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  • Opinion: Shut Down Windows Without Installing Updates

    Has this happened to you? You're sitting at your laptop, typing away, when you glance at the clock and realize it's time to go. So you shut down Windows--only to be informed that it needs to install some updates first. Ten minutes later, you're still waiting for the job to finish--effectively held hostage by your operating system.

  • News: Windows 8 strives for optimal battery life

    Windows 8 is stingy doling out power to applications, particularly what Microsoft calls Metro-style applications written specifically for the operating system, all in an effort to prolong battery life.

  • News: Researchers crack satellite encryption

    Researchers at a university in Bochum, Germany claim to have cracked encryption algorithms of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) that are used to secure certain civilian satellite phone communications.

  • News: Google to pay users to track their movements online

    Amid widespread concern about its new privacy policies, Google is now facing criticism over an offer to give users Amazon gift certificates if they open their Web movements to the company in a program called Screenwise.

  • News: Salesforce.com shakes up Standard support plan features

    Salesforce.com has made a series of changes to its support services that include the removal of certain features from the Standard tier, but which the company says overall will provide a better experience for customers.

  • News: Google ships Chrome 17, touts more malware alerts and page pre-loads

    Google patched 20 vulnerabilities in the desktop edition of Chrome and added new anti-malware download warnings to version 17.

  • News: Spammers impersonate well-known developers to publish rogue apps on Android Market

    Spammers are impersonating well-known Android software developers in order to distribute rogue apps through the official Android Market.

  • News: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Could Launch Feb 29

    Microsoft may launch the Consumer Preview (read: "open beta") of Windows on February 29th. Members of the press recently received an invitation to a special Windows 8 Customer Preview event in Barcelona as part of the Mobile World Congress trade show. The event is on the 29th, and it is assumed that the Customer Preview will be made available to the public in conjunction with it.

  • News: Tapbots releases Tweetbot for iPad, updates iPhone app

    While the number of iOS Twitter clients can occasionally seem overwhelming, Tapbots's Tweetbot stole the stage last year with its unique interface and gesture support. On Wednesday, the company expanded Tweetbot's reach by bringing it to the iPad, and updating Tweetbot for iPhone to version 2.0 at the same time.

  • News: New social site Pinterest attracts enthusiasm, scrutiny

    Just as it enjoys an initial surge of popularity, a new social networking site called Pinterest is also experiencing its first bout of controversy. Observers are accusing the site of secretly embedding code in user content to generate revenue.

  • News: Airvana sues Ericsson over femtocell technology

    Femtocell developer Airvana is charging Ericsson with breaching their contract over femtocell technology, in a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

  • News: Microsoft fixes Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch event for Feb. 29

    Microsoft Wednesday said it will host a launch event for the Windows 8 beta on Feb. 29 in Barcelona, the site of the Mobile World Congress.

  • News: Adobe confirms no Flash for Chrome on Android

    Chrome for Android will not run Flash Player, the popular software that Apple has famously banned, Adobe confirmed.

  • News: Google Chrome will no longer check for revoked SSL certificates online

    Google plans to remove online certificate revocation checks from future versions of Chrome, because it considers the process inefficient and slow.

  • News: Windows 8 on ARM: The Desktop Plot Thickens

    Microsoft still isn't offering a clear answer on whether ARM-based Windows 8 computers will support the classic Windows desktop, but a recent blog post suggests that the company will.

  • News: The Best Microsoft Office Alternative You've Never Heard Of

    Business still revolves around the Big Three software applications: word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. And Microsoft still charges an arm and a leg for Office licenses. What's a cash-strapped small shop to do?

  • News: Free Web tool consolidates data on code vulnerabilities

    Enterprise coders can now use an open source Web application that lets them consolidate software vulnerability data from a range of scanning and test tools. With a centralized view, and reporting and management tools, ThreadFix speeds the work needed to fix software bugs and vulnerabilities, including those in proliferating mobile apps.

  • News: Chrome for Android Beta: 3 Drawbacks

    Google recently launched Chrome for Android Beta, a version of the search giant's popular desktop browser for Android smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The new mobile browser includes many features that make Chrome so popular on the PC including speed, simple design, bookmark and open tabs sync, and autocomplete suggestions. But Google's mobile Chrome isn't all good news, there are also a few letdowns for people who love Adobe Flash, Chrome extensions or are part of the 99 percent.

  • News: Weave open-source data visualization offers power, flexibility

    When two Boston-area organizations rolled out an interactive data visualization website last month, it represented one of the largest public uses yet for the open-source project Weave -- and more are on the way.

  • News: Apple warns developers against gaming App Store rankings

    It might seem like common sense, but in case there were any lingering questions on the matter, Apple is now being crystal clear: Manipulating the App Store rankings in an attempt to place one’s app at the top of the sales charts is a strict no-no.

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