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Friday - October 17, 2014
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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...]

Friday - 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...]

Friday - October 17, 2014
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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...]

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...]

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