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Mozilla unveils search tool tweaks in next week's Firefox 34

Along with its impending switch to Yahoo as the default search engine for Firefox, Mozilla will also change how users conduct searches in the browser, the company said Tuesday.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 November, 2014 02:34

Tags: search, Duckduckgo, bing, twitter, internet, wikipedia, search engines, Firefox, Yahoo, Apple, Google

Google delays demise of old-style Chrome plug-ins

Google on Monday gave traditional Google plug-ins a stay of execution and instead outlined a three-step plan that will finalize their demise in 10 months.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 November, 2014 07:44

Tags: Firefox, web browsers, Apple, Google, Microsoft, opera software, Web servers, software

Want a 100TB disk drive? You'll have to wait 'til 2025

An industry consortium has released a roadmap that new recording technologies could yield 100TB hard drives in about 10 years.

By Lucas Mearian | 26 November, 2014 06:03

Tags: BP, Drives, Data storage, storage, western digital

Big IT vendors mostly mum on commercial drone plans

Word that the Federal Aviation Administration might take a very hard line on commercial drone use has those with designs on such activity nervous. But as for big enterprise IT vendors, it's really hard to tell what they think because they're keeping any plans in this field very hush-hush.

By Bob Brown | 26 November, 2014 01:18

Tags: applications, parrot, Microsoft, IBM, cisco, big data, software, data mining, Federal Aviation Administration, business intelligence

Google's gigabit-Internet service in Austin priced at US$70 per month

Google will offer a basic version of its broadband service for no monthly charge when it launches soon in Austin, Texas, with the 1Gbps service priced at US$70 per month.

By Zach Miners | 25 November, 2014 11:42

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, Networking, internet, Internet service providers, search engines

Jolla's open-source tablet might actually stay the course

The Jolla Tablet, an open-source device that promises privacy, ease of use and comparable hardware to late-model Android tablets and iPads, has demolished its funding goals on IndieGoGo in just the first few days of its campaign.

By Jon Gold | 25 November, 2014 09:25

Tags: Linux, open source, Microsoft, Nokia, hardware systems, software, tablets, intel, operating systems, Jolla, mobile apps

Attack of the one-letter programming languages

Watch out! The coder in the next cubicle has been bitten and infected with a crazy-eyed obsession with a programming language that is not Java and goes by the mysterious name of F. The conference room has become a house of horrors, thanks to command-line zombies likely to ambush you into rewriting the entire stack in M or R or maybe even -- OMG -- K. Be very careful; your coworkers might be among them, calm on the outside but waiting for the right time and secret instructions from the mothership to trash the old code and deploy F# or J.

By Peter Wayner | 25 November, 2014 06:49

Tags: Hulu, HBO, software, infoworld, netflix

Global Forum: Innovation creates opportunity, causes disruption

Geneva, Switzerland - The 23rd Global Forum, an annual policy and strategy conference for technology leaders, was held last week in the shadow of the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) modernist tower.

By Jay Gillette | 25 November, 2014 04:42

Tags: itu, forum, Networking, LAN, International Telecommunications Union, LAN & WAN, Consumer Electronics Association, Telecommunications

Connected-home Babel: There's an app for that, startup says

In the dream home of the Internet of Things, all your appliances would talk to each other. A fragmented IoT industry makes that pretty hard today, but Yonomi says its smartphone app can make it easy.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 November, 2014 06:11

Tags: consumer electronics, Yonomi, Internet of Things, Networking, internet

Mozilla reports flat revenue from Google-Firefox search deal

Mozilla today said that 2013 revenue from its deal with Google was flat compared to the year before, as was its income overall, even as expenses jumped by 42%.

By Gregg Keizer | 22 November, 2014 05:14

Tags: Firefox, web browsers, Google, Mozilla Foundation, internet, search engines

Intel plans 3D NAND flash next year for 'as much storage as you want'

Intel plans to ship 3D NAND flash chips next year that will allow it to cram more bits into solid-state storage.

By Stephen Lawson | 21 November, 2014 12:36

Tags: storage, Components, intel, memory

Rise of Whatsapp could require regulatory reform: ACMA

Regulators should review telecom regulation as more consumers replace traditional telephony with over-the-top (OTT) services, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

By Adam Bender | 21 November, 2014 08:00

Tags: OTT, regulation, Telco, telecom, ACMA, over-the-top, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Mozilla tells Google, it's not you (anymore), it's Yahoo

Mozilla on Wednesday announced that it had not renewed its lucrative contract with Google, but instead will use Yahoo as Firefox's default search engine in the U.S.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 November, 2014 07:20

Tags: Firefox, web browsers, Yahoo, Apple, Google, Microsoft, internet, search engines

IBM offers 'devops' services to speed up enterprises' app development

IBM has built a team of experts on "devops," a hot, emerging approach to fast enterprise application development, and developed a collection of tools for deploying IT operations to the cloud.

By Joab Jackson | 21 November, 2014 05:39

Tags: Development tools, application development, IBM, software

Wozniak still aims to simplify: Now, all of enterprise storage

The latest bid to simplify data storage comes from a team that includes Steve Wozniak, a guy who knows a thing or two about making technology easier.

By Stephen Lawson | 20 November, 2014 08:58

Tags: virtualization, Lance Smith, storage, Primary Data, Storage virtualization, Steve Wozniak

New cruise ship a floating heaven for tech geeks

Walking up the gangway to board Royal Caribbean's tech-laden Quantum of the Seas, it was hard not to marvel. Across the harbor was Manhattan, and at 348 meters the new ship is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall. But it's what the ship contains that made my inner geek salivate.

By Nick Barber | 20 November, 2014 05:53

Tags: popular science, royal caribbean, Internet of Things, Networking, robotics, transportation, internet, industry verticals

Debian general resolution against systemd coupling fails, sponsor steps down

Debian developers voted down a proposal that would have weakened the Linux distribution's integration with a controversial system software package on Tuesday, in a victory for systemd supporters.

By Jon Gold | 20 November, 2014 05:22

Tags: Linux, open source, software, operating systems

Prominent developers pulling out of Debian as voting deadline nears

Four prominent members of the Debian community have stepped down or reduced their involvement in the project as a result of an increasingly bitter argument over the future of the widely influential Linux distribution.

By Jon Gold | 19 November, 2014 08:53

Tags: Linux, open source, Google, software, operating systems

Facebook's Flow could help JavaScript programmers spot elusive bugs

Easing what has traditionally been a difficult programming task, Facebook has released as open source a debugging tool for JavaScript, called Flow, designed to highlight problems caused by the misuse of data types.

By Joab Jackson | 19 November, 2014 06:56

Tags: Development tools, application development, software, Facebook

ZigBee 3.0 promises one standard for many uses

The ZigBee Alliance plans to put all forms of its low-power wireless technology under one standard, ZigBee 3.0, in a move that could make it easier to connect many wireless devices in homes.

By Stephen Lawson | 18 November, 2014 22:04

Tags: ZigBee Alliance, consumer electronics, Internet of Things, Networking, internet, CentraLite Systems

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