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  • News: AES proved vulnerable by Microsoft researchers

    Researchers from Microsoft and the Dutch Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have discovered a way to break the widely used Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), the encryption algorithm used to secure most all online transactions and wireless communications.

  • News: Android apps double Web use

    The question of whether Android users really value mobile applications has been answered in the affirmative, according to a new Nielsen report.

  • Opinion: Facebook, Yahoo to Test Six Degrees of Separation

    Yahoo is tapping Facebook's massive social network to test the old "six degrees of separation" theory. It's about time.

  • Opinion: NYC Wants Pay-By-Phone Parking Meters

    Searching your car's change compartment for quarters may soon become obsolete in New York City, where plans are underway to let drivers pay parking meters by cellphone.

  • News: Modern Warfare 3 Preorders Start Now

    If you're so excited you have to get your computer primed right now, you can put money down for MW3 starting today.

  • News: Firefox 6: Four Reasons Not to Upgrade

    Firefox 6 is here. So far, I haven't received any notification pushing the latest Mozilla browser, but my wife has--so I assume it is just a matter of time. When my Mozilla overlords come knocking, though, I'm not sure I want to get on the Firefox 6 train.

  • News: Office of the Future?

    Electronics manufacturers Kogan claim to have invented the office of the future.

  • News: Linux Foundation releases specification to ease licensing headaches

    The Linux Foundation and FOSSBazzaar on Wednesday released a new specification to ease the pain of license compliance for open source software. The Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) is a data exchange specification that tracks license information in a standardized way and allows it to travel across the software supply chain.

  • News: Valve: We Need to Convince EA It's Smart to be on Steam

    Gabe Newell calls issues with EA "complicated," says Valve has a "duty" to show EA that they will make more money on Steam

  • News: Has Japan Finally Given Up on the Xbox 360?

    The Xbox 360 continues to do quite well for itself in western territories. But in Japan? Not so much.

  • News: Android Users Only Have Love for Top Apps, Study Finds

    Despite having access to a catalog of more than 250,000 apps, the average Android user in the United States devotes most time to using the 10 most popular Android apps, a new Nielsen study says. The study also suggests Android users love their phones, spending an average of 56 minutes every day accessing the Web and using mobile apps on their handsets. And just like their iPhone counterparts, Android users overwhelmingly favor apps over the Web, spending less than 19 minutes (33 percent) of their daily Web/app time using a browser, according to Nielsen.

  • News: Nokia starts shipping Symbian Anna

    Nokia's promised Symbian Anna software update is ready and downloads will be available Thursday, the company said in a blog post.

  • News: Inspector Gadgets: Windows 7 gadgets for monitoring your PC

    It's been nearly two years since Windows 7 was released, and yet there are still some features that Windows 7 users may not be taking full advantage of -- such as desktop gadgets. Similar to the Mac's Dashboard Widgets, Windows desktop gadgets are mini-applications that reside on your desktop and can display live data, perform simple functions like search or password generation, or give you a sneak peek inside the inner workings of your PC.

  • News: 'Related' Browser Add-On: Handy, But at Cost to Privacy

    A nifty Google browser extension called "Google Related" makes finding associated Web content a snap, but for privacy-minded Web surfers the convenience will come with a hefty cost. The Chrome Web browser extension creates a navigation bar at the bottom of the browser, and as you roll your mouse cursor over the bar Google generates content relevant to what's on the page you're viewing.

  • News: Why Cheap Color Laser Printers Are a Dicey Deal

    Most people shopping for a color laser printer want one because they think it will print quickly, produce good-looking output, and cost less to run than an inkjet printer. But the sad evidence from our tests and research shows that for the cheapest color laser printers, the opposite is true: They tend to be slow, their print quality beyond plain text is mediocre, and their toner costs as much as (or more than) the ink for a comparable inkjet.

  • News: Nine Absurdly Useful File Management Utilities

    Back when Windows Vista was but a twinkle in Bill Gates's eye, Microsoft had some extremely ambitious plans to rid computer users of an outmoded concept called "files." But alas, WinFS (as the company's project was called) turned out to be too ambitious, and eventually it got canceled before it could overthrow the file-based order. Since that time, Vista has come and gone, Windows 7 has arrived and lingered for a while, and we're beginning to see demos of Windows 8. Through all of this operating-system evolution, files have remained with us; but as hard drives grow ever more capacious, you may sometimes feel as though you're drowning in them. Here are a few utilities that can ease the pain.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 13: Posting from Google+ to Facebook

    Google+ may be the newest kid on the social networking block, but it is not the only kid. I have multiple social networks that I maintain and update, and sometimes it can be tedious and redundant to post the same links or information on multiple networks. For today's 30 Days With Google+ journey, I am taking a look at some methods for cross-posting content from Google+ to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

  • News: Browser plug-ins still easy target thanks to poor updating

    Browser plug-ins and extensions are still not being updated often enough to close known security vulnerabilities, cloud security company Zscaler has reported.

  • News: ATMs open to thermal imaging attack, researchers confirm

    Researchers have documented a method for working out ATM PIN numbers using residual traces of heat left on keypads after they have been touched by a person’s fingers.

  • News: Gamescom: Blizzard is "Serious" About Diablo III on Console

    Blizzard is currently assembling a team to bring Diablo III to consoles, "very, very serious" about a port


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