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Surface Pro 3 teardown shows the perils of sleek design: Thinner glass, harder repairs

Posted June 23, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Microsoft's new tablet proved nearly impossible to pry open, and the super-thin glass cracked when it did.

BYOD stipends may soon go away (if IT gets its way)

Posted June 23, 2014 - 8:39 pm

For employees, nothing gets more personal than money. So when companies began doling out payments to offset Bring Your Own Device wireless service bills, employees cheered.

Yahoo launches Aviate app for a 'smarter' Android home screen

Posted June 23, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Yahoo has released an Android personalization app that could give the company a stronger foothold in mobile contextual search.

Google opens Glass sales in the UK, for £1,000 a pop

Posted June 23, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Google Glass is now available to any adult living in the U.K., as the company eyes international expansion of its head mounted computer system.

Why you shouldn't buy the Amazon Fire phone

Posted June 23, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Amazon launched a new smartphone this week. It's called the Amazon Fire phone, and it sports some unique hardware, software and services.

Made with Code: Encouraging and inspiring our daughters to code

Posted June 23, 2014 - 12:20 pm

This Google-backed initiative hopes to turn more girls into coders

Chinese users forgo SMS texting for messaging apps

Posted June 23, 2014 - 8:12 am

China has posted a big drop in SMS messaging as local mobile phone users are increasingly choosing mobile messaging apps to share information.

Florida college applies corporate-style security to 'BYOD' campus network

Posted June 22, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Can a college campus filled with exuberant students and free-thinking professors armed to the hilt with smartphones and tablets find a way to establish business-like network security and appropriate-use expectations without crimping everyone's style?

A closer look at the new technologies in Amazon's Fire smartphone

Posted June 22, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Firefly, Dynamic Perspective are compelling features, but are they enough to make phone users drop the iPhone or Android?

Twitter keeps sending texts to recycled phone numbers, lawsuit says

Posted June 20, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Promotional texts and other messages from Twitter are fine if you consent to them, but some are going out to old phone numbers that have been around the block, according to a new lawsuit.

FCC proposes $1B per year for Wi-Fi in schools

Posted June 20, 2014 - 4:21 pm

U.S. schools could get a cool billion to set up Wi-Fi networks to connect more than 10 million more students by the 2015-2016 school year under a new FCC proposal.

Everything that's wrong with GoDaddy, in pictures

Posted June 20, 2014 - 3:05 pm

The reasons to stay away from GoDaddy are manifold

US senators introduce bill to expand Wi-Fi spectrum

Posted June 20, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation aimed at expanding the amount of Wi-Fi spectrum available in a band now designated for intelligent vehicle communications, satellite service and amateur radio.

Whoops! Microsoft goof confirms Surface Mini

Posted June 20, 2014 - 11:19 am

Microsoft inadvertently confirmed in a user guide that it had a smaller Surface tablet ready to release when it unveiled the larger Surface Pro 3 last month.

E-sports and game streaming: Twitch kills it at E3, Xbox One gets Major League Gaming app

Posted June 20, 2014 - 6:02 am

Video gaming as a spectator sport.

New iPhone iOS 8 notifications to bring changes, annoyances

Posted June 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm

The new interactive notifications in Apple's iOS 8 promise to change how you use your iPhone. But some of the changes, at least at first, may not be ones you like."

Chinese site in signal-jammer sting could pay record $34.9M FCC fine

Posted June 19, 2014 - 3:29 pm

A Chinese electronics vendor accused of selling signal jammers to U.S. consumers could end up leading the market in one dubious measure: the largest fine ever imposed by the Federal Communications Commission.

BlackBerry ekes out a profit as revenue tumbles nearly 70 percent

Posted June 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm

BlackBerry managed to turn the tide toward a small profit during its fiscal first quarter, but revenue and phone sales continued to drop.

Dell improves mini PC usability with software updates

Posted June 19, 2014 - 2:45 pm

The first software updates to improve functionality, including enterprise use, are out from Dell for its thumb-size PC, the Wyse Cloud Connect.

LinkedIn launches mobile job search iOS app

Posted June 19, 2014 - 2:37 pm

LinkedIn is offering a job search app for iOS devices, aimed at making it easier for users to find and be notified of jobs apart from LinkedIn's main site.

BlackBerry Messenger coming to Windows Phone in July

Posted June 19, 2014 - 2:12 pm

BlackBerry's popular messaging service will hit Windows Phone this summer, after landing on Android and iOS late last year.

Unit4 plots growth plans with cloud ERP and mobile apps

Posted June 19, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Unit4 is betting investments in cloud computing and mobility can raise its profile in the crowded ERP software market, following its recent move to go private.

How Google Glass set wearable computing back 10 years

Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:36 am

The introduction of Google Glass at the Google I/O developers conference in June 2012 was one of the coolest technology debuts ever. Since then Google did just about everything wrong in trying to market the device.

Apple nails Health timing as fitness app usage soars

Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:32 am

Analytics firm Flurry cites 62% increase in health and fitness app usage in the last six months.

Lego combines physical and virtual world to avoid kids' 'zombie gaze'

Posted June 19, 2014 - 10:34 am

Lego, the Danish maker of the namesake toy bricks known to kids all over the world, has figured out what appears to be an ingenious way to combine the physical world of their traditional building blocks with the virtual world of app games.
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