.

  • News: Black Pixel acquires Sofa's Versions, Kaleidoscope

    Black Pixel announced on Wednesday that it has acquired file-comparison tool Kaleidoscope and Subversion client Versions, two apps originally created by Mac developer Sofa. Earlier this year, Sofa was acquired by Facebook, leaving many wondering about the future of the company's apps. But now the other shoe has finally dropped.

  • Opinion: Google Beefs Up Security for Its Searchers

    SSL. You use it when you do online banking. You use it at some online shopping sites. And now you can use it to protect yourself when you do Google searches.

  • News: USTR seeks information on Chinese Web disruptions

    The Office of U.S. Trade Representative has asked the Chinese government to explain its policies related to blocking some websites in an effort to gauge the impact on U.S. small businesses operating in China, the agency said Wednesday.

  • News: Gloomy Outlook for Future of BlackBerry

    RIM has suffered a number of setbacks, and its brand reputation and market share have been rapidly eroding. According to a new survey from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), that trend is going to continue--and possibly even accelerate.

  • News: Three Cards features you might have missed

    Most of the features in Cards ( Macworld rated 3 out of 5 mice ), Apple’s new iPhone app for creating and mailing personalized letterpress photo cards, are pretty straightforward. But there are a few tucked-away niceties you might not discover right away.

  • News: Canon announces EOS-1D X DSLR camera for pros

    Canon has announced the Canon EOS-1D X DSLR, a high-speed, 18-megapixel camera that replaces the company’s EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV models. Aimed at professional photographers and cinematographers, Canon’s latest offering features increased speed, a brand new image sensor, a high density AF (auto focus) system, and more.

  • News: Amazon answers privacy concerns about new Silk browser

    Amazon's new Silk browser, which has already raised concerns from security experts and legislators, got a mixed review from a major privacy advocacy group.

  • News: Massive SQL injection attack has comprised nearly 200,000 ASP.Net sites

    Hackers are in the midst of a massively successful SQL injection attack targeting websites built on Microsoft's ASP.Net platform. About 180,000 pages have been affected so far, security researchers say.

  • News: Windows 8 will be on ultrabooks next year, Intel executive says

    Ultrabooks with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 OS are due to reach market next year, and the OS could help propel demand for the devices, an Intel executive said this week.

  • News: Symantec, McAfee differ on Duqu threat

    Symantec and McAfee appear to have come to slightly different conclusions about the specific dangers posed by a newly discovered Trojan program called Duqu.

  • News: LinkedIn Tip: New Tool Taps into Your Alumni Network

    Professional social network LinkedIn today announced a new feature designed to give you insights into your college or university's alumni and help you connect and network with them.


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