Computers

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: The Real World Road Test – Mashable

Friday, June 06, 2014

Proclamations that Microsoft’s tablet-laptop hybrid, the Surface Pro 3, does not beat Apple’s popular MacBook Air grow tiresome. Since when is this a zero-sum-game? Are consumers and business people really choosing between one and the other, or is the reality somewhat more nuanced and based, as I suspect, on platform allegiances and desires? As I noted in my original review of the first Microsoft Surface RT tablet, the device was…

Google’s Satellite Plan – MIT Technology Review

Friday, June 06, 2014

Google has shaken up the market for fast Internet service in parts of the United States by offering or planning fiber-to-the-home in Kansas City and 11 other cities. Its reported entry into the satellite Internet business could do the same globally—by providing increased competition and better service than existing satellite technologies. This week the Wall Street Journal reported that Google will spend more than $1 billion to launch a fleet…

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 goes horizontal in first ad – CNET

Friday, June 06, 2014

Add emergency-contact info to your iPhone lock screen A simple tweak to your existing wallpaper might just save your life — or at least help recover a lost phone.

Computer security – The Economist

Friday, June 06, 2014

WHEN the about-to-be-former spy Edward Snowden leaked a huge cache of top-secret documents to the press in May 2013, it confirmed what computer-security researchers had long nervously joked about: that Western intelligence services, and especially America’s National Security Agency, are in the business of subtly nobbling the cryptographic software that secures computers all over the world. Mr Snowden’s documents named many big hardware and software firms as working with the…

Mozilla: Money will prod phone makers to keep Firefox OS current – CNET

Friday, June 06, 2014

Firefox OS 1.3 is the latest version of Mozilla’s open-source, browser-based mobile OS. Stephen Shankland/CNET Mozilla thinks it’s got an incentive to keep smartphone makers releasing new versions of its Firefox OS mobile operating system: money. The nonprofit organization contracts with handset makers and carriers to bring Firefox OS phones to market, and it’s structuring those partnerships to make sure the allies share Mozilla’s interest in keeping Firefox OS up…

Microsoft partners “pissed” about pact with Salesforce – Network World

Friday, June 06, 2014

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Google’s Satellite Plan – MIT Technology Review

Friday, June 06, 2014

Google has shaken up the market for fast Internet service in parts of the United States by offering or planning fiber-to-the-home in Kansas City and 11 other cities. Its reported entry into the satellite Internet business could do the same globally—by providing increased competition and better service than existing satellite technologies. This week the Wall Street Journal reported that Google will spend more than $1 billion to launch a fleet…

Google’s Satellite Plan – MIT Technology Review

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Google has shaken up the market for fast Internet service in parts of the United States by offering or planning fiber-to-the-home in Kansas City and 11 other cities. Its reported entry into the satellite Internet business could do the same globally—by providing increased competition and better service than existing satellite technologies. This week the Wall Street Journal reported that Google will spend more than $1 billion to launch a fleet…

Touch-first Microsoft Office for Android to beat Windows 8 version to market – ZDNet

Thursday, June 05, 2014

When asked recently why Microsoft brought the iPad version of its core Office apps to market before it launched the Windows variant, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the reason was quite simple: Market share. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone — though I have to admit, it did me — that the Android tablet version of Microsoft’s touch-first Office suite looks to be coming to market…

‘Slender Man’ Cited in Stabbing Is a Ghoul for the Internet Age – NBCNews.com

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Gaunt and faceless in a black suit, the Slender Man is a fiend made to stalk the dreams of the Internet era. When two 12-year-old girls were asked why they allegedly lured a third girl into the Wisconsin woods and stabbed her 19 times, they gave the police a name: Slender Man. The suspects appeared in court on Monday. He might be a mystery to adults, but to many…

The NSA Probably Really, Really Wants a Quantum Computer – The Atlantic

Thursday, June 05, 2014

This is huge: Physicists have figured out how to reliably transmit quantum information, a major first step toward the kind of quantum communications and quantum computing that would dramatically enhance our ability to secure networks, crack codes, and search databases.  These potential applications of quantum computing—and I’ll get to what exactly that means in just a minute—help explain why government agencies ought to be interested in such technologies. And the…

New Gmail Data Shows the Rise of Backbone Email Encryption – EFF

Thursday, June 05, 2014

One year after the first Snowden disclosure, we need a web that resists NSA spying. Fight back. Run a Tor relay. https://eff.org/tor

Microsoft at E3 2014: Behind the eight-ball – CNET

Thursday, June 05, 2014

CNET Last year I said that Microsoft had some explaining to do at its tentpole press conference that kicked off E3 2013. Months before its release, the Xbox One was already knee-deep in a PR nightmare. Between dealing with the “always-on” paranoia and DRM outrage, it seemed the company couldn’t do a thing right to help itself. So while Microsoft has since made good on a number of important fronts,…

Comcast to Encrypt Email for Security – Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Google Inc. wants to make encryption hip—and may have won a quick convert. Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest Internet provider by number of homes and businesses served, Tuesday said it would begin scrambling customers’ email to protect it from prying eyes. The move came just hours after Google called out email providers, including Comcast, for not using encryption. Google Tuesday publicized for the first time the share of…

HP’s Pro Tablet 612 challenges Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 – PCWorld

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Hewlett-Packard considers its Pro Tablet 612 tablet to be a more feature-packed, albeit heavier replacement for a laptop than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. The tablet has a 12.5-inch screen, and can be placed into an optional keyboard dock to work as a laptop. The tablet will ship worldwide in September, and the company has not yet set a price for the product. The Pro Tablet 612 carries over more features…

Microsoft at E3 2014: Behind the eight ball – CNET (blog)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

CBS Interactive Last year I said Microsoft had some explaining to do at its tentpole press conference that kicked off E3 2013. Months before its release, the Xbox One was already knee-deep in a PR nightmare. Between dealing with the “always-on” paranoia and DRM outrage, it seemed the company couldn’t do a thing right to help itself. So while Microsoft has since made good on a number of important fronts,…

Microsoft displays new Windows devices at Computex 2014 – CNET

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

CNET’s rewritten iOS app The same content you know and need but now with a new and improved format. Check out the new CNET iOS app for your favorite news, reviews, and how-tos.

The Email Embargo Policy: Turn Smartphone Off and Chill! – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Be honest. How often do you check your email? Do you scroll though messages before work? In bed? On vacation? One study showed workers who have smartphones are on them at least 13.5 hours a day—and five hours on weekends. Another survey found 38 percent of workers check email “routinely” at the dinner table and half of them checked it in bed. Getting a few more hours of work…

Microsoft at E3 2014: Behind the eight ball – CNET

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

CBS Interactive Last year I said Microsoft had some explaining to do at its tentpole press conference that kicked off E3 2013. Months before its release, the Xbox One was already knee-deep in a PR nightmare. Between dealing with the “always-on” paranoia and DRM outrage, it seemed the company couldn’t do a thing right to help itself. So while Microsoft has since made good on a number of important fronts,…