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1. CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan

April 16, 2014
...announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S. Apple, Google and Samsung are helping to lead the charge, along with HTC, Asurion, Motorola, Huawei, Nokia, Microsoft Verizon, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, ATT&T and Sprint. Participating device manufacturers and operating system makers have agreed that new models of smartphones manufactured after July 2015 for ...

2. Is Privacy Dead? Google Proudly Says It Scans Your E-Mail

April 15, 2014
...has updated its terms of service to clarify that it can scan e-mails for advertising purposes. This practice has been criticized by privacy organizations, users, and other technology companies like Microsoft Even though users who attempted to file lawsuits against Google were not granted class-action status, a U.S. District Court has ruled that Google's terms of service did need to ...

3. Investor Sentiment on Tech Goes from Giddy to Glum

April 15, 2014
...seen big increases in the past year or so, Morgan noted that long-established tech companies are still holding up relatively well. Many companies in this older crop, including Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Intel Corp., still haven't surpassed their record highs from the 1990s and 2000. "Investors are rotating out of the risky ...

4. Is Amazon Launching a 3D Smartphone?

April 14, 2014
...Samsung and Google have found success in the space, Kagan said, many other companies are struggling for market share. In fact, after these big three the next largest player is MicrosoftNokia and it only has a few percentage points. "Remember when Facebook launched their smartphone? It failed. Also remember a few short years ago when the ...

5. Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows

April 11, 2014
...a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013. Analysts for both firms pointed to a bump in demand, especially in Japan, stemming from Microsofts retirement of its Windows XP operating system this week. Although users can still run the 12-year-old operating system, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and has urged existing ...

6. Dropbox Rolls Out New Business Features

April 10, 2014
...cost is $15 per user every month. Project Harmony A new initiative called Project Harmony allows collaboration for users employing Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Available later this year, Harmony permits a user to see who's editing a file, have a conversation with other editors or keep ...

7. Amazon Web Services Launches Cost Tracking Tool

April 9, 2014
...designed for estimating application deployment costs using Google's Compute Engine, Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL. IBM has a simple, slider-based calculator for its SoftLayer cloud service, and Microsoft Azure has a slider-based one that includes SQL database size, bandwidth, support and other factors. There are also a variety of third-party services that have offered ...

8. Beyond Windows XP, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Offers Critical Fixes

April 9, 2014
It’s the fourth Patch Tuesday of 2014 -- but it’s the last for Windows XP and Office 2003. Microsoft released four patches on Tuesday. Two are rated critical and two are important. Altogether, the patches cover a mere 11 vulnerabilities. Microsoft is urging XP ...

9. Start-Up Promises Smartphone Charging in 30 Seconds

April 8, 2014
... The company, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot, is a spinoff from the nanotechnology department at Tel Aviv University, and its work-in-progress battery charger was shown publicly for the first time at Microsofts Think Next conference, held this week in that city. The Think Next conference focuses on high technology in Israel. The original research at the university began with the discovery ...

10. China Approves Microsoft Acquisition of Nokia Devices

April 8, 2014
...the patents, meaning that Nokia will remain in control of the patents for now. ThenMicrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote in September that the deal "will accelerate Microsofts share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services." As Microsoft continues to focus ...
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New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
After Heartbleed, OpenSSL Calls for More Support
The president of the OpenSSL Foundation says more support is needed from companies and governments that use its software so that it can better spot and fix flawed pieces of code such as Heartbleed.

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 million, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan
After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA just announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S.

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