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October 18, 2014
iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2, pictured here, and the iPad mini 3 feature few truly earth-shattering advancements. They look sleek and plain nice, in that way Apple products always are. They're thinner, faster, sharper and so on, and they have Touch ID. Really, that's about it. We keep expecting Apple to wow us at every turn. This time, it's given us more of a half-hearted smile. [More...]

October 17, 2014
The BBC will publish and continually update a list of its published articles that were removed from Google searches under Europe's "right to be forgotten" rule. David Jordan, director of editorial policy and standards for the BBC, announced the move. The decision is a reaction to the EC ruling that search engines must remove "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" links upon request. [More...]

October 17, 2014
When Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPad Air 2 on Thursday, he took the opportunity to defend the success of the iPad line, even though sales have been off. The new iPad is a beauty -- but it's still just a tablet. Competitors like Lenovo and Microsoft could take advantage of that weakness in Apple's armor, but they wouldn't be able to penetrate very deeply. Apple's chain mail is its ecosystem. [More...]

October 17, 2014
iSight Partners this week revealed that a cybergang it dubbed "Sandworm" has been exploiting a zero-day vulnerability that impacts all supported versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows Server 2008 and 2012. The announcement was held off until Microsoft issued its patch earlier this week. If exploited, the flaw will let attackers remotely execute code on target systems. [More...]

October 17, 2014
Despite constant threats of violence to herself, her family and her colleagues, Anita Sarkeesian relentlessly shines a light on the way women are objectified in video games and the gaming world. #Gamergate is a campaign to shut her up. Some powers that be -- like Intel -- have shuffled away from the controversy, but others, including the Entertainment Software Association, are saying "Enough." [More...]

October 16, 2014
If you think the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 are a handful, check out Google's new Nexus 6 -- it's the biggest phablet of them all. Google also introduced a new Nexus tablet this week -- a 9-inch model that it's touting for business use as well as content consumption. The Nexus Player for Android TV, which will compete with Apple TV and Roku, "fills a gap," said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research. [More...]

October 16, 2014
Gentoo Linux can be either an experienced Linux user's ideal desktop choice or a new user's worst computing nightmare. I am not talking about being new to the Linux OS. I mean just plain and simple new to Gentoo Linux. The Linux OS has many dozens of specialized distributions. Many of them are easy to install and need only a few settings adjustments to perform as desired. [More...]

October 16, 2014
Technology has a role to play in personal safety, but clearly it's not up to snuff. The OnStar service that should have been able to bring help to Melissa Vasquez when her car tumbled into a ravine didn't work. Apple's Find My iPhone feature led officials to the injured woman 19 hours later, but only because a tech-savvy cop was able to activate it by guessing her password. [More...]

October 15, 2014
Having just entered the phablet arena, Apple is going to have to be content with playing second fiddle to Samsung. Early reviews of the Galaxy Note 4 (pictured above) suggest that the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't impress quite as much. The display drew raves, with reviewers appreciating its high resolution and eye-popping colors. "It's beautiful, with bright, nice contrast," said tech analyst Ramon Llamas. [More...]

October 15, 2014
Microsoft has introduced a Skype-branded mobile app that's not really part of Skype. The counterintuitively named "Qik" -- it's pronounced "quick" -- is meant to go up against Snapchat and other messaging apps. The videos can be up to 42 seconds long, and the app is available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices. Messages have a life span of two weeks but can be set to self-destruct sooner. [More...]

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