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  • News: Mobile credit card readers grow, with iOS as foundation

    If you popped into Betty’s Speakeasy, a cupcake shop in Philadelphia, last Saturday, then you probably saw co-owner Dylan Snow taking pictures of pastries using an iPad 2. After years of doing retail business with traditional machines—a cash register and a card-swipe reader to process customer credit cards—Betty’s is doing away with both and replacing them with an iPad.

  • Opinion: Google Docs Gets Better at Spell-Check

    Bad spelling reflects badly on you. Doesn't matter if it appears in a product brief or a presentation; if you write "it's" when you should have used "its" or accidentally type "loose" in place of "lose," you're going to come off looking, well, not too bright.

  • News: Report: Zynga to acquire Draw Something developer for $200 million

    Zynga on Wednesday acquired OMGPop, the company behind the insanely popular Draw Something ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ) app, for a reported $200 million, according to a report from All Things Digital, which cites "people with first-hand knowledge." Zynga had already announced it would hold a press conference later Wednesday at 3 p.m. Eastern (noon Pacific).

  • News: Moxie Software integrates enterprise social collaboration and customer service software

    Moxie Software will release at the end of March an integrated suite that gives companies both enterprise social networking capabilities for internal employee collaboration and customer service software for handling customer queries.

  • News: Google's BigQuery brings big data to the cloud

    While most of the talk around big data assumes such systems will be deployed in-house, Google is building a service that will allow for analyzing large amounts of data in the cloud.

  • News: Univ. of Tampa says student info was exposed for 8 months

    An in-class project on advanced search techniques led to the discovery of a major data breach at the University of Tampa in Florida last week.

  • News: Want to handcuff a politician? Free software activists will help

    Free software activists are to send handcuffs to 100 European legislators to highlight their concerns about vendor tie-in.

  • News: Firefox to turn on default encryption for all Google searches

    Mozilla is currently testing default encrypted Google searches for all Firefox users, with the intent to make all Google searches encrypted in the near future, the browser maker said on Wednesday.

  • News: Chrome's trumping of Internet Explorer could herald things to come

    The news that Google's Chrome browser had briefly surpassed Internet Explorer, based on data compiled by StatCounter, as the most-used on the web last weekend may have taken some by surprise, but this writing has been on the wall for some time.

  • News: EMC buys app development management firm Pivotal Labs

    EMC plans to buy Pivotal Labs, an application development consultancy that focuses on helping users create applications to run in big data environments.

  • News: Budget: IT industry wants infrastructure, tax breaks and SME support

    Chancellor George Osborne will announce the Budget at 12.30, and IT businesses are calling for useful tax breaks and good national infrastructure, with support for small enterprises.

  • News: Firefox to turn on default encryption for all Google searches

    Mozilla is currently testing default encrypted Google searches for all Firefox users, with the intent to make all Google searches encrypted in the near future, the browser maker said on Wednesday.

  • News: For a Speedy Boot, Try Firefox-Based xPUD Linux

    Microsoft may be able to achieve relatively quick boot times using its forthcoming Windows 8, but the fact remains that for most of us--running on less-than-ideal hardware--those records will likely be out of reach.

  • News: Apple battles Nokia, RIM and Motorola over nano-SIM standard

    Next week, two proposals for a new, smaller SIM card, dubbed nano-SIM -- one backed by Apple and the other by Nokia, Research In Motion and Motorola Mobility -- will go head-to-head as ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute) decides which card future smartphones and tablets will use.

  • News: Microsoft Ad Pokes Fun at IE, Urges Users to Give IE9 a Chance

    In a new ad campaign, Microsoft is showing acceptance for Internet Explorer's dark past, calling it “the browser you loved to hate.”

  • News: Smule's Beatstream game taps into your iPhone's music

    Smule, the developer behind musical iOS apps like Magic Piano and I Am T-Pain, on Wednesday unveiled its latest musically-focused app: Beatstream. It’s a fast-paced casual game where you play along to the music you already keep on your iPhone.

  • News: Outlook 15 Gets Ready for Touch Tablets

    The next version of Outlook, part of Office 15, is all about touch and unification with other Microsoft products including native Hotmail and social networking integration, a new feature called Peek, a Windows Phone-style "People" menu, and touch optimization. That's my takeaway from Paul Thurrott's look at the Outlook 15 preview, as part of the Windows-focused blogger's sneak peek at the next version of Microsoft Office. While Outlook 15 is still a traditional desktop app, several changes appear to be preparing the way for users to access the program on a touch tablet.

  • News: What to do when Windows Explorer doesn't refresh

    Since the Vista era, Windows users have been suffering from one of the most annoying bugs in the history of Windows bugs. It's no bluescreen, it's no random driver freeze -- at least those always have a clear solution. It's a bug in Windows Explorer that prevents files and folders from properly updating until you perform a manual refresh. And it apparently has several solutions and workarounds but no concrete fix by Microsoft -- not for Windows Vista, Windows 7 (SP1) and not for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It's still there. These are the symptoms:

  • News: Fujitsu tech can tell when you're stressed on the phone, vulnerable to scams

    Japanese technology giant Fujitsu said it has developed a system that can determine when someone is being targeted by a phone scam.

  • Opinion: Google Maps Debuts Detailed 3D Landmarks

    The 3D representations of buildings in Google Maps have been enhanced, with more than 1,000 landmarks across the world available to check out in detailed imagery. The new renderings look more like the real buildings with shadows and smoother curves, but they’re available just in Google Maps online for now.



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