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  • News: Visa to make it easier for merchants to adopt chip-based card payments

    Visa today announced plans that will let qualifying merchants in the U.S. eliminate the need to annually validate their compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standard.

  • Opinion: Jordan To Build $1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park

    There are plenty of die hard trekkies out there, willing to spend a fortune on their (understandable) obsession but this one really takes the cake. King Abdullah of Jordan, who was once an extra on Star Trek: Voyager, has apparently just committed $1.5 Billion to building a Star Trek theme park in the gulf state.

  • News: London rioters plan on Blackberrys as RIM speaks to police

    Blackberry manufacturer RIM has promised to work closely with police after claims that rioters who spread destruction across London, Birmingham and Liverpool last night used their Blackberry devices to co-ordinate action.

  • News: Can a UV Light Kill Keyboard Nasties?

    I'm not a particularly germophobic person. I use hand sanitizer only when I hear people cough, I eat at my desk (and I pound the crumbs out of the keyboard once a month), and I live by the 5-second rule. But the arrival of the ViraShield, a $250 UV light device by VirWall that claims to kill the bacteria, viruses, and mold on your equipment, got me wondering about what kinds of nasties I was sharing my keyboard with--and whether I could really get rid of them. After all, those creepy-crawlies could be giving me the flu or salmonella. (Or maybe my chronic workplace fatigue crops up just because I'm, well, at work.)

  • News: App Makers May Be Exposing Your Sensitive Data to Hackers

    Some popular apps store sensitive data such as user names and passwords and credit card information in plain text on your phone's memory, making the data an easy target for hackers. A Chicago-based mobile forensics company called viaForensics recently found as much after completing an audit of dozens of the most popular apps on both iOS and Android platforms.

  • News: Report: Tribune Co. Developing Tablet for Its Newspapers

    The Tribune Co., one of the largest newspaper companies in the country, is working on a tablet to offer its subscribers, according to a report from CNN. Tribune owns the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel, a few other daily newspapers and 23 television stations.

  • News: Universal 3D glasses coming in 2012

    Panasonic, Samsung and Sony are collaborating on a universal standard for 3D TV glasses, working with XPAND 3D to bring out active-shutter glasses that will work on several kinds of 3D TVs from each of the brands. Production of the new all-in-one glasses, which will incorporate several radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) standards used in superseded and current 3D TVs, will begin in September this year. Universally compatible glasses should be available for consumers to purchase sometime in 2012.

  • News: BlackBerry's QNX-Based Phones Expected to Underwhelm Users

    If you were keeping your hopes up for a BlackBerry superphone running the QNX OS, you will be disappointed. Research In Motion is set to launch an underwhelming range of QNX-based phones next year, according to a BGR report, that will be as good as dead on arrival. Here's why:

  • News: Apple 'to launch iOS 5 beta 6 on 17 August'

    Apple is going to launch the sixth beta version of iOS 5 on Wednesday 17 August, it has been claimed.

  • News: Latest: Sony admits riot impact on UK deliveries

    Sony has warned that UK deliveries of CDs and DVDs could be affected after its only British warehouse for content products was the subject of an arson attack in north London as part of the on-going riots in the city.

  • News: Gamers hit back at cop GTA UK riot blame

    Gamers the world over have attacked a policeman's comment that games such as Grand Theft Auto are to blame for the ongoing London riots.

  • News: Lenovo to release new Le tablet and smartphone in Q3

    Lenovo will launch a new tablet and smartphone during the third quarter in the Le series which has so far been launched only in China, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

  • News: Sony London optical disc warehouse destroyed in fire

    Sony's main optical disc distribution warehouse for the U.K. was hit by a large fire on Tuesday morning that has apparently destroyed most or all of the building.

  • Opinion: Scammers Shift Targets Beyond the PC

    Career criminal Willie Sutton was often quoted saying that he robbed banks "because that's where the money is." The legend sounds good, but Sutton actually said in his biography, "Go where the money is...and go there often."

  • News: London riots blamed on video games

    London policeman preferred crime-free days of Pacman and Monopoly.

  • News: 4 reasons Windows Phone 7 will beat iPhone and Android

    Microsoft has a relatively long history with mobile operating systems, stretching back to the mid-nineties and Windows CE. Developed originally for "embedded systems," Windows CE quickly found its way into PDAs and eventually phones, and while consumers never warmed to the platform, it did achieve a level of success in the enterprise.

  • News: Black Hat: Apple does well but Microsoft does better with enterprise security

    While still not great, the operating systems behind Apple desktops, laptops and phones are getting more secure, researchers at Black Hat say. While not recommended for corporate use unless it’s in islands within larger networks, the OSX operating system has made strides, says Alex Stamos, who lead a team of researchers from iSec Partners that researched the OSX and Windows 7 operating systems.

  • News: iPhone Case Offers a Hand -- Literally

    OK, Apple fanboys and fangirls, we all know that you love your iPhones. The question is: Do you really love them?

  • News: Hacker, 10, Exposes iOS and Android Games Exploit

    A 10-year-old California girl's presentation at a hacker conference in Las Vegas is getting a lot of attention.

  • News: Google Blames a Human for its Robo-Car Crash

    One of Google's self-driving cars got into an accident earlier this week. But Google is claiming the auto-pilot-equipped Prius was actually flipped into manual mode when the accident happened, making this a case of user error.



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