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Connected homes, smartwatches and gaming PCs dominate IFA in Berlin

If you wanted to make your dumb home smarter, buy a fancy TV or get on board with the smartwatch craze, the IFA trade show this week was the place to be.

The best Linux distro for schools?

In today's open source roundup: Which Linux distro is best for schools? Plus: Wine 1.7.51 released released. And how Chromebooks have improved over the years.

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Dropbox's head of enterprise says collaboration will set it apart

Ross Piper, Dropbox's vice president of enterprise, will play a key role in his company's efforts to justify its most recent $10 billion valuation, even as it continues to compete in the consumer space as well.

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Microsoft kills off some of Nokia's apps for Windows Phone

Microsoft announced Friday that it will be ceasing development on several apps Nokia developed for Windows Phone as the company streamlines the photo experience on Windows 10 Mobile.

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NIST sets the stage for contactless fingerprint readers

While many are hoping that biometric technologies such as fingerprint readers will one day replace cumbersome passwords, the U.S. National Institute of Technology is looking even further out.

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MainOne's MDX-i taps Azure to offer cloud services in West Africa

MDX-i, a subsidiary of MainOne, West Africa’s largest data center is tapping Microsoft's Azure to launch a cloud-service to help it meet the computing infrastructure needs of companies deploying private, public or hybrid clouds from...

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Yamaha's latest digital sound projector delivers Dolby Atmos surround sound from a single cabinet

Movie soundtracks encoded with Dolby Atmos trick your brain into hearing sound from all directions, not just front and rear.

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CISA likely coming back to Senate, amid doubts about effectiveness

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, controversial cyberthreat information-sharing bill, is likely to get a push for Senate passage this fall, amid doubts that it would have prevented recent major breaches.

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Blackberry buys Good Technology as it further expands into mobile device security

Blackberry placed rivalries aside and purchased Good Technology as the phone maker moves further into the mobile security market.

French ISPs petition court to overturn secret foreign surveillance decree

Two French ISPs have asked France's highest court to overturn a secret government decree defining how French security services can scoop up foreign Internet traffic. They claim the decree is unconstitutional.

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LinkedIn-based intelligence gathering campaign targets the security industry

A LinkedIn-based intelligence gathering campaign has been using fake LinkedIn profiles to map out the professional networks of IT security experts.

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Cisco security chief: 4 things CISOs need to survive

Cisco’s security consulting chief James Mobley outlines four areas CISOs need to develop their skills in order to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of corporate security.

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How Comcast is changing tactics in response to cord cutters

Comcast recently explained how much of an impact cord cutters can have on its network, and what it's doing in response.

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In photos: A brief history of Apple event invitations

With Apple's September 9th iPhone 6s event just around the corner, here's a look at the invitations the company has sent out for its biggest events over the years.

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3 new Google Docs features enterprises will appreciate

Google Docs users gain three new productivity features released this week, including voice input and a research tool.

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Ashley Madison still a top lure for scammers and crooks

The Ashley Madison breach has been a Christmas-in-August present for spammers and scammers of all kinds, and your company could be the next target.

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Solar windows can power buildings

Several companies are preparing technology that will allow window makers to incorporate photovoltaic technology into their products, helping to supplement the structure's power needs.

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Chrome 45 curbs the browser's voracious memory appetite, puts Flash on a leash

Chrome 45 is a good step forward for Chrome users who are driven nuts by the amount of memory the browser takes up.

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