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  • News: Windows 8 may prompt malware attacks on hardware, McAfee predicts

    The Network World story, "Windows 8 may prompt malware attacks on hardware, McAfee predicts," which posted to the newswire Wednesday, has been removed because it remains under embargo. Online editors are asked to remove it from their sites as soon as possible and the story is not available for use in print until next Wednesday

  • 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.

  • 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: 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:

  • 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: PayPal tests mobile payments in Sweden

    PayPal is testing mobile payments using NFC (Near Field Communications) stickers in Stockholm, allowing users to pay for goods at two stores using Apple's iPhone and Android-based smartphones.

  • News: Japan mobile carriers to expand mobile touch payment beyond Sony standard

    Japan's three biggest mobile phone companies said Wednesday they will adopt international standards for touch payment systems, expanding beyond the current implementation by Sony.

  • News: Nokia ditches Symbian name, next version just called Nokia Belle

    The next version of Nokia's Symbian OS will be called Nokia Belle, the company said ina blog post on Wednesday.

  • News: Smart tips for sharing holiday photos

    By now you’ve probably attended a couple holiday get togethers—maybe even hosted one yourself—and have had plenty of photo opportunities by the tree, at dinner with friends and family, or out in the winter landscape. And once the holidays hit, that means even more memorable shots of the kids opening presents and dad devouring latkes. Instead of storing those photos within the confines of your camera's memory card, you’ll probably want to share them with family and friends.

  • News: Windows 8 may prompt malware attacks on hardware, McAfee predicts

    Security features in Windows 8 will discourage operating-system attacks and drive hackers to develop malware that compromises hardware directly, according to McAfee's security predictions for 2012.

  • News: BlackBerry maker RIM meets Ofcom to discuss porn blockade

    BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) was summoned to a meeting with the UK communications regulator Ofcom yesterday, after it emerged that children are able to view pornography on its smartphones.

  • News: Firefox 9 battles Chrome with JavaScript performance boost

    The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox has returned to the theme of improved performance, boosting JavaScript speed by a claimed 30 percent plus on websites making extensive use of it.

  • News: Will Kim Jong Un be for cyberwarfare what his dad was for nukes?

    Security experts have differing views on what the death of Kim Jong Il will mean for the future of cyberattacks.

  • Opinion: Google: Android Activations Top 700,000 a Day

    Every day more than 700,000 people sign up for a new Android device, Google's Android chief, Andy Rubin, said late Tuesday via Twitter and Google+. That works out to nearly 5 million new Android users every week, which is about the equivalent of an iPhone 4S opening weekend every seven days. Rubin also clarified that Google's 700,000 activations per day includes new devices only and not resold ones. "We count each device only once," Rubin said in a follow-up post on Google+. "Activations means you go into a store, buy a device, [and] put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service."

  • News: New zero-day vulnerability in Windows 7 64-bit may allow remote code execution

    Microsoft is currently investigating reports of a zero-day vulnerability in Windows 7 64-bit that leads to crashes and could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code on affected systems.

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