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Thursday - October 16, 2014
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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...]

Thursday - October 16, 2014
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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...]

Wednesday - October 15, 2014
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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...]

Wednesday - October 15, 2014
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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...]

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY
Spam Still Packs a Punch
Wednesday - October 15, 2014
The days of in-boxes flooded with spam messages on an assortment of sordid subjects are a faint memory to most email users, but what spam has lost in volume it's gained in power. More than two-thirds of some 200 IT decision makers in companies with five to 1,000 employees said a spam incident in the last year had severely disrupted their business operations -- or halted them entirely. [More...]

Tuesday - October 14, 2014
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If you want to give a lot of people access to your home without handing out a lot of keys, then a system like the August Smart Lock could be helpful. For ordinary, everyday use, though, the advantages are less clear. "I view it as an expensive toy," said tech analyst Jim McGregor. The only benefit is "the convenience of being able to open the deadbolt with your cellphone rather than a key." [More...]

Tuesday - October 14, 2014
Lenovo last week announced five new models in its Yoga product line, some running Windows and the others Android. Three are tablets -- the Tablet 2 Pro and the Tablet 2 running Android, and the Tablet 2 running Windows. The others are the Yoga 3 Pro and the Thinkpad Yoga 14 laptops. The Tablet 2 comes in 8- and 10-inch models, running Android or Windows. The Tablet 2 Pro runs Android. [More...]

Tuesday - October 14, 2014
Samsung on Sunday announced that it has resolved issues hindering the commercialization of 802.11ad standard 60-GHz WiFi technology. The company's solution maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference regardless of the number of devices on the network, using what it claims is the world's first method that allows multiple devices to connect simultaneously to a network. [More...]

Monday - October 13, 2014
If you're looking for an extravaganza on the scale of last month's new iPhone unveiling, chances are you won't find it at Apple's "Way Too Long" event to be held Thursday at its Cupertino headquarters. "This will be a very low-key event," said Gartner analyst Van L. Baker. The consensus is that Apple will be refreshing its tablet and PC lines, and releasing the prime-time version of OS X Yosemite. [More...]

Monday - October 13, 2014
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DARPA is developing a fast, nimble vehicle loaded with high-tech capabilities, suggesting the U.S. military is moving away from heavily armored ground vehicles like Humvees. One of the problems is that Humvees don't really offer effective protection against IEDs, noted tech analyst Jim McGregor. The GXV-T program will use revolutionary technologies to provide a layered approach to protection. [More...]

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