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Friday - November 7, 2014
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Betty Crocker might be horrified to see "food" squirting out of a machine in gooey tubes, but tastes are changing. Foodini is "certainly an interesting and exciting product," said tech attorney Bryan Vogel. "This is the first product I've seen that is capable of printing a wide range of food prints. It could spawn a whole host of food prints for professional kitchens and, eventually, the home." [More...]

Friday - November 7, 2014
Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday reported that more than 400 apps infected with a malicious program it calls "WireLurker" have been downloaded 356,104 times by Chinese Mac owners from Maiyadi, an online app store unaffiliated with Apple. The malware does no harm to the Macs it infects but when the computer connects via USB to an iOS device -- an iPhone or iPad -- it delivers its malicious payload. [More...]

Friday - November 7, 2014
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No doubt about it, Apple's entry into a market sparks attention -- and even real buying activity -- for competing products like Google Wallet, ironically giving them a chance to thrive. Once everyone knows about a certain feature, the non-Apple users start wondering if their devices can do the same things that Apple devices can do. Is this jealousy? Or is it just a sudden awareness? [More...]

Thursday - November 6, 2014
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"If you take all the health and fitness trackers out there, they do an awesome job of telling you about your past -- steps taken, calories burned, that sort of thing," said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas. "These are all important things, but very few do a good job of saying, 'based on what we know about you, here's what we prescribe for you to do.' Jawbone is one of those very few." [More...]

Thursday - November 6, 2014
Russian cyberspies -- unlike their Chinese counterparts -- have a reputation for stealth, so it's unusual when two digital espionage operations linked to the Kremlin come to light in a week. FireEye early last week released a report detailing how hackers working for the Russian government have been using sophisticated techniques over a seven-year period to penetrate computer systems. [More...]

Wednesday - November 5, 2014
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American voters don't mind being manipulated as long as it's the good old in-your-face bias certain media outlets peddle. Nor do they mind corporations' obscene expenditures on political ads designed to sway their opinions. However, Facebook's behind-the-scenes string-pulling does get their collective goat, suggested tech analyst Rob Enderle. "It's the secrecy that annoys people." [More...]

Wednesday - November 5, 2014
Facebook recently announced that it was providing access directly over the Tor network. Its purpose was to let users access Facebook without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud. Facebook is providing an SSL certificate which cites its onion address. It will add onion address support for its mobile site later. The Tor link will work only in Tor-enabled browsers. [More...]

Tuesday - November 4, 2014
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The PC market has been lagging, but super-powered niche gaming machines have held their own, despite relatively steep price tags. HP debuted the Omen to take advantage of that market opportunity. It's a balance between hitting a gaming performance that people will expect, a form factor that is attractive and works, and ... a price point that won't turn gamers away," said IHS analyst Craig Stice. [More...]

Tuesday - November 4, 2014
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo
With the investigation of the SpaceShipTwo disaster under way, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson has promised that the company will resolve the problem, if possible, and ensure that the dream of commercial space travel lives on. That conditional statement has triggered speculation that Branson perhaps might have to abandon the project, into which he has sunk about half a billion dollars. [More...]

Tuesday - November 4, 2014
Rumors of a larger-screen iPad 'Pro' have been floating around since early this year. Most have suggested variations on a supposed 12.9-inch screen size. As soon as they rise, though, they're buried by another news wave. The latest to surface is a report in a Japanese tech blog. The upcoming iPad Pro reportedly will have a 12.2-inch screen and not the more widely rumored 12.9-inch screen. [More...]

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