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Friday - December 12, 2014
Apple and IBM have delivered the first batch of enterprise-class apps for iOS, rolling out 10 apps that cover key industry verticals like banking and finance, travel and transportation, retail, insurance, telco and government. The companies have pledged to deliver more than 100 such apps. The apps are the first proof point in the "unprecedented" partnership. [More...]

Friday - December 12, 2014
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Netflix, where House of Cards rides high, was the top-ranked entertainment app on Google Play in 2014. MyFitnessPal ranked first among health apps, and Facebook scored as the top social network. Frozen claimed No. 1 among movies, and its soundtrack was the top-selling album. The Walking Dead led the TV pack, suggesting Google Play's audience is nothing if not diverse. [More...]

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY
No Respite for Sony
Friday - December 12, 2014
Since the hacker group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" announced its attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last month, things have gone downhill for the company. After confidential documents were leaked to the Internet over several days, a denouement of sorts was reached last week, when a security company examining the stolen data discovered nearly 50,000 Social Security numbers. [More...]

Thursday - December 11, 2014
The Pirate Bay, which was closed down following a raid by Swedish police on Tuesday, appears to have found safe haven on a Costa Rican domain. The site, which gained notoriety for hosting pirated movies and music files, has been raided repeatedly by the Swedish police. Its founders have been arrested and convicted of copyright infringement, and two are currently behind bars. [More...]

Wednesday - December 10, 2014
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The Blackphone -- a smartphone dedicated to private communications -- likely won't gain much traction outside of a niche base of users. Still, if it's to be of much use to them, it needs to run apps that are just as privacy-minded. Blackphone intends to open its own app store in order to fill that need. Whether it can stock its shelves and attract customers are the big questions. [More...]

Wednesday - December 10, 2014
The United States National Security Agency, which is known for monitoring landline, Web and cellphone communications worldwide, reportedly also targets wireless carriers. Documents released by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the NSA has monitored more than 1,200 email accounts associated with major cellphone network operators worldwide since 2010. [More...]

Tuesday - December 9, 2014
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Facebook finally has made it possible to use keywords to search its database for a particular post, vastly increasing the usefulness of the site. The move is "long overdue," said Ignite Social Media's Jim Tobin. "Graph Search never really reached its potential ... . When you have billions of pieces of content, not being able to find them is a usability problem." [More...]

Tuesday - December 9, 2014
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Samsung is offering a virtual reality headset that mainstream users might find both affordable and entertaining -- if they could obtain enough content to make it worthwhile. "The real weakness of VR at this point isn't hardware-based," noted IDC's Lewis Ward. "It's software- and content-based. There's nowhere near enough content for Gear VR or any other VR headset platform to hit critical mass." [More...]

Tuesday - December 9, 2014
Still reeling from a cyberintrusion that exposed massive amounts of personnel data from its entertainment division on the Internet, Sony was attacked again over the weekend. This time, hackers disrupted the company's PlayStation Network. However, unlike the foray against Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is still under investigation, the company quickly recovered. [More...]

Monday - December 8, 2014
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Video gaming today is no doubt a far cry from what Ralph Baer envisioned in the '60s, but he lived long enough to enjoy the fruits of his ideas. Baer died Saturday at 92. "What a character, what a life," said IDC gaming analyst Lewis Ward. "The life of Ralph Baer makes clear that the fundamental innovations that gave way to video games are literally derived from rocket science." [More...]

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